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? Gourmet brunch at Birdman Eating or Archie's All Day? Load up on energy for some mega browsing.

Tick off the galleries first. Seventh, This Is No Fantasy 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, check out the textiles and crafts at Spacecraft and Cottage Industry, and up your sartorial game at Smart Alec Hatters.

Feel the flush of pride in local labels Obus, Leonard St, Edgeley and Aesop. Dress up for dinner with designer duds from The Signet Bureau and ESS Laboratory.

Late night delights

Make room for a course or two of perfection on a plate at Cutler & Co., Messer, the Builders Arms 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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