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Rice Queen | Collingwood

It’s the only place around here that you’re likely to find tropical rum punch and cabana boys in the middle of July. Or a grand piano on a stage. Or bright blue peonies stencilled onto walls. Or fluoro green light coverings made from plastic baskets, cups and a waste bin glued together.

St Jude’s Cellars | Fitzroy

A small wine shop and bar with excellent food, St Jude’s has been adding a touch of class to Brunswick Street since 2008. The only question is: is St Jude’s more about the wine or the food? Walk through the sophisticated wine shop on the way to the bar, choosing a bottle to have with dinner if one takes your fancy ($15 mark-up), or settle into the stunning black and white dining room and let the knowledgeable sommelier recommend you a drop.

400 Gradi | Brunswick

This authentic pizzeria started its days in a shoebox-sized space and, though it’s grown into bigger, more modern surrounds, it still retains every bit of its charm – from the pasta-making machine in the shiny steel kitchen to the chefs attending the wood-fire oven (built brick by brick by a man from Naples).

Nyala | Fitzroy

This homey eatery dotted with African art, with bright fabrics hanging from the walls, has been plying its trade at the quieter end of Brunswick Street for more than twenty years, with owner Ermias Wondimu at the helm and out on the floor. You don’t open night after night for that long without doing something very right, and there’s a lot to love here.

North Fitzroy Arms | Fitzroy North

There are many reasons to visit the North Fitzroy Arms: the wellkept ales, modest wine list, the wood panelling, open fire, sunny courtyard, the relaxed and easy atmosphere – and that’s all without mentioning the food. It’s owned and operated by a Slovenian couple who have perfected a balance between public bar and fine dining.