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

Dining and bar-hopping

An ever-increasing number of bars and restaurants makes Collingwood 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 Easey's or Rockwell and Sons; pizza fans, Lazerpig and Rupert on Rupert have the answers. Culinary globetrotters, take flight at Cibi, Chalawan, Son in Law and Hotel Jesus.

Bar hoppers, you're never far from a tipple. Check out the pubs or revel till all hours at Le Bon Ton. Hopsters, take your drinking boots to Stomping Ground brewery and beer hall.

Club caffeine, get your cup o' Joe from Proud Mary, Everyday Coffee or Aunty Peg's. Pastry perfection from uber-boulanger Gontran Cherrier is the ideal complement.

Musical nights

Don't let a night out in Collingwood end without seeing a band at The Tote, The Gasometer, Grace Darling or The Gem.

Arts and activity

Collingwood has long led the way when it comes to supporting artist initiatives and small galleries. Make sure you call into Lamington Drive 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; or clothes and coffee at The Social Studio.

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