Not that the city needed another ego boost, but a Melbourne street has just been named the second coolest in the world.

Time Out asked 20,000 people globally to rank the top streets in the world based on qualities like culture, community, and food and drink. The results were then whittled down by local experts to give us the 33 coolest streets on the planet right now.

Montreal’s Rue Wellington was probably a surprise winner, but Melbourne came in a close second thanks to Gertrude Street: located just around the corner from Smith Street, a more famous thoroughfare, the Fitzroy location was praised for refusing to give in to gentrification as much as the rest of the neighbourhood.

“Gertrude has readily added a wealth of independent retail, drinking and dining joints to its cultural portfolio,” Time Out noted, although this could really be said for most of the city post-pandemic.

Hotspots like Poodle and The Everleigh were cited as reasons to visit Gertrude Street. “Like the people who live on and around it, it’s almost annoyingly cool,” Time Out added. Prepare for gentrification to consume the lovely street soon, then.

Check out a walking tour of Gertrude Street:

Sydney’s Enmore Road was the only other Aussie entry all the way down in 24th, with Auckland’s thriving nightlife hub Karangahape Road representing New Zealand well in sixth. You can check out the full rankings here.

Melbourne has been winning a lot of plaudits recently. A few months ago, the city easily retained its place in the Top 10 of the world’s most liveable cities. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked 173 global cities in terms of the challenges presented to an individual’s lifestyle, deciding that Melbourne deserved 10th place.

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CBD restaurant Gimlet at Cavendish House also made Time Out‘s countdown of the world’s 100 best restaurants, coming in at number 84.

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