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Fitzroy is an unusual blend of working class roots, hip gentrification, and a robust bohemian work ethic. Along Brunswick Street and its side streets, you'll find little independent shops where local clothes and furniture designers display their wares. There are specialist bookshops, funky record bars, and quality vintage clothing shops where browsing is the next best thing to buying. Gertrude Street is famous for its cuisine and art galleries, but if you want to buy an old-fashioned snooker table, there is a shop for that too. Small pubs still exist, tucked away on the corners of suburban side streets that serve up traditional Sunday roasts. Live music abounds, and the street performers play so hard you worry to tip them would ruin their concentration. Venture to the Spanish quarter on Johnston Street and you may even find street dancing. It is all happening amidst off-beat street murals and the shuffle of a very funky neighbourhood that embraces both old and new.
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
"Trendy Area For Hipsters"
reviewed 3 weeks ago by Mary I
Its the hipster central of Australia. Ladies with tattoos on their legs (very chic now) and men with big long bushy beards (equally chic). Many years back (or decades actually, in the 70's) Brunswick St Fitzroy was a bohemian area where artists and musicians would gather. Painting by day and drinking by night. But most of the famous venues have...
Honestly, I could spend hours here. It’s great seeing contemporary photography artists been given the support to show their works at a large professional space.
I have also really appreciated seeing diversity in artists being celebrated at CCP. This gallery has introduced me to some of my favourite indigenous female photographers and for that I will be forever grateful.
The Gallery has been a constant in Brunswick Street for decades offering an eclectic range of prints at reasonable prices. Its well worth a browse through the collection on offer which covers both Australian and overseas artists. Very helpful staff have been a feature of the gallery for many years.
Rachael was a fabulous host setting the scene perfectly. We did the Egyptian room and found it challenging but we did manage to solve it just in time and loved the array of surprising and varied puzzles.Geat decor...including the bar and waiting area. Very professional feel. We'll be back to try the other rooms.
I went on the gangsters, brothels and lollyshops tour last Saturday and couldn’t rate it highly enough. Michael is a great storyteller and brings Melbourne’s crime archives to life in a compelling way. Highly recommend.
I heard about their special flavours and gelato in Australia. The Pistacho Praline was heaven... I had ice cream in many places inc Milano and it can definitely compete. I tried a few more during my holiday. I think what I like most is that their ice cream has proper flavours, bits & pieces and don't just taste bland.
Breakfast broad - now to remember what's on it.
Jamon, smoked salmon, beetroot curd egg, mini breakfast bowl (mango, coconut and I can't remember) and #coffee no. 2.
I really like the idea of being allowed to sit here, feeling comfortable, not knowing what I was really going to get on the menu. I will return.
Lovely food & wine and great staff. We've been twice, for lunch and dinner, and will definitely be back. I recommend sitting out in the courtyard if you have the chance.
For lunch I tried the special which was a type of chicken stew, it was lovely but for me it was too small a portion for the price, ≈...
Our group of 12 had a wonderful dinner on a recent Saturday night. All food intolerances were catered for despite us having organised a fixed menu. Great food and exceptional service. Great wine list. Our table was not too close to other diners. Only downside was that it was quite noisy.
Had dec my time at the Derby during Super Bowl LI, friendly staff, good environment, clean, nice patio and didn’t know it was a hotel. Washroom was dank and located out on Patio. I guess drinks were reasonably priced for Australia but paying $13 for 16oz of cider is a bit much being a traveler. They did have specials though.