How to spend a perfect weekend day in Northcote


You don’t have to spend long in the suburb of Northcote to realise it’s a place with its own, distinct vibe. Home to a vibrant circle of artists, musicians and quintessentially northside Melbourne hipsters, there’s always something to do, see, buy, eat and enjoy in Northcote.

An easy train ride from Melbourne CBD, Northcote is super eclectic, making it the perfect home for families, travellers and young professionals alike.

Want to check it out for a day? Here’s our itinerary.

9:30 AM Fuel up at Tinker

Tinker is a cafe that does it all – food, service, atmosphere, decor and, of course, incredible coffee.

After a deliciously sweet morning indulgence? Try the mango and saffron panna cotta. Looking for something a bit healthier? Don’t miss the breakfast bowl stuffed with quinoa, avocado, kale, haloumi and more. The entire menu is mouth-wateringly delicious.

If you want to make your followers jealous, be sure to share an Instagram of your meal before hitting the road. That’s because everything at Tinker is presented beautifully – it looks as good as it tastes!

10:30 AM See what’s on at the Arts Project Australia

Good food, good art – that’s Northcote.

Next up on your perfect day in town is a visit to the Arts Project Australia, a modern gallery supporting and showcasing the work of artists with intellectual disabilities.

Simply wander through the gallery or see which exhibits are on. We guarantee you’ll be blown away by the work of these super talented contemporary artists – so much so that you may even want to bring something home!

11:30 AM Play around in the All Nations Park 

Ready to stretch those legs? Take the kids – or embrace your inner child – and go run around in the All Nations Park.

The 13 hectare All Nations Park features a great playground for the little ones, as well as a skate ramp, tennis court, chess boards and plenty of green spaces.

1:30 PM Check out the food trucks at Welcome to Thornbury 

If you aren’t feeling hungry just yet, you will when you see the amazing offerings at Welcome to Thornbury, Melbourne’s first permanent bar and food truck park, located on the border of Northcote and Thornbury.

One of the cool things about this lunch and dinner spot is that you’ll never go to the same park twice. That’s because each month, 80 different vendors visit Welcome to Thornbury to dish out tasty, unique fare. Themes vary week to week or you might even be lucky enough to catch a special event. Garlic bread appreciation day anyone?

Open all evenings for dinner, Welcome to Thornbury also serves lunch on Saturday and Sunday and yes, they are located in Northcote!

2:30 PM Walk off those calories while shopping the strip

While there are heaps of parks and good walks in Northcote, our favourite form of cardio here is shopping.

From secondhand boutiques to bookstores and tech shops, it’s all on High Street, which runs the full length of Northcote.

Some of our favourite shops include:

  • The Aquarium Vintage, a curated collection of high quality, fabulous vintage pieces;
  • The Botanical Store, where customers can create their own skincare products; and
  • Grandfather’s Axe, Melbourne’s top mid-century furniture and lighting suppliers.

Don’t take our word for it – start at one end of High Street and make your way down. Just don’t miss your next stop!

4:00 PM Catch a movie at the Palace Westgarth

Step into the Palace Westgarth on High Street and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time to the roaring twenties.

Here, you may just enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of this stylish cinema as much as you do the film. Everything about the Palace Westgarth is timeless and classic, from the art-deco design to the stained glass windows.

Stash your shopping bags under the seats and enjoy whatever matinee is showing – just make sure you allow enough time for a cocktail in the courtyard fist.

6:00 PM Dinner at Estelle Bistro 

While there are many amazing restaurants in Northcote, few can say that they earned a Chef’s Hat in their very first year being open. Estelle Bistro, founded by renowned chef Scott Pickett, however, can.

This relaxed, modern bistro is an easy place to spend your evening wining and dining. Offerings are quirky and chic, yet straightforward and completely satisfying.

Our recommendations? The wagyu tartare to start and the roasted lamb shoulder for two.

Still have some energy? Northcote also has a bustling nightlife, so stop into Joe’s Shoe Store for a drink or listen to some music at the Northcote Social Club.

As you’ve probably already realised, Northcote is a great place to live, which makes it an excellent choice for those looking to buy property in Melbourne’s north.

To find out more, reach out to the team at Nelson Alexander Northcote or stop into any of our offices. We’ve been working in the north of Melbourne since 1971 and are glad to answer any questions you might have about the market.

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