After giving Melbourne’s northside suburb of Brunswick a bad rap last week I figured it only fair I redress the balance and extoll some of its cultural virtues. From bloomin’ good brunches to Beyonce dance classes, cheap Middle Eastern eats and vintage fashion bargains – these are my top things to do in Brunswick if you ever find yourself visiting this eclectic suburb of Melbourne.
- To enjoy a continental feed for under a fiver at Lebanese bakery, deli and grocery store in one, A1 Bakery.
- To tuck into very good falalfel at, erm, Very Good Falafel.
- For even more Turkish treats at legendary kebab palace, Alasya.
- To get some custom fit jeans for under $50. (I‘m serious!)
- To get a body like Beyonce at Bey Yoga and Bey Party dance classes run by The Cultmunity.
- For an Insta-worthy Fairy Floss Dessert Burger (yeah, not sure how they came up with that one either) or stack of Tim Tam Pancakes at Long Story Short.
- For trawl the op shops and second hand clothes stores for vintage bargains.
- To see if you can haul your ass up the rock climbing walls at Brunswick Northside Boulders and North Walls.
- Gather all you girlfriends (or your granny) for an indulgent high tea experience at Mary Eats Cake.
- To shop for wedding dresses at any number of the bridal boutiques lining Sydney Road.
- To enjoy some of Brunswick’s finest brunches at the likes of Lux Foundry, Small Axe Kitchen and Wide Open Road.
- To buy freshly roasted gourmet coffee at Georges old-school dispensary.
- To soak up some of the great (and not so great) street art.
- To shop with the Greek and Italian nonnas at Mediterranean Wholesalers, Australia’s largest continental food store.
- To have a splash at Brunswick Baths and check out the interesting combo of man buns and budgie smugglers.
Been to Brunswick? Got anything to add to my list?
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