Restaurants

Dexter

Restaurant

Pig’s head buns, hot meat doughnuts, prime cuts with salted caramel. Dexter is in a league of its own.

MKS Spices’n Things

Restaurant

A South Asian eatery and specialty supermarket where you can buy dinner from $8.95.

This Borderland

Restaurant

This old-school diner does three-cheese poutine, beef brisket burgers, deep-fried pickles and slices of classic cherry pie. And every item on the menu can be made vegan.

Shop Ramen Preston

Restaurant

Take a low stool and slurp up Tokyo-style ramen loaded with handmade wheat noodles and untraditional toppings.

Stray Neighbour

Restaurant

A restaurant and bar with as little or as much class as you need.

Takeaway Pizza

Restaurant

American-style pizza and tunes until late.

Cafes

Contraband Coffee Traders

Cafe

Specialty coffee at the Preston Market.

Pomona Cafe

Cafe

A gluten-free paradise that's also kid-friendly.

Arepa Days

Cafe

An arepa cafe serving the Colombian flatbread snack with spiced hot chocolate, sugarcane juice and Aussie-style coffee.

Pearl Oyster

Cafe

Nana-chic with a pan-Asian flavour.

Sartoria

Cafe

Fifty years of family history underpin this modern cafe.

Moon Rabbit

Cafe

Moon Rabbit supports its local community by selling jaffles, coffee and house-made slices.

Bars

Tallboy & Moose

Bar

An Englishman, a Canadian and plenty of fresh beer.

Jamsheed Urban Winery

Bar

One of Australia’s best winemakers is behind this unusual cellar door, which feels like a mix between a brewery and a dive bar.

Moon Dog World

Bar

Capacity for 725 patrons. An indoor waterfall (which cascades into a lagoon). A hidden tiki disco bar. A giant beer garden. Beyond the bells and whistles, one of Melbourne’s earlier independent breweries still amply delivers on the drinks front.

Sonny's Bottega

Bar

Family photos on the wall, prosecco by the glass and Italian snacks from the kitchen.

Ragtime Tavern

Bar

A piano bar in Preston (for amateurs and experts).

Hard Rubbish

Bar

The DIY spirit is alive and well at this cheap and cheerful north-side bar.

Shops

Gelato Papa

Shop

This Preston gelateria combines traditional techniques with experimental flavours such as matcha, coconut and gorgonzola.

Plantsmith

Shop

Choose from more than 200 varieties of greenery, including architectural “jungle cacti” and fishtail palms, and get advice on how to avoid killing them while you’re there.

Pinky's

Shop

Pinky’s is brimming with clothing, homewares and books among literal wall-to-wall art.

Audacious Monk Cellars

Shop

A bottleshop and bar that feels like a mature sharehouse (in a good way).

Elk Preston

Shop

A uniquely Melbourne fashion and accessories brand.