Here are our top tips for a day out in Brunswick.
Brunswick has turned into one of the most sought after locations to live in Melbourne. Not only because of its close proximity to the CBD, but also because of the lifestyle factors of the area. Take a walk along Sydney Road and find some of the best cafes in Melbourne, along with some of the hottest new clothing stores. Finish the day by hitting up a popular dinner venue and a night of listening to some great live music with some drinks.
Start your day at the south end of Sydney Road, where you will find a couple of our favourite shops in Melbourne’s North. Firstly, head on into New Model Beauty Queen [70 Saxon Stewwr, Brunswick], be inspired by the bright flashy colours of this fashion store and try on something new. After you have picked up some goodies, head just up the road to Recycle Boutique [127 Sydney Road, Brunswick] and browse through some pre-loved clothing, or bring along some of your own and see if you can’t make a few bucks. The store works with the community to reduce the environmental impact of the clothing industry. They encourage you to bring in your clothes and swap them for something new (or old depending on the way you look at it) to take home . Finally, to finish of your fast-paced shopping expedition, trot on down to Vicious Venus [155 Sydney Road, Brunswick]. This store specialises in selling vintage inspired retro clothing including swing frocks, wiggle dresses, shoes, tops and skirts.
Once you have shopped until your heart’s desire… or at least for a couple of hours, stroll on down to Foxtrot Charlie [359 Sydney Road, Brunswick], a quaint cafe that serves up awesome food and coffee. When you walk into Foxtrot Charlie, you will notice fairly quickly, a large areoplane hanging over head. Take a closer look around and notice the other great pieces of art while you sit down and enjoy your freshly brewed coffee. This venue specialises in the food (Foxtrot) and coffee (Charlie) and we promise you won’t be disappointed with what you try. The breakfast and lunch menus are based on seasonal ingredients, so don’t be surprised if you do not see the same menu the next time you visit. Enjoy a coffee and a small meal, don’t over eat as we are stopping later for an early dinner!
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After a bite to eat from the ever changing menu at Foxtrot Charlie, take a stroll off Sydney Road to Brunswick Park [Hope Street, Brunswick]. On the way, admire some of the wonderful little houses in the streets around the park, the area has grown in popularity exponentially in the past ten years to have become one of the most popular pockets of Melbourne for young people and families. The park itself is beautiful and has immaculate lawns and large trees which provide great shady areas. Drinking alcohol is allowed in the park before 11pm, so this is the perfect time to catch some sun and enjoy a beer or wine with a special friend.
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Head back towards Sydney Road and find Host [4 Saxon Street, Brunswick]. What looks like a run down and very unassuming venue from the outside, turns into one of the coolest restaurants the trendy suburb of Brunswick has to offer. When you walk into Host you may be able to guess that the owners are designers of some sort. The décor and furniture are simple and tasteful, while the dim lightning encourages you to get up close to your dinner guest and enjoy the intimacy of the restaurant. The menu is broken into three small parts, a starter menu with five smaller dishes, a mains menu with another five dishes, then a deserts menu with another four options. We, however, recommend you let your talented waiter/waitress decide for you, or have a go at the $65 set menu, which will allow you to try a range of options.
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To finish off your day out in Brunswick, head just a couple of doors up from Host to Howler [7—11 Dawson Street, Brunswick]. Here you will find a young and energetic crowd. Enjoy one of their unique cocktails before you head home, or if you are up for it, hang around and dance the night away to some live bands. The venue is a converted woolshed and is just about as Melbourne as you can get. Have a drink at the bar and admire the inside of the venue, with swaying trees and hanging gardens decorating the space. Be sure to try out the extensive beer menu, try something different and you never know, you could love it.
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