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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Poodle Bar & Bistro

Restaurant

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.

Restaurant

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

55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Marion

Bar

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

53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Bar Liberty

Bar

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

234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Añada

Restaurant

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

197 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Nomada Food & Wine

Restaurant

Tapas and sherry from a hospo dream team.

412 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Hell of the North

Restaurant

Elegant French food in a heritage-listed bluestone building.

135 Greeves Street, Fitzroy

Builders Arms Hotel

Bar

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

211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Bontempo

Restaurant

From the team behind Fratellino Pizza in South Yarra.

416 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Evie’s Disco Diner

Restaurant

True to its name, this ’80s-referencing, Queer-friendly, vegan-leaning American diner packs a nightclub-quality soundsystem and a mezzanine DJ booth. Drag trivia and bingo are held regularly here, alongside glitzy techno and pop parties.

230 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Pizza Farro Fitzroy

Restaurant

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

301 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Ichi Ni Nana

Restaurant

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
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Vegie Bar

Restaurant

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

380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Transformer

Restaurant

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

99 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Rice Queen

Restaurant

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

389 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

Restaurant

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

166 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
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Bon Ap'

Restaurant

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

193 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Mukka

Restaurant

Carefully adjusted Indian classics.

365 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Panama Dining Room and Bar

Bar

Refined food and city views.

Level 3 231 Smith St, Fitzroy

Miss Katie’s Crab Shack

Restaurant

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

Restaurant

A pizza-slinging classic.

224 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Napier Quarter

Cafe

All-day Parisian style dining in the back streets.

359 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Shop Ramen Fitzroy

Restaurant

Delicious broth and handmade noodles in a cosy package.

329 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Naked For Satan

Bar

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

285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Cappo Sociale

Restaurant

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
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Gaea

Restaurant

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 might 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

Afghan Gallery

Restaurant

This Brunswick Street institution is one of Australia’s oldest Afghan restaurants. Adored by homesick Afghanis and BYO-loving uni students alike, the veggo- and vegan-friendly spot is one of Fitzroy’s most unique dining experiences.

327 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Riso

Restaurant

This all-day diner and wine bar is from an ex-Vue De Monde chef known for his sell out vegetarian pop-up dinners. Come for an a la carte menu that changes daily (pastas are the star of the show) and a wine list curated by an ex-L'Hôtel Gitan and Movida sommelier.

60 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Gogyo

Restaurant

Swing by for a bowl of the signature burnt-miso ramen at lunch, or izakaya-style snacks and cocktails after dark.

413 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Ish

Restaurant

A modern Indian eatery serving curry risotto, lassi cocktails and gluten-free naan.

199 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Kewpie

Restaurant

Not even a devastating fire could keep down this Fitzroy institution, once known as Bimbo Deluxe. DJs, cheap pizza and good times are still the name of the game here.

376 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Belles Hot Chicken Fitzroy

Restaurant

The Colonel’s got nothing on this fiery Nashville-style fried-chicken joint.

150 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy