Collingwood’s proximity to the Yarra made it one of the Melbourne’s earliest industrial hubs. Stroll past one of Collingwood’s old factories today, though, and you’re more likely to find an art gallery or the offices of a tech start-up.

That change in culture comes across in Collingwood’s restaurants. Smith Street’s still as vital to dining in Melbourne as ever – and plenty of classics are still going strong – but many of the restaurants in this guide stretch out into the suburb’s backstreets, encouraging you to go exploring. And explore you should – some of the best eating in the city can be had here.

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Ides

An acclaimed, set menu only fine-diner featuring punchy, technique-driven dishes.

92 Smith Street, Collingwood

Congress

Kangaroo pastrami, pulled pig’s-head and croquettes are the hallmarks of this flexible restaurant-slash-wine bar.

49 Peel Street, Collingwood

Lazerpig Pizza Parlour

Delectable thin-crust pizza and DJs until late.

9-11 Peel Street, Collingwood

Le Bon Ton

A late-night bar bringing the flavours of New Orleans and Texan barbeque to Melbourne.

51 Gipps Street, Collingwood

Hotel Jesus

A casual taqueria from the owners of Mamasita.

174 Smith Street, Collingwood

Jim’s Greek Tavern

Classic Greek dishes served with panache.

32 Johnston Street, Collingwood

Chotto Motto

Gyoza, katsu sandos, a beer vending machine and miso-caramel soft serve.

287 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Project 49

A three-in-one deli, restaurant and wine bar.

107 Cambridge Street, Collingwood

Wabi Sabi Salon

A charming little Japanese restaurant with a cluttered interior that feels a bit like being in Japan.

94 Smith Street, Collingwood

New Jaffa

A micro Middle-Eastern diner where Israeli hummus is treated as a dish – not a dip.

32 Stanley Street, Collingwood

The Horn African Cafe & Restaurant

Authentic Ethiopian cuisine and live music make this a stand-out venue.

20 Johnston St, Collingwood

Aka Siro

A cheery place for a Japanese lunch.

106 Cambridge Street, Collingwood

The Gem Bar and Dining

This rowdy pub has a rockabilly theme, complete with genuine American barbeque. It's unusual, but it works.

289 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Easey's

Fancy a no-nonsense burger for breakfast, served five storeys up, inside a train carriage? This is the place for you.

48 Easey Street, Collingwood

Son in Law

If you’re looking for Thai food with a difference, this is your place.

56-58 Johnston Street, Collingwood

Red Sparrow

A vegan pizza joint on Smith Street.

406 Smith Street, Collingwood