As the main artery of Melbourne’s oldest suburb, Brunswick Street has undergone countless transformations. Each generation of residents and business-owners has left its mark on the two-kilometre strip. The result is a layer cake of cuisines, cultures, people and identities.

Most of Brunswick Street’s modern history can be traced back to the 1950s, with the cafes and shops opened by immigrants who arrived in Melbourne following World War II. After them came a wave of students and artists, which culminated in Brunswick Street’s bohemian heyday in the 1980s.

The street’s changed markedly since then, but many of the icons from that era have endured. You can still eat carbonara at Marios from morning till late, and Black Cat and The Evelyn are still serving drinks to full houses every day.

On any given corner on Brunswick Street, you’re likely to be just arms-length from great vegetarian, Italian or gyros spots. So regardless of where you get off the number 11 tram, there’s a restaurant in this guide for you.

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Smith & Daughters

Ballsy vegan fare, tattooed babes and a rock‘n’roll vibe.

175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Bon Ap'

A bistro all about bringing contemporary French dining to Melbourne.

193 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Transformer

A refined vegetarian restaurant from the duo behind Vegie Bar and Rice Queen.

99 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Village People Hawker Food Hall

This busy restaurant mixes Laotian, Cambodian, Indian, Malay, Burmese and Thai flavours without cutting any corners.

Level 1 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Vegie Bar

Melbourne's mecca for vegetarian and vegan food.

380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Naked For Satan

One of Brunswick Street's classic bars still serving vodka from an old distillery in Fitzroy.

285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Marios

A cafe/restaurant with a long tradition of comforting Italian food.

303 Brunswick Street,, Fitzroy

Bontempo

From the team behind Fratellino Pizza in South Yarra.

416 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Mukka

Traditional recipes made with top-notch ingredients make this one of the better Indian diners around.

365 365 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Ichi Ni Nana

Gyoza, tempura, yakitori, sushi, don - this Japanese restaurant covers a lot of bases.

Ground Floor 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Pizza Farro Fitzroy

Spelt pizzas and vegan cheese are menu staples at this modern pizzeria.

301 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Little Hop

Old-school Fitzroy cool, constructed by tacos and craft beer.

277 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Amarillo

Pairs a mid-century European fit-out with modern, effortless cool. Try toasties and coffee in the morning; and oysters and wine at night.

149 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Shawcross Pizza

A Fitzroy pizzeria that offers more than the usual late-night greasy fare.

324 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Blue Chillies

True, authentic Malaysian flavours.

182 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Rice Queen

After a redesign, a bigger menu and a karaoke room, Rice Queen is amping up Fitzroy.

389 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy