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Best Things to do in Fitzroy

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published May 5th 2013
Fitzroy: The Oldest, Smallest, and Coolest suburb
1. Where is Fitzroy?

Fitzroy is only 2 kilometres north-east of the CBD in the city of Yarra.

The suburb is Melbourne's smallest in terms of area, and is bordered by Victoria Parade to the South (Alexandra Parade to the North), Smith Street in the East, and Nicholson Street.

View Looking North from Brunswick Street and Johnston Street Fitzroy
View Looking North from Brunswick Street and Johnston Street Fitzroy.

2. What is the history of Fitzroy?

Fitzroy is Melbourne's first suburb and was formed in 1839. The area has gone through several waves of gentrification and many of the industrial areas have now been converted to apartments.

3. Who lives there?

This small area packs in almost 10,000 residents who are mostly in their late 20s and early 30s, and 45% are born overseas.

4. Are there sporting facilities?

There is a swimming pool, recreation centre, and several sporting clubs in Fitzroy.

5. What are the restaurants like?

Marios Cafe is at 303 Brunswick Street Fitzroy is well known, and popular with locals.

Little Creatures Dining Hall serves pizza and craft beers.

6. Are there any good pubs?

Bimbo Deluxe at 376 Brunswick Street has cheap food, and a great dining area upstairs.

Bimbo Deluxe
Bimbo Deluxe

Polly Cocktail Lounge at 401 Brunswick Street Fitzroy has an amazing selection of cocktails, outstanding service, and a plush interior.

Polly Bar
Polly Cocktail Lounge

7. What are the houses like?

Most people in Fitzroy live in apartments, or semi-detached houses.

8. Is it expensive to live there?

Only 1 in 6 residents fully own their house, and almost 20% of households need to earn over $150,000 per annum to pay for their inner city lifestyle, according to the ABS.

9. How do I get there?

The best way to get to Fitzroy is by tram with the numbers 86, 96, and 112 in the area. Driving may be difficult, particularly on Brunswick Street in the evenings.

10. Any other important information about Fitzroy?

The TV show Offspring is often filmed in Fitzroy.
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Why? The smallest, coolest, and oldest suburb in Melbourne.
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