By Time Out in partnership with Google
The North of Melbourne has grown in popularity for independent design, hospitality and art businesses in the recent years, and the hipsters have come with them, snapping up real estate in Fitzroy, Collingwood, Brunswick, Abbotsford, Northcote and Thornbury. In the past, the North was more associated with the working class, originally established with industrial sites and factories, and is most notably home of the MacRobertson Chocolate factories (which have now been subdivided into apartments), which brought Australia the Cherry Ripe and the Freddo Frog. The North is now known for live music, late-night bars, street art and its culinary scene, being home to some of Melbourne’s best live-music venues (the Tote, Northcote Social Club), recording studios (Studio Truth, Rolling Stock Recording Studios), galleries (CCP, Backwoods Gallery), independent radio stations (RRR, PBS) and some of the best restaurants Melbourne has to offer.
After warming yourself on Mörk's famous Campfire Hot Chocolate, go in search of more unique tastes at Time Out's Restaurant of the Year 2018, the Carlton Wine Room; Scott Pickett's Northcote Mod Oz diner Estelle; or try the libations at two icons of the Melbourne bar scene, the Everleigh and Gerald's Bar. From hidden gems to quirky icons, these establishments and their own ‘signature searches’ represent the character and diversity that make each part of Melbourne so special.
While you're here...
Win vouchers to try all four unique eats for free
For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we partnered with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. We searched far and wide to find some delicious dishes and the local heroes who made them and locked in a shortlist of one-of-a-kind dining experiences worth searching for. Now, we want to inspire you to go out and eat these Signature Searches for yourselves with a little bit of extra incentive. All you have to do is get out there, try them, and collect 'em all with brag-worthy food pics. If you share your fave dish on Instagram you'll go in the draw to win the local equivalent of a golden ticket – vouchers to all try all four dishes (worth $300) for free! Here’s how: Step one: Read all about the delicious Signature Searches here. Step two: Try one or more dish (full suite is highly recommended) Step three: Post your favourite on Instagram and make sure you tag #foundongoogle Step four: Sit back and wait to win the golden loot. Competition ends Midnight 30th Sept