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Jump on the #19 tram, stroll from Brunswick Road to Albert Street, and prepare to surrender your debit card

Chitra's Closet

If you've a yen for a puffed sleeve, a lace collar or a parasol, Chitra's Closet has got you covered. There is more than a touch of whimsy here but don't be fooled by the playful colours; CC takes tailoring very seriously with a cut to flatter every body shape. Brunswick.

Friends of Couture Factory Outlet

There are no shortage of Episode and Friends of Couture stores in Melbourne, but the factory outlet on Sydney Road remains the best value for those wanting to pick up a floral cardigan or 10. Hold out for a sale and score huge discounts on new stock, or fill a bag of vintage clothes for $20! Brunswick.

The Green Refectory

Marked by the glowing "Illy" sign out the front, the Green Refectory always seems to be full regardless of the time or day of the week. If you can brave the crowds and find a table, prepare yourself for what just might be the best coffee on Sydney Road. The food is inexpensive and sumptuous and staff friendly despite the crowds. Brunswick.

New Model Beauty Queen (NMBQ)

NMBQ aka New Model Beauty Queen is a fashion boutique that doubles as a textile printing studio for local designers. The store's own label is available for purchase and their designs are about as extravagant as the name suggests. Think large prints on brightly coloured leggings, shirts and dresses. Brunswick.

Vicious Venus

If you're of the rockabilly persuasion, prepare to have your mind blown. Vicious Venus is here to satisfy all your corsetry, creeper and pin up girl fantasies. Specialising in vintage and old Hollywood inspired designs, this boutique will even tailor-make you a garment for the perfect fit. Brunswick.

Olive Grove Studios

Olive Grove is a design and retail co-op owned by nine local clothing, jewellery and textile designers. As the stock is all produced and sold in the store itself, it's not uncommon to see more of it being made as you peruse the racks on display. The fashion and homewares for sale are as many and varied as the designers themselves, so be sure to take a good look around. Brunswick.

Kinki Gerlinki: Brunswick

For those of you about to poo hoo this recommendation due to the sheer number of Kinki Gerlinki stores in Melbourne, I have two words for you. Garage. Sale. Each year for one week, the Sydney Rd Kinki Gerlinki plays host to a sale of epic proportions – 90 percent off almost everything. This year the sale will run from 19-25 November, don't miss it! Brunswick.

Brunswick Bound

The reigning sovereign of independent book stores, Brunswick Bound is packed with art, zines, jewellery, records and all things good in the world. Aside from the extensive collection of books for sale, the upstairs space is often used as a makeshift gallery for Melbourne artists. Brunswick.

Dorothy and Evelyn: Brunswick

Should you be attending a picnic in the near future, you may need to make a stop at Dorothy and Evelyn for that perfect upcycled floral frock or set of novelty salt and pepper shakers. The store stocks a mixture of vintage and new pieces from labels such as Mink Pink, Corky and I.D.S.. Brunswick.


Sure, the service is a little hit and miss and the food isn't always perfect, but Mule's prices and unpretentious atmosphere will keep you coming back. Possibly the only place left in Melbourne that you can still get a coffee for less than $3. Brunswick.


Inspired by the Audrey Hepburn character of the same name, Lulamae is all about rich colours, natural fabrics and feminine silhouettes. The staff are always up for a chat and the clothes are very reasonably priced, especially during sales which are large and frequent. Brunswick.

Savers Recycle Superstore: Brunswick East

So you can't quite justify a bespoke pillow case from Olive Grove of a pair of Italian leather boots from Allegrow? No problem. Savers is home to literally thousands of items for sale on the cheap, ranging from fashion to furniture. It will take you hours to navigate the warehouse of items on offer, but if you come armed with a little patience and persistence you won't leave empty handed. Brunswick East.

Tiny Dancer

Despite its 1970s inspired name, Tiny Dancer could not be much more current if it tried. The clothing and accessories on offer tend to change everytime you blink, and although it is currently having a bit of a neon knit, abstract print moment, it will probably be all faux fur and uneven hemlines by the time you read this. Brunswick.

Dejour Jeans

It may not lie strictly within the specified shopping strip, but no article about Sydney Road would be complete without a mention of Dejour Jeans. From just $40, Store owner Nam will help you choose a pair of any wash or cut you desire and then tailor them (for free) on the spot. High waisted jeans that actually sit on your waist? Flip yes. Brunswick.

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Updated on 19 Mar 2014.

By Caitlin Beech   |  

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