Updated: Aug 22, 2018
You don’t need to venture far from Bell City’s doorstop to experience Melbourne’s renowned vibrant culture. The trendy inner north is famous for its electric atmosphere with an abundance of cafes and restaurants, bustling nightlife and outlet shopping. Join us on an adventure from Bell City to Brunswick Street, passing through Melbourne’s largest collection of street art with our guide to the route 86 tram line.
Stop #45 Bell Street A 2 minute walk from Bell City’s entrance, you can board tram route 86 on Plenty Road, heading in the direction of Melbourne’s CBD.
Stop #44 Osborne/Plenty Rd Shortly after departure you will arrive at Preston’s local watering hole, The Raccoon Club, which specialises in Victorian craft beer and wine. Here you can sample locally sourced gourmet cheeses and antipasto plates, play pool or spin your own records on a deluxe turntable or even order in from nearby take-away restaurants.
Also near stop #44 is one of Preston’s. Boundary Espresso has a range of delicious vegan and gluten-free breakfast and lunch options, best served with their local organic fair-trade coffee.
Stop #42 Dundas/Plenty Rd
Inside the intimate dark-wood panelled Umberto Espresso Bar you will find traditional Italian dishes that will rival any Nonna’s, the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a hearty meal and warm you up.
Stop #39 Gooch St
Hop off the tram and wander down High Street to find many vintage shops and organic grocers; including our favourite, Naturally on High which has a great range of superfoods and locally sourced fruit and vegetables. Afterwards you can recharge at one of High Street’s many trendy eateries, Short Round and Brother Alec are among the most popular.
Stop #35 Dennis/High St
Stop #32 Mitchell St/High St
You’ll be spoilt for choice at stop #33, the start of Northcote’s strip of bustling bars and pubs. Sip on a martini in the courtyard at Purple Emerald Lounge, catch a live gig at Northcote Social Club, make a reservation at the French-inspired Estelle Bar and Kitchen for an eight-course tasting menu, or enjoy a quiet pint at Joe’s Shoe Storeperched on the lively crest of Rucker’s Hill.
Stop #27 Westgarth St
Casablanca, From Russia with Love or Mad Max? Catch a classic or a new release at the Palace Westgarth Cinema, built in 1920 featuring classical Art Deco styling.
Stop #24 Gold St
Clifton Hill has an abundance of restaurants and bars, our favourites at stop #24 are Maccaroni Osteria Italiana; the Ravioli Soleggiati is to die for. Or pop into the historic Terminus Hotel for a pot and parma.
Stop #19 Johnston St/Smith St
The north is home to Melbourne’s most innovative independent designers, from modern fashion to retro furniture retailers; stop #19 will satisfy your shopping fix with Bonds, Tony Bianco, Adidas and Nike.
Fancy a post-shopping gelato? Gelato Messina Fitzroy is where it’s at. Try the golden gaytime ice cream, with swirled caramel and milk gelato jam-packed with chocolate covered biscuit crumbs.
Stop #18 Hodgson St/Smith St
Enjoy an old school souvlaki at George Calombaris’s buzzing Jimmy Grants, or head up the stairwell to the Panama Dining Room (one of Fitzroy’s most atmospheric bars) to admire the floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne’s city lights.
Stop #15/16 Peel St/Gertrude St
There are too many exciting options on this block for one weekend of activities; you will need to plan a return visit to this trendy Melbourne eating precinct. Pop into Huxtable for flavoursome family-style share plates, enjoy Brazilian BBQ and live entertainment at Copacabana, try Chinese and Japanese inspired dishes at the Northern Light, Ladro Gertrude has the best gourmet pizzas and Trippy Taco is our go-to for a Mexican feast.
Stop #13 Brunswick St
Arriving at vibrant Brunswick Street, you will be besieged with things to do and see. This popular Melbourne strip is where people from all walks go to shop, eat, drink, meet and dance.
Visit the historic Provincial Hotel in the heart of Fitzroy, a great place to have a starter or enjoy a hearty meal. If you’re vegetarian or enjoy delicious Asian fusion food, beat the crowd by arriving early at the ultra-popular Vegie Bar.
Share some pintxos, pronounced ‘pin-choss’ (tapas-style snacks) at Naked for Satan, one of Brunswick Street’s finest. Remember to keep your toothpicks, as you’ll need those to tally your bill, or you take the lift to Naked in the Sky restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal with sweeping views of Melbourne’s city skyline.
End your adventure with the perfect gelato. Known for its scrumptious flavour combinations and unique creation, N2 Extreme Gelato is a must visit for your Bell City to Brunswick Street adventure.
With so many things to do, see and eat in Melbourne’s vibrant inner north you’ll need to stay more than a night. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit. To book your Melbourne getaway, please click here or give us a call: +61 3 9485 1000.
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