Embark on a culinary journey along Fitzroy and Collingwood's Smith and Gertrude Streets. Explore this arty and eccentric inner-city 'burb, with its bars known for drag bingo and queer nights and packed restaurants driving the area's cultural boom. 


Take your tastebuds on an unconventional, yet sensational trip at IDES. Enjoy a six course degustation that has landed IDES a prime spot in the Good Food Guide 2023 and awarded a star from The Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. Sip fine wine and savour mouthfuls of five-star quality food in an unpretentious setting. 

2. Easey's

All aboard the nostalgia train at Easey's. This tasty temple of old-school Melbourne transport pays homage to the old orange plaid seats from days of commuter yore. Kick back with a Melbourne bitter and burger, or rise and shine 'easey' like a Sunday morning with brekkie at the Zone 1 Cafe. 

3. Hotel Jesus

Muchas gracias to the younger sibling of Mamasita. Hotel Jesus is a no-frills tacqueria with an expansive taco menu. From beef brisket and fried fish tacos to traditional desserts like churros and a vanilla and caramel flan, there's something for every palate. Don't forget to wash it all down with a spicy marg or a kombucha mule. 

4. The Everleigh

Say hello to the knowledgeable barkeep and soak up an evening full of speakeasy charm in Fitzroy's ode to 1920s prohibition fun at The Everleigh. Settle into one of the comfortable leather booths and sip on French 75 or try one of the bar's signature cocktails and taste first-hand why The Everleigh was listed in the Good Food Guide's Top 50 Melbourne Bars of 2022

5. Marion

Marion is a treasured Fitzroy wine bar where you can just pause for a moment and enjoy good food and wine in good company. Hungry? Try the wagyu flank steak paired with a glass of hearty shiraz, and don't forget to indulge in the vanilla pannacotta with blueberries and candied almonds for dessert. 

6. Trippy Taco

Take a pilgrimage to Mexico, veggo style, with a trip to Trippy Taco. What the space lacks in size it makes up for with personality, with an overflowing menu of tacos, quesadillas, burritos and tamales to boot. 

7. Anada 

Cross the border into Spain and discover the region known for its bullfighting and flamenco dancing with a food and drink experience at Anada. This tiny pocket of Andalusia in the heart of Fitzroy serves sensational tapas and moreish raciones. Mas, por favor. 

8. BellyQ

Korean BBQ? Yes please. Gorge yourself on fried chicken, octopus balls and spare ribs, or opt for something lighter like the always popular Korean dumplings or Korean pan fried pancakes. BellyQ is proof you don't have to travel across the globe to savour the flavours of Korea - you can get your belly full right here in Collingwood. 

9. 102UNIQ

Did someone say authentic Vietnamese food in a contemporary setting? Discover the taste of south Vietnam with a menu personally curated by chefs hailing from Ho Chi Minh city, via cult favourite establishments like Melbourne's own Chin Chin. Breathe in the fresh, aromatic flavours of Vietnam with honest food crafted from the freshest produce. 

10. Bar Rosella 

Bar Rosella brings classic Euro-style hospitality to Gertrude Street. The space gives a cosy first impression with its by-the-glass wine menu scrawled on butcher's paper, but head upstairs to the 100 capacity dining hall or outside to the courtyard with open-air grills and you'll find a space perfect for balmy evening dining or glamorous group catch ups. 


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