Westgarth Cinema, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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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.

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, and get brunching at Red Door Corner Store and Penny Farthing Espresso. Dinner is taken care of thanks to Next Door Diner, Pizza Meine Liebe 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.

The Breakfast Club, Northcote, Victoria, Australia

The Breakfast Club

Pay homage in an edible way to the 80s classic film from the cosy kitschy café of the same name, where the menu is typecast and the coffee great.

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Lupa, Northcote, Victoria, Australia


Embrace your inner she-wolf and get behind Lupa's admirable aims to reject disposable fashion in favour of local style. You'll look good, to boot.

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Pizza Meine Leibe, Northcote, Victoria, Australia

Pizza Meine Liebe

Declare your love for pizza along with Northcote locals in the know and pizza aficionados from far and wide who know that fresh and simple are best.

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The Wesley Anne, Northcote, Victoria, Australia

The Wesley Anne

Congregate with devoted regulars in the sprawling beer garden, elegant dining room or vibrant bandroom of this holiest of northern watering holes.

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Joe's Shoe Store, Northcote, Victoria, Australia

Joe's Shoe Store

Stroll up High Street to this bar stocked with old world wines and rare beers. Elbow some room at the bar or find a spot in the crowded backyard.

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Palomino, Northcote, Victoria, Australia

Palomino Cafe

Palomino Cafe, the no-frills brekkie bar in Northcote, pays homage to the all-American Breakfast. Sunny day? Settle into the cute courtyard out back.

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Obus, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Drench yourself in colour, and dresses, coats and pants, at this distillery of cutting-edge fashion. In fashion's lottery, Obus is the golden ticket.

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Leonard Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Leonard St.

Wear the mark of a Melbourne girl in the form of Leonard Street's feminine designs, oozing a slouchy 1980s lilt and loads of sophisticated cool.

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Estelle Bistro, Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Estelle Bistro

Stop in for oysters, bistro snacks and charcuterie, delve into mains or go all out with the five-course chef's menu at this local hero.

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