Guide to Northside Dining in Melbourne

Your Guide to Dining in Melbourne’s Northside

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Love discovering the best food experiences Melbourne has to offer? Treat yourself with your very own foodie guide to the best of Melbourne’s Northside. 

From Collingwood to Carlton, Brunswick and the always trendy Fitzroy, we’ve got top restaurant picks to kick off the weekend in style. 

From sunset margs at a rooftop bar or cheeky curry at a local favourite, we’ve got you covered for every mood and occasion. Keep the good vibes going with electric bars and exclusive eateries, all handpicked by TheFork. 

Di Stasio Carlton, Carlton

Di Stasio Carlton

Di Stasio Pizzeria is the third Melbourne venue for restaurateurs Rinaldo “Ronnie” Di Stasio and Mallory Wall, who are behind the ever popular Cafe Di Stasio in St Kilda and Di Stasio Citta in Melbourne. This buzzing pizzeria blends art and food, with statement artworks and statues spread throughout the venue. Enjoy a rich variety of woodfired pizzas on offer, designed for sharing with friends, or keeping all to yourself.

Sook Thai Kitchen and Bar, Collingwood

Sook Thai Kitchen and Bar interior

From the moment you arrive at Sook Thai Kitchen and Bar in Collingwood, you'll feel like you're in the streets of Thailand, where the street food culture is part of the every day life. Sook gives you the ultimate experience of Thai street food, complemented by a selection of tasty Thai inspired cocktails and wines. 

The Fitz Cafe & Rooftop, Fitzroy

Outside of The Fitz Cafe and Rooftop

An iconic institution in the heart of Fitzroy, The Fitz is one of Melbourne's longest-running cafes. It is hard to miss with its signature bronze sign spearing out on to Brunswick Street and its lush canopy shading brunch goers and coffee sippers. Known for its diverse and delicious menu, friendly staff and chic dining spaces, you can't go past The Fitz for a boozy brunch or rooftop lunch with friends.

Life's Too Short Bar, East Melbourne

Dessert at Life's Too Short Bar

Tucked away in the old bluestone cellars of the original Victoria Brewery, hides Life’s Too Short – a petite luxe wine bar in East Melbourne. Its extensive drinks menu features back-vintage wines, fine spirits and incredible cocktails, and is complemented by a tasty tapas menu filled with artisan produce. The perfect setting for a romantic dinner or catch up with friends. 

Cugini's, Fitzroy

Cugini's Fitzroy menu selection

Taste pizza and pasta just like Nonna makes at the new bambino on the Fitzroy block, Cugini's on Nicholson Street. Exposed brick archways, dark wood furniture and copper pendants add a rustic touch to this Italian restaurant, which was formerly two homes converted into a warm and welcoming dining space, ideal for family catch-ups or a romantic dinner with your special someone. 

Cafe Louis, Fitzroy

The interior at Louis Cafe in Fitzroy

A vegetarian and vegan cafe in the heart of Fitzroy, Cafe Louis is a trendy coffee bar, eatery and events space and a hotspot amongst locals. With a fun and vibrant menu that looks (almost) too good to eat, this is a must visit destination when brunching on Melbourne's Northside. 

Mukka Indian Restaurant, Fitzroy

A table full of curry at Mukka Indian

In the buzzing streets of Fitzroy, you’ll find Mukka Indian - a vibrant Indian restaurant and bar serving up respectable curries and cocktails (our favourite combo!). Sip on a signature cocktail as you work your way through the aromatic selection of curries with your nearest and dearest for that long overdue group catch-up.

Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel, Fitzroy

Fitzroy Town Hall

Gastropub dining at its very best, Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel is the perfect place to relax with friends in a warm and welcoming environment. Chef Sean Donovan has created a no nonsense gastropub with a menu featuring contemporary European bistro classics, freshly shucked oysters, an impressive selection of steaks, charcuterie and counter meals. 

Sarah Sands Hotel, Brunswick

The bar at Sarah Sands Hotel in Brunswick

A proper local pub in the heart of Brunswick, the menu at Sarah Sands Hotel offers the best of both worlds: traditional pub classics alongside dishes where vegetables take centre stage and native ingredients elevate humble classics into something truly special. Head up the stairs and arrive in the Atrium and Bar 3056 – an oasis perched high above Brunswick and Sydney Roads.

Looking for more inspiration on where to dine out in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs? Explore TheFork's Northside Melbourne restaurant list and book your next great dining experience. 

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