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 Rucker's Hill its unparalleled city views.
There's a decidedly arty vibe around Northcote, whether you're cruising the Westgarth strip, heading up Rucker's Hill to High Street or occupying a patch of St Georges Road.
Check out the latest exhibition at Joint Hassles indie gallery, check out the mind-blowing displays at Disco Beans, or come monthly for a night of amazing tales at Willow Bar's Willowtales Story Telling Night. 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.
Shopping the strips
There's everything you'll ever need contained in Northcote's emporia. i dream a highway will fulfill your whimsy quota; together Lupa and Obus will make you cool with locally-designed fashion; while Title will kit you out with the requisite musical and literary back catalogues. Grandfather's Axe will sell you a Scandanavian 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, and get brunching at Red Door Corner Store, Penny Farthing Espresso. Dinner is taken care of thanks to Next Door Diner, Pizza Meine Liebe and Estelle, 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 Nation's and Batman parks.