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Collingwood

Peel back the inner-city onion that is Collingwood and discover layers of local history, infamous characters, quirky creativity and effortless charm.

Compulsory merriment

It's mandatory to have a good time around Collingwood and your attempts are made easy by increasing numbers of bars and restaurants, making it consistently one of Melbourne's top dining and bar-hopping 'burbs. 

Eat until you're told to stop at Wabi Sabi Salon, Saint Crispin or Easy Tiger. Get serious about your pub grub at The Gem, The Robert Burns or The Grace Darling, or revel till all hours at Le Bon Ton.

It's close to impossible to get a bad coffee around Smith Street. Get your cup o' Joe from Proud Mary, Cibi or Monsieur Truffe. 

Musical nights

Don't let a night out in Collingwood end without seeing a band at The Tote. You can also hear live music at Yah Yah's and the Grace Darling.

Arts and activity

Collingwood has long led the way when it comes to supporting artist initiatives and small galleries. Take a walking tour around the 'hood and make sure you call into Lamington Drive, Fehily Contemporary, 69 Smith Street and Compound Interest. Serious art aficionados must visit Australian Galleries, Ochre and Catherine Asquith. Try your luck with a performance or exhibition at Collingwood Underground Theatre, set in an abandoned underground carpark. 

These arty types don't mid a bit of sport, either. If you've already pledged your allegiance to anyone other than the Collingwood Magpies AFL club, you might consider a hit of ping pong at Panama, or jumping rope with the Collingwood Skipping Club.

Shopping Collingwood style

Even shopping in Collingwood is interesting. There are factory outlets flanking Smith Street; specialty stores like Smart Alec men's hatters; Tongue and Groove designer and vintage furniture; Scandanavian furniture alongside Japanese curios at Cibi; rare records at The Searchers Secondhand Shop; and a whole world of pre-loved everything at Lost & Found Market. 

Pay attention to the neighbourhood architecture to get a sense of Melbourne's history. Check out the dramatic Collingwood Town Hall, as well as the imposing corner pubs and the largely preserved nineteenth century dwellings, shops and factories.

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Bars

Thomas Olive

Hidden at the end of a narrow corridor above Collingwood's popular St Crispin, Thomas Olive is all mood lighting, twenties jazz and Parisien detail.

Restaurants

Wabi Sabi Salon

Graze over a few share plates of authentic and fusion-style dishes at what's probably Melbourne's favourite Japanese diner, a Smith Street stalwart.

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Lazerpig

See what a lazer pig does: serves up puntastic artisan pizza and spins tunes beneath a disco ball. Crush the earworm with a Spider Pig cocktail.

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Easeys

Take a ride on the nostalgic side with burgers and beers in commuter train carriages of yore and brekky in the Zone 1 cafe. Easey like Sunday morning.

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99 Problems

Forget your problems with a bottle of wine or a pint of cider while admiring the incredible murals by Rohan Newman, or enjoy the cute outdoor space.

Shopping

Loose Leaf

Fresh and seasonal is the order of the day in this jungle wonderland, created by Charlie Lawler and Wona Bae. Grab an exotic plant or join a class.

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Shop Ramen

Delve into delicious soups with handmade ramen, steamed buns with special sauce and sweet, sweet pie at this fully licensed casual Japanese eatery.

Cafes

Cafe Rosamond

Ditch conventional din-dins for Pierre Roelofs' unique three-dessert dinner, or just coffee and lunch at the tiny Fitzroy café that's hugely popular.

Cafes

Cibi

Indulge your inner cibi or child with quirky Japanese odds and ends, plus more grown-up arty design objects, coffee, and simple heart-warming cooking.

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Grumpy's Green

With a long list of local beers, rainwater-fuelled toilets and a purely vegetarian menu, Grumpy's leaves nary a carbon footprint on Smith Street.

Cafes

Aunty Peg's Roastery

The coffee's all black and better for that at Aunty Peg's, whether you choose espresso, filter or the new-fangled nitro cold brew poured like a beer.

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Saint Crispin

Make an ordinary night a special occasion at Smith Street's Saint Crispin, much-lauded winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide.

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