Brunswick is a suburb in inner-north Melbourne.
Brunswick is easily reachable by tram and train.
The number 19 tram, which runs on Elizabeth Street in the CBD is an easy and scenic way to get to Brunswick. The tram passes through Royal Parade on its way to Sydney Road, passing many historic buildings, some of them part of the University of Melbourne.
The 55 tram, which runs through West Brunswick is not recommended for those wishing to do travel activities in Brunswick; it mostly passes through boring suburban streets, with the exception of the Royal Zoo.
There are some great places for eating in Brunswick and East Brunswick.
Piazza 51 - 51 Sydney Road, Brunswick, +61 3 9380 9555. Large range of pizza, pasta and other Italian dishes available. Cash only and licenced. Italian staff.
In East Brunswick:
Rumi - 132 Lygon St +61 3 9388 8255. Seriously great middle eastern food. Menu changes frequently so difficult to recommend specific dishes. Mains are approx $10 - $20.
Small Block - 130 Lygon St +61 3 9381 2244. Fantastic place for breakfast. The bircher museli is excellent. The breakfast plate with homemade hashbrown and feta cheese is sublime. Be prepared to wait for a table on the weekends. But worth the wait.
Sugardough - 163 Lygon St +61 3 9380 4060. Quaint and lovely cafe. Another place that does a great breakfast.
The Alderman - 134 Lygon Street, +61 3 9380 9003. Low key, comfortable and cosy bar. Just like Fitzroy bars used to be like. Small courtyard in the back. Food from Rumi (next door) can be ordered and delivered to the Alderman.
Easy to miss, but better you don't, The Green Refectory, (115 Sydney Road, Brunswick, tel (03) 9387 1150), serves great value homemade food, and quality Illy coffee to accompany it. I'm a fan of the gourmet salads, especially the tangy couscous salad with pumpkin, snow peas and heaps of mint, and eye off the homemade muffins, famous for their large and irregularly shape, for later. The crowd is eclectic mix of the Brunswick artsy crowd, univeristy students and young professionals pushing prams. I head to the outdoor area for a bit of space and it feels like I've stepped in someone's backyard, complete with garage at the back and outdoor toilet. Despite its non attendance in 'Signage 101' (look for the 'Illy' coffee sign that juts out from the front windows), the difficulty of locating this place hasn't affected its popularity at all.