Just 2km from the Melbourne CBD, discover the ultra cool style of Melbourne’s oldest, hippest suburb. Dive into streets where the finest examples of Victorian architecture stand side by side with converted industrial and commercial buildings, terraces and modern apartments.
Specialist bookshops rub shoulders with venerable old school cafes like the legendary Marios’ and Black Cat. High end fashion meets quirky secondhand clothing. Art is everywhere. Commissioned murals and sculptures add life and colour to every second street corner in one big free public exhibition.
Cultural and architectural heritage is woven into the fabric of the suburb. Fitzroy’s oldest building, the former Devonshire Arms Hotel, sets the tone for a slew of classic pubs – The Rose, The Standard, The Napier, The Rainbow and many more. From the Moran & Cato warehouse to the Aqua Profunda sign at the Fitzroy Swimming Pool or the fabled Town Hall, the streets brim with urban icons.
Marion Lane looking towards the Royal Exhibition Building dome
Sample the authentic Hispanic culture of Johnston Street. Immerse yourself in the four decade tradition of the Hispanic-Latin American Fiesta. Check out another institution, the Casa Iberica Deli, supplying traditional ingredients and smallgoods since 1975. Take your pick from a fabulous array of new age dive bars, the crazy Tiki oasis of LuWow, the ever-reliable Provincial Hotel, or seafood and craft beer at your very own local, The Rochey.
And you’ll have to set aside plenty of time to explore Gertrude Street’s extraordinary collection of bars, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, vintage wares, costume hire and old-school pubs. Continue over to Smith Street for your shopping quadrella – more great record shops, incredible selection of cafes and bars, and a retail smorgasbord that includes diverse delights such as Blackhearts and Sparrows bottle shop, Andrew McConnell’s specialty butcher Meatsmith, and Hinoki Japanese Pantry.
The Evelyn Hotel