Melbourne is well into its seventh year of holding the prestigious title of the world’s most liveable city. With premier sporting events, a vibrant cultural calendar, and thriving culinary scene it’s easy to see why. But what makes a suburb like Sunshine North one of the garden state’s best kept secrets?

We spent a day exploring from our Pace of Sunshine North home base to find out.

Weekends west of the Maribyrnong start with a caffeine kick and breakfast at local favourite, Grind Coffee Bar. Located on Foundry Road, Grind executes all of Melbourne’s much-loved breakfasts with locally inspired twists on the classics. The Smashed Avo with roast pumpkin and poached eggs on sourdough contends with the best, and their Ironpot cheesy baked omelette with spicy chorizo and spinach is nothing short of mouth-watering.

Prefer your breakfast in bed? Grind’s got you covered with their full menu available for delivery to your door by Uber Eats.

Caffeine cravings satisfied, and a short 10-minute drive from Pace of Sunshine North later we arrived at the Footscray Market. Abuzz with activity, Footscray Market spruiks the freshest produce in the west ranging from seafood and quality cuts to crisp fruit, vegetables and rare delicacies like lotus flowers and dragon fruit. Green-bags packed with ingredients, we made our way home for a picnic by the serene Maribyrnong River.

Pace of Sunshine North’s riverside town-homes are nestled on the banks of the Maribyrnong, overlooking the historically significant Solomon’s Ford. Here, kids can clamber along the natural basalt rock crossing in the shallows of the river, charting the original journey of the early explorers of Melbourne in 1803. Native flora and fauna frame this peaceful spot with eucalypts, wattle tree and birds. It’s the ideal location for a morning walk and connects the Pace of Sunshine North community to the river’s extensive bike trail.

After lunch we made our way to the Mt Derrimut Golf and Community Club for an afternoon testing our handicaps on their recently rejuvenated green. The club is a par 72 championship course designed by Australian professional golfer, Craig Parry. A popular weekend attraction, it boasts views of the Melbourne city skyline and a beautifully renovated 1850’s homestead which is ideal for events. Got the kids in tow? Mt Derrimut offers junior golf classes to keep the little ones occupied as well.

After a day on the green, we took our cues from Mama Knows West and made our way to Sunshine Social for dinner.

Serving up juicy burgers, skewers and whole chickens cooked to perfection over their custom-made charcoal grill, Sunshine Social has fast become a home away from home for residents of the inner-west. Owners, Greg Fee and Gareth Crawford wanted to create a relaxed and welcoming hub in the spacious, converted petrol station which now boasts modern interiors and bright yellow details. Sunshine Social’s spacious outdoor area is the ideal spot for long dinner with friends washed down with locally brewed craft beers for adults and deserts like choc ripple cake and ice-cream sangas for the kids.

Can’t get enough of the inner-west lifestyle? Neither can we.