Why Brunswick is one of Melbourne’s best suburbs

We all know Melbourne is one of the world’s most livable cities and it has so many famous suburbs like vibrant Fitzroy with its eclectic selection of bars and shops, affluent Toorak and Yarraville with its neighbourhood vibe. However, talk to anyone who lives or works in Brunswick and they will tell you what a fantastic suburb it is and how they wouldn’t live anywhere else.

We wanted to put a list together of just some of the reasons (there are far too many for one list) we love Brunswick.

Brunching in Brunswick

Brunswick has a fairly well-known reputation as a great coffee and brunch destination. A Minor Place is the quintessential “hipster” brunch venue, generous helpings of Avo smash. Sit inside this repurposed milk bar or sit outside on a milk crate with your dog and enjoying your latte.
If baked goodness is your vibe then Wildlife Bakery is a must visit. They have a variety of sourdough on offer, a cabinet full of cakes, croissants and other baked goods. Their menu centres around their passion for sourdough, think delicious toasted sandwiches with leg ham or perfectly baked eggs paired with their housemade bread toasted to perfection. We spoke with Hugh from Wildlife Bakery, read the full blog here.

The Brunswick Foodstore pays homage to Brunswick’s Sydney Road Middle Eastern influence but in contemporary Melbourne breakfast venue. Nestled in the skeleton of a large heritage building, you will find a classic brunch menu that you know and love but with added touches of Turkish, Persian, Syrian and Lebanese cuisine.

Hidden away behind a big red door on Lygon Street is East Elevation. This large space is filled with the most beautiful green plants. East Elevation is shared with chocolate factory Monsieur Truffe and so this venue is known for serving the BEST hot chocolate in Melbourne. The kitchen has some modern flavorful interpretations on brunch classics, there’s sure to be a line but with plenty of tables, you’ll be eating in no time. Trust us, it’s worth a short wait.

Parks and Outdoors

Fleming park lies in the heart of Brunswick, the facilities were recently upgraded in 2017. New toilets, picnic shelter, basket swing, planting and new playground elements were added. With nature, barbecues and a large oval, the park is popular for families and even some local sporting clubs. The park is also an off-leash dog park so four-legged friends will also love it!

Gilpin Park is frequented social park natural bush crisscrossed by large pathways. There is a family zone with playground, barbecues, table tennis tables and picnic areas. The park was recently upgraded with fences so you can take your dog off the leash.

CERES community environment park is free entry, however, donations are accepted. The park is for education and environmental strategies. It’s a not-for-profit and it’s a sustainability centre located on about 4.5 hectares of land on the Merri Creek in Brunswick East. Their permaculture & bushfood nursery is a fantastic educational experience for all who visit.

Gyms, Recreation and Sport

The Brunswick Bowling club is a core part of the Brunswick community. It’s different to any bowling club you have ever been to. The club is heavily patronised by both members and the general public. When you visit you’ll be sure to see people on the greens, drinking in the brand new beer garden or sharing a barbecue and many laughs. Sign up for a game of pennants or book a rink for a function of barefoot bowls fun.

Brunswick has a variety of gyms to choose from, including Anytime Fitness and Doherty’s Gym. But if you are looking for a gym with a little more Brunswick running through its veins FITTOX gym is going to be for you. Get inspired to workout by street art style superhero murals on the walls, the friendly staff are locals and they’re happy to help you with your workout needs. There are also a variety of classes to attend.

Brunswick Lacrosse club plays out of Fleming park, they represent the inner north in the Victorian Lacrosse Association. They are always keen to find new members and they have social, senior and junior levels of Lacrosse.

Pubs and Restaurants

Melbourne has a reputation for hidden bars, craft beer pubs, traditional and even themed bars, we’re also lucky enough to have a diverse range of eateries ranging from burgers and bbq to degustations at fine dining restaurants and tasty dumpling houses. Brunswick is no exception and holds its own in the Melbourne bar and restaurant scene.

Zia Theresa is a Brunswick institution, Zia is one of the original restaurateurs in the Brunswick area, If you love traditional Italian homestyle cooking then this is the place for you. Wednesday nights is going to be italian night, be sure to grab yourself a pasta and vino for $25, you will love the service and flavour put forward by Zia and her team.

The B-EAST combines bar, burgers and live music together without compromising on any aspect. We are talking classic beef burgers with Jack cheddar, Westmont Pickles and special sauce, vegan burgers, southern fried chicken burgers and of course, loaded fries. The-B-EAST has a mammoth selection of local craft beers, plus a fun cocktail list that is worth exploring. The B-EAST is the perfect spot for a brew, a burger and to kick back and enjoy some live music.

Looking to impress? or maybe there is an important anniversary coming up? Etta restaurant may remind you of what you love in terms of fine dining but in a neighbourhood dining room and bar. Delicious food with hints of Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern and Asian influences. The team at Etta have a delicious menu driven by their love of fresh produce.

If sitting at the bar, sipping cocktails and eating good food is your style then head to Bouvier Bar & Grill. This venue is owned by Adrian Richardson, chef-owner of Carlton North’s La Luna and star of television series Good Chef Bad Chef. Treat yourself to a cocktail and a few bar snacks or order a few dishes and it becomes a meal. There is also a selection of mostly Australian wine and beer on tap. If you want to find out a little more about Bouvier Bar, read our full blog here. 

Brunswick is a great community to live in with so much to offer and all located just 6km from the Melbourne CBD. If this is the sort of community you would love to be a part of then register your interest to East Brunswick Village, a sustainable village under construction on Brunswick East.

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