Last month I was given the opportunity to hang out in one of my favourite Melbourne hoods, Fitzroy, and shoot at a few venues that had long been on my to-hit list. Fitzroy is an area you need to properly explore to scratch the surface, and a photographers’ dream to shoot in. Countless terrace and warehouses line the leafy streets, people cruise past on their bikes (seemingly never in a rush!) and people are dressed immaculately and ever so chilled, constantly feeding my photographic sensibilities.
This post is set out in a semi-walking tour of Fitzroy; as usual, I like to stroll and wander the streets fairly aimlessly, only stopping for my next filter and a morning croissant. I’d recommend spreading the eating and drinking out over a few days (at least!) My first stop is always Industry Beans, nothing beats the smell of freshly roasted coffee while you grab your morning pick-me-up.
Then on to the one and only, Lune Croissanterie. I was lucky enough to get a peak out the back and see how the pastry kitchen was run – complete perfection at all times. The number of croissants being made was my type of heaven, made ready to come out of the oven at staggered times to ensure constant warm goodness for everyone.
I learnt in Tokyo people line up for most things, for one reason – because whatever it is, is amazing. The line at Lune is known to get quite long (yes, even before they open), but word has it that Thursday mornings are often quieter, otherwise be patient it’s well worth the wait. I learnt there is no such thing as a plain croissant, only traditional. They make a damn good brew as well, so make sure you grab a coffee!
After Lune, it’s worth strolling around the side streets of this block, particularly from Brunswick Street to Smith, and then up to Johnston. It’s safe to say, I’m a little obsessed with these houses!
After a couple of hours of ambling, I love ducking up to Naked for Satan’s rooftop, Naked in the Sky. Weekends become a bit touristy for my liking, also if the weather is good, it’s impossible to find a seat. I much prefer heading up at a random hour when it’s more chilled, sipping on an Aperol spritz and taking in the ever-changing Melbourne skyline.
Next, I’d walk the back streets up to Andrew McConnell’s Marion on Gertrude Street, via a little relaxation in Carlton Gardens if the sun is out. I love Marion for their refined menu and interior minimalism, yet incredible detailed focus on all things simple. Their menu changes seasonally and is perfect pretty much all of the time; for lunch (Friday-Sunday), for a pre-dinner wine and nibble, or for a shared plate dinner. This goes without saying, but their wine list is next level and has everything you could ever hope for. They retail as well, FYI.
Cutler & Co. is McConnell’s original (and only fine dining) venue, opened back in 2009. Few words can describe the beauty of the restaurant, the food served and the service perfection.
All I can only say is – make a trip there with your special people and enjoy.
Bar Liberty is the final stop. Personally, I wouldn’t attempt Marion and Bar Liberty in the same evening, (you can only stretch your appetite and purse so much!) However, both are a must. The beverage list is extensive, take time to read it through. If you’re not quite sure where to start, the guys will look after you. You’ll find me in the corner sipping on a Yarra Valley Chardy or Gamay, the ideal accompaniment for their share plates.
119 Rose Street, Fitzroy
285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
55-57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
As always, hit me up for more details or a chat.
All images shot for Visit Victoria.