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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.
"Interesting use of photographic images - Sontag would love it"
reviewed 19 October 2017 by Alison R A
The lighting is fantastic and the different works are all compelling and fascinating. Reading Susan Sontag's essays on photography (and Barthes as well) places this contemporary medium in a thoughtful way
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
"A very nice neighborhood that doesn't have any major attraction site"
reviewed 21 July 2017 by Saricie_Q
While there are not really many attractions or tourist sights for a visitor, it is a neighborhood with a lot of good restaurants, cafes, bars, bookstores, and even art galleries. There are especially many places to eat and drink on Brunswick Street, Gertrud Street and Smith Street. In between these main streets, it is mostly residential.
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.
Walked past this place on Saturday night and spotted the funky red walls and lounges. We immediately decided we’d stop and have a spontaneous cocktail.
They have delicious cocktails and the staff are really nice. Very chilled atmosphere.
This is the place to go if you want to taste the best Gelato in Melbourne. They have some very unusual flavour combinations. You can have a cup or a cone and can buy by the scoop. They also have packages that you can take home. Don't miss the opportunity. You won't regret it.
Went on a business dinner. Food is really good and atmosphere nice. Probably better suited to groups as the evening I went was a little loud if you were planning a romantic escape for two. Definitely worth a visit.
I visited The Royal Derby on a Saturday while in Melbourne with a group of interstate friends. It's external appearance is deceptive as inside it's modern, comfortable and spacious (with a nice open beer garden at rear). Good range of beers on tap. Food was high quality and well priced with generous portions. There's plenty of TV screens to watch...