The inner-north suburb of Brunswick has a habit of attracting small businesses that launch into the stratosphere of cult status. For instance, 400 Gradi, the family-run pizzeria that opened in 2008 and has since become known for having "the world's best margherita". Another side of Italian food is on show at Small Axe Kitchen, a Sicilian-inspired café that is perhaps one of the only places you can get breakfast pasta. A two-for-one can be found on Edward Street, where All Day Donuts pumps out experimental donut flavours in the same space as Juanita Peaches, which has arguably the best fried chicken burger in town.
You will never walk away from Dejour Jeans with ill-fitting denim. A range of well-priced, classic jean designs is laid out within this tiny space, established in 1989. Once you've chosen your style, the "jean connoisseurs" will alter them to fit at
no additional cost. Widely known for their clever and minimalist self-watering plant pots, Mr Kitly is a shop, gallery and architecture studio that stocks a considered collection of functional art and homewares.
Brunswick's reputation as a hub for alternative culture in Melbourne is vastly apparently in its live music scene. Howler is a part indoor, part outdoor garden bar where you can eat, drink and discover up-and-coming music and comedy acts, with different performers taking the stage nearly every day of the week. A similar trifecta of food, booze and live music can be found at Spotted Mallard, a cosy upstairs venue that regularly hosts events such as big band nights, blues parties, open mic nights and album launches.