When you lived on the cusp between Carlton and here you knew this place like the proverbial back of the hand. But that was a frightening number of years ago.
Visiting now, you might get a shock when you realise there is now a cafe where the Rose Street brothel used to be.
It's called Grace. The Syndicate coffee's good and breakfast is tasty (and you can order a berocca, with no judgement, it says so on the menu). This change isn't quite as good as a holiday, but perhaps not a bad weekend.
Rose Street Artists' Market website
Visit Grace's website
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