Renowned places like Brunswick Street tend to overshadow gems such as Smith Street, Collingwood. Smith Street is a cultural hub full of shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and all things Melbourne. If you want to try somewhere new for dinner and a drink, use this list to guide you through the bustling Smith Street location.
Wabi Sabi Salon – For lovers of Asian food, this Japanese restaurant will blow you away. The authentic home style and fusion Japanese cuisine is as close to Tokyo as you can get. The venue provides a large range of meat, seafood and vegan options, making it a place anyone can enjoy. Using only the freshest produce (sourced daily from the markets), Wabi Sabi Salon will not disappoint. Start your night in Collingwood the right way.
94 Smith St, Collingwood
The Grace Darling Hotel – This place is an institution in Melbourne. As one of the city’s oldest pubs, it is always roaring with music and voices. The popular venue serves both food and drinks, delivering a bistro quality menu that focuses on sustainable, local produce. However, if you just want a few drinks, this is the place to be. The Grace Darling is a favourite for afternoon drinks, with a varied selection of boutique beers, wines, and a classic cocktail list. Not happy with the offerings? If you desire another classic cocktail not on the menu, the staff will be more than happy to oblige. With hospitality like that, it would be rude not to go.
114 Smith Street, Collingwood
The Noble Experiment – A restaurant, bar and cocktail lounge all-in-one; what more could you ask for? This 1920s-style bar is famous for its ‘Noble Feasts’- slow cooked meals perfect for sharing with friends and family- and the signature dishes are much-loved by Melbournians. As well as delicious food, The Noble Experiment has a very extensive drinks menu. Pages and pages of cocktails, wine, beer and more cocktails make it a great weekend spot to relax, unwind and have a little fun. Make sure to try the Bootlegger’s Iced Tea, it’s a doozy.
284 Smith St, Collingwood
Mr Scruff’s – If you want something hefty and filling and greasy and delicious, look no further than Mr Scruffs. Arguably one of the best burger restaurants in Melbourne, pair any of its famous burgers with fries and a chilled beer and you’ll be set for the afternoon. The bar features graffiti murals and a courtyard, with hip-hop and soul music setting the tone for the venue. With a list of classic cocktails and its own extensive list of Mr Scruff’s Cocktails, this low-key burger joint is enough to make anyone happy.
60 Smith St, Collingwood
Piccolina Gelateria – There’s no better way to end a night of eating and drinking than with a little something sweet. Piccolina will hit all the right spots with their 100% natural, daily-crafted gelato. With amazing flavours to choose from such as Better Than Nutella, Peanut Butter Hazelnut, White Chocolate, and Honeycomb, you’ll struggle to decide whether you want one, two or three scoops.
296 Smith St, Collingwood
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