Fitzroy and Collingwood are two inner city suburbs situated just north of the Melbourne city center. This is one of Melbourne’s most creative, most lively and definitely most hipster areas. Known for it’s many bars and restaurants, vintage shops, small fashion boutiques and flourishing arts scene, Fitzroy and Collingwood are two areas you won’t want to miss – and the best way to see them is by bike, of course! On the way, we suggest you check out the fresh produce and quality continental food at Queen Victoria Market and ride through Melbourne’s little Italy, Lygon St., Carlton.
Queen Victoria Market
The ‘Queen Vic’ is the city’s largest market. Since 1878, this bustling site has been providing Melbournians with the freshest local fruit and vegetables, as well as meat, seafood and much more. The market’s Food Hall is particularly popular and for good reason, stocking an excellent range of continental cheeses, meats and fresh bread. It’s also the place to go for souvenirs – the market houses vendors selling quintessential Aussie products like akubra hats, ugg boots and stubby holders! The market is closed Mondays and Wednesdays.
Lygon St., Carlton
Lygon Street plays an important role in the history of Melbourne’s ever expanding and ever diverse culinary scene. This is pizza and pasta central, and the place where the city’s famous cafe culture was born, our very own little Italy. On both sides of Lygon Street, you’ll find Italian restaurants spilling out on the sidewalk, with some establishments operating here since the 1950s! Lygon St. itself is not such a friendly bike street, so it’s best to hop-off the bike and do this strip by foot.
Brunswick St., Fitzroy
Brunswick Street is possibly the most ‘Melbourne’ of Melbourne streets! It has trams, cafes, bars, rooftop bars, wine bars, traditional pubs and cuisines from around the world at the many restaurants. Oh, and to top that you’re definitely going to spot a bearded hipster or two, so yes, this is Melbourne all in one! Off Brunswick St. on Moor St, you’ll find our favourite lunch hang-out, Grub Food Van – check it out!
Smith St. & Gertrude St., Collingwood
Once a blue-collar area and home to the most famous of Australian Rules football teams, Collingwood has developed into one of Melbourne’s most eclectic and colourful suburbs. On the streets of Smith and Gertrude you can find some of Melbourne’s best restaurants, bars and vintage clothing shops. There is plenty to see here, and at the other end of Smith St you’ll find outlets for many major sports apparel and shoe brands.
Queen Victoria Market
On the way back to Freddy’s from Collingwood, why not drop by Melbourne’s magnificent sports precinct, where you’ll see our most important religious site, the Melbourne Cricket Ground! And the world famous Melbourne Park and Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open tennis every January.