Collingwood and adjoining Fitzroy weren't the first suburbs to start pushing specialty coffee in Melbourne, but they're two of the most active now. Collingwood in particular still has plenty of undeveloped light industrial sites that are ideal for coffee roasters (see: Aunty Peg's, Acoffee). And where good coffee goes, good food often follows. True to that, all these cafes brew a quality cup and serve food to the same standard, even if that just involves putting a few pastries in the cabinet.

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Terror Twilight


All-day breakfasts and “feel-good” food.

11-13 Johnston Street, Collingwood

Plug Nickel


Less a cafe, and more a flying pitstop for first-class coffee and simple food.

7 Peel Street, Collingwood

Proud Mary


The coffee comes first, but the food’s no bit-player.

172 Oxford Street, Collingwood

Aunty Peg’s


Proud Mary's vast roasting house is also an excellent place to sample the product and learn more about how it's made.

200 Wellington Street, Collingwood



A sleek and sparse roaster and cafe in a converted garage.

30 Sackville Street, Collingwood

Oxford Larder


A modern take on the old corner store.

18 Peel Street, Collingwood

Allpress Espresso Roastery and Cafe


The New Zealand coffee company has expanded with its first Melbourne roastery and cafe in Collingwood.

80 Rupert Street, Collingwood

Cromwell STREAT


The social initiative has come a long way from its coffee-cart origins.

66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood
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Smith Street Alimentari


An Italian-ish cafe and food store with excellent takeaway options.

302 Smith Street, Collingwood

Arno Italian Espresso Bar


Good things (specifically panini and coffee) come in small packages.

51 Cromwell Street, Collingwood



“Cibi” is Japanese for “little one”. But this cafe and homewares store is not so little anymore. It's in a light-filled warehouse with a spacious, homey kitchen; there are traditional breakfasts alongside more contemporary dishes; and there's also a grocery section with a range of produce and pantry goods to take home.

31-39 Keele Street, Collingwood

The Craft & Co


This huge, multi-faceted venue defies convenient labelling. You really need to visit to understand it.

390 Smith Street, Collingwood

Two Birds


Simple and diet-friendly eats in a bright, playroom-like take on Scandinavian design.

31 Peel Street, Collingwood

Lemon Middle and Orange


Collingwood cafe Lemon, Middle and Orange proudly exudes an industrial heritage – through the space and the menu.

25-31 Rokeby Street, Collingwood



The focus here is on okonomiyaki – savoury Japanese pancakes. They come with all kinds of toppings, from pork and kimchi to mushroom. The rest of the menu is rounded out by classics including omurice, shokupan sandos and teriyaki chicken. Enjoy it all in the homey dining room or in the sunny courtyard.

22 Smith Street, Collingwood

To Be Frank


Sit on a milk crate and enjoy caramel-filled Argentinian pastries, updated escargot and slow-fermented bread.

1 4 Bedford Street, Collingwood