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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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Collingwood

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Bars

Bill's Bar

When your drinking whim turns from beer to top-shelf liquor, head out back at Huxtaburger to speakeasy-style Bill's Bar, brought to you by the Huxtacrew.

Live music

Tote

The spiritual home of punk and indie-rock bands, there's no better place in Melbourne to catch a band than in the sweaty bandroom at the Tote.

Art galleries

Backwoods Gallery

The art is certainly not backwards at Backwoods, where intriguing international and local street art is brought inside by people who totally get it.

Art galleries

Lamington Drive

Expect to see some eclectic art and design at this exceptional gallery space in Collingwood, run by the creative crew at the Jacky Winter Group.

Cafes

Monsieur Truffe

Monsieur Truffe has earned its reputation with cocoa slabs, delicious truffles and delectable drinking chocolate from exotic places.

Restaurants

Teriyaki Anarchy Sake

Stop in for a crisp beer and yakitori (chicken skewers) at Collingwood's own Japanese teriyaki den. Tempt fate with a 'Bloody Hugo Hates Me' cocktail.

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.

Cafes

Everyday Coffee

Get a different coffee everyday from the local coffee experts who have compiled a list of frequently updated beans to suit your method of extraction.

Fashion

The Social Studio

Few things make you feel better than frocking up in glad rags that have been made with a conscience, so where better to shop than The Social Studio?

Bars

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.

Shopping

Tokyo Bike

Choose one of the precision crafted models from this tiny, independent bike shop and two-wheel it the through the city like you never have before.

Restaurants

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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