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Time there half/full day
Time to visit 10am onwards
Getting around walk
Getting there Tram: 86

Smith Street is where Melbourne’s two coolest suburbs meet, one side is Fitzroy and the other is Collingwood. 10 years ago, Smith Street was a bit of a dive but that has now all changed and the street hosts some of the cities best restaurants, retail stores, bars, pubs and live music venues.

 

SEARCHERS RECORDS

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Searchers started as a book store. Then, in 2012 bassist of Melbourne band Architecture in Helsinki - Sam Perry and his friend Jakob Schmitt  brought the business and started to push more vinyl. Now, the store is somewhat of a music library with floor to ceiling records. These maybe the deepest crate in all of Melbourne, it is one of those record stores you will never walk out of empty handed. www.thesearchers.com.au | 93 Smith St, Fitzroy | 03 9939 0096

 

NORTHSIDE RECORDS

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Northside Records is in Monocle top 100 retail stores worldwide and owner Chris Gill brings the funk every Thursday on his show “The Get Down” broadcasted at midday on Three Triple R Melbourne Community Radio Station. At Northside you will find the records Chris plays on his show and many many more. You can expert to walk out with a bag full of vinyl. Northside hold live regular instore events and has their own record label that helps local musicians get their music on wax and into the world. www.northsiderecords.com.au | 236 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

 

Pixel Alley

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Start collecting your coins because Pixel Alley has over 100 retro arcade games to play (see list of game here) and if that’s not enough grab a local beer, wine, or a gamer cocktail bubble cup to pass the time even faster (see drink list). For groups of more than 10 you need a booking, so call 0431 937 454 | www.pixelalley.com.au | 95 Smith St, Fitzroy

 

huxtaburger

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The original Huxtaburger really started something because now they have franchises all over Melbourne plus in Sydney and WA, ay. It’s know wonder because their Californian in-and-out style burger will have your mouth watering everytime you think them from here on out. www.huxtaburger.com.au | 106 Smith St, Collingwood

 

GRACE DARLING HOTEL

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The Darling Grace is a Collingwood institute. We recommended that you arrive right as happy hour begins (4pm until 6pm, Monday to Friday). That way you can grab a half price Coppers ($7 Pints) and enjoy it in the sun on Smith Street. With live music down in the basement (See gigs here) and food specials on most night, everyone is sure to be happy after their visit to the Grace. www.thegracedarlinghotel.com.au | 114 Smith St, Collingwood  | 03 9416 0055

 

LAZERPIG

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Lazerpig have it going on! With quality pizzas, drinks and sick DJ’s in a cozy environment, what more could you want. Happy hour is from 4 until 6, Monday to Friday. Where they serve up Margherita for $15 each and $4/$8 pots/pints.www.lazerpig.com.au | 9-11 Peel St, Collingwood

 

The Peel

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This Collingwood gay club is an institution and if you can get in you might find out why. With a pumping dance floor that is always a good time and free pool table for those who are feeling lucky. The club is open Friday and Saturday from 10pm until 7am and is also opened before most public holidays. There is also an early bird happy hour from 10pm to 11pm every time the doors open.  www.thepeel.com.au | 46 Peel St, Collingwood

 

The Union Club

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You will find the Union Club on the corner of two back streets in Fitzroy and you will feel at home when you walk through the doors. With plenty of spot to sit, chat, enjoy an ale or eat some pub grub. Play pool, chill in the lust beer garden or watch the footy on the TV. www.unionclubhotel.com.au | 164 Gore St, Fitzroy

 

Shappere

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Shappere is a vintage clothes where you will find a collection of both mens and womens-wear, including shirts, tees, skirts, dresses, jackets, vests, shoes, boots, bags, hats, belts, sunglasses, jewellery and more. Everything here is high quality and is sold for a fair price. 191 Smith St, Fitzroy

 

Kent St

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Kent St is the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by. Enjoy a drink and/or a jaffle, while you relax for a while on the vintage furniture that creates a good old share house vibe. Local DJ’s spin records on weekend so get on down for a good time. 201 Smith St, Fitzroy

 

N.LEE BAKERY

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Right in amongst it on Smith Street, you will find N. Lee Bakery slinging Banh Mi’s for a fair price. You can expert to line up during lunch hour, but it is well worth the wait. You can sit out the front and eat but most take it and run. N. Lee is opened from 6am to 5pm on Monday to Friday and from 6:30am to 5:30pm on weekend. 220 Smith St, Collingwood

 

PLUG SEVEN RECORDS

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Owner of Plug Seven, Ari Roze has been digging for over 20 years. Now, he has hauled tens of thousand of records from all over world into the Smith Street shop. Here you will find rare gems, classics and they always have some local heat too. Their weekly record drops are large and if your fast you will pick up some well sort after records. Their crates have a big selections of hip-hop, rap, soul, jazz, blues, disco, latin and all that funky shit. www.plugseven.com | 313A Smith St, Fitzroy | 03 9029 6194

 

SHOP RAMEN

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Home of Do-Something’s favourite Ramen and we recommend the pork belly! But everything on this menu is great, so sit down on a sharing table and be sure to try a few things out. 329 Smith St, Fitzroy

 

TRANG BAKERY & CAFE

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Trang’s has formed a cult following in Collingwood for it’s Banh Mi. There are plenty of options on the menu. We recommend the special pork roll or the crispy pork roll. Here you can choose between a white or wholemeal roll, which will be generously filled with ingredients. The Vietnam iced-coffee is also a winner at Trang. 382 Smith St, Collingwood

 

THE TOTE

The Tote is Melbourne home of rock! The building it’s self has a colourful history as it was used as an illegal betting shop during the early 1900’s, which has sparked rumours of underground tunnels leading to the other corners of the intersection the building is on. Since 1980 punters have been showing up to this venue to see some of Melbourne’s best musical moments. Some of the acts that have playing here include: Nick Cave’s Birthday Party, The White Stripes, The Drones, Mudhoney, Magic Dirt, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and some many more. To see the gig guide go here: wwwthetotehotel.com | 67-71 Johnston St, Collingwood