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, along to Smith, and up to Johnston Street.
Sip coffee at Marios and browse books at Brunswick Street Bookstore. Meat-free Mondays make sense at Transformer and old-hand the Vegie Bar. In the back streets, bag a quality brew and local roast at Industry Beans or a pastry from Lune Croissanterie – the latter is regarded by The New York Times as the creator of some of the best croissants in the world.
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 for local designer threads and artisan goods along the way.
Savour late night cocktails at The Black Pearl or a local ale at the Napier Hotel. Go for grunge along Smith Street with bands and DJs at Yah Yah's and Kent Street. Grab a gin-and-jaffle supper at Bad Frankie.
Johnston Street flaunts a Spanish heritage, especially at November's Hispanic and Latin American 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.
For more Fitzroy live music, head to the Workers Club or The Evelyn. Order a pint at Labour In Vain, Marquis of Lorne, the Standard and Union Club hotels. Wind up with city views at Naked Upstairs Rooftop.