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Best Things to do in Northcote

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published May 10th 2013
Check out Northcote this weekend
Northcote is a diverse and interesting suburb with many cafes, restaurants, and pubs. It also features pleasant parks, and several notable historic buildings.

Northcote Town Hall
Northcote Town Hall. Credits: Wikipedia user melburnian

1. Where is Northcote?

Northcote is 7 kilometres north-east of Melbourne.

2. What is the history of Northcote?

Large houses were built throughout the area during the gold rush of the 1850s, and High Street became the central street in Northcote. The Town Hall was built in 1890, and the Northcote Picture Theatre was built in 1912 and still stands today.

3. Who lives there?

Northcote has a large Greek and Italian population, students, and a significant proportion of lesbian residents and couples.

4. Are there sporting facilities?

All Nations Park is next to Northcote Plaza Shopping Centre, and Batman Park is a 4 acre reserve. These are popular locations for outdoor sports, picnics, and family events.

5. What are the restaurants like?

Northcote is well known for interesting restaurants and great food. Palomino Cafe at 236 High Street has fresh and delicious breakfasts. Northcote Social Club combines live music, with pub grub and a good selection of tap beers.

6. Are there any good pubs?

The areas around High Street also have several funky and popular pubs. Purple Emerald at 349 High Street, and Willow Bar at 222 High Street are two of the most quirky and welcoming.

7. What are the houses like?

There are many leafy streets along the creek to the west of Northcote with terrace houses. The suburb also has a significant number of apartment blocks, which are popular with the student population.

8. Is it expensive to live there?

A spare $800,000 should get you a decent house in Northcote, although there are many apartment conversions underway, and this may be a cheaper option.

9. How do I get there?

A tram goes up High Street, and there is a train station at Northcote. Parking can be difficult on weekends.

10. Any other important information about Nortcote?

Northcote is a suburb that is undergoing a transformation. Students are being priced out, the main street is gentrifying, and young couples are finding the area to be the perfect blend of parkland, cafe culture, and retail.
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