Collingwood and adjoining Fitzroy weren't the first suburbs to start pushing specialty coffee in Melbourne, but they're two of the most active now. Collingwood in particular still has plenty of undeveloped light industrial sites that are ideal for coffee roasters (see: Aunty Peg's, Acoffee). And where good coffee goes, good food often follows. True to that, all these cafes brew a quality cup and serve food to the same standard, even if that just involves putting a few pastries in the cabinet.

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Once Alike

This cafe is trialling a new barista. It’s a robot. And it’s good at its job.

28 Rokeby Street, Collingwood

Terror Twilight

All-day breakfasts and “feel-good” food.

11-13 Johnston Street, Collingwood

Plug Nickel

Less a cafe, and more a flying pitstop for first-class coffee and simple food.

7 Peel Street, Collingwood

Proud Mary

The coffee comes first, but the food’s no bit-player.

172 Oxford Street, Collingwood

Aunty Peg’s

Proud Mary's vast roasting house is also an excellent place to sample the product and learn more about how it's made.

200 Wellington Street, Collingwood


A sleek and sparse roaster and cafe in a converted garage.

30 Sackville Street, Collingwood

South of Johnston

One of Collingwood's first serious cafes and still hugely popular.

46 Oxford Street, Collingwood

Oxford Larder

A modern take on the old corner store.

18 Peel Street, Collingwood

Allpress Espresso Roastery and Cafe

The New Zealand coffee company has expanded with its first Melbourne roastery and cafe in Collingwood.

80 Rupert Street, Collingwood

Shopfront Coffee

A bare necessities sort of place.

139 Victoria Parade, Collingwood

Cromwell STREAT

The social initiative has come a long way from its coffee-cart origins.

66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood

Smith Street Alimentari

An Italian-ish cafe and food store with excellent takeaway options.

302 Smith Street, Collingwood

Arno Italian Espresso Bar

Good things (specifically panini and coffee) come in small packages.

51 Cromwell Street, Collingwood

Gontran Cherrier Collingwood

Traditional bread and experimental pastry from one of France’s biggest names.

140 Smith Street, Collingwood

Mjr Tom

An all-day diner on Smith Street that covers all the bases.

108 Smith Street, Collingwood


“Cibi” is Japanese for “little one”. But this cafe and homewares store is not so little anymore.

31-39 Keele Street, Collingwood

The Craft & Co

This huge, multi-faceted venue defies convenient labelling. You really need to visit to understand it.

390 Smith Street, Collingwood

Two Birds

Simple and diet-friendly eats in a bright, playroom-like take on Scandinavian design.

31 Peel Street, Collingwood

Lemon Middle and Orange

Collingwood cafe Lemon, Middle and Orange proudly exudes an industrial heritage – through the space and the menu.

25-31 Rokeby Street, Collingwood


Yutaka Matsuda’s permanent pancake place in Collingwood.

22 Smith Street, Collingwood