The City of Yarra’s many venues, businesses and markets have more to offer than one could experience in a year. In Fitzroy and Collingwood alone, there is much to enjoy from the high density of art galleries, markets, restaurants and live music venues, all within a short walk of the conference venue and accommodation.
The Yarra Arts website provides a map of all public galleries in the municipality, including accessibility information. Look out for the bold orange signage throughout the streets which direct you to many of Yarra’s contemporary art galleries.
The Rose Street Artists’ Market will be operating on the Sunday following the conference, featuring an eclectic range of Melbourne’s best art and design. Each weekend, up to 120 creatives showcase their craft and is the place where ‘you can get things that you just wouldn’t get anywhere else’ according to Time Out Magazine.
The market runs every weekend from 10AM-4PM at 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065.
Fitzroy and Collingwood are renowned for their high concentration of high-quality murals and public art pieces, with a lot of them produced by local artists. The works often remain untouched for many years and are part and parcel of Yarra’s vibrant cultural identity. Walk around aimlessly through the streets or book a street art tour, either way you will be sure to come home with pictures to show around.
The diversity of food & fine drinks on offer in Yarra would be deserving of a program of its own, however the following locations are worth visiting at least once, but preferably many times:
- Lune Croissanterie makes a range of croissants ranging from traditional to eccentric, and was voted ‘Best Croissant in the World’ by the New York Times. 119 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
- If attending the Rose Street Artists’ Market, grab a coffee at Industry Beans. A local favourite, try their cold drip or just a classic espresso. 3/62 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
- Babka is a matriarch-operated café with two decades of unchanged service, aside from the fact the queues have gotten longer. They offer a range of baked goods and cooked meals with an Eastern European flavour. 358 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
- Charcoal Lane is a social enterprise restaurant striving to provide Indigenous and disengaged youth with hospitality training and meaningful work, under the watch of gourmet chefs and utilising a mix of native and international ingredients. The result is a truly unique fare with extreme attention to detail, and delicious native herbals-infused cocktails to boot. 136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
- Rice Queen has a dazzling selection of pan-asian dishes offered alongside crisp cocktails, in a moody ambience of low-hanging lanterns, with dishes for all dietaries. 389-391 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
- Cutler & Co offers fine-dining with rotating menus that have been known to include everything between duck hearts with dandelion up to suckling pig. It’s at the higher end of the price scale but their shared set menus are worth trying once in your life. 55/57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
- The Everleigh is a golden era cocktail bar that serves both classics and home recipes with the utmost attention to detail, and in a unique atmosphere mixing antique cabinets, old cocktail tomes and taxidermy. Come for one, stay for two. Level 1/150-156 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
- Naked for Satan is an all-in-one destination with a wide variety of drinks on offer, a delicious international menu, and a 360 degree rooftop view. 285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065