Northcote started heating up in 2011, with the opening of Estelle and the sadly departed Merricote. The former is still the jewel in Northcote’s dining crown, but if you’re after a more relaxed dinner there are several excellent pizzerias, one of the city’s best Ethiopian restaurants, Israeli take-away and a good old pub meals at the Northcote Social Club. After dinner take a walk to Cuppa Turca and try some stretchy Turkish ice-cream.

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Estelle

Restaurant

“A touch of innovation without being scary or confronting” is how owner-chef Scott Pickett describes the menu here, and he’s bang-on.

243 High Street, Northcote
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Primo

Restaurant

A wholly untraditional pizza joint that’s lots of fun.

104 High Street, Northcote

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant

Restaurant

Eat with your hands in Northcote.

213 High Street, Northcote

Pizza Meine Liebe

Restaurant

Simple, modern and produce-driven pizza in cosy, well-worn room.

231 High Street, Northcote

Pizza Meine Liebe Two

Restaurant

A family-friendly pizza joint that takes menu cues from its larger sibling up the street, and is happy for you to BYO.

493 High Street, Northcote

Bar Nonno

Bar

Northcote’s biodynamic Italian wine bar.

83 High Street, Northcote

Tahina

Restaurant

Vegetarian Israeli street food, served fast.

223 High St, Northcote

Oh Loretta!

Bar

This wine bar has a particularly welcoming design, with plump, comfy couches; carefree decor; a sharehouse-esque fairy-lit courtyard; and huge light-bringing windows. And the food is just as accessible – it’s a changeable, veg-led affair.

324 High Street, Northcote

Northcote Social Club

Bar

An important part of Melbourne’s live music scene since 2004.

301 High Street, Northcote

Va Penne

Restaurant

This Italian diner is easily found via the flashing red neon hand in the window. Inside, you’ll find old-school breadbaskets (loaded with carbs to salsa-verde-doused burrata); garlicky spaghetti vongole swimming in oil; a cocktail list centred around vermouth; and more.

493 High Street, Northcote

Gray and Gray

Bar

This wine bar from the owner of All Are Welcome is in a former lawyer’s office. Step behind the original gold-leaf signage and vertical blinds for left-of-centre wines and Russian and Georgian dishes featuring lots of pickles, ferments and seafood.

188 High Street, Northcote

Vex Dining

Bar

The clever veg-forward wine bar created by two former Neighbourhood Wine and Bar Romantica head chefs. In the sunlight-filled dining room, or under the fairy light-studded lemon tree out back, order smoky-sweet turnips, brown butter fish and boozy amaro sorbet.

66-68 High Street, Northcote