Stop 16 - Kay St / Nicholson St
Start at the Rose St. Artist's Market. Rummage around stalls packed with homewares, accessories, jewellery and more, to find artistic and design gems unique to Melbourne. Feeling a bit peckish? The Fitzroy Mills Market is right next door, boasting the best in artisan food, drink and products, grown and crafted by local producers.
Wander over to Brunswick Street, a great spot for shopping, eating and people watching. Take in the spectacular view of the city from the many rooftop bars in the area, such as Naked in the Sky, the Provincial Hotel or Upside Rooftop and Bar.
Alternatively, wander up Lygon Street, to sample the best of Melbourne's Italian precinct. Head to the Carlton Wine Room for a vino and sit-down snack, or try newcomers Agostino and Johnny's Green Room on for size.
Once you've wined and dined, hop back on the 96 tram to continue your journey south, towards the city.
Fitzroy & CarltonRestaurantsCarlton Wine RoomExpect excellent food and wine pairings from this Carlton star with award-winning John Paul Twomey at the helm. Hatted by Good Food Guide 2020.Makers marketsThe Rose St. Artists' MarketPerfect for post-brunch perusing, the Rose St. Artists' Market is where those in-the-know find Melbourne's art and design talent each weekend.BarsNaked in the SkyHit the rooftop of Fitzroy Naked For Satan for authentic Basque country comfort food, complete with views of the distant Dandenong Ranges.Restaurants127 BrunswickEat your way to the top at this five-level dining destination complete with Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya, Village People Hawker Foodhall and Upside Rooftop Bar.PubsProvincial HotelProp yourself at the bar and experience this long-time Fitzroy pub where locals share a pint, a game of pool and a fuss-free party attitude.
Best of the 96 tramRestaurantsOld Palm LiquorThere's nothing remotely 'old' about this spot. Slip into the sleek lines of Old Palm Liquor for standout modern share plates and an encyclopaedia of natural wines.RestaurantsKazuki'sDelight in Kazuki's skilful fusion of understated Japanese and contemporary Australian cuisine, voted Best Fine Dining Restaurant at the Time Out Food Awards 2019.CafesD.O.C EspressoDon't have time to fight the crowds at DOC Carlton? Head round the corner to its sister cafe and settle in for premium antipasti and pasta specials.BarsAgostinoExplore the outstanding wine menu at this Good Food Guide hatted wine bar, a perfect aperitif to Lygon Street's King & Godfree Italian empire.BarsJohnny's Green RoomExpect fabulous views, drinks and Italian bar snacks, even Pidapipó choc tops, at this spacious rooftop bar atop the refurbished King and Godfree deli.
Stop 11 - Melbourne Museum / Nicholson Street
Stop outside the Royal Exhibition Building, one of Melbourne's best-known heritage structures. Close by are the Carlton Gardens, a popular spot among locals for walks, picnics, or simply laing the hours away.
Wine bars are a plenty in this part of town. Stop into the Marion for a moment's pause and continue on to Cutler and Co, for drinks and small bar snacks.
Wander along Gertrude Street, another of Melbourne's thriving foodie and nightlife destinations. Pick from a range of bars and pubs, such as The Everleigh, Tamura Sake Bar, Evie's Disco Diner and the Builder's Arms Hotel.
FitzroyHeritage buildingsRoyal Exhibition BuildingVisit one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions, built for the Great Exhibition of 1880 and later housing the Commonwealth Parliament.Parks & gardensCarlton GardensEnjoy the wildlife, majestic landscaping and ornamental features of these heritage-listed gardens, a popular picnic area for locals and museum visitors.DestinationsFitzroyPerch in a Brunswick Street bar and celebrate the way that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same in this bohemian enclave.
Best of the 96 tramRestaurantsAñadaSlip into a little pocket of Andalusia in Fitzroy, where sensational tapas and moreish raciones (larger plates) are enjoyed in the Spanish tradition.RestaurantsBelles Hot ChickenDig into Nashville-inspired spicy fried chicken with classic southern sides, beers and bourbons, and tap your foot to Belle's signature soundtrack.RestaurantsCharcoal LaneSavour an exceptional native bush tucker meets fine-dining experience, while supporting a worthy social initiative.BarsThe EverleighFor a night out full of speakeasy charm, oh-so-knowledgeable barkeeps and impeccable cocktails, head down to The Everleigh.PubsBuilders ArmsExpect well-above-average pub grub in the front bar and bistro at the latest incarnation of Andrew McConnell's Builders Arms, a Gertrude Street icon.CafesArchie's All DayNestled in among the bars and eateries on Fitzroy’s humming Gertrude Street, Archie’s is a welcome change from those ‘nothing but breakfast’ joints.