Fitzroy's curious and cool bars, independent retailers, traditional pubs, restaurants, cafes and live music are scattered all over the neighbourhood grid. Sample life like a local, on a wander from Brunswick Street, to Gertrude, to Smith, and Johnson streets.

Sip coffee at Marios, pick up tunes at Polyester and browse books at Brunswick Street Bookstore. Meat free Mondays make sense at Transformer, the Veggie Bar and vegan legends Smith & Daughters. In the back streets, watch the market from Young Bloods Diner, bag a quality brew and local roast at Industry Beans.

Get yourself to Gertrude Street for Andrew McConnell's menus at Cutler & Co. and Marion. Head to Belles Hot Chicken, or Archie's All Day for tasty quick bites.

Shop shoes at Smith Street outlets, or stores hawking local designer threads. Check out bands and DJs at Yah Yah's, Kent Street and Mr Wow's Emporium. Grab a gin-and-jaffle supper at Bad Frankie.

Johnson Street flaunts a Spanish heritage, especially at November's Hispanic Fiesta, but live music's long been the main event in this neck of the woods. Listen up for indie-rock and prog-pop at the Tote or new soul and Latin roots at The Night Cat. Savour late night cocktails at The Black Pearl or a local ale at Old Bar.

For more live music, head to the Workers Club or The Evelyn. Order a pint at Labour In Vain, Marquis of Lorne, the Standard, Napier, and Union Club hotels. Up your spirits at Little Blood or top off the night with city skyline views at Naked in the Sky. 

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