28 things to do around Preston

Le Student 8 is situated within the Bell City complex offering hotel style living for students in Melbourne’s vibrant inner north. You will find Preston a colourful suburb alive with activity. Check out some local secrets here…

  1. Explore
    Live like a local and grab yourself a bargain at the Preston Market, open Wednesday to Saturday.


  2. Brunch
    Enjoy brunch at Boundary Espresso, famous for their ‘Green Eggs and Ham’.


  3. Sip
    Have a refreshing beverage at one of Melbourne’s oldest watering holes, the Wesley Anne.


  1. Exercise
    Take a run or a leisurely stroll around the Preston City Oval, home to the Preston cricket club.


  1. View
    Rainy weather? Catch an arthouse flick at the beautiful 1920’s built Palace Westgarth Cinema.


  1. Shop
    Shop til you drop at Northland Shopping Centre with over 330 stores to choose from. Thursday and Friday are late night shopping nights – open until 9pm!


  1. Snack
    Pop into Penny Farthing Espresso and enjoy your meal with a locally roasted coffee.


  1. Pamper
    Relax and unwind at Health Palace with their sublime range of massage and beauty treatments.


  1. Treat
    For something a little fancy, try Estelle Bistro with their French inspired 8 course tasting menu.


  1. Experience
    A menagerie of beautiful, exotic animals awaits at the Melbourne Zoo, including elephants, monkeys, lions and gorillas.


  1. Explore
    Explore the grasslands and wildlife in their native habitat as you stroll along the Merri Creek Trail.


  1. Music
    Catch a live music gig at the Northcote Social Club, once attended by Lady Gaga.


  1. Read
    For a slightly slower pace, head to Preston Library and relax with a good book.


  1. Fun
    Gather your friends and challenge them to a round of barefoot bowling at the Thornbury Bowling Club.


  1. Culture
    The Heide Museum of Modern Art is an impressive collection of modern pieces exhibited across their onsite galleries and large sculpture park.


  1. Refresh
    After all your exploring, treat yourself and refresh your senses with some delicious gelato at Il Melograno.


  1. Adventure
    Join the Segway Victoria team and experience all the delights of gliding among the grapevines in the Yarra Valley.


  1. Eat
    Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner Chumanchu has you covered. Try the chicken pad thai!


  1. Dance
    Put on your dancing shoes and head to My Aeon, said to be Melbourne’s funkiest underground electronica venue.


  1. Drink
    Relax in the fantastic outdoor beer garden at the Stolberg Beer Cafe and sample their many craft beers on tap.


  1. Explore
    There’s always something happening at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre. Check out a community production or theatre show.


  1. Health
    Naturally on High are local organic grocers with a large range of superfoods and locally sourced fruit and vegetables.


  1. Unwind
    Take a short walk to The Raccoon Club and unwind with a game of pool in a laidback, chilled atmosphere.


  1. Music
    Purple Emerald Lounge on High Street is a great spot for live music. They’re open late on Friday and Saturday nights.


  1. Swim
    Take a dip in our on-site pool or head to the Northcote Aquatic Centre for one of their energetic aqua aerobics classes.


  1. Eat
    Buddha Thai is a local favourite on Plenty Road, serving up fresh, delicious Thai cuisine. Ask about their delivery service.


  1. Drink
    Joe’s Shoe Store is a snappy wine bar in what was once an old shoe store. With a buzzing vibe, don’t forget to try their espresso martinis.


  1. Delight
    Treat your sweet tooth with a visit to Chocolatier Australia. They sell locally produced goods, all made on the property.