Peeling back the chic grit exposes a precinct leading the way in Melbourne’s food, culture and late night fun. Such is the abundance that one day in Collingwood is not enough to feed the artistic soul or satisfy the sophisticated pallet.
Whether it’s an overnight in an industrial warehouse conversion Airbnb, or better yet, wining, dining and dancing through the night, meet the dawn with brunch among the in-the-know locals.
Fill the days - and all of the nights -with this top 10 of Collingwood.
Led by a formidable brother and sister team Congress provides a slick backdrop for an evening of share plates and wine. The Kangaroo Pastrami is a must-try dish, even just for the boasting rights of eating Australia’s national animal. While Congress is open in the evenings only, soon it will play host to the Brutally Early Club, a series of monthly pre-breakfast meetings at 6:30am designed to provide energy for the rest of the day. Established by Hans Obrist and Markus Miessen in 2006, the Brutally Early Club currently runs in London, Berlin, New York and Paris, with Melbourne its next home. 49 Peel Street, Collingwood.
Paradise Alley is a showcase of everything that is Collingwood’s hipster bar and food scene. Laneway entrance. Tick. Warehouse setting. Tick. Street art. Tick. Beer Garden. Tick. Collaborative space. Tick (the warehouse is also home to Backwoods Gallery). Pool tables. Tick. Meat raffles. Tick. Street food inspired menu. Tick. Onsite microbrewery. Tick. Onsite deli. Tick. Be schooled on Collingwood cool at Paradise A+ Alley.
It is no hallucination. The three train carriages hovering in the sky are really there. Welcome to Easey’s. Catch the train to nowhere and get on board for burgers, beer and beats five stories high. Open from early morning for a coffee fix, through to late night, it’s the best train journey to never take. 3/48 Easey St, Collingwood
An institution for fans of retro, Vintage Garage brings back the yester ‘years, with a collection of vintage clothing, accessories and collectibles ready to be discovered and rehomed. The pinnacle for vintage stores, Vintage Garage has long been renowned as a treasure trove and must visit destination for the vintage devotee. 318 Smith Street, Collingwood
Amongst the bustle of Smith Street sits the welcoming and calming Papirica. Simple in its design and food philosophy, Papirica specialises in okonomiyaki, translated; Japanese pancakes. The menu is modest and authentic and is an ideal refuelling station before hitting up the shops of Smith Street. 22 Smith St, Collingwood
Industrial, communal and retro chic define Rupert on Rupert. The menu is designed for sharing, with pizza being the star of the show thanks to the house made sour dough, made from organic Laucke Flour and baked in a woodfired oven. This paired with one of the house cocktails, such as the Penicillin, will be sure to fire up the belly. Oh, and they offer Negronis on tap. Run, don’t walk. 73 Rupert Street, Collingwood
If the store front of Lamington Drive isn’t enough to get the Instagram juices flowing, the interior surely will. The art gallery showcases the work of commercial artists including illustrators, cartoonists and photographers. Featuring new exhibitions regularly, the gallery hosts opening nights nearly every Wednesday, an opportunity to mingle with the Collingwood set. 52 Budd Street, Collingwood
8. Aunty Peg’s
Coffee here is serious business, so serious that at this coffee roaster café they only offer black coffee. That’s right, no almond milk pumpkin infused spiced lattes here. Aunty Peg’s is a coffee roasting house, providing a rare behind the scenes look at the coffee production process. Here visitors can learn to brew with the in-house baristas and get a behind the scenes tour of the working roastery. 200 Wellington Street, Collingwood
Homely and vibrant the Oxford Larder is a home away from home. A place to settle or grab some takeaway, it’s abundant with healthy options to start or finish the day. The super food apple cider vinegar smoothie is a hit for the health conscious, but for those who prefer avocado to housing, the crushed avocado toast is a winner. 18 Peel St, Collingwood
10. Stomping Ground
It’s always beer o’clock at Stomping Ground. Many a beer lover think they have died and gone to beer heaven upon entering the giant beer hall, which also houses a working brewery. Boasting an abundance of craft beers on tap, the toughest decision to make is deciding between a pot or pint. Make sure to line the stomach with some the hearty menu items. Top pick is the BBQ pork ribs. 100 Gipps Street, Collingwood
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