Best Restaurants in Brunswick

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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.

  • Vegan-friendly Vietnamese. Yes, it exists.

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

  • A homey Sri Lankan buffet where $25 gets you meat and veggie curries, rice, sambol and more.

  • A petite, dimly lit wine bar serving classic French bistro fare, like sweet and savoury tartes tatin, crème brûlée and coq au vin with a twist.

  • Pizzas that fall somewhere between Neapolitan and New York-style. Pull up for spicy, garlicky clam pies (with chowder-like cream); zhooshed-up Hawaiians; crispy, cheesy mozzarella sticks; boozy desserts; and live music.

  • 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.

  • Half restaurant, half bar and always a party. Owner Bruno Carreto was born in Mexico and did a stint in a taqueria there before opening Los Hermanos. As you'd expect, the tacos and gorditas are the real deal. Don't forget to choose a tequila or mezcal from the blackboard.

  • Some of the best fried chicken in town.

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

  • Blending elements of Melbourne cafe, European wine bar and Tokyo-style “listening bar”, this buzzing spot hosts vinyl-only DJs five nights a week, with no cover charges. It’s one of the best places in town to hear recorded music.

  • Look for the locals sitting out front drinking jugs, right next to the overpacked bike racks. Set in a former strip club, this is a true local – offering good pub grub, craft beer and live music.

  • This warm and inviting pub is renowned for two reasons. First, it's got one of the most vegan-friendly menus in Melbourne. And second, its sunny and expansive rooftop bar ranks among the best in Brunswick.

  • Shuki Rosenboim and Louisa Allan opened this spot in 2016 on a strip packed with other options. Its secret to standing out? The chickpeas: Allan’s dad grows them in the Mallee. Here, they’re ground daily and fried to make crispy golden falafel for pitas and platters.

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

  • An affordable Middle-Eastern bakery, cafe and grocer.

  • New York-style pizzas served by the slice (or whole), cut from 55-centimetre pies. Small Time also doubles as a music hub, helping small artists make the big time. Find a homey front bar and rooftop, plus live music and a recording studio.