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Interior at Twenty and Six Espresso
Photograph: Graham DenholmTwenty and Six Espresso

North Melbourne area guide

The best restaurants, bars, shops and events in North Melbourne

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In a little pocket on its own, this ’burb has the wide-hipped streets of a country town and is fiercely loved by locals for its communal feel. The Drunken Poet, The Last Jar and Twenty and Six Espresso draw in interlopers like us, but there’s much more to discover.

The best restaurants in North Melbourne

The Courthouse Hotel

The Courthouse Hotel

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

A North Melbourne institution with two hats in its past has just reopened as a British-inspired gastropub – and locals are loving it

Auction Rooms Café

Auction Rooms Café

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Full of hot young things and cool old things, the Auction Rooms café and roastery serves tram-trip-worthy coffee

Sosta Ristorante

Sosta Ristorante

A beloved neighbourhood restaurant is reborn through one chef's decision to marry local Aussie flavours with robust Italian techniques

The best bars in North Melbourne

Manzé

Manzé

  • 5 out of 5 stars

Melbourne’s first Mauritian wine bar masters the balancing act between approachability and intrigue, rewarding locals, natty wine lovers and the intrepid alike

Central Club Hotel

Central Club Hotel

A stone's throw from the Queen Victoria Market, Central Club Hotel gets a sleek eco-friendly makeover and refreshed menu offering pub fare at its finest

Prudence

Prudence

  • 4 out of 5 stars

The comfort and clutter of your own lounge room, with a touch more class and a stack more booze

More great venues in North Melbourne

Vic Market Tattoo

Vic Market Tattoo

Vic Market Tattoo, says Wade Johnston, is “an homage to the past and the 25 year history of the shop. There’s lots of tattoo flash and...

Martin Fella

Martin Fella

A small shop for those with a discerning eye and expensive taste

Zero Latency

Zero Latency

Team up to take down zombies at the world's first multiplayer, free-roam virtual reality arcade