Hidden Gems of Fitzroy – as featured on Countlan!

A little bit excited tonight! I’ve had the opportunity to work with the wonderful Sarah at Countlan once again on a piece close to my heart; amazing Fitzroy, Melbourne 🙂

Just type “FITZROY” into the search box to your right and you’ll see a ton of posts on the food, the street art, the fantastic lifestyle; it’s my favourite suburb, by a long way! So I was stoked to write this piece up, featuring some of the places I love to spend my spare time.

Thanks again to Sarah and Countlan for the opportunity – it’s so great to be able to partner up with another publication with such great philosophies and goals 🙂 Have a read if you haven’t already; you can read all of their issues free of charge right here!

Oh yeah, and here’s my article 🙂


Through my eyes: Street art & buildings of Fitzroy

I can’t say it enough – Fitzroy has my heart ♥

If you’re playing along at home, you may remember some photos I’ve taken before and food I’ve eaten there. Truth is, no amount of photographs or writing will do it justice It’s not just a suburb or physical location, it’s a state of mind. It’s foreign and exotic and home all in one. Anyway, I was out there again yesterday with my actual camera (not just my iPhone) for another project I’m working on (stay tuned), and took these gorgeous snaps… enjoy!










Shop here: Books for Cooks, Melbourne

Books for Cooks, Fitzroy, Melbourne

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

This is one of my favourite shops in all of Fitzroy – books, about food and cooking, as far as the eye can see.

An independent bookshop owned and run by genuine food lovers, it is a gorgeous little, floor-boarded, Victorian building, filled literally wall to wall and floor to ceiling with over 30, 000 titles. They have both new and used books covering everything from cookbooks to food writing, food history to food science, and even foreign language cookbooks.

The newer ones are a little pricey to be honest, but the real treasure trove is the old and used books – you can find some real gems there if you have the time to dig through them all! Well worth a visit, and make sure you leave plenty of time, because you’ll need it!

Eat here: Trippy Taco, Melbourne (Mexican)

Trippy Taco, Fitzroy, Melbourne

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

With humble beginnings as a music festival food stall, this place has been a bit of a hipster-and-vegetarian institution since it opened on Smith St in 2006. In 2011, it moved around the corner (and weirdly enough, to another suburb, from Collingwood to Fitzroy) and into a space with the ability to hold around twice as many people. Which is lucky, because I don’t think I’ve ever walked past this place and seen it quiet.

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

As part of my sister’s birthday lunch movement (you can see our dessert here and follow her food adventures here), we decided to have a lunch session here. We made our way in early in order to beat the lunch rush (thank goodness), and took a while weeding through the many menu options – everything from burritos to taquitos, tacos to quaesedillas.  We settled on the tacos – the mixed meal (we both wanted to try both tacos).

What came out were two absolutely monstrous tacos, loaded up so high we could barely see the tortillas.

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

They were, quite frankly, incredible. The tofu had enough of a kick without burning your mouth, and black beans were actually really tasty, and all the accompaniments were simple enough to work in perfect harmony with each other. The tortillas were soft and held together really well under the rest of it – we did, however, have to eat our tacos with a knife and fork, as they were wayyyy too big to contemplate moving lifting!! The best part of it though, I think, is the fact that it wasn’t oily, greasy, over the top, Mexican-by-numbers crap – we finished the meal full, without feeling heavy and sick. Perfect.

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

There’s a reason this place has been so popular for so long – good service, great food, happy atmosphere, and definitely worth visiting over and again!


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Through my eyes: streets of Fitzroy, Melbourne

You’re not gonna find many girls more in love with their cities (except maybe Ms Carrie Bradshaw and her lover, New York) than me. I’m a huge advocate for living in Melbourne, despite our woeful public transport and ridiculously high cost of living; it hasn’t had the honour of world’s most livable city bestowed upon it for nothing!

But what I love the most, is the Fitzroy/Collingwood/Smith St/Brunswick St area. It’s a place where there are no norms and no rules. It’s now inhabited by a lot of hipsters, but that’s ok. You can understand why, with the insane amount of cool new restaurants and bars opening on what feels like a weekly basis, endless second hand, vintage and pre-loved books, clothes, jewellery and all the rest of it on every second corner, great beer gardens, and all manner of people strolling around. Young hipsters, older couples, families with young kids, try-hard cool teens, crazy cat ladies, ranting hobos, camera-clad tourists and people like me harmoniously share the footpaths and cafes without a second thought.

It’s the kind of are where you can wear whatever you want, be any body shape, listen to any music, and read any book you want out the front of any establishment without fear of being judged. It’s an area where it’s cool not to be cool. And in a society where we, particularly young women, feel like their every breath and movement is being judged against impossible standards, it’s something special. It’s my happy place, my safe space, the area I feel most at home. It’s dynamic and ever changing, yet it always comfortable and familiar. It’s kind of like wearing your favourite, old pair of shoes with a new outfit every time.

Anyway, I recently got onto the VSCO Cam bandwagon, and I took these snaps over the weekend while I was out strolling the streets with the husband… welcome to my favourite place in the world!


Photograph © Jess Carey 2014


Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

Eat here: Jimmy Grants, Melbourne (Greek)

Jimmy Grants

If you live in Melbourne and you haven’t been here yet, shame on you!!!!

This post isn’t going to need to take up much of your time, because all you really need to know is that George Calombaris’ Jimmy Grants in Fitzroy makes hands down the BEST souva I’ve ever eaten – best one you’ll ever eat, too.

Don’t ask any questions, just order yourself a Mr Papadopoulos (lamb that’s soft enough to fall apart at the touch, with some seriously delicious mustard aioli) and chips (they’re cooked in garlic oil and smothered with feta cheese for crying out loud!)

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

Top notch, absolutely 10 out of 10, stop reading and start driving over now!


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