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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
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Published July 4th 2018
Enjoy an afternoon exploring trendy Thornbury
Thornbury is seven kilometres North of the Melbourne CBD. This popular suburb includes a large retail and cafe strip, ample parks and playgrounds, restaurants, and several cool and inviting bars and pubs to try.

Shops and Markets

The main shopping district is on High Street, which runs from North to South. At 678 High Street, you'll find Mutual Muse, a store that specialises in local second-hand clothing. Mutual Muse are open from 11am to 5pm daily (3pm on Sundays). They also buy and trade clothing.

Perimeter Books is a bit up the road at 748 High Street. In this quaint store, you'll find titles on design, art, architecture, and related fields. The store is open from Wednesday to Saturdays from 11am to 6pm, and noon to 5pm Sundays.

Psarakos Market is at 2/8 Clarendon Street in Thornbury. It sells fruit and veggies, meat, and fish. The market is open 9am daily (except Sundays) and closes at 6pm each day (4pm on Saturdays). For more detail click here.

Parks, Playgrounds and Attractions

Merri Creek Trail runs down the west side of the suburb and Darebin Creek Trail on the east side and many locals cycle to work, or take a stroll along the creek on weekends. Several parks along the way let you take in the view of this slice of nature in Northcote.

Thornbury Merri Creek
Map of the trail on Merri Creek on west side of Thornbury. Credits

All Nations Park is on Separation Street in Thornbury. There are two playgrounds, a picnic area, and some sporting facilities. For more detail click here.

Cafes and Restaurants

The Old Milk Bar Cafe serves up a delicious breakfast and lunch menu including egg and bacon sliders, ricotta hotcakes, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Click here for a great review. The cafe is at 144 Dundas Street in Thornbury. Old Milk Bar is open till 4pm everyday, with breakfast from 7am on weekdays, and 8am on weekends.

There are also many cafes and restaurants on the northern end of High Street in Thornbury, including the Som Tam Thai Restaurant at number 750. A review from when it opened is here. With an extensive menu, you can expect fresh ingredients, traditional rice and noodle dishes, stir-fry, and curries at affordable prices. The restaurant serves lunch from 11.30am to 3pm Tuesday to Fridays (and from 5.30pm to 10pm on these days) and opens on weekends as well.

For a unique dining experience, try the Thornbury Food Truck Park at 520 High Street. Food Trucks currently on offer include Mr Burger, Curry Up Now, The Pham Sisters, and more, with vegan options available. The park also hosts a range of events and specials. The Park is closed Mondays, but open from 5pm to 10.30pm Tuesdays to Thursdays, 5pm to 1am Fridays, noon to 1am Saturdays, and noon to 10.30pm on Sundays.

Thornbury Food Truck
The crowd at Thornbury food truck park. Credits

Bars and Pubs

Thornbury has a growing nightlife scene, with a range of cool and funky bars. Joanie's Baretto is an Italian wine bar (and restaurant) at 832A High Street. They open in the afternoon at 4.30pm Wednesday to Saturday (3.30pm on Sunday) and continue on till 1am most nights. Click here for the food and drinks menu.

Trumpy is at 646 High Street and serves cocktails, in a spacious location where you'll find many of the trendy young locals. This bar is open till past midnight every day of the week.

Thornbury is lucky enough to also have several welcoming pubs, with the Peacock Inn Hotel, one of the more affordable options. There are drink or food specials almost every night, with a lunch and dinner menu that includes pub classics like burgers, risotto, nachos, steaks and schnitzels. The venue is open from 11am to 1am daily (11pm on Sundays), and is located at 210 High Street in Northcote.

Getting to Thornbury

Thornbury is 25 minutes drive from the Melbourne city centre. There is also a train station, and Tram Routes 11 and 86 go through the area.

Thornbury Melbourne Map
Thornbury to the North of the Melbourne CBD. Credits

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