Fitzroy is one of the artistic and cultural hubs of Melbourne, with live music, good food and a vibrant art scene. As one of Melbourne’s first suburbs, it boasts both rustic remnants of the past and modern creations. With something going on every day, let Culture Trip help you plan your day and evening in one of Melbourne’s most lively towns.
When the hot summer weather strikes, the Fitzroy Swimming Pool will be one of few places to remain cool. Whether you enjoy a relaxing dip, a workout at the gym, or sweating it out in the sauna, there is something for everyone here. The best part? It is open seven days a week.
The Fremantle-based brewing company, Little Creatures, brings together the best of its own alcoholic creations with a wide array of ‘soul food’ to satisfy you for more than a few hours. Set in a spacious brick interior with vibrant music and friendly service, this is a space that is always bustling.
The Workers Club is perfect for either a quick bite and a couple of drinks or a whole night affair. As well as featuring local and international bands and DJs during the weekends, they also have a beer garden, perfect for hanging out and tucking into a burger or a parma, washing it down with local and international beer, wine and spirits. Tickets for featured gigs should be booked ahead of time because space is limited.
Live music is, quite literally, at the heart of what The Night Cat has to offer. Diverse bands and artists across genres including hip-hop, funk and jazz play centre stage to the surrounding 360-degree crowd. A mainstay of Fitzroy culture, it is open every weekend, with free entry on Friday and Saturday night and $5 entry on Sunday night.
Almost everything is handmade and locally created at the Rose Street Artists’ Market. Every Saturday and Sunday, local artists and bric-a-brac enthusiasts share their work. With a local eatery on site and the opportunity to hire out your tent, this is the place to lazily spend time searching for your next treasure or to simply browse the art and crafts on offer.
The Centre for Contemporary Photography provides a space for local, interstate, and international photographers to have their work seen. Take a casual stroll through five different exhibition spaces as you view work from both emerging and renowned artists of the photography world.
As the epitome of the history of Fitzroy and the modern culture of the 21st century, the Builders Arms Hotel has a lot to offer. Spend your afternoon with a beer or glass of wine and an à la carte meal or your evening with a more-refined dining experience at Moon Under Water, the two-time winner of a chef’s hat from The Age’s Good Food Guide.
After a night of music and festivities, the Edinburgh Gardens has everything for a session of relaxation. Breathe in the fresh air as you cover the 24 hectares, or use a number of the sporting facilities. Alternatively, see the commemorating plaque where a statue of Queen Victoria once stood, before it mysteriously vanished.
While they don’t serve food, The Old Bar always has local music on tap with someone playing every night of the week, making it a music lover’s paradise. It also hosts several other events, such as art exhibitions and knitting nights. Entry is often free.
Finally, treat yourself with a new twist on a tradition at Gelato Messina. They’re constantly coming up with new specials for the week, while staying true to the classics. Make sure you indulge in one of the deliciously monstrous creations, such as the apple pie featuring apple gelato with homemade apple pie mixed in.