CoffeeThe best places in Brunswick East for your coffee fix
Pope Joan embodies the spirit of great local eateries and classic corner pubs. It’s a place where skilled cooking and comfort food are not mutually exclusive, and there’s an ease to ordering and eating. It’s menu as philosophy rather than cuisine showcase and that makes for a fun ride.
Price: $$ – $$$
Open: Mon – Fri: 7.30am – 11.30pm Sat – Sun: 7.30am – 5pm
Address: 75 – 79 Nicholson St, East Brunswick
Brunswick East Project
A great example of The Brunswick East way of doing things is that they make every barista roast coffee. Absolutely necessary? Probably not. Does it help the barista deliver a superior cup of coffee? Shit yes.
Price: [Coffee] $$
Open: 7am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, Sunday 8am to 4pm
Address: 438 Lygon St. East Brunswick
Wide Open Road
Wide Open Road is a boutique roastery and cafe housed in a two story converted warehouse on Barkly street, just off Sydney road. Spread over 500 square meters it incorporates it’s own roasting facilities, commercial kitchen, green bean storage and coffee lab. Price: [Coffee] $$ Open: Mon-Sat 7.30am-5pm; Sun 8am-5pm Address: 274 Barkly St, Brunswick East Food: ★★★★ Service: ★★★★★ Ambience: ★★★ Cost Performance:★★★★ Localness: ★★★★★
FoodThe best restaurants in Brunswick East
Kake Di Hatti
Kake Di Hatti is super-affordable – pretty much everything is under $12. And it was BYO – 99 cents per person. Make full use of the Blackhearts & Sparrows bottle shop across the road as you very rarely get to have your own choice of craft beer with your curry.
Open: Tue – Sun: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Address: 128 Lygon Street, Brunswick
It’s a contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant focused on Levantine and Persian flavours. “Whoever is out there cooking is a really good chef. This is beautiful produce, the presentation’s really fresh, the flavours are amazing. There’s a whole lot more to this than home cooking done well.”
Open: Mon – Sun: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Address: 132 Lygon St, Brunswick East
What’s not to love about this delicious Lebanese bakery at the cool end of Lygon Street? Surrounded by great bars with cute courtyards in which to while away an afternoon – our favourites are The Alderman, Mr Wilkinson and Atticus Finch – this is the perfect place to line the stomach or soak up that one-beer-too-many bloat. Prices start at a mere $2 and don’t exceed the $10 mark. Opt for haloumi-stuffed chargrilled bread (a piping hot artery-clooging cheese feast), bursting-at-the-seams spinach and ricotta pie, or one of the meat or veggie pizza-style offerings. Despite the low price tag, you’ll find generous toppings (from tangy feta and spicy mince to cooling labneh and sour pickles) sitting on intensely fluffy bread. Service is super-friendly and as speedy as it can be given how busy it gets.
Open: Wednesday – Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Address: 325 Lygon St, Brunswick East
BoozeThe best bars in Brunswick East
There’s the retro sofas in the lounge room – a real home away from home. Great selection of beers (including Knappstein – heavenly offering from the Clare Valley winemakers) and affordable wines, down-to-earth staff and bar snacks. If the journey has left you hungry too, order Turkish pizza from Rumi and settle in for the evening.
Price: $ – $$
Open: Tuesday – Sunday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Address: 134 Lygon St, Brunswick East
The Bishop of Ostia
The Bishop is a night spot that allows you to easily find a seat, order some decent food and drink, and then depart into the evening to continue your late week/weekend exploits. There’s a bar menu on offer, so the place is better suited to pre/post-dinner drinks as opposed to a big feed.
Open: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 11:30 pm. Saturday – Sunday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Address: 77/79 Nicholson St, Brunswick East
The Alehouse Project
A pure focus on local and international craft beer and cider across 12 taps and a hand pump (in the cooler months) dedicated to showcasing a diverse range and heavy rotation of craft beers which are predominately only ever on tap once at the venue. They also feature a large selection of boutique spirits, a solid range of local boutique wines and a great menu from the kitchen. Price: $ – $$ Open: Tuesday – Wednesday 3:00 pm – 12:00 am Thursday – Friday 3:00 pm – 1:00 am Saturday 12:00 pm – 1:00 am Sunday 12:00 – 11:00 pm Address: 98-100 Lygon St, Brunswick East Food: ★★★ Service: ★★★★ Ambience: ★★★ Cost Performance:★★★★ Localness: ★★★★★