Was this the last internet cafe in Fitzroy? K2 on Brunswick St next door to Argos Loves Company cafe recently closed. Internet cafes were essential for backpackers and other travellers during the period after internet access became cheap and widespread and before the development of smartphones that put the internet in your pocket.

The decline of internet cafes was predicted in this 2004 article, and more recently the trend was confirmed. Gen Xers like me may remember internet cafes fondly for radically changing our travel practices, freeing us from carting around brick sized travel guides, but younger people may have never needed them, having joined the internet age by taking access at home, school and in their hand for granted.

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