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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 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

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

The quintessential Melbourne bandroom featuring hometown heroes, interstate and international artists.

Welcome to Thornbury

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

Estelle by Scott Pickett

Savour chef Scott Pickett's knack for knowing how flavours and textures combine in a diner's mouth.

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