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Sometimes it seems all anyone does in Brunswick is hop from one new cafe to another, switching to bars toward evening and working up an appetite.

Eating & drinking

Pull up a wood crate or designer chair and join the locals. Choose from cool bars, hip restaurants and classy cafes on Lygon, Sydney, and Nicholson Streets.

Start with brunch at Pope Joan, A Minor Place, Wide Open Road or Small Block. Move on to Each Peach or Piano Piano for lunch and a fresh caffeine hit, or go bust with the banquet at super-chef George Calombaris' Hellenic Republic.

From late afternoon track down the Taco Truck or Beatbox Kitchen gourmet food vans for a tasty snack.

Late night delights

Late afternoons turn into late nights at Mr Wilkinson, Mi Corazon, The Alderman and the Brunswick Green. Put on your dancing shoes and catch a live band at the Cornish Arms, Edinburgh Castle, Spotted Mallard, Howler or Retreat Hotel.

Shopping and galleries

Like every good inner city suburb there's an indie sensibility about the art scene in Brunswick. See into Brunswick's creative heart at Tinning Street, Death be Kind or upstairs at the Alderman.

The lines between commerce and art blur at Brunswick Bound, Five Boroughs, Mr Kitly and Monk House Design. You'll find fine design, arty books, music and film, exhibition pieces for purchase, and curated fashion. Head to Harvest to make your own art.

East meets north

See signs of Brunswick's migration history on Sydney Road: a veritable atlas of Mediterranean shops and Arabic eateries. Stock up on pasta and porcini at Mediterranean wholesalers and stuff yourself silly at Middle Eastern bakeries like A1. Taste modern eastern flavours at hotspots like Rumi and Mankoushé.

Getting active

Start with a dip at Brunswick City Baths, then follow the signs to CERES Community Environment Park. There you can grab a coffee, and shop organic veggies and potted plants. Brush up on sustainable living, pick up permaculture tips, visit the bike workshop and listen out for bellbirds along Merri Creek.

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Brunswick Green

Down a pint in the glow of the fireplace or head out to the sprawling, plant-filled beer garden.


Just try to stop at one of Sugardough's sweet tarts, rustic loaves of bread or to-die-for hot chocs.

Ray's Cafe

Pay your respects to Ray's, the tiny café that was at the vanguard of Melbourne's coffee movement.

The Boroughs

Collect carefully curated design objects, homewares and accessories from Brunswick and beyond.

Monk House Design

Ladies, don't monkey around with these independent labels by local and international designers.


Dress up in graceful, feminine clothing and footwear by Brunswick based designer Kristy Barber.


Howl at the moon from the huge beer garden or nestle into cosy booths inside for beers and beats.

Spotted Mallard

Think stomping roots, rockabilly and soul, a mouth-watering pub menu along with a crafty beer list.

The Retreat

Have a quiet one in the front bar, get some sun in the beer garden or kick up your heels at night.

Kumo Izakaya

Sign up to the Japanese social eating experience at Kumo Izakaya, where the tradition gets updated.

Mi Corazon Tequila Bar

Make like a real aficianado with Mi Corazon's range of boutique, upscale tequilas and authentic fare.

Mr Wilkinson

Sleek with recycled timber, steel and charcoal grey seating, it's a smart local for smart locals.





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