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Melbourne’s Brunswick Street: Fitzroy is Hip & Happening!

Back in London, I loved strolling around the more ‘alternative’ parts of town – where the second-hand shop frequenters were hanging out. The bearded amongst us. The tweed wearers. The artistic bohemians. They are my kind of people. I was lucky to live in a neighbourhood called Brockley – back then relatively unknown (until the overground was linked), which encompassed all of this and is popular for good reason. In fact, it gained so much in popularity, it’s now hard to afford a flat there (same for Brunswick street & surrounds).

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Ever since I have left Brockley, I craved to find suburbs that would awaken my Brockley nostalgia. This is precisely what Brunswick Street did. It’s not hard to see why – it’s hip beyond belief. Brunswick street is located in a suburb called Fitzroy – throughout history, it had been a working class district, home to many ethnicities – now a trendy bohemian quarter and in fact, the oldest suburb in Melbourne.

Note: Be aware, there is also a town just outside of Melbourne called ‘Brunswick’ (which is equally enticing to visit by the way!), so if you ever decide to meet with friends to visit Fitzroy, make sure they don’t end up travelling all way to Brunswick!

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Fitzroy is also famous for its numerous bars that regularly feature oustanding live performances. The best known ones are: the old bar, bar open, the evelyn hotel, gertrudes brown couch and cape live. Some of you may even know the famed punk acts of the 1970’s (Ollie Olsen’s Whirlywirld, Primitive Calculators – anyone?).

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If you are into ethnic foods, healthy vegan & vegetarian options, cocktails and simply ‘out of the ordinary’ stuff – you will be guaranteed to find it there. One of my favourite bars is called ‘Naked for Satan’. And of course, nothing is normal about it. Read their history here – it’s fascinating and you’ll know why the bar is called that way. Apart from Vodka, they also serve Pinxtos. In other words, Russia meets Basque land. Told you…it’s confusing – but oh so unique!

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The CBD (Central Business District) is probably the first stop on anyone’s agenda when visiting Melbourne for the first time. Which is precisely what I did when I first came to Melbourne back in 2008. I did not even think to wander out into a suburb. I wish I had.

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Brunswick street is the coolest street in Melbourne – and probably in all of Australia – and it would be a sin to come to Melbourne and not visit. Next time, I will try to find an airbnb abode just to live amongst the locals for a while. The apartments are as extraordinary as Fitzroy itself!

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If you want to get a real insight of local life, head to Brunswick street on a Saturday for brunch and you will know what I’m talking about! Hordes of super trendy people have their hair cut, stock up on vegan products (or share a delicious vegan cheesecake in one of the many restaurants that are ‘moo-friendly’), sit on one of the many benches outside the cafes to soak up the sun while drinking a pint of beer – while holding an umbrella…

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We even had a conversation with a friendly lady about how she likes to dye her pony-sized dog in all sorts of Henna colours when her boyfriend and her had one too many. Emmm…yep…weird…but it just adds to the charme of this area. People are crazy like that. They don’t conform, don’t oblige and know how to have one hell of a good time.

Brunswick street is like something you’ve never seen before. There is a special vibe to this place.

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Make the most of it and wander out of Brunswick street – Fitzroy has so much more to offer. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Why don’t you enrol for a Knitting workshop in a Pub? How about sweating like crazy and taking a Hot Bikram Yoga class?  Watch a movie over at Nova – guaranteed to show movies you haven’t seen in ages (if you head there on a Monday, ticket prices are discounted). How about some shopping?

Here is a comprehensive guide of the best shops in Gertrude street.

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How do you get there, you may ask? It’s very easy – so easy, that there should be no excuse not to go! Simply, walk along Swanston Street to Bourke Street and catch the No. 86 Bundoora tram. Alternatively, Tram 96  runs along Nicholson Street, the western border of the suburb. (catch it on Bourke Street). The tram runs between St.Kilda and West Brunswick. Or, take Tram 112 which runs directly along Brunswick Street in Fitzroy (hop on at Collins Street in the city).

If you find yourself somewhere else, double check on Metlink’s website.

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Also make sure to check out the official Melbourne tourism website to see if there are any special events going on; and for a comprehensive guide of Fitzroy’s barscene, select your favourites on Timeout.

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Heart IconHave you ever been to Brunswick street / Fitzroy? Any cool hang-out places you may recommend? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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30 Comments

  • Bianca @itsallbee

    11.02.2016 at 09:55 Reply

    I am heading to Australia next month and will be in Melbourne for a few days as well. Will definitely have to check this place out!

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    • Serendipity Tess

      11.02.2016 at 10:30 Reply

      You’ll absolutely love it! Make sure to have breakfast / brunch in the many amazing cafes in the street! 🙂

  • Shobha

    13.02.2016 at 19:21 Reply

    Love it! It has a bit of the shoreditch vibe from London but with more sunshine 🙂 I’ve never been to Melbourne but I’ll definitely add this to my list of places when I do make it there.
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    • Serendipity Tess

      13.02.2016 at 20:03 Reply

      Hey Shobha, thanks for your comment! Yes, absolutely!! It is very Shoreditchey 😉 Absolutely recommend the place!

  • noel

    13.02.2016 at 19:52 Reply

    Definitely would hang out in a place like this, my kinda vibe and cool things to check out I’m sure

  • Megan

    13.02.2016 at 21:40 Reply

    Looks like a great place to explore. I love all the color everywhere, inside and out. Hope to make it out that way someday.

    • Serendipity Tess

      13.02.2016 at 23:12 Reply

      Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂 Yeah, I’m a sucker for all things colourful – and Fitzroy does not lack of it, for sure!! 😀

  • Nancy

    14.02.2016 at 00:48 Reply

    I have never been to Melbourne and will plan to visit Brunswick/Fitzroy when I get there – hopefully soon! It looks likes a fun and interesting area to explore. Love your photos!
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  • Shandos

    14.02.2016 at 04:44 Reply

    Thanks for sharing so many great photos! I didn’t visit Fitzroy last time I visited Melbourne from Sydney (when I stayed in Prahran) but am definitely going to check out FItzroy (and Richmond for the street art) next time I’m in town!
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    • Serendipity Tess

      14.02.2016 at 20:42 Reply

      Thabk you for popping by Shandos 🙂 let me know once you visited – i am so sure you’ll love it! 🙂

  • Katie

    14.02.2016 at 05:05 Reply

    This place looks great, Fitzroy is definitely the kind of place I like to explore. Love the quirky elements you shared – knitting class in a pub? How funny! Also that restaurant serving Spanish food and Russian drinks – I’d try it!

    • Serendipity Tess

      14.02.2016 at 20:43 Reply

      Tapas & Vodka – who would have thought. But it’s places like that that make Fitzroy so unique!! 😀

  • RaW | Ramble and Wander

    14.02.2016 at 06:34 Reply

    Ooh! This is like a walk down the memory lane for me! 🙂 I’ve been to Naked for Satan bar before! In addition to the above, there is plenty of cool street art too on some of the back lanes in the area. All you need to do is just explore the neighbourhood. I just wish I had more time to explore the area.
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    • Serendipity Tess

      14.02.2016 at 20:46 Reply

      Awesome to hear you have been to the place – and yeah Melbourne is so artistic and full of street art 😀

  • Carmen

    14.02.2016 at 13:58 Reply

    It’s always fun to find funky, off the beaten path places like this!

    • Serendipity Tess

      15.02.2016 at 09:42 Reply

      Yeah I really wonder how many ‘tourists’ actually travel to Fitzroy…i’d rather skip the CBD altogether and come here straight away 😀

  • Melanie

    15.02.2016 at 00:04 Reply

    I love this neighborhood. I would sooo love to walk around there and sit in some cafés, watch people and sip my coffee. I experienced such neighborhoods in Nova Scotia, Canada. Love the pictures I could already feel the vibe through it.

    • Serendipity Tess

      15.02.2016 at 09:44 Reply

      Hey Melanie, thank you for popping by! 🙂 Yes, this is pretty much what we did on one of the mornings – just sipped on our chai lattes and watched the world go by! 🙂

  • Mags

    15.02.2016 at 00:04 Reply

    I’ve only been to Australia once, and never to Melborne, but this neighborhood looks right up my alley.
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  • Anna @ shenannagans

    15.02.2016 at 00:27 Reply

    Love, love, love this neck of the woods, such a cool vibe. I haven’t been here for years, but I have memories of weaving through hallways to the back of buildings to find perfectly lovely gardens decked out with brightly painted furniture and local art works. Must visit again.

  • Christopher

    15.02.2016 at 23:52 Reply

    I love these charming artistic little streets. Every city seems to have one. Here in Toronto it’s Queent St. West. and Kensington Market. Everything is original, authentic and fun. Great post and glad you found your home away from home !!!

    • Serendipity Tess

      16.02.2016 at 19:33 Reply

      Hey Christopher, in that case, it very much sounds like I should be heading to Toronto soon. Yeah, Melbourne is a city I could easily see myself living in! It really ticks all the boxes. If it wasn’t for those visa regulations…*sigh*

  • Marie DImech

    26.03.2016 at 20:08 Reply

    I live in Melbourne and you are truly correct that places like Fitzroy are so unique…we have so many other places that are just the same…That is what I love about Melbourne, it has so many different areas that resemble so many different parts of towns in from all over the world. It is very Multicultural and that is what makes it so fantastic (as well as the weather)…Come to Melbourne – you will have a time of experience…I love Melbourne….I wouldn’t leave here for anything…Thank you so much Serendipity Tess for sharing this…..

    • Serendipity Tess

      26.03.2016 at 22:31 Reply

      Hello Marie, nice to meet you and thank you so much for leaving such a beautiful comment! I am always so happy when someone local comments on one of my posts! 🙂 You are so lucky to be able to call Melbourne your home. It is one of my favourite cities – what’s there not to like, huh?! Fitzroy is so unique – if I could, i would move there tomorrow! 🙂

  • Emily

    20.05.2016 at 04:34 Reply

    I stayed in Melbourne for about 6.5 months and spent a LOT of time on Brunswick Street. My favorite bar was called Black Cat. Mostly because they served my favorite cider, Monteiths, but also for the great atmosphere and awesome outdoor area, perfect for people-watching on a sunny afternoon. Also, they’ll have pizza delivered for you. What more could you want?

    • Serendipity Tess

      22.05.2016 at 16:54 Reply

      Ahhh awesome to hear that – yes Brunswick is just fantastic! I haven’t been to Black Cat and haven’t had that cider — but next time I will 🙂 Thank you for the recommendation 🙂

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