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Overview

Gertrude Street

Take the amount of time you've allotted to hang out on Gertrude Street, and double it. Getting to grips with this microcosm of the best bits of Fitzroy is equal parts time consuming and rewarding.

In just one strip you'll find bars, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, vintage wares, costume hire and old-school pubs. You just need to decide where to begin.

Starting the day

Will you go for breakfast bagels at Arcadia? Pastries and killer coffee at De Clieu? Gourmet brunch at Birdman Eating? Load up on energy for some mega browsing.

Tick off the galleries first. Gertrude Contemporary, Dianne Tanzer Gallery and the Australian Print Workshop will expand your mind with emerging and contemporary works. The flower displays in Mr Lincoln could be mistaken for an installation, and the vintage fashion in Circa could be lifted from a museum. Third Drawer Down is like the gift shop at the end.

Locals who lunch

Locate the luncheon spot of choice, whether pizza at Ladro, a cheeky glass of wine and antipasti at Gertrude Street Enoteca or hip arepas in Sonido. Be tantalised by the tapas at Anada.

Shopping on the strip

Ditch downloading for the joys of browsing the music, films and books in Title, or gorge on the new and second-hand gastro titles in Books for Cooks. Rummage through industrial and commercial furniture and finds at Industria X.

Feel the flush of pride in local labels Obus and Aesop. Go gaga in Little Salon, check out the textiles at Spacecraft, and the crafts at Cottage Industries. Dress up for dinner with designer duds from Dagmar Rousset and NOM*D.

Late night delights

Make room for a course or two of perfection on a plate at Cutler & Co. or the revamped Builders Arms and Moon Under Water dining room, or taste bush tucker gone gourmet at Charcoal Lane.

Ascend unassuming stairs to the pedigreed sophisticated boozy reading room that's the Everleigh and sip the bartender's choice through a metal straw.

End your night where all good nights must, standing shoulder to shoulder with your mates by the stage at The Workers Club.

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Things to do

Gertrude Street

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The Catfish

Great booze, great food and great tunes is the aim of many bars, but the Catfish gets it spot on.

Belle's Hot Chicken

Dig into Nashville-inspired spicy fried chicken with classic southern sides, beers and bourbons.

Trippy Taco

Take a Mel Mex pilgrimage to the brightly coloured Trippy Taco for vegetarian Fresh Mex street food.

Alice Edgeley

Peruse the biannual collections, buy off the rack or commission custom pieces from Alice Edgeley.

ESS Laboratory

Expect unorthodox cuts, unexpected cuts and forms, and unisex outfits of rare beauty from this duo.

Radio bar

Perch yourself by the front window and watch the passers-by with a morning coffee or a late-night beer.

Birdman Eating

Kick your day off with a Bloody Mary and enjoy Gertrude Street people watching while lazily grazing.

Smart Alec Hatters

Join the ranks of discerning gentlemen who know that a jaunty outfit is not complete without a hat.

Northside Records

Head northside for LPs, CDs, DVDs, books, DJ equipment and phonic rarities especially imported.

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