Fitzroy melange

The smallest postcode in Australia. 3065 Fitzroy.

Fitzroy, an inner suburb of Melbourne. My favorite. 100ha. Just over 10.000 people. And more bars and restaurants that you can imagine.

And more street art.

Since living there for 10 weeks in 2014/15, I’ve been back every year. And so, logically, it was top of our list on our first day in Melbourne.

Basically, we walked in one big square. Up Gertrude Street, over and down Brunswick, along Johnston and a few of the side streets, and down Smith street.

In the morning it was kind of grey, so we did it all again later when the sun and the blue sky was out.

My sister was on a shopping spree, I nearly confiscated her credit card. There are more little boutiques and vintage second hand shops than you can think of.

In between, bars, restaurants or coffee places galore.

Even if you have a full month and eat out morning, lunch and evening, and go out at night, you won’t be able to even make it down Smith street.

So we spent the day roaming around the shops, photographing street art, and people in the streets.

This place is where the original hipster was bred. And you can probably see every fashion style of the last 70 years all crammed into one suburb.

The Fitzroy mélange

 

Naked for Satan

We had a break on the iconic roof top bar of Naked for Satan.

If you want to know how the bar got its admittedly weird name, check out their website. It’s a good insight into the Melbourne psyche. and humor.

The terrace has an amazing view over Fitzroy, and of course, the Melbourne skyline to the south. It’s a popular spot, tables are scarce, but the cocktails and the finger food is excellent.

The streets. The art. The street art.

Then, there’s the street art. Fitzroy’s walls are covered with it, and you can spend a whole day discovering it in the most impossible places. Some is truly art.

Besides the well know tourist attractions Hoosier lane and ACDC lane in the CBD of Melbourne, the art here is more spread out over the city, and interwoven with its overall weirdness.

Victorian terraces

And then, in between, there are the old ‘terraces’.

Those small houses, built mainly between 1850 and 1890, are all over Fitzroy, and give it a special character.

Coming in versions of one or two levels, they’re mostly brick houses. Some they still bear the name of the family who built them.

Often they feature elaborate ornamentation, showing off the boom economy of the late Victorian era.

In between them, small cobble stone lanes with overgrown gardens, and a number of old industrial warehouses or ex-garages, now turned into a gallery.

The first place I stayed in was a terrace, a small place close to the Fitzroy pool in the hot summer of 2014. It later sold for nearly a million dollars. Ouch.

If ever I win a million in a lottery, that’s what I’ll do.

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