It is the coffee which originally brought me to Brunswick Street and kept me there. Since 1987, my first coffee related visit was to the "Black Cat Cafe", a visit which surely changed my life. I still remember those rays of light through the venitian blinds after I sipped that sacred Vitrivere. Since then there have been many other sweeping changes...more
This place is a Fitzroy institition. Come in and see if they have a table free (quite easy for two or three people). Marios is always busy and doesn't take bookings, just ask American comedian Jerry Seinfeld when he was down under on a short tour. "Mister Seinfeld would like a table at you fine café". "Oh I'm sorry but we don't take reservations,...more
This resturant has no menusno pricesno Alchohol allowedBut people keep coming back and coming back for the food and the way the place is run with such care and passion. You know you are somewhere special when you walk in. The owner will take care of you in her own way. Oh yes, and every night someone gets there meal on the house, but you can't ask...more
The Afgan Gallery is a cosy and friendly place to eat. The Afgani food could be described as a mix between turkish and indian but you cannot really do it justice by saying that. It is just to give you a rough idea of the type of food. The setting is very exotic and you sit cross legged on soft coushion/seat things like you can get in Thai...more
This pub is an institution and is always packed with locals. It has a homestyle, cozy feel.Good selection of drinks and pub meals (including vegetarian). But you may be waiting a while for your food...There is a pool table.The Napier is a 20 minute walk from Melbourne CBD, or catch the number 112 East Brunswick tram from Collins Street. Get off the...more
This country style pub has its very own brew on tap: 'Fitzroy Amber'There is a rooftop garden open in summer months.Live music on Sunday nights.Star spotting: Melbourne boys Jet are locals. If you like that kind of thing.Open: Sun 1.30pm-11pm, Mon-Sat 1.30pm-1am, Closed: Xmas Day No dress codemore
Great on a wintery Sunday afternoon (especially after a footy game at Optus Oval), if you want to listen to some cool tunes, but be able to hear your friends without yelling at each other.If you're lucky the deli across the road will bring over some left over focaccia's and other goodies for you to snack on whilst sipping on your bevvie. Laid back...more
Most melburnians know about this classic cool pub. But if you are new to Melbourne it would be considered a hidden gem. Go there for a relaxing drink and a HUGE and cheap pub meal. A word of warning about the service, the people behind the bar are very efficient but can be a bit short with you so don't go to this pub to tell the barman your...more
Over the past 25 years or so Brunswick Street has transgressed form a street of rag trade industries to that of a more fashionable shopping strip. Interestingly the old businesses of the so called rag trade, the last one closed it's doors in early 2003, were not necessarily low end of the market. Many of the few remaining in the past ten years were...more
Being a part of Brunswick Street is what it's all about. Finding your place on this street is about discovering your self, and also finding others who are doing it also! Don't be just what you can buy on a boutique shelf, that's just too easy. So many people come to Brunswick Street to people watch, there isn't so much harm in that, but don't spent your whole life doing that when "you" could really be part of the scene your self. Some people try, some people don't need to they just fit into the vibe of the street.
For 20 years I have observed the development of various styles and genres of graffiti art in Melbourne - imported and home grown styles.This outlawish nature of the graffiti artist has long been an interest of mine. Fitzroy is one place to find the works of Melbourne's hottest street artist.more
North Fitzroy has gone from a kind of forgotten corner to quite a diversely pleasant place and very popular address in the past decade. It's hub is around a supermarket, but one which is independantly owned and has a good selection of imported beers! There is a kind of a village feel about this part of inner city Melbourne. If your up this far away...more
The architecture and general street scape has great appeal on Brunswick Street. There one finds countless relics from Melbourne's golden age of Neo-classical and Victorian era construction. One of the true gems of this age would have to be the Beswicke Building, located at the corner of Greeves and Brunswick Streets, Fitzroy.
Fondest memory: On the 1st October 1987 a friend of mine first took me to the "Black Cat Cafe", Fitzroy. As we were alighting the tram the first interesting feature which took my surprise, directly 3 levels above the cafe's entrance, was this "bell shaped tower" at the top corner of the c1888 Beswicke Building. This is a mysterious building, built by a little known architect who had built the 4th tallest building in the world in 1888 (12 levels) and now demolished. The so called "Beswicke Building" has a presence so strong while at the same time going unnoticed. The most parcular thing is that in the 10 years I sold my cards on Brunswick Street, many people who commented on my pictures of the building couldn't actually place where it was. Some asked if was in Prague, Paris or even India! My street stall was in a good place where I could conviently point up several hundred meters up the street to show them where it actually was. One of the most rediculous things I noticed from one apparent local artist was that one of his paintings of the Beswicke Building, sold as a postcard, had the "bell tower" missing as he had forgotten to include it!