After making it through five bleary-eyed mornings, and weeknights spent slumped on the couch in tracks, it's time to get yourself out of the house and enjoy the best of what your neighbourhood has to offer.
If you're in Melbourne's north-west, there's so much to do this weekend. Here's the best of what's on offer.
Friday April 8th
La Jolie Café, Pascoe Vale Head to the incredibly chic La Jolie Café for a night of tasty fare and jazzy tunes. The Pascoe Vale venue is putting on a show with the Peppercorn Jazz Band performing from 7pm. There'll also be sweet and savoury crepes on the menu – think Emmental cheese, sautéed potato and onions, truffle oil and chevre. Or, the very classic Crepes Suzette with grand marniere, orange and lemon butter sauce if you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Sporting Globe, Moonee Ponds The North West's very own Bombers are travelling to Adelaide Oval to take on Port Adelaide, so why not make a night of it and head down to the area's best sports bar to get swept up in the eating, drinking and yelling that is a Friday night game of AFL? Friday night at the Globe is Local's Night with buy 1 get 1 free on tap beer, cider and house wine from 7-9pm.
Saturday April 9th Maribyrnong Parkrun, Maribyrnong Make this weekend the one you finally, really, truly, actually this time, no but seriously, get out and run the Marby. It's not as lycra-and-protein-powder as it sounds, and is totally doable for beginners. Maribyrnong parkrun operates every Saturday from 8am. It's a 100% free 5km run around the Marby – smash it out or go at your own pace and enjoy the scenery, it's up to you. Be sure to sign up on their website to get a barcode so you can record your time.
Philhellene Provincial Greek Cuisine, Moonee Ponds One of the North West's only Good Food Guide listed restaurants, Philhellene offers exceptional provincial Greek Cuisine in a beautiful setting. The intimately-lit, cosy restaurant has rotating specials with an emphasis on seasonal and local produce. Think stuffed zucchini flowers and eggplants, cabbage rolls, freshly grilled seafood and baked figs. The traditional dips and saganaki are to die forbut you can't go past the 'Philhellene' Mixed Grill with lamb cutlets, beef rissoles and melt-in-your-mouth lamb souvlaki.
Sunday April 10th
Ascot Food Store, Ascot Vale It wouldn't be Sunday if you didn't start it with brunch. This buzzing café offers local produce and transforms seemingly dull menu items like avocado on toast in to a work of art with delicate, edible flowers served on beautiful crockery. Serving a rotation of single origin coffee, as well as St Ali beans, this place also offers syringe donuts - house-made donuts with a syringe of sweet deliciousness on the side, so you can spike your doughnut with anything from jam to chocolate. Run, don't walk. Flemington Farmers Market, Flemington
Why would you shop in a fluorescent-lit concrete box with cheesy pop tunes blaring at you, when you could enjoy the outdoors, sample fresh local produce and treat yourself to lunch at the Flemington Farmers Market? This weekly market showcases the best of local producers, offering everything you need in your weekly grocery shop: pantry staples (honey, olive oil, jams, dips and chocolate), fruit and veg, meat and dairy. Be sure to stop by the Pure Pie stall and pick up a cup from the Little Coffee Van to keep you going. If you need to satisfy a sweet tooth, find the Nougatine Macarons tent. Best of all, this place is dog friendly so you can bring your best friend along with you.