After a decade of living in Richmond trying the hot spots of the south side, I ventured over to the North and have been spoilt for choice with the amount of great eats in Brunswick. Melbourne is greatly known for its coffee and cafe culture, but Brunswick alone will have you going on weekly hunts down side streets to find some absolute hidden gems.
Here are 5 of my current favorites that I have come across over the past few months.
Located on the corner of Sydney Rd & Victoria St, Small Axe has become my constant go to for its top-notch coffee and menu. Their point of difference is the menu that is heavily inspired by Sicily (the meatballs are to die for) with a very urban Melbourne twist. It’s also the only cafe I have ever been to where breakfast pasta is an option and totally acceptable.
281 Victoria St, Brunswick
Stand & Deliver
The best thing about Brunswick is never knowing what you might find, and it’s the hidden gems that are sometimes all the more special. As much as I love a good Instagram worthy over the top breakfast, sometimes it’s also good to pull it back and appreciate the simple things. It couldn’t get anymore Brunswick, situated on the side alleyway of an old warehouse.
The menu is simple, Coffee, Bagels and Muesli. The great thing I love about this is no 2 days are the same, so the bagel-filling offering changes daily. If you ever have the chance to try the Philly cheese steak bagel, get on it.
242 Victoria St, Brunswick
Wide Open Road
Since they opened, Wide Open Road have earned its reputation for arguably some of the best coffee Melbourne has to offer. You may find yourself on a waiting list during the weekends, but if you have patience it is totally worth it.
The space itself is a huge warehouse conversion with hard wood floors and exposed brick white walls. My top food pick has to be the Whipped Goats Feta & Smoked Salmon with a cold brew coffee on the side.
247 Barkley St, Brunswick
All Day Donuts
Old school New York meets the urban side streets of Melbourne at this sensational sweet tooth heaven. All Day Donuts doesn’t try to be anything but what it’s name suggests, and this is what makes it stand out from its competitors. The ode to The Simpsons style ‘Homer’ donut is marketing genius (and tastes like heaven) and the lemon meringue donut will leave your mouth-watering.
Make sure you wash them down with a cup of the Seven Seeds filtered coffee to complete the meal.
12 Edward St, Brunswick
Brunswick Flour Mill
I must admit this place really proved me wrong. So many cafes’ of the ‘social media’ era do have a certain formula that they stick to, and there is definitely nothing wrong with that. Sometimes though a cafe that doesn’t stick to that interior structure, has style and character (and a sense of being in the country side) can be just what you need. The homely atmosphere mixed with the amazing service and fantastic food is a recipe for success.
They only service organic rainforest alliance coffee, the menu has a mix of gluten-free and vegan options and the sweet tooth fans will love the buttermilk pancakes with caramelized pears.
341 Sydney Road, Brunswick