Once known as a rather down-at-heel part of town, Collingwood is now one of Melbourne’s hottest spots for dining and shopping. Whilst there is still a ‘rough diamond’ element to some parts of Smith St (which is actually the border of Collingwood and Fitzroy), look beyond this and you will be delighted by the fabulous little restaurants, creative bars and interesting shops dotted around. Meanwhile Gertrude St (which crosses Smith St) is becoming downright chic whilst still maintaining its bohemian roots. So on your Collingwood sojourn, take your sense of adventure and a big appetite!
Coffee & People Watching
The coffee is undoubtedly fabulous at these popular cafes, but the food, oh the food is so very good too!
De Clieu | 187 Gertrude St | 9416 6498 A stylish, off the cuff hangout with a menu to match – a refreshing change.
Arcadia | 193 Gertrude St | 9416 1055 A busy upbeat cafe with a slight organic vibe and an extensive menu with very generous portions… great coffee & the Mexican breakfast is a must!
Allpress Espresso | 80 Rupert St | 8415 5777 A roastery and cafe located in an once abandoned warehouse.
Proud Mary | 172 Oxford St | 9417 5930 Awesome; a funky, raw & exciting hub with great coffee & food… Mary should be proud of herself!
Archie’s All Day | 189 Gertrude St As the name suggests, this diner serves up breakfast all day.
Smith St Alimentari | 302 Smith St | 9416 1666 Sister venue to Brunswick St Alimentari, this Italian delicatessen serves breakfast, lunch and coffee
A Drink With the Locals
Who couldn’t resist a tipple (or bite to eat) with the locals with a choice of welcoming bars like these…
Builders Arms Hotel | 211 Gertrude St | 9419 0818 A smartly renovated pub that serves up good gastro pub fare & rotisserie dishes.
Gertrude St Enoteca | 229 Gertrude St | 9415 8262 Cosy & stylish wine bar with simple fare that complements their extensive wine selection.
Grace Darling Hotel | 114 Smith St | 9416 0055 A historic pub with a comfortable & fun atmosphere.
The Union Club Hotel | 164 Gore St | 9417 2926 Fans of quirky TV series ‘Offspring’ will love this corner pub with a real locals vibe.
The Everleigh | 156 Gertrude St | 9416 2229 A hidden intimate cocktail bar with table service.
Mr Scruff’s | 160 Smith St | 9995 3881 This late night venue offers up classics like burgers and ribs to the sounds of hip-hop and house music.
Lazer Pig | 9 Peel St | 9417 1177 The place to be seen if you’re in amongst the Fitzroy hipster crowd. Their pizzas are tasty too.
Wining & Dining Time
These casual yet fantastic restaurants make a Gertrude & Smith St food crawl a tantalising thought…
Easy Tiger | 96 Smith St | 9417 2373 Gutsy modern Thai food packed with fiery flavours.
Robbie Burns Hotel | 376 Smith St | 9417 2233 Authentic Spanish flavours made for sharing.
Huxtable | 131 Smith St | 9419 5101 An inventive menu of shared food from around the world in a casually elegant setting.
Huxtaburger | 106 Smith St | 9417 6328 Bringing American style burgers to the Collingwood streets.
Panama Dining | Lvl 2/231 Smith St | 9417 7663 Where New York meets Melbourne… an amazing loft space, good food & a buzzing bar.
Ladro | 224 Gertrude St | 9415 7575 Woodfired ‘artisan’ pizza & daily mouthwatering specials make this a long time favourite.
Hell of the North | 135 Greeves St | 9417 6660 A hidden restaurant just of Smith St, their French menu is heavenly..
Trippy Taco | 234 Gertrude St | 9415 7711 Bright, colourful shop serving tasty Mexican street food.
Charcoal Lane | 136 Gertrude St | 9418 3400 Indigenous (bush tucker) flavours with a modern edge.
Belle’s Hot Chicken | 150 Gertrude St | 9077 0788 Ride the americana food wave with the tasties hot fried chicken around.
Knicks & Knacks
With Collingwood’s artistic and eclectic community, you’ll find lots of unique ‘stuff’ on the shopping front…
Title | 183 Gertrude St | 9417 4477 Vinyl, discs, books – all the titles you need to keep you entertained!
Design Dispensary | 92 Gertrude St | 99391139 Unique gift s and homewares from both local and European designers.
Mud Australia | 181 Gertrude St | 9419 5161 Gorgeous handmade porcelain goods.
Japanese Bath House | 59 Cromwell St | 9419 0268 Soak your cares away in this traditional bath house.
Happy Valley | 294 Smith St | 9077 8509 A haven for artists an designers, this design/book/art shop has it all.
Modern Times | 311 Smith St | 9913 8598 If you love Danish and European designer furniture, look no further. Art exhibitions are also often held here.
Pickings and Parry | 126 Gertrude St | 9417 3390 Shopping for the dapper gentleman.
Getting To Smith St Tram 86 | From Bourke St | Approx 20 mins