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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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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 & 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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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...

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Tokyo Bike

Choose one of the precision crafted models from this tiny, independent bike shop and two-wheel it the through the city like you never have before.

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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?

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.

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Le Bon Ton

Let the good times roll is an exhortation that's hard to resist, especially when Deep South specialties, all-night oysters and absinth are involved.

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Son in Law

There's everything to like about a restaurant inspired by the complex and delicate relationship between a Thai husband and his mother-in-law.

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Chalawan

Transport yourself to the back of a tuk-tuk at Chalawan. Start with a 'croctail' and feast for hours on inspired Thai snacks, curries and desserts.

Cafes

Everyday Coffee

Get a different coffee everyday from the local coffee experts who have compiled a list of frequently updated beans to suit your method of extraction.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Bedford St

Coin a phrase for Bedford Street, a place that opens early for breakfast and is still shakin' cocktails at midnight – and doing it all with aplomb.

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