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.