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Hotspots on Melbourne's High Street

shopping in Melbourne's Northcote neighborhood

You’ll find offbeat fashion boutiques, live music venues, and more on this off-the-beaten-path strip in Melbourne's Northcote neighborhood, a new hub for the city’s creative-cool crowd.

Hand-printed totes and knit hats—plus other crafty accessories such as earrings made from comic book pages—are the stock-in-trade at I Dream a Highway. 259 High St.; 61-3/9481-8858.

Northcote Social Club showcases indie musicians from near and far. Don’t miss the upscale pub grub served in the outdoor beer garden. 301 High St.; 61-3/9489-3917; dinner for two $50.

Browse a well-edited selection of hard-to-find local labels at Hummingbird 60. There’s everything from limited-edition jewelry to flouncy dresses. 244 High St.; 61-3/9486-6778.

In-the-know stylists flock to Flashback Fabric & Wallpaper for vintage fabrics and wallpaper. 79 High St.; 61-3/9482-1899.

Looking for a standout suitcase? At her namesake shop, Catherine Manuell Design, the former milliner creates eye-popping luggage adorned with floral patterns as well as Aboriginal prints from Northern Territory artists. 59 High St.; 61-3/9499-9844.

A kitschy-chic hybrid restaurant-bar, Estelle Bar & Kitchen delivers house-cured meats and kangaroo fillets alongside classic cocktails with a twist (grapefruit-infused gin fizz, anyone?). 243 High St.; 61-3/9489-4609; dinner for two $115.

Photo by Marcel Aucar

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