If you’re talking about restaurants in the sense of places that take bookings and offer table service, Brunswick is surprisingly light on. What it does have is a wealth of affordable pubs, falafel joints and other casual eateries that suit the local population of students, musicians and artists. Even on a cold weeknight in winter, expect to find these relaxed restaurants filled with good people and good vibes. If you're looking for somewhere on Lygon Street, check out our guide to the Best Restaurants in Brunswick East.

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Small Axe Deli

From the team behind Small Axe Kitchen, this spot has a seven-metre terrazzo bar and floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with Italian cold cuts, cheeses, pickles and take-home meals such as gluten-free lasagne.

1/625 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Bhang

From the owners of Tom Phat, Bhang serves Indian street food in the north.

1/2A Mitchell Street, Brunswick

Los Hermanos Mexican Taqueria

Still hungry for more Mexican?

339 Victoria Street, Brunswick
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Juanita Peaches

Some of the best fried chicken in town.

12 Edward Street, Brunswick

Beatbox Kitchen Brunswick

Melbourne’s original burger truck, in bricks-and-mortar form.

682 Sydney Road, Brunswick

GoodDays

Vegan-friendly Vietnamese. Yes, it exists.

165 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Spitfire

The front bar to Stay Gold is more than just a waiting room. Thanks to its serious food and drinks offering, Spitfire's a destination in its own right.

133 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Brunswick Mess Hall

A mix of business – from boutique beers to summer punch and Asian cuisine served Spanish-style.

400 Sydney Road, Brunswick
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Union Hotel - Brunswick

A simple backstreet boozer that harks back to the pubs of old.

109 Union Street, Brunswick

The Cornish Arms

A pub where vegans are VIPs.

163A Sydney Road, Brunswick

Miss Moses

It’s beer, sandwiches and 1960s Americana at this laid-back spot.

581 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Very Good Falafel

Family-grown chickpeas. Fluffy Israeli pita. Warm hummus. House-made pickles. Home run.

629 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Tom Phat

All-day dining at this Thai-infused cafe on Sydney Road.

182-184 Sydney Road, Brunswick

A1 Bakery

An affordable Middle-Eastern bakery, cafe and grocer.

643-645 Sydney Road, Brunswick