THE GREAT OUTDOORS: THE NORTHSIDER’S GUIDE TO SOAKING UP THE SUN

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By Emily Jacobs

 

The mercury is rising and NORTHSIDERS have well and truly come out of their winter caves. To celebrate the warmer weather, The Northsider team has trawled the ‘northern-hoods’ to bring you the inside info on the best way to spend these gorgeous summer days.

 

Bucking the trend of small bars in the north, the Great Northern Hotel beer garden is one of the biggest in Melbourne, making it the ideal spot for a Sunday pint or two.”

 

WHERE TO SHOP

Good Food Month is upon us and the Night Noodle Markets have returned once more. The 16 day event will be held at Birrarung Marr, next to Federation Square, from 5-10pm every night. Over 50 stalls will represent the best of Asia, with Northsider favourites Hammer and Tong and Gelato Messina both making appearances. Best of all? Entry is free. We’d get in quick though, there’s bound to be some competition.

Batman Av, Melbourne, November 14 -30

 

A stalwart of the market scene in the north, Rose St Artists Market is the place for unique art and design. Now celebrating its 10th year of handmade goods, it still pulls an impressive crowd every weekend and offers one-off wonders that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Wares range from art, photography, fashion, jewellery and accessories to homewares, collectables, vintage pieces and tasty treats. Coffee addicts will be well-watered; the market is held on the grounds of Young Blood’s Diner and roastery Industry Beans is just around the corner.

60 Rose St, Fitzroy, 3065, open 11am – 5pm every weekend

 

The month of December will see Sunday Morning Designs, the brainchild of Lichen Kemp and Jitske Wiersma, return to the north. After two pop-ups in Northcote and Brunswick East, the team are taking up residence on Gertrude St. Specialising in creative and ethically produced homewares and design, Northsiders can expect a host of local, independent designers to be on display, including the brand’s signature children’s bed lined produced by in-house artist Dylan Martorell, Bhalo, Monolog, jewellery by Victoria Mason and graphic novels and books by Nobrow Press will also be on offer. With Christmas creeping us on us, it’s perfectly placed as a one-stop shop.

122 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, open 11am -5pm daily

 

WHAT TO WATCH

Shadow Electric, the open-air entertainment space at Abbotsford Convent returns for another year, promising a summer of music, food, drink and a diverse program of documentaries, 80s classics, cult flicks and new releases. There’s no skimping on cinematic quality here; the 2K digital projector, 12m glass matte cinema screen and surround sound ensure you’ll hear every word of dialogue and catch every classic dance move on screen. There’s a full program of music on offer as well; highlights include Ainslie Wills on November 21 and Fractures on November 29. Snacks will come courtesy of Melbourne’s finest food trucks, but you won’t know who they are until the week before your event. The program is yet to be released, keep an eye out for it on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/shadowelectric)

1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, program to be released

 

Now in its fifth year, Melbourne Music Week is taking over the iconic Queen Vic Market, promising Northsiders 110 dynamic events celebrating music, art, film, food and design over 10 days.  More than 75 per cent of the artists are home grown talent, with proceeds from tickets directly supporting Melbourne’s music industry. Highlights include a Cut Copy DJ set on November 15, Midnight Juggernauts on November 22 and DJ Spinn and Remi on November 23. Kids will be entertained by the Roller Jam for Kids at 1000£ Bend on November 21 and 22 and the Kids Party featuring Lewis Cancut at the market on November 23. Those serious about their music can catch a series of Industry talks throughout the week or follow the live music safari, a series of free performances in some of Melbourne’s most iconic venues and laneways.

Queen Victoria Market and other venues. November 14-23.  

 

WATERING HOLES

Beer buffs will appreciate the spread at the Great Northern Hotel – the pub for pub lovers. Bucking the trend of small bars in the north, the beer garden is one of the biggest in Melbourne, making it the ideal spot for a Sunday pint or two. There are 22 beer taps on offer, with a regular rotation of craft beers. The food is also well-worth the trip up Rathdowne St. Burger and beer anyone?

644 Rathdowne St, North Carlton, open Monday to Thursday 11am-midnight, Friday and Saturday 11am – 1am. 

 

A stalwart of Brunswick’s pub scene, The Retreat has the prestigious title of one the best beer gardens in Melbourne. Living up to its name, the feature is the beautiful old tree smack bang in the middle and other greenery lining the fences. No chairs are allowed on the picnic lawn, but its dotted with blankets and rugs perfect for a lazy Sunday. The old pub, still standing after 150 years, offers a mixture of traditional pub grub and Mexican food and a good range of drinking options.

280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, open Sunday to Thursday 12pm -1am, Friday and Saturday 12pm – 3am. 

 

Forget waiting until beer o’clock to enjoy the sunshine. Tucked in the corner of Canning and Pigdon streets, the pastel green walls and rooftop umbrellas of Café Bu catch the attention of residents and visitors alike. And so it should; this comfy café has a brilliant upstairs deck, perfect for people watching. The coffee is 5 Senses, the food simple but delicious and the décor recycled-chic. If you can’t make time to sit down, there’s also a large window looking onto Canning St, ideal for grabbing a weekend cronut or coffee on the go.

585A Canning St, Carlton North, open Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am – 4pm. 

 

UP FOR AN ADVENTURE?

Lengthier periods of light mean more time in the day for active adventures. Fitzroy Pool is a Northsider favourite, becoming a summertime playground for nearby residents. There’s a 50m outdoor pool to escape the heat, or a gym, spin studio, group fitness classes and spa, sauna and steam room to get the blood pumping. Open until 9pm Monday-Thursday, it’s the perfect spot for a post-work dip or workout. If the temperature is still above 30 around 3pm, closing is pushed back an hour, meaning there’s even more time to spend by the pool.

160 Alexandra Pde, Fitzroy. Open Monday-Thursday 6am – 9pm, Friday 6am – 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am – 6pm. 

 

Land lovers can conquer the Merri Creek Trail, a 21km walk from Dights Falls in Clifton Hill to Moomba Rocks in Reservoir. The path follows the creek for most of the way, and passes by Coburg Lake Reserve, the Brunswick Velodrome and CERES Community Environmental Park. Beginners don’t have to commit to the full 21 km – Clifton Hill and Rushall stations are on the way, as are spots to catch the St Georges Rd, Nicholson St and Sydney Rd trams.

From Clifton Hill to Reservoir, open all the time 

 

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