CoffeeThe best places in Collingwood for your coffee fix
Everyday Coffee wants to assist in caffeinating you, 365 days of the year – your birthday, Jesus’s birthday, the Queen’s birthday. As reliably as the sun does rise, there’ll be someone behind the machine to top up your cup. they’ve shrugged the standard single origin to run a constantly updating selection of five local beans dispersed over three differing methods of extraction.
Price: [Coffee] $ – $$
Open: Mon-Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 8am-5pm
Address: 33 Johnston St, Collingwood
If you spot a laneway off Johnson Street adorned with graffiti you know you’re in the right area. The team here have comandeered the whole street and all the street art you see if either theirs of their friends. Basically a coffee machine in a spectre size of a broom closet – head opposite to the small green space (graffitied to the hilt) to sit in their sunny garden of sorts.
Price: [Coffee] $
Open: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Saturday9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address: 222a/222A-226 Johnston St, Fitzroy
Coffee stalwart of Collingwood = it’s worth going slightly off path to head down to this coffee supremo. They roast all their own beans, make coffee any way you want it and their food is always spot on. Be wary that weekends ind them jam-packed so there may be a wait for tables.
Price: [Brunch] $$
Open: Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address: 172 Oxford Street, Collingwood
FoodThe best restaurants on Smith Street
Rockwell and Sons
If you’re in Melbourne and don’t visit my favourite place in the whole of Australia then go fuck yourself. Casey Wall from America’s Deep South cooks up burgers (sandwiches he calls them), has a fried chicken night every Wednesday evening (bookings essential) and just gone into partnership with Two Birds Brewing over in Footscray. Order one Double Patty Smash per person. Proceed from there.
Price: [Lunch & Dinner] $ – $$
Open: Mon: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Wed – Thu: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Fri: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Sat: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Sun: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Address: 288 Smith St, Collingwood
You can choose two places in Melbourne to get an Aussie chef’s perspective on Japanese food. I vote here over Supernormal every day of the week. Adam Liston knows Japanese flavours, his bar team have a good selection of booze and perched at the bar you get a good chin wag as well. Definitely one of the best and most unique restaurants in Melbourne.
Price: [Lunch & Dinner] $$ – $$
Open: Tuesday – Sunday 5:30pm-11:00pm
Address: 102 Smith St, Collingwood
One of my all time favourite examples of Australian food from New Zealand chef Dan Wilson. This place is all about the sharing but have no fear if dining by yourself – perch overlooking the kitchen and the waiters will be more than happy to serve you half size dishes to ensure you can graze as much as you can. He has a cookbook you can purchase that is worth seeking out too. Also owns Mr Claws and Huxtaburger just across the road. Price: [Lunch & Dinner] $$ – $$$ Open: Tue – Sun: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm Address: 131 Smith St, Fitzroy Food: ★★★★★ Service: ★★★★★ Ambience: ★★★★★ Cost Performance:★★★★ Localness: ★★★★★
BoozeThe best bars in St Kilda
Where is the one place I tell everyone in town to go for cocktails? The Everleigh, that’s where. There’s no menu – just go in knowing what you might like and the team will walk you though the different takes they could do to ensure you have an amazing cocktail you won’t get anywhere else.
Price: [Cocktails] $$ – $$$
Open: Mon – Sun: 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Address: Level 1, 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Hell of the North
Hell of the North combines a classic bistro sensibility with a worn-in elegance that’s more Fitzroy than France. Sink into a leather banquette for late night supper and an adventurous wine list. The cocktails are outstanding, there’s usually 2-3 craft beers on tap and the food is on point.
Price: [Lunch & Dinner] $$ – $$$
Open: Wed to Fri 5pm-1am. Sat to Sun 12noon -1am
Address: 135 Greeves Street, Fitzroy
Two Row Bar
When Tiff Waldron met with Slow Beer Bar for a few drinks she told them how she always wanted her born craft beer bar. A few months later and my favourite craft beer bar opened. They keep things tight with Tiff only allowing rare or limited barrels onto her taps, a few selected spirits and some of the best American Toasties – settle in and find out what’s perfect for your beer palette with the knowledgeable team. Price: [Beer] $$ – $$$ Open: Wed: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Thu – Fri: 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm Sat – Sun: 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm Address: 351 Smith Street, Fitzroy Food: ★★★★★ Service: ★★★★★ Ambience: ★★★ Cost Performance:★★★★ Localness: ★★★★★