A stroll through Melbourne’s Fitzroy

Fitzroy is just as eclectic and interesting as I remembered. If anything it has gone a bit more upmarket but still remains quite edgy.

I started my stroll at the corner of Smith Street and Gertrude Street at the big Crumpler store. Gertrude street is a great area to explore. There are loads of cute and unique shops and cafes. I particularly liked Made in Melbourne as all the clothes and jewelry is of course made in Melbourne and quite nice.

There are also funky furniture shops and even a milliner. Although this milliner seems to sell caps for blokes rather than race day head gear.

It is quite hard to choose where to eat along here as there are so many good option. There are five super cute busy cafes sitting almost next to each other. I went to Arcadia. I enjoyed a sandwich featuring roast chicken stuffed with lemon and thyme on dark rye and a healthy green smoothie. It was delicious.

Dessert can be at The Donut Shop which is 130 Gertrude Street. They have taken the art of a filled donut to a whole new level.

Take a right once you hit Brunswick Street. On the corner is the famous Melbourne pub/restaurant the Provincial which has gotten away with its dilapidated exterior for years. A door or two down is a fantastic restaurant called Rice Paper Scissors. The menu is Asian fusion and the service is great.

The famous Vasette florist

There are quite a few outlet stores along this stroll. My favourite is Melbourne brand Life with Bird which is at 264 Brunswick Street.

The perfect place for souvenirs or expat treats to take home is The Melbourne Shop at 338 Brunswick Street.

Pop into Babka for some bread to take home. Babka is another institution – I used to come here for breakfast when I was at University so it’s been around for a while!

After Babka take a right down Rose Street and walk down to Smith street. Take another right onto Smith street.

Have a wander along eclectic Smith Street. Make sure you pop into Gluttony, the home of amazing desserts. Wind your way back to the corner of Gertrude street and your square/rectangular tour of Fitzroy is complete!

I could not figure out why this image was everywhere in Fitzroy??


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35 thoughts on “A stroll through Melbourne’s Fitzroy

  1. Awesome! Love the photos that you took. My best friend lives in Melbourne actually, and I’m planning to visit soon! Will keep this place in mind πŸ˜€

  2. I would love to visit and buy couple of things. Those dolls in your first pic, do you think what they are called? We get miniature versions of those in India, hollow inside, and you can put stationary etc. in those.

  3. I’m moving to Melbourne next year and my woman’s waters are telling me I’ll be spending a heck-tonne of time in Fitzroy… such a lovely suburb.

  4. I love Fitzroy, it’s such an eclectic neighbourhood, even if it’s a little overrun with hipsters for my taste now. I always try to go to a bar or restaurant there whenever I’m in Melbourne. I’ll have to try out Babka next time, thanks for the recommendation

  5. Wow, those are some huge nesting dolls (if my eyes are not playing tricks on me). I think I would enjoy checking out the funky furniture shops, I have always found unique finds interesting. I imagine the roast chicken sandwich is delicious right.

  6. Fitzroy seems like a great place to spend the day. That picture of the dark rye sandwich has made me hungry now. I’m also really intrigued about the moustached guy in the poster…he looks Indian.

  7. Fitzroy seems like a great place to spend the day. That picture of the dark rye sandwich has really made me hungry. And I’m intrigued with the guy in the moustache too, specially because he looks Indian .

  8. Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oy oy oy! I have always wanted to visit Australia ever since I was a child. Maybe because I was fascinated about kangaroos and Koalas. But hey, visiting Melbourne is one of my dreams, too! Being one of the LGBT-friendly cities in the world, I can’t wait to set foot on this vibrant city! πŸ™‚

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