The little strip that links shabby haven Smith Street with its ever-so-slightly more uppercrust cousin Brunswick Street should not be overlooked
With Spanish/Mediterranean fare and a name that roughly translates into ‘house of the donkey’, this cute, unassuming restaurant serves up delicious tapas style plates like sardines and saffron vinegar, chorizo croquettes and grilled pimentos. Fitzroy.
The second winning restaurant down the business end of Gertrude St, Cutler & Co is definitely the spot to impress a date. It's got a sophisticated menu delivering gorgeous dishes like John Dory, shiitake & octopus, seaweed butter & sesame or Braised beef cheek, smoked tongue, roasted kohlrabi & onion soubise. Fitzroy.
It’s winter, and Cottage Industry makes us feel all warm inside. Channel your inner nanna with all things knitted, quilted, crafted and cottage, a place where the supremely talented Penelope Durston has found a home to sell her other-era wares. Fitzroy.
This bustling arepa restaurant (which is a kind of thick corn flatbread) delivers a simple, cheap menu inspired by Columbia. Start here with the Colombian style brekkie ‘Arepa Con Huevo’, which delivers free range eggs with spring onions and tomato on a thin and crispy arepa. Paired with a cup of single origin fair trade coffee or a traditional Colombian hot chocolate, and you’re ready to take on the rest Gertrude Street has to offer. Fitzroy.
St Cloud delightfully brings together fashion and bicycle culture in a one stop shop to channel your inner hipster. But be warned: there are no posers here, just people who are seriously into their cycling. Probably not the place for you to grab one of those cute lady bikes with a basket... Fitzroy.
If you’re looking to channel your inner obsession with Day of the Dead relics, or have been waiting for that elusive Argentinean antique shop to open up in Melbourne (haven’t we all?!), then Amor y Locura is your jam. Truly one of the most unusual antique dealers in Melbourne, they import architectural antiques and tid bits salvaged from Argentina and Mexico. Also pop in for vibrant and unique Mexican folk art. Fitzroy.
Cross over Brunswick Street and you’ll hit Leonard St boutique – for those playing at home, you might recognise the name from their Flinders Street or Northcote stores. This is the place for that pair of green apple-print jeans you never knew you wanted but now desperately have to have. A breath of fresh air on the fashion front. Fitzroy.
After boutique shopping your credit card into the red, pop next door to Ruby Red Dress for a great vintage find. We had our eye on a fur jacket that would totally have us channelling the Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart. Fitzroy.
Trying to find Yohji Yamamoto in Melbourne? Pop into Left to flash your cash and pick up designer threads with a twist – this is no standard Armani/YSL/Gucci boutique. Left stocks all the innovative international designer labels that you might not have heard about, but will want to have. Fitzroy.
This is our kind of design store, pairing a retro aesthetic with modern warehouse chic. Their lighting fixtures are to die for, and if you’ve walked along Gertrude Street at night before, you would have been one of the many punters staring in wonder at their glorious illuminated front windows. Fitzroy.
Hungry yet? It’s likely lunchtime after all that shopping. Pop into De Clieu for a bite to eat and some great coffee that you can even buy to take home and replicate (likely poorly in comparison) – but don't forget to lock up your fixie out the front... Fitzroy.
Looking to deck out your warehouse? Stop at Max Watts Industria at #202 for curious oddities like beakers, surgical equipment, steel numbering and LP gas bottles turned into bowls. We even found a scientific human model with removable internal organs – it’s just what you need. Fitzroy.
If you're vegetarian and sick of the token salad or pasta on the menu for your kind, then Trippy Taco is right up your alley – and it's cheap, too! With cantina style standards like taquitos, burritos and tamales, even your meat-eating buddy will be happy. Fitzroy.