Community: Our favourite spots to visit in Northcote
Obus has been a tenant on High St Northcote since 2009, and during that time we've had many wonderful neighbours covering all of our food, coffee, reading, entertainment and gifting needs.
Let us take you on a trip up the street, and if you visit any of these wonderful establishments, tell them we said hi!
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Over the years, we've furnished our stores with bits and pieces from Grandfather's Axe - their selection of Danish and other European mid-century furniture is second to none. Get your hands on an investment piece with history or just visit to admire the modern design nous of yesteryear.
Nothing beats the proper cinema experience and Westgarth Theatre - with its fabulous tiled floor, well-stocked candy bar and all new film releases - is a great place for date night.
The cinema was officially opened on October 20th, 1921. It's name was derived from that of William Westgarth, a successful English merchant who owned 45 acres of land on the Brunswick side of Merri Creek. There has been some speculation around a refurbishment in 1929 being associated with the famous architect Walter Burley Griffin, but the lack of documentation around the changes mean that we'll likely never know whether he was involved, or if the project was undertaken by a protege of his.
All Are Welcome
As the name suggests, all are welcome to enjoy mouth-watering breads, cakes, treats and coffee at this recently-opened Northcote viennoiserie. Serving Everyday Coffee, All Are Welcome might be your new everyday haunt.
Boris Portnoy, owner and baker, is a man of great culinary prestige -he was head baker at The Restaurant at Meadowood, a three Michelin Star venue in the Napa Valley. Needless to say, we're never disappointed by the baked treats. The simple, unexpectedly institutional architecture of this ex-Christian science reading room is delightful.
Top of the Hill
Top of the Hill will pique your interest for a light lunch with its streamlined sandwich menu, soup specials, and Noisette pastries. The intimate space with its curved plywood ceiling is perfect for a quick bite.
But our favourite feature of this elegantly warm and simple space is definitely the coffee, speedily brought to you by Top of the Hill's expert baristas and Clement Coffee Roasters. And don't forget to check out the incredibly gorgeous vintage cash register, it's such a rare and ornate design feature.
It's not unusual for someone (read: our resident sugar addict Kitty) to leave the Obus studio for lunch and come back with Pasticceria Bisetto treats to share! Enjoy old-school cakes and delicacies and be sure to take away a selection to enjoy later. Kitty thinks the vanilla slice here may just be the best in Melbourne.
Brown & Bunting
A browse in a secondhand bookshop is always good for the soul (and the budget), and Brown & Bunting is our pick. You'll loose track of time perusing the diverse range of titles here and don't forget to say hi to puss, what a sweetheart!
Big Dreams is your one stop shop for high-quality kids clothing, shoes, toys, games, puzzles and books. With a selection of locally made and ethically made wares, plus kids stuff that actually looks great, your main question will be: do these come in adult sizes?
The main reason to keep coming back to Ours is that the space (and what's inside it) changes on the regular! Operating as a pop-up retail and gallery space, you never know what delights are (literally) instore.
Recent Ours tenants Two Worlds Collide and Woodbeast.