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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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Pickings and Parry

Stock up on traditional working men's attire and book your turn on the original barber's chairs.

Anada

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

Birdman Eating

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

Casa Ciuccio

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

The Fitzroy Beer Garden

Hit the leafy beer garden for cheap grub and cocktails, plus DJs and weekly trivia.

The Wilde

Expect the unexpected. The next time you visit this ever-evolving bar, it may be a whole new place.

Spacecraft

Pick up everything from bed linens and light furnishings to hand bags and vivid decorative prints.

Little Salon

Admire heart-meltingly adorable hand-made accessories, jewellery, artwork, homewares and fashion.

Tarlo & Graham

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

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