FITZROY At A Glance
What was once a bohemian working class enclave is now the city’s undisputed hot spot. With its colourful streets and thriving bar and restaurant scene, eclectic Fitzroy leads the way in all things dining, drinking and living. Although gentrification has swept through, Fitzroy still retains real grit – one of its most intriguing features.
An eclectic mix of dining and bars with just the right amount of grit.
House prices are through the roof and parking is an uphill battle.
Character-filled Fitzroy is Melbourne’s oldest suburb.
Ask someone if they’ve been to Melbourne and chances are they’ll start raving about Fitzroy.
Whether it’s salsa dancing to pulsing Latin beats into the early hours, browsing sleek record stores and local boutiques or braving a mammoth ‘Parma’ (parmigiana) at one of the area’s many iconic pubs – the options are endless.
Creative studios and galleries litter the multitude of side streets, while stylish cafés and some of Melbourne’s undisputedly best bars and restaurants line the main thoroughfares (and beyond).
Buzzing Brunswick street keeps the hordes dancing all night long with its cheerful assortment of late night spots and BYO eateries, while Smith Street brings a more sophisticated edge into the mix. Sleek Gertrude Street is home to some of the city’s best local designers, while Johnston Street offers everything from hands-on Ethiopian cuisine to plate-smashing Greek fare.
Gentrification has swept through in a big way, yet Fitzroy still maintains real urban charm. While it certainly isn’t a hidden gem anymore, it’s still managed to retain some of the character-filled grit that made it so popular in the first place.
The students and artists who once filled Fitzroy’s (once crumbling) terraces have largely been priced out, and replaced with trendy white-collar types who favour converted warehouses and filter coffees.
If you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse inside one of the area’s highly sought-after homes, you’ll likely encounter an eclectic yet tasteful setup. That being said the area still draws a hugely diverse and international crowd, and on weekends you’re likely to rub shoulders with everyone and anyone.
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Pubs are something of a religion in Fitzroy. Everyone has a favourite, every one claims to have the best Parma. Best test them out for yourself.
Whether it’s wares from chic local designers or rare vintage gems, Fitzroy is the place to come to for clothes (and homewares) that offer that little something different.
Fitzroy Pool is a Melbourne institution that draws bathers from near and far who come to see and be seen on the concrete steps (and do a few laps). Early mornings and summer evenings are blissful.
Now one of Melbourne’s most expensive suburbs per square metre, property in Fitzroy is a hot commodity to say the least.