Northcote Guide

They say Melbourne is a flat city, but anyone travelling to Northcote will disagree. Just up past the famous Rucker’s Hill (check out the view of Melbourne CBD as you go up) lies the quaint, unassuming neighbourhood of Northcote. On both sides of the High St you’ll find unique shops, bars and cafes which makes it definitely a stop to be added to any Melbourne itinerary.


These brunch spots are perfect for those lazy mornings.


Barry | 85 High St | 9481 7623 This light filled cafe is constantly jam packed. After trying their extensive, delicious menu, you’ll know why.

Palomino | 236 High St | 9481 0699 This kitsch cafe is one of the originals on the strip, serving up all day breakfasts.

Red Door Corner Store | 70 Mitchell St | 9489 8040 Looking more like a house than a cafe, behind the red door is a friendly, gorgeous cafe that residents regularly return to.

Ruckers Hill Cafe | Don’t expect any fuss here. It’s all about the laid back and relaxed vibe along with the good value, tasty breakfasts.

Hungry for Dinner

Looking for a variety of cuisines? You’ve come to the right place.

Sigiri | 338 High St | 9482 6114 After eating here, you’ll wonder why Sri Lankan food isn’t more popular. Fully licensed, we dare you to order the extra spicy.

The Estelle | 243 High St | 9482 6114 This one hat restaurant offers an eight course degustation. Look out for their bistro next door for more casual fanfare.

Otsumami | 257 High St | 9489 6132 This Japanese restaurant offers a traditional menu in a relaxed atmosphere.

Lam Lam | 209 High St | 9482 5258 A Vietnamese restaurant that is good value for a cheap, quick, easy meal.

Seoul Seoul Plus | 315 High St | 9481 3027 A restaurant with a modern crisp design and a variety of spicy Korean dishes.

Pizza Meine Liebe | 231 High St | 9482 7001 The name means pizza, my love. Eat here and you’ll rediscover that love.

The Dojo Ramen Bar | 333 High St | 9482 7001 Slurp your noodle soup in this late night ramen bar.

Drink Up

It’s all about the space in Northcote, enjoy the interiors of a dimly lit cosy bar or the cool of the night in the outdoor courtyards.

Joe’s Shoe Store | 233 High St | 9482 7666 A converted shoe store, this bar has booths to get cosy in or an outdoor courtyard for the warmer weather.

Wesley Anne | 250 High St | 9482 1333 Originally a 19th century chruch, this quirky pub has live original music five days a week.

Northcote Social Club | 301 High St | 9489 3917 This live music venue is a favourite amongst the north side hipsters. Their pub grub is also pretty delicious.

Kelvin Bar | 84 High St | 9482 6600 Play a board game with your cocktail or knock back a scotch at this Northcote institution.

Food Trucks

Melburnians love a food truck and these delicious kitchen on wheels can be found regularly at the top of Rucker’s Hill (outside the church). Follow them on social media to find out their exact location on the night

Treat Yo Self Cart | Follow on Twitter @Treat_YoSelf Quesadillas from a vintage carvan. Go on treat yo self.

1090 Burger | Follow on Twitter @1090BURGER This truck doesn’t just serve your ordinary burgers. Their monstrous burgers could feed a family. Try the Bacon Quad 1090 Burger.

Billy Van Creamy | Follow on Twitter @billyvancreamy The latest food truck to hit the streets. Grab an artisan gelato and watch the sun go down over the Melbourne skyline.

Mr Burger | Follow on Twitter @mrburger Grab a hearty, juicy burger from this big orange truck.


Filled with local designers, the High St is a great spot to pick up a unique gift for your friends or family or even a little something for yourself.

I Dream a Highway | 259 High St | 9481 8858 A clothing and jewelery store stocking emerging Australian designers.

Obus | 285 High St | 9382 3330 Melbourne womens clothing store stocking a range of colourful but practical clothing.

The Local Shop & Flowers | 262 High St | 9489 8651 The scent of fresh flowers and candles makes you want to buy all the pretty gifts in this store.

Brown and Bunting Bookstore | 237 High St | 9481 3388 Buying and selling secondhand books, this bookstore’s excellent collection will please any bookworm. Shopping Filled with local designers, the High St is a great spot to pick up a unique gift for your friends or family or even a little something for yourself.


Getting To Northcote Tram 86 | From Bourke St | Approx 25 mins

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