Don’t let Northland Shopping Centre mar your image of this upcoming suburb of Melbourne’s north. Thanks to a few decades of urban sprawl, Preston is now considered one of Melbourne’s hottest northern suburbs. It’s connected (the Epping train line runs right through it), it’s got a great main road (High Street, which stretches up from Northcote) and it seems like there’s new, hip bars popping up on every corner. Does Preston stand tall amongst the likes of Coburg and Thornbury? One hundred percent – especially if you’re keen on a big fat weekend of eating.