Experience all things creative and cool in the inner-city suburb of Fitzroy.
A wave of gentrification may have swept through Fitzroy, but its unique fusion of creativity and foodie culture has firmly taken root. To get your visit kicked off, drop by one of the bakeries — there’s enough to satisfy any pastry-based craving. You’ll find twice-baked croissants and cruffins at Lune; an assortment of Eastern European-influenced offerings including cheese blintzes (pancakes) at Babka; and freshly baked quinoa, soy and linseed or olive and basil loaves (served up with the wholesome breakfast dishes, of course) at Rustica Sourdough.
If you want to experience a deeper insight into the fresh, seasonal food to be found in Fitzroy, join Foodi on a Food Night Safari Fitzroy tour. Wander through laneways and past vast and colourful street art, taste cheeses and sip wine at suave bars, and snack on tapas at food vans.
Looking for somewhere to stop for a cold beer? The Builders Arms Hotel has a laid-back public bar, a courtyard laced with bougainvillea and a restaurant, Ricky & Pinky, dishing up Hong Kong-style Chinese food.
This is an excellent spot for dining before seeing some live music at the suburb’s various venues. At The Workers Club, an eclectic mix of new and emerging bands take to the stage. Down the road, The Evelyn has been around for more than 20 years and is what many consider a music institution. Then there’s Old Bar, another old-school venue where performers spanning all the rock genres perform. For jazz, blues, funk and soul, check out The Night Cat on Friday and Saturday nights when the dance floor gets busy.
If you’re after a unique gift or simply feel like spoiling yourself, head to Rose Street Artists Market (open Saturday and Sunday). Here, you’ll discover some of Melbourne’s artisans and designers displaying their creations, from clothing, shoes and jewellery to candles, photography and tasty bites. After you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, relax with a beverage at the on-site diner or the rooftop bar.