There's no better place to take the pulse of Melbourne's restaurant scene than in its oldest suburb. Everything fresh and exciting seems to be happening here or in adjoining Collingwood, from rustic Mexican joints to sophisticated wine bars. Here are our favourite places to sit and have a full, leisurely meal.

Marion

A sharp wine bar from Andrew McConnell.

53 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Cutler & Co.

Another winner from McConnell.

55-57 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Ladro - Gertrude

A pizza-slinging classic.

224 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

IDES

Fine-dining from an ex-Attica chef.

92 Smith Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

Añada

Try the acorn-fed, 36-month-old jamón.

197 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC

Vegie Bar

Get some veggies in you.

380 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC