Visiting Melbourne and want to get a great feel for what it’s all about outside the CBD? Then Melbourne’s famous Fitzroy suburb is the place to go. In the day it’s cool and chilled out and at night it’s buzzing! Melbourne is famous for being alternative and nowhere shows it better than Fitzroy.
It may be Melbourne’s oldest suburb but it’s far from being left behind. With new restaurants, bars and boutiques opening all the time, it’s got loads to offer. Sound like your kinda thing? Then jump on the bus and make sure you spend a day there! Here’s my itinerary to help you capture a bit of everything Fitzroy has to offer.
Catch a bus over to Brunswick Street and walk down the road to Marios Cafe for breakfast. It’s a bit of an institution and the food is delicious, fresh and filling. The perfect way to set you up for the day. As you’re walking there be sure to look at the beautiful buildings there.
Once you’ve devoured your breakfast take a walk down Brunswick Street and check out some great pieces of street art, particularly down the side streets. Along the way, have a rummage in some of the many fancy boutique, vintage and Op shops and see what you might find. Or if you’re feeling really creative then you can even book a sewing lesson in the Thread Den!
If you’re there on the weekend then check out the Rose Street Market and see what’s on offer there. You will find everything from homeware to jewellery and pretty much everything is handmade.
Make your way to Gertrude Street where it’s time to grab a bite to eat for lunch. There are tonnes of cafes and restaurants along here, so pick one that takes your fancy and enjoy a delicious pastry (or 2) with a coffee and watch the world go by for a bit.
Along Gertrude Street you will see some of the most unique shops in the city. Packed full with even more vintage clothes and local designers, you’re bound to find something unique and perfect for you. If music is your thing then Gertrude Street is the perfect spot. Have a browse through the epic music at Northside Records and see what gems you might find.
Next stop is onto Smith Street where you will find even more vintage shops including Vintage Garage which has what looks like half a car inside, Happy Valley which is a trove of everything or the Lost and Found Market where you can find literally anything. For something a bit different and chilled, check out the Queen of Spades Board Game Café where you can enjoy a bit of friendly competitiveness over your favourite game and a drink.
This is where Fitzroy comes alive in a different way. Bustling with bars, live music and great restaurants, head back onto Brunswick Street and grab a drink before dinner. Make sure you look up as well as down and you will find bars hidden everywhere. From whiskey to cocktails to speciality beers, you’re going to find something that takes your fancy.
For dinner, check out the Brunswick Street Cider House for some truly delicious dishes. I love the rack of lamb they serve up but there’s also plenty of vegan options here too! Enjoy some of the ciders they have on tap and soak in the night time atmosphere of Fitzroy.