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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 or Archie's All Day? 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. Third Drawer Down on neighbouring George Street 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 Añada.

Shopping on the strip

Ditch downloading for the joys of flipping through vinyl at Northside Records and browsing the music, films and books in Title. Rummage through antique oddities and vintage finds at Tarlo & Graham.

Feel the flush of pride in local labels Obus, Edgeley and Aesop. Check out the textiles and crafts at Spacecraft and Cottage Industry. Dress up for dinner with designer duds from The Signet Bureau and ESS Laboratory. Up your sartorial game at Smart Alec Hatters.

Late night delights

Make room for a course or two of perfection on a plate at Cutler & Co., at the Builders Arms and Ricky & Pinky, or hatted wine bar Marion. Taste bush tucker gone gourmet at Charcoal Lane and southern-style spice at Belle's Hot Chicken. 

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

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Obus

Drench yourself in colour, and dresses, coats and pants, at this distillery of cutting edge fashion.

Tarlo & Graham

If you love eccentric antiques, vintage bits and industrial design, quench your curiosity here.

The Signet Bureau

Admire this striking gallery space and the vibrant clothing and shoe designs that bring it to life.

TETTMAN.DOUST

Experience the sensation of wearing TETTMAN.DOUST's exceptionally tailored designs.

Edgeley

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

Northside Records

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

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Food & wine

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Marion

Learn the stories of Fitzroy in Andrew McConnell's Gertrude Street wine bar for serious wine lovers.

Sonido

Give your weekend mornings a South American glow over crispy arepas and Columbian hot chocolate.

Anada

Slip into a little pocket of Andalusia in Fitzroy to enjoy sensational tapas and moreish raciones.

Casa Ciuccio

You're no donkey for dining on Casa Ciuccio's sumptuous slow-cooked meats directly from a coal pit.

Trippy Taco

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

Belle's Hot Chicken Fitzroy

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

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