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.

Nomada

Tapas and sherry from a hospo dream team.

412 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

IDES

Fine-dining from an ex-Attica chef.

92 Smith Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

Ladro - Gertrude

A pizza-slinging classic.

224 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Añada

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

197 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Vegie Bar

Get some veggies in you.

380 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC

Mukka

Carefully adjusted Indian classics.

365 365 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065