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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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Cafes

Tomboy Cafe

Savour sustainable, seasonal and local breakfasts, brunches and lunches that are topped off perfectly with a coffee and an in-house baked delight.

Fashion

Thread Den Collingwood

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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?

Restaurants

Huxtaburger

If you reckon less is more in the burger kingdom, look no further than Huxtaburger, where five tasty burgers, crinkle cut chips and cans of beer rule.

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.

Restaurants

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.

Restaurants

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.

Restaurants

The Gem Bar & Dining

Step into the wild west via your local pub and chow down on American classics beneath buffalo skulls, Mexican wrestling masks and Elvis posters.

Restaurants

Robert Burns Hotel

See why the Robert Burns Hotel is a Smith Street institution. Sample the tasty tapas at the bar or settle in for a long, sangria-fuelled lunch.

Restaurants

Bistro K

Do Korean differently at Bistro K. This Korean eatery takes classic flavours (think kim chi and Korean BBQ) and adds a modern fine dining touch.

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.

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.

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