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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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Things to do

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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?

Live music

The 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

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.

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.

Art galleries

Backwoods Gallery

Art's certainly not backwards at Backwoods, where intriguing international and local street art is turned outside in by people who totally get it.

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Food & wine

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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.

Restaurants

Project Forty Nine

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

Restaurants

Rockwell and Sons

Visit an upmarket diner that matches fine dining with the best of American fast food goodness. Book ahead for the weekly fried chicken dinner.

Restaurants

The Grace Darling Hotel

Make yourself cosy at your local away from home, where the ales and gourmet pub fare are reliably comforting and the music is as loud as you like it.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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