Local Gems Reign in Fitzroy North

This culturally rich inner-north pocket is a hub for quality local fare and welcoming community spaces.

Eat

Sustainability and slow food is something that is done well and a lot in Fitzroy North. For instance, at Loafer Bread, a hole-in-the-wall bakery that would be easy—but unwise—to bypass. Their chewy, crunchy-crusted loaves of organic sourdough sell out early each morning, while their pastries—which are made using quality local ingredients—are worth pulling up a table for. Colour and flavour are at the heart of Moroccan Soup Bar, a humble vegetarian eatery that proves meat-free cooking can elevate the flavours of a dish. The typical Indian restaurant experience of endless muted curries is not what Horn Please is about. Instead, dishes are cooked unhurriedly and with great care using quality fresh ingredients.

Drink

Forget passable house reds. The wine list at Neighbourhood Wine is all about discovering artisanal winemakers across the globe, with a focus on low-interference methods. This is complemented by a food menu worthy of fine dining. For a small venue, local hub LongPlay packs a lot in: cocktails, a menu of Mediterranean-inspired share plates and its very own cinema.

Unwind

One of Melbourne's most popular picnic spots, Edinburgh Gardens packs out on a sunny weekend, filled with leisure-seekers, free-running dogs, tennis players making the most of the on-site courts and aspiring ping-pong champions using the public tables. An architectural and technological wonder, the Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library is the library of the future. Taking its name from the Woiwurrung term for "gather everybody", the facility features a range of light-filled and modern spaces for public use.

Kirsty Sier
About the author

Editor of WhereTraveller Australia (Sydney and Melbourne).