Pay your respects to hipsters of yore who settled Northcote with the requisite cafes, bars and boutiques, and to the fortunes of planning that afforded Ruckers Hill its unparalleled city views.
There's a decidedly arty vibe around Northcote, whether you're cruising the Westgarth strip, heading up Ruckers Hill to High Street or occupying a patch of St Georges Road.
Check out the latest exhibitions at indie galleries, catch an arthouse flick at the beautiful Westgarth Cinema, and see in your tomorrows with a night of high profile or emerging bands at the Northcote Social Club and anything-goes acts at Open Studio.
Shopping the strips
There's everything you'll ever need contained in Northcote's emporia. i dream a highway will fulfil your whimsy quota, together Lupa and Obus will make you cool with locally designed fashion, while Grandfather's Axe will sell you a Scandinavian seat on which to perch and look the part.
Three square meals
You've got every meal covered in Northcote, and the chances of a good night out with some top tunes are high.
Eat early at the aptly named The Breakfast Club or at your new favourite neighbour, Barry. Get brunching at Red Door Corner Store and Penny Farthing Espresso. Dinner is taken care of thanks to Pizza Meine Liebe, Primo, ESP and Estelle Bistro, and digestifs will be waiting at Wesley Anne, Joe's Shoe Store and Kelvin.
All that eating and drinking and being arty can play havoc with your waistline, so get out and about, doing laps at Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre or pacing with purpose at All Nations and Batman parks.