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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. 

Serious food fans, book in for a long lunch at Saint Crispin or try the six-course IDES experience. Burger aficionados, make tracks to oh-so-Melbourne Easeys; pizza fans, Lazerpig is the answer. Culinary globetrotters, take flight with Japanese, Korean, Thai, Spanish and Americana: eat it all up at Easy Tiger, Wabi Sabi Salon, Cibi and the Robert Burns.

Bar hoppers, you're never far from a tipple. Check out the pubs, Bill's Bar (by the Huxta-crew) or revel till all hours at Le Bon Ton.

Club caffeine, it's close to impossible to get a bad coffee around Smith Street. Get your cup o' Joe from Proud Mary, Everyday Coffee, Cibi or Aunty Peg's.

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 the Grace Darling and The Gem.

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, 69 Smith Street, Compound Interest and guerrilla operation Backwoods Gallery. Serious art aficionados, don't miss Australian Galleries and Ochre.  

Shopping Collingwood style

Even shopping in Collingwood is interesting. There are factory outlets flanking Smith Street; specialty stores like Tokyo Bike, a tiny independent bike shop and Loose Leaf, experts in greenery and flowers.  Find Japanese curios at Cibi; art and design books, trinkets and collectables at Happy Valley; clothes and classes at Thread Den; or clothes and coffee at The Social Studio.

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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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.

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.

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.

Fashion

Thread Den Collingwood

When the apocalypse finally comes, your mastery of Microsoft Excel may no longer be enough to keep clothes on your back. Luckily, Thread Den holds...

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 & design

Happy Valley

Chris Crouch’s art, design and book store is full of just that – lovely arty trinkets, quirky collectables and a handsome selection of book titles.

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Food & wine

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The Meatball and Wine Bar

Meatball and Wine Bar's DIY-style menu caters to vegetarians as well as meat lovers. Pair your rich meatball dishes with an organic Italian wine.

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Project Forty Nine

Experience the best of Beechworth without leaving 3066 at this Italian-leaning deli, cafe and restaurant, bringing rural flavours to Collingwood.

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Hotel Jesus

Say "amen" for Hotel Jesus, the in-your-face, no-holds-barred Mexican taqueria and "Taco Wey" joint from the folk who brought Mexican to Melbourne.

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Smith Street Alimentari

Head down to Smith Street's friendly neighbourhood deli. Choose from ready-made meals, lunch specials and kitchen essentials to eat in or take away.

Cafes

Proud Mary

Put your faith in Proud Mary and the fancy equipment for a smooth cup o' Joe and a breakfast or lunch that will get you rolling, rolling, rolling.

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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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Rupert on Rupert

Visit Rupert for unpretentious drinks and moreish pizza in an oh-so-Collingwood industrial space, brightened by plant-lined walls and lively chatter.

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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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IDES

Be sure you don't miss out on this experimental six-course degustation menu, The Age Good Food Guide doesn't give out hats to just anyone.

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