Suburb Profile


Brunswick


Just six kilometers north of the CBD is the suburb of Brunswick, located in the city of Moreland. With no shortage of restaurants, cafes, bars and local designers,  Brunswick has become a lively and energetic place to live. A destination for many of Melbourne's migrants, Brunswick's central hub, Sydney Road, is full of Mediterranean grocers, bars and pubs, fruit and vegetable markets and restaurants.Being in such close proximity to the city's universities, Brunswick is a student magnet and has a relaxed, laid back feel, with fantastic public transport facilities and an annual street festival. Properties in Brunswick blend the old and the new with warehouse conversions and new apartments abutting period homes and old workers' cottages. 

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Brunswick East


With its eclectic knick-knack shops, vintage homewares stores and old school Italian coffee shops, Brunswick East is a real mixed bag. Only six kilometers north of the city, Brunswick East is a combination of commercial and residential properties that focus on and around Lygon Street and Nicholson Street. George Calombaris' Hellenic Republic draws diners to the area like bees to honey. Offering fresh, clean, simple Greek food, this modern tavern is great for group dining with all dishes designed to be shared. On Nicholson Street, restaurateurs Matt Wilkinson and Ben Foster's cafe Pope Joan, and neighbouring bar, The Bishop of Ostia, have a strong local following. The former offering an incredible breakfast and lunch menu, and the latter, beverages and bar food to carry on the party.On warm evenings , the Gelobar on Lygon Street is packed with people buying their delicious house-made gelato and sweets and neighbouring Thaila Thai is busy all year round. Keep an eye out for the Taco...

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Brunswick West


Brunswick West is located around 6kms north of Melbourne’s CBD, in the City of Moreland. Flanked by Parkville to the south, Moonee Ponds Creek to the west, Coburg to the north and Brunswick to the east, this suburb is primarily residential with light commercial activity.Brunswick West is serviced by a tram line into the city and several bus routes that connect east and west. For cyclists, many local streets have cycle lanes and the Moonee Ponds Creek and Capital City bike trails aren’t far away.The suburb’s pub, the Grand View Hotel, is a heritage-listed building and offers a great local watering hole with indoor and garden seating options. For a local pizza, you can’t go past Zizani Pizza on Melville Road – try the eggplant pizza, it’s a hit. For seasonal fruit and veggies, fresh cut flowers and imported gourmet produce, Melba’s Food Hall on Grantham Street is the place to go. They’ve got a huge range of local and imported wines and beer...

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Carlton


Lively Carlton is the traditional home of Melbourne's Italian community. Visitors and locals flock to the suburb for the atmospheric Italian restaurants and cafes that spill on to bustling Lygon Street.Growing from its traditional Italian roots, these days Carlton has a greater proportion of residents from Eastern Asia, South-eastern Asia and the United Kingdom. Carlton has the second largest population in the municipality. It comprises a large population of local and international students who attend the nearby University of Melbourne and RMIT University.Virtually all of Carlton falls within the municipality's boundaries. Besides Lygon Street, this area includes the historic Melbourne General Cemetery, Princes Park (home to the Carlton Football Club) and the beautiful Carlton Gardens. The Gardens contain the striking, contemporary Melbourne Museum and the domed 19th century Royal Exhibition Building.Carlton is one of the most dynamic and diverse suburbs in the municipality. Entertainm...

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Coburg


Coburg’s culturally diverse population is on the rise, with an above average proportion of citizens born overseas.The local shops, restaurants and cafes that line Coburg’s central thoroughfare, Sydney Road, reflect its varied demographic and it’s easy to get lost in the colours, life and vibrancy of this energetic area.Located in the City of Moreland, Coburg is around 8kms north of the CBD and was designated as one of 26 Principal Activity Centres in the Melbourne 2030 Metropolitan Strategy. Public transport services the city in the form of four train stations, Moreland, Coburg, Batman and Merlynston on the Upfield line. Three tram lines also run through Coburg along with bus services that connect up with Preston.If you’re looking for a solid after-work drink spot, head to Sydney Road’s Woodlands Hotel. They take their beer seriously, with several varieties on tap and over 60 bottled options. They also have a fantastic beer garden that comes as a bit of a ...

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Fairfield


Alighting from the train at Fairfield station, the first thing you’ll notice is the Fairfield Industrial Dog Object (FIDO), an enormous dog facing out onto Station Street. This hardwood sculpture stands at 5.5 metres tall and 8m metres long and was erected in April 2000 as part of Darebin City Council’s public art program. It is a reflection of the suburb’s dog-loving community and was created as the community’s pet. This friendly, first impression of Fairfield reflects the warmth and local feel of an inner city fringe suburb that has a strong sense of community and a busy local events calendar.Station Street is the heart and soul of Fairfield. In 2012, local icon Cardamone Gourmet Supermarket celebrated 50 years of trade and is as popular as ever for shoppers looking for imported Italian produce and homemade antipasti and cold meats. Opposite, neighbourhood Japanese restaurant Matsuya has an extensive menu covering all the classics and is constantly busy.On hot...

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