It doesn't wear the hipster glasses of Brunswick or Fitzroy, yet it's got a cool edge to it. I think it's an up and commer.
Along the shopping strip I frequent, the shopkeepers know me by name. I buy from the green grocer, butcher, chemist, newsagent, delis and little supermarket. If I need something from a major supermarket, it's a two minute car trip away. It's friendly.
And the cafes are good too. There is a great deli that does home style Italian food, one that's just been revived that features some Mexican inspired food, and a few that advertise good coffee (I can't vouch given I don't drink coffee). Yesterday I took a walk and got some sun, picked up a magazine and had breakfast. A breakfast featuring all the good fats. Rye toast with mashed avocado, asparagus, salmon and scrambled eggs. They were so generous with their salmon serving too! Yum!
There are a range of cupcakes in two sizes - I only had a very quick look and saw peanut butter, and then was won over by this one, a French toast cupcake.
The icing was delicious (and I'm not a huge icing fan) - it was maple syrup flavoured. I couldn't pick what the cake tasted like - I would say cinnamony-custardy, like, well, French toast. The barista said I had picked the best flavour.
There is also not much street art in my suburb. It's mostly ugly graffiti on the train station pedestrian underpass. When I saw this beautiful mural painted on the wall of a chicken shop, I smiled.
The brick wall has been designed like a chicken house, with a wooden house front, some window pot plants, and scenes of chickens doing human activities in a field. Free-range chickens indeed. Isn't it cute?
I complimented the owner of the shop on the mural and he said lots of kids and their parents love the chickens and stop to photograph it, just like I did.
Do you love your suburb? What's special about it?