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.