Albert and Sydney

This restaurant, food and wine store is known for its expertise and passion for food. Stop in for a meal or a snack (try the charcuterie), or for specialty goods to take home.

Corner of Albert Street
& 382 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 8354 6600

Ray’s Café

This café’s dive-bar aesthetic represents its influences: street art, great food, local coffee and the neighbourhood it’s part of. The space doubles as a gallery. So stop in for a bite, leave with new art.

332 Victoria Street, Brunswick
(03) 9380 8593

A1 Bakery

A Melbourne institution, this Lebanese bakery is beloved for its family-run atmosphere and authenticity. Go here for your Middle Eastern grocery needs, dips, kibbie and pita.

643–645 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9386 0440

Los Hermanos Mexican Taqueria

This taqueria is the go-to spot for late-night tacos (or quesadillas and antojitos) in a festive setting. The flavours are fresh and the Cervezas are cold.

339 Victoria Street, Brunswick
(03) 9939 3661

Code Black Coffee

Respect for coffee is obvious in every aspect of this operation. The coffee and food menus are thoughtful. Try the 3056 blend, like a local would.

15–17 Weston Street, Brunswick
(03) 9381 2330 Code Black

The Merri Table

Part of the CERES Community Environment Park, this environmentally mindful café puts its profits back into CERES projects and programs. It offers vegan and gluten-free options in a casual, down-to-earth space.

Corner Roberts & Stewart Streets,
Brunswick East
(03) 9389 0166

Pope Joan

An inner-north classic, this neighbourhood favourite is a café, restaurant and hangout. There is all-day breakfast, bar snacks and more substantial dishes for sharing. Try The Pacdon Park free-range pork sausage.

75–79 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9388 8858

The Bishop of Ostia

This sharp bar sits next to Pope Joan and is part of the family. Its outdoor area is its biggest draw card. Although so too are the inventive bar snacks, Victorian wines, craft beers and cocktails.

75–79 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9388 8858

Tom Phat

This lively bar and eatery specialises in Asian-inspired street food and the chilled drinks best to accompany it. The menu is extensive, covering noodles, Asian-style tacos, salads and wraps.

184 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9381 2374 Tom Phat

East Elevation

The menu here is directed by what is seasonal, local, free-range and organic. Some of which is grown on this restaurant’s rooftop kitchen garden. Next door is the chocolate factory, Monsieur Truffe.

351 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9381 5575 East Elevation

Wide Open Road

This site houses a café, roastery and shop. It’s a serious coffee operation, but without pretension. The venue does all its baking in-house, and its menu offers satisfying, unfussy, elegant dishes.

274 Barkly Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9010 9298


Spotted Mallard

Hearty food, craft beer, live music and op-shop styling come together here, and the result is cosy and charming. All sorts of acts grace the stage most nights of the week.

314 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9380 8818


Howler is more than a bar and live-music venue – it’s a cultural hub. It hosts exhibitions, film screenings and shows by international and local artists.

7–11 Dawson Street, Brunswick
(03) 9077 5572 Howler

Mr Wilkinson

A laid-back neighbourhood bar serving small plates (meatballs, cheese), pizzas and Australian and international wines. Perfect for an after-work wind down.

295 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9388 8578

Joey Smalls

A bar-nightclub hybrid with a forward-thinking aesthetic. It also serves burgers by Melbourne favourite, Huxtaburger. It has a drinks list that will appeal to fans of fine cocktails.

284 Sydney Road, Brunswick
0421 400 990 Joey Smalls

The B.East

Burgers, live music and drinks – it’s a formula at the top of Lygon street for a great night out. It’s the community vibe at The B.East that sets it apart.

80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9036 1456

The Brunswick Green

It’s the beer garden at The Brunswick Green that the summer crowds flock to. Inside this cosy pub there is a mix of secondhand furniture and relaxed vibes. Perfect for all types of weather and moods.

313 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9381 2413

The Brunswick Mess Hall

Tapas-style Asian dishes, craft beer and punch in a laid-back space. A jumble of furniture and greenery create a mood for settling in.

400 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9388 0297

Amelia Shaw Bar

Above The Retreat Hotel, this more-refined drinking and dining space is inspired by American West Coast Deco. Intimate, stylish and quirky.

280 Sydney Road, Brunswick
0412 907 847

Atticus Finch

The old-world feel of this small bar fits perfectly with its attention to cocktail making. Perfect for the low-key, discerning drinker.

129 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9387 0188

Mi Corazon Tequila Bar

This Mexican-inspired bar is home to Melbourne’s most-extensive collection of tequilas and mezcals. It also serves snacks (tortilla and guacamole) and bigger meals, such as tacos and quesadillas.

462 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9384 6153 Mi Corazon Tequila Bar


Brunswick Flea Market

Perfect for vintage homewares and clothing, vinyl and one-off secondhand finds. The fun is in the scrounging, or enjoy the food trucks out the front. Held once a month.

7–11 Dawson Street, Brunswick
(03) 9077 5572

Dejour Jeans

Custom-made jeans from a small shopfront on Sydney Road. This family-run tailor offers prices that mean you can get jeans and shorts in every colour offered. Men’s and women’s available.

542 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9380 4884

Monk House Design

A boutique stocking the best of local and international designer brands. Its bright, airy space features emerging, independent designers alongside the big names.

102 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9381 1191

Mr Kitly

A small shop specialising in ceramics, jewellery and pieces for the discerning home decorator. It is also a gallery space and champions local and emerging artists and designers.

381 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9078 7357

Jetnikoff Bicycle Co.

Not your average bike shop. Here you’ll find hand-crafted wheels and bike paraphernalia from all over the world. This inner-city cycling haven has only the best for your bike.

32 Union Street, Brunswick
(03) 8388 7352 Jetnikoff Bicycle Co.

20th Century Scandinavia

This vintage Scandinavian furniture specialist features pieces that represent the best of the design tradition of the north. This warehouse and showroom receives shipments regularly.

79 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9387 2664

Samson Cycles

This group of bike specialists thrives on one-on-one customer interaction and knows its stuff. A shop and workshop in one, it also offers great prices.

302 Barkly Street, Brunswick
(03) 8589 0581

Blackhearts & Sparrows

An independent bottle shop with a straightforward mission: to make good wine and drinks accessible. Come here for lesser-known drops and craft beers.

131 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
03 9380 1831

Lost and Found Market

A huge warehouse-style space stacked with vintage clothing, homewares, furniture and curios. Not your average shopping experience – you’re bound to find something beautifully unusual.

511 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9383 1883

The Boroughs

An independent store with a local focus on design, homewares, books and anything that would look amazing in your home or on your person. Stop in for gifts or a browse.

345 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9388 1618


This Melbourne-designed and manufactured label specialises in feminine, fashion-forward silhouettes, prints that resemble artworks and has a truly Melbourne-loving, independent spirit.

37–39 Glenlyon Road, Brunswick
(03) 9380 5731 Kuwaii


A textiles and design studio that creates colourful and quirky products and teaches screen-printing. The studio specialises in locally made bedding, homewares, stationery, accessories and soft furnishings.

7–11 Dawson Street, Brunswick

Parks & recreation

Brunswick Baths

There’s an indoor and outdoor heated pool, and a fitness centre. The perfect local spot to get your exercise, or a place to chill-out.

14 Dawson Street, Brunswick
(03) 9381 1840

Princes Park

Parkland that is home to sports facilities, the Carlton Football Club’s training grounds, cricket and tennis facilities. There is also a playground.

200–590 Royal Parade, Carlton North

Princes Park

Brunswick Bowling Club

Founded almost one hundred years ago, this spot is now home to a lively community and atmosphere. Barefoot bowlers of all skill levels are welcome among the seasoned members.

104–106 Victoria Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9380 1808

CERES Bike Shed

A volunteer-run initiative teaching locals to build and repair bikes from recycled parts, and to make the most of the area’s cycling opportunities. All tools provided.

Corner Roberts & Stewart Streets,
Brunswick East

CERES Community Environment Park and Market

Situated beside Merri Creek, this not-for-profit community environment centre offers respite from urban living. Its market and café features local and sustainably grown produce.

Corner Roberts & Stewart Streets,
Brunswick East
(03) 9389 0100 CERES Community Environment Park and Market

Tinning Street Gallery

This contemporary art gallery and creative space is "dedicated to ingenuity, craftsmanship, the offbeat, and the genuine". This is a tucked-away treasure you’ll be glad to have found.

Lot 5/29 Tinning Street, Brunswick


Brunswick SUPA IGA

Open until 9pm every night, this is the after-work stop off you need in your neighbourhood.

614 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9384 1155


One of the major supermarket chains in Australia, Coles will reliably have all of daily life’s necessities. This branch is open from 6am until midnight most days.

Barkly Street, Barkly Square Shopping Centre, Brunswick
(03) 9387 6122

Mediterranean Wholesalers

Explore rows and rows of dried goods and cans at this haven for lovers of bulk-buying. Also great for cheeses and cured meats.

482 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9380 4777


One of the two major Australian supermarket chains, Woolies will reliably have the basics you need and more. The Albert Street store is open from 7am until midnight every day and the Sydney Road branch is open every day from 7am until 10pm.

300–304 Albert Street, Brunswick
(03) 8347 6500

90–106 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 8347 6548

Brunswick Market

Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. There are also specialty food stores with imported goods, cheeses and meats.

655 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Omara Market & Café

A supermarket, butcher and fruit & vegetables stop all in one. Bulk products are also available here and there is a small Middle Eastern-style café attached.

695–697 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9386 3788

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

This hospital and emergency department is a world-renowned research and care institution.

300 Grattan Street, Parkville
(03) 9342 7000

Brunswick Private Hospital

A rehabilitation and general medical facility that also runs specialist outpatient and day programs.

82 Moreland Road, Brunswick
(03) 9385 1111

RMIT University

RMIT specialises in engineering; accounting and finance; computer science and information systems; communication and media studies; psychology; education; law and economics.

25 Dawson Street, Brunswick
(03) 9925 2000

Brunswick East Primary School

This primary school’s location means it can make the most of surrounding amenities, such as CERES, Merri Creek, Triple R radio station and local parks.

195A Stewart Street, Brunswick East
(03) 9387 3361

Brunswick North Primary School

This primary school is large enough to offer outstanding facilities, and small enough to be a tight-knit and welcoming community.

144 Pearson Street, Brunswick
(03) 9383 1400

St Margaret Mary's School

A Christian primary school that aims to develop a lifelong love of learning.

47–49 Mitchell Street, Brunswick
(03) 9383 6699

The University of Melbourne

The number-one ranked university in Australia. In 2015 it was ranked 33 in the world.

(03) 9035 5511