Time Out Melbourne

In this continuing series, we put the fastest-rising 'burbs in our sights and plunder them for all things eatable, drinkable and shoppable

Post Office Hotel

The Post Office Hotel is reliable. You know just what you’ll get, and you know it’s going to be good: excellent food, laidback staff and cracking tunes. (Scott Walker, Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen get a good spin most nights.) Maybe it’s because they lads behind it know a thing or two about what makes a decent watering hole in this town. Tex Perkins, two members from Dallas Crane, and Danial Caneva from the sadly now defunct Duke of Windsor Hotel restored this pub, bringing back its art deco facade and warm polished wood interior. Reflecting Coburg’s Middle Eastern culture in its menu, the Post Office Hotel has quickly become a reason for inner-city folk to make the trek north, while still fitting in with the old-school crowd.

World’s Best Felafel from Middle Eastern Restaurant

Ask a Coburg local where you can find the best falafel in town and you’re in for heated debate. But the ‘World’s Best Falafel’ from Middle Eastern Restaurant is a thing of wonder. For a measly five bucks, you have tahini, tabouli, pickle, flamingo-pink turnip, and heavenly falafel conveniently wrapped up for speedy consumption. This Coburg citizen [pictured] thoroughly enjoyed his photo opportunity: “I haven’t had one of these for at least 12 hours.” (Time Out would like to democratically note that Coburg’s Half Moon Cafe also makes a damn fine falafel.)

Achillon International Cake Shop

As you enter this Greek sweet shop you’re welcomed by Achilles, hero of the Trojan War; the Greek palace named after him, ‘Achillion’, is lit up in blue neon. Greek pop videos play on an old TV in the corner - perfect background music for choosing between baked custard squares of awesome (Galactoboureko), little crescent-shaped walnut biscuits (Kourabiedes), or spinach and cheese pastries (spanikopita).You won’t regret the few extra kilos you’ve put on after visiting.

The Woodlands Hotel

Decked out by the masterminds behind the lavish Carlton Hotel, visiting Coburg’s newly refurbished Woodlands Hotel is like walking through a top-notch antique store. Oversize toy soldiers guard the second level, where you can sit in Alice in Wonderland-style flocked armchairs. On the ground level is a rustic outdoor courtyard and a group-friendly dining room. They offer a fairly exhaustive list of beers and the tasting plates look good too. If it weren’t for the several LCD screens - one in every room - that automatically give it sports pub status, it’d be very hard to leave.

Pentridge Prison

A prison isn’t your usual tourist attraction, but Pentridge Prison is a critical part of Coburg’s identity. The suburb was even called Pentridge back in the day. It’s no longer an actual prison – the site was sold in the ‘90s and has since been redeveloped. The epic bluestone facade of the building remains, however, as a testament to its fascinating and terribly sad past. In 1967, Victoria’s last hanging occurred at Pentridge, and in 2011 almost all of Ned Kelly’s skeleton was found in an old wooden axe box there. Bets on that this place is totally haunted.

Coburg Drive-In Cinema

Panoramic screens popped up all over Australia during the 50s. Catching a film on a silver screen under the stars was the hottest thing to do on a Friday night. Thirty years later, most drive-in theatres lost the battle against the VHS revolution – but Coburg Drive-In Cinema has been fighting the good fight since 1965. You can roll on in, text message your food order, and enjoy the latest films in the comfort of your own ride.

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By Isabel Dunstan   |  

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