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Retail in Fitzroy and its surrounds is all about the one-offs. Here's Time Out's A-Z of retail curios

Aesop: Fitzroy

From its beginnings in Melbourne in 1987, Aēsop now enjoys an international cult following for their skin and hair care products. Fitzroy.

Amor y Locura

A fiesta of finery, Amor y Locura (“Love and Madness”) stocks the weirdest and most wonderful folk art, furniture and antiques from Mexico and Argentina. Fitzroy.

A Quirk of Fate

This very Northcote boutique stocks adorable/slightly oddball clothes, accessories and everything you need to make your nest nifty. Northcote.

Aunt Maggie's Healthy Grocery Store

An organic superstore that can do no wrong, Aunt Maggie’s not only stocks healthy groceries, but nourishing takeaway treats to boot. Balaclava.

Brown & Bunting Booksellers

A secondhand bookstore more akin to a fancy new one, B&Bs specialises in children’s books and literature with a tilt towards design, art and non-fiction tomes. Northcote.

Dagmar Rousset

Those who watch Fresh Prince of Bel Air for a fashion fix will be in fluoro/crazy-arse-patterned heaven here. Le Petit Prince more your thing? The shop also offers French lessons. Fitzroy.

Dear Gladys

A high-class vintage and contemporary fashion playground for discerning women. Saturday is baking day: expect cookies! Northcote.

Kleins Perfumery

This fragrant grotto has been tickling Fitzroy’s olfactory bits for the last 20 years with more than 80 brands of perfumes, lotions and notions. Fitzroy.

Little Salon

A Fitzroy classic, with cutesy trinkets, covetable clothes and whimsical what-nots in abundance. Fitzroy.

Mark Denver

Reminiscent of a props department at the world’s weirdest theatre, this is the place for curios, original art and taxidermy. Fitzroy.

Monk House Designs

Clothes for the businesslady who knows it takes more than a polka-dotted tie to get your character across in Corporateworld. Brunswick East.

Polyester Books

Hey, furry freaks, it's doubtful there exists an alternative bookstore more alternative than PolyEster – stuffed full of tomes by counterculture heroes and all your favourite drug addicts and satanists. Fitzroy.

Ritual Music & Books

Specialists in punk, hardcore and all manners of noisy racket, Ritual doesn’t sneer at the odd dabble into jazz, indie and hip-hop. Fitzroy North.

Sally's Retro Fashion

A pioneer of vintagewear on the Smith Street strip, Sally’s won’t win any awards for presentation, but who cares when the clothes (especially the men’s hats) are this good? Fitzroy.


A vintage dream come true for boys and girls who love the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Fitzroy.

Shellac Print Gallery

Your wall will never be empty again, with mega-awesome music, film and art prints, plus limited-edition screenprints by local artists, all found here. Northcote.

Somebuddy Loves You

SLY pays homage to our New Zealand neighbours with labels like Karen Walker, Lonely Hearts and Deadly Ponies. Fitzroy.


Forget nana-thermals: this “style lab” has groovified the spencer with underwear you’ll wanna wear outer. Fitzroy.

Studio Ingot

Not just a jeweller, but a gallery featuring original works made from precious and non-precious materials... and a healthy dollop of imagination. Fitzroy.

The Lab Perfumery

Its products are green, but this shop is a blinding beacon of pure white. The place for organic, upmarket smell-and-feel-good skincare. Carlton North.

Third Drawer Down

A design studio, museum and shop all in one, this is the place to find a gift to make the other guests hate you. Fitzroy.

Tomorrow Never Knows

A local collection of streetwear, headed up by a pair of music and art-lovin’ siblings. Fitzroy.


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Updated on 18 Jun 2014.

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