Post World War II, Brunswick was invaded by European migrants, who founded the flavour and linguistic diversity of the streets of Brunswick. But over time, that demographic has shifted seismically with the influx of young professionals and students as new apartment developments rocket and the mixture of cultures is embraced.
Earthy cafés, groovy bars, and a strong arts community, Brunswick is unlike any other suburb in Melbourne. Its palpable energy is reflected in the urban comfort of the alternative strip shopping, abundance of cafés and restaurants and hip bars.
Located 6km north of Melbourne’s CBD, it is as simple as joining the Brunswick trend and jumping on a city bike to explore this dense and lively urban suburb or to take a trip into the city by one easy tram.
Who’s Next Door
In the narrow side streets of the edgy flared suburb, you will find many independent youths and established young professionals.
The growing population of 23,000 is particularly increasing with young professionals and tertiary students, mainly due to the affordable rents and relative proximity to RMIT and The University of Melbourne. The multicultural suburb also allows these young hipsters to be themselves when they wander down Lygon Street or Sydney Road for a drink at the hot spots of the East Brunswick, Mr Wilkinson or Howler.
Don’t judge too fast! Be sure to see many older people around the streets, picking up their everyday loaf of bread from the Lebanese bakery and bike riding home to their small brickwork cottages or victorian timber block fronted house. You’ll find many of the old Italian blokes down at the Railway Hotel or the Retreat Hotel for a Friday night beer.
Strolling down Sydney Road will make you salivate. Here, you will find some of the most delicious restaurants and cafés for your next meal.
The diversity of the cultural cuisines available in this ethnic suburb is unbelievable. From inviting Middle-Eastern restaurants to Lebanese bakeries to Italian pizzeria’s and Greek eateries, there’s an option for everyone.
The nightlife of Brunswick is very attractive to Melbourne's next generation. The never-ending list of pubs and trendy bars will never provide a dull moment in this bubbling suburb.
Not to worry! If you need a break from all the eating and drinking, find solace and relaxation for the weekend by taking a trip to the Brunswick City Baths. Here, you can dive into the heated indoor and outdoor pools, escape the reality of stressful work life, and treat yourself in the soothing spas.
The Number Game:
In a suburb like no other, it is inevitable the market is in high demand. With more and more apartment blocks going up, the lively suburb is becoming more and more attractive among youths and professionals seeking to live in an atmospheric environment, close to the city. Moreover, the affordable price only makes it more appealing, with a median rent price of $460/Week and a sale price for $535,000.