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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.

Northside culture

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.

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Things to do

Northcote

The Breakfast Club

Pay homage in an edible way to the 80s classic film from the cosy kitschy café of the same name.

Pizza Meine Liebe

Declare your love for pizza along with Northcote locals in the know and pizza aficionados from afar.

The Wesley Anne

Congregate with the regulars in the sprawling beer garden, elegant dining room or vibrant bandroom.

Joe's Shoe Store

Sample old world wines and rare beers at the bar or fight for a spot in the crowded backyard.

Estelle Bistro

Stop in for oysters, bistro snacks and charcuterie or delve into mains at the revamped Estelle.

Obus

Drench yourself in colour, and dresses, coats and pants, at this distillery of cutting edge fashion.

Leonard St.

Wear the mark of a Melbourne girl in Leonard Street's cleanly structured but feminine designs.

Barry

Bringing much-needed breakfast goodness to Westgarth, Barry is a neighbour you'll want to get to know.

Northcote Social Club bandroom

Famous as The Pixies warm-up venue before they hit the big stages on their first Aussie tour.

Welcome to Thornbury

Save yourself the trouble of tracking down Melbourne's food trucks and head to Welcome to Thornbury.

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