Apart from the CBD, 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 cheerful Japanese joints to sophisticated wine bars. Here are our favourite places to sit and have a full, leisurely meal.

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Wakenbo

Chef Kenji Ito is creating modern, inventive dishes using some unexpected ingredients at this hidden Japanese eatery.

69 Victoria Street, Fitzroy

Poodle Bar & Bistro

This double-decker spot is full of cosy nooks. Sink into a leather banquette or one of the gold velvet couches and order zhooshed-up hotel classics (thinly sliced beetroot-dill cured trout, pan-roasted chicken topped with truffle) from a former Cumulus Inc and Marion chef.

81-83 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Cutler & Co.

After a 2017 renovation, Andrew McConnell's flagship fine diner is better than ever.

55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Marion

Cutler's next-door neighbour loosens the tie but loses none of the cool.

53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Bar Liberty

Combines the talents of two Attica alumni and the team at Rockwell and Sons.

234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Añada

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

197 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Nomada Food & Wine

Tapas and sherry from a hospo dream team.

412 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Hell of the North

Elegant French food in a heritage-listed bluestone building.

135 Greeves Street, Fitzroy

Builders Arms Hotel

Under the stewardship of star chef Andrew McConnell, this classic old boozer feels as vital as ever.

211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Bontempo

From the team behind Fratellino Pizza in South Yarra.

416 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Evie’s Disco Diner

It’s an ’80s referencing, more than 50 per cent vegan American diner with a dance floor.

230 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Pizza Farro Fitzroy

Spelt pizzas and vegan cheese are menu staples at this modern pizzeria.

301 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Charcoal Lane

A social enterprise bringing native ingredients to the fore.

136 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Ichi Ni Nana

A large, colourful restaurant with a menu that touches on nearly every aspect of Japanese cuisine. Here you'll find sushi, gyoza, tempura, plus hearty bowls of ramen and don. Plus a fun drinks list that includes sakes, Japanese-influenced cocktails and craft beers from Tokyo.

Ground Floor 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Vegie Bar

This all-day spot has well and truly earned its title as a Brunswick Street institution.

380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Transformer

Vegie Bar's much slicker but no-less vegetarian counterpart.

99 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Rice Queen

An upbeat pan-Asian diner from the team at Vegie Bar and Transformer.

389 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

Pub food that's a cut above the rest, the steaks in particular.

166 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
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Smith & Daughters

Ballsy vegan fare, tattooed babes and a rock‘n’roll vibe.

175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Bon Ap'

French food as it's served in Paris now, not 30 years ago.

193 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Mukka

Carefully adjusted Indian classics.

365 365 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Panama Dining Room and Bar

Refined food and city views.

Level 3 231 Smith St, Fitzroy

Miss Katie’s Crab Shack

Don a plastic bib and grab a pair of claw crackers at this Southern-style seafood joint. Tip: don’t wear white.

325 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Ladro - Gertrude

A pizza-slinging classic.

224 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Napier Quarter

All-day Parisian style dining in the back streets.

359 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Shop Ramen Fitzroy

Delicious broth and handmade noodles in a cosy package.

329 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Naked For Satan

One of Brunswick Street's classic bars still serving vodka from an old distillery in Fitzroy.

285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Cappo Sociale

This Italian restaurant – in the former Village People Hawker Food Hall space – is the flagship of the Hotel Fitzroy. Come for classic pizzas, salumi, pastas, and a punchy cocktail list. Plus, there's private dining and a terrace balcony.

1/127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Gaea

Gaea is a degustation-only restaurant with room for just 16 guests. There's an intense focus on local ingredients, expressed through eccentric riffs on classic European techniques. You could find anything from cured wallaby to brined and charred dandelion flowers served with a pumpkin puree made from fermented pumpkin juice.

1/166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy