Melbourne is famed for its multiculturalism and food. Sydney Road, Brunswick (located approximately 5 km north of Melbourne’s CBD) is a melting pot of many different cultures and cuisines and Melbourne’s longest continuous shopping strip.
We recommend that you take public transport to the further reaches of Sydney Road, then meander back towards the City, stopping along the way for food, cakes, coffee and possibly even beer. You can then hop back on a tram to the City when you are too full of food or your feet are too tired.
How to get there?
Following Sydney Road will eventually get you to Sydney, New South Wales, but we recommend that you stop off a little bit earlier. You can check out the Public Transport Victoria Website to plan your trip, but we have included two popular options departing from Flinders Street Station, in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
Tram (approximately 30 minutes from Flinders St Station)
The tram may take a bit longer, especially in traffic, but you get the opportunity to
From Flinders Street Station, take the Number 19 tram towards North Coburg from Stop 1 on Elizabeth Street. Disembark at stop 26 and walk about 50 meters to the corner of Sydney Road and Albion Street.
Train (approximately 20 minutes from Flinders St Station)
From Flinders Street railway station, go to Platform 5 and take the train towards Upfield. Get off at Anstey Railway Station. From the stop, walk about 290 m to the corner of Sydney Road and Albion Street.
Near the corner of Albion Street and Sydney Road is the delicious Lebanese bakery, A1 Bakery . This bakery sells a wide array of cheap sweet and savoury items. We recommend the Spinach and Feta Triangles ($4) and the baklava.
The food available on and off Sydney Road, Brunswick, represents nearly all of multicultural Melbourne, with Lebanese, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Afghani, Balinese, African, Indian, Pakistani and Nepalese food available.
Other places we recommend, that are worth visiting are:
- Royal Nut Company, a great place to buy nuts, pulses in bulk;
- Mediterranean Wholesalers, an Italian Supermarket with an entire aisle of pasta;
- Marianna Hardwick, one of the more classy wedding dress shops along Sydney Road, and there are plenty; and
- Savers, a secondhand superstore!
Time required: Half a day