If you’re in the mood for live jazz music, craft beer and mouth-watering garlic bread, head to Compass Pizza (319 Lygon St). The delicious pizzas are made even better when enjoyed in the comfort of the smoky, old-school Italian space. The space was once a pizzeria called La Bussola, and the team decided to keep the cosy Italian bistro feel, with neon signage, exposed brick and pizzas cooked to perfection in plain view of diners. They’ve got excellent deals every night of the week that change often, but keep your eyes peeled for their $13 Margheritas and $13 Spritz and Negronis.
Shinwa Izakaya (139 Sydney Rd) is a Japanese food lover’s dream, with an extensive list of delicious sake and a classic izakaya menu. You’ll get a mind-blowing feast no matter what you order, but the nasu dengaku (miso-glazed eggplant) is a must-try.
You can’t visit Brunswick without stopping by A1 Bakery (643-645 Sydney Rd), a northside institution with a well-deserved reputation. Since 1992, A1 has been slinging authentic Lebanese breads, pitas, pies and pizzas to lucky locals, or patrons who travel far just to visit. At great prices, you can afford to try a bit of everything on the extensive menu - just don’t miss out on a cheese bagel and a zaatar.
For the perfect takeaway option (or hangover cure), Brunswick Burrito (102 Henkel St) is the place to visit. It's absolutely among the best burritos in the area, and the vegetarian options are particularly great: with haloumi, roast veg and plant-based 'beef' are all delectable stars of the menu.
Brunswick is home to many amazing Lebanese restaurants, one of which is Téta Mona (100A Lygon St). With flavoursome hearty dishes in an eclectic space, it’s the perfect weeknight dinner spot. The banquet will always be a good option, but if you’re ordering individual items, the arnabeet tahina cauliflower will blow your mind.
For a cheap and yummy meal out, Green Field (376-378 Sydney Rd) is a local favourite. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu is jam-packed with Vietnamese favourites at great prices. The lunch specials are perfect for an unpretentious and affordable bite, plus almost every dish has a vegetarian option.