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Ventured beyond Brunswick lately? The north's less gentrified cousin rewards visitors with the best falafel in town, offbeat shopping, serene parkland and one of Melbourne's last drive-in cinemas

Coburg Trash & Treasure Market

Kitsch is king at this gigantic outdoor bazaar, where you'll find all sorts of homewares, preloved fashion and bric-a-brac - with a healthy dose of homegrown veggies on the side.

Coburg Drive-In

Roll up to the gates, park in front of the 33-metre screen, wind down the windows and tune in to the FM broadcast at one of Melbourne's last drive-in cinemas. Does it get more romantic?

Batman Market

Coburg's newest (and most terrifically named) market features the works of local artisans alongside terrariums, Chinese calligraphy and one of the most tantalising assortments of food trucks in Melbourne.

Half Moon Café

Once you bite into a Half Moon falafel, there's no going back. Demolish your warm pocket of tabouli, chickpeas, hommus, garlic yoghurt, pickles and black olives in their communal courtyard.

The Post Office Hotel

Restored by local music royalty, the Post Office Hotel's laidback staff serve up excellent gasto-pub grub and cracking tunes every day of the week, making it a reliable choice whenever you're in the north.

Wild Timor Coffee

Founded by four ex-peacekeepers, this Pozible-funded café uses wild-grown coffee from farmers in East Timor. Settle in among the plants with a nutty flat white and a sticky wedge of Bolo De Ananas.

Coburg Lake Reserve

Once a bluestone quarry, this rolling reserve is an oasis of calm where you could happily spend a lazy afternoon dozing in the shade and playing Twister on the super-sized rubber mat.

Pentridge Prison

Huh, a prison? Yep. Pentridge is a critical part of Coburg’s identity and the former home of some of Victoria's most famous crims. If you're game, join a ghost tour of the notorious D Division.

The Woodlands Hotel

A heaving craft beer collection? Check. Genre-bounding share platters? Check. A beer garden sprouting plants and mythical beasts from its walls? Umm, check. The Woodlands - quite the party palace indeed.

Updated on 25 Mar 2015.

By Rose Johnstone   |  

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