I like food. I like talking about food, so let’s detail all my favourite local spots to eat, shall we?
I live in East Melbourne but (literally) across is the road is Collingwood, which I spend most of my time. East Melbourne is beautifully quaint and holds some of Melbourne’s most stunning heritage listed homes but lacks in food, wine and coffee. Seriously, there’s literally two cafes (HardPressed, Persilladeem or Square & Compass). Being a massive foodie, I spend most of my time eating in Collingwood.
My average weekday consists of popping in for a filter coffee at Square and Compass or Shopfront coffee for my morning fix, then off to gym and/or work. Although sometimes it’s just wake, coffee, eggs on toast and then out the door.
My Collingwood brunch spot favourite is Archies All Day (Sister cafe of Bluebird Espresso). They have a pretty wild breakfast menu and I’m a huge fan of the Huevos Sucios ‘Dirty Eggs’. Two perfectly fried eggs sitting atop tater tots (aka Potato Gems), all stuck together with melted Monterry Jack cheese, pinto beans, avocado, tomatillo salsa and chipotle sauce. Yes please, thankyou.
South of Johnston is a frequent meeting spot for friendly catch ups, coffee and pastry goodies and CIBI is the perfect spot for some quiet time and a green tea, or revitalising lunch and a laptop session.
A new favourite dinner or long lunch spot is the well known and loved Gastro Pub, The Builders Arms Hotel, where I’m constantly tempted to not order all of the things on the menu and doubling my order of whipped cod roe.
Rupert on Rupert… (Sorry to spill the beans dear Locals). It’s hidden in one of the quiet backstreets in Collingwood still occupied by warehouses and factories. With high ceilings and long tables, this large dining hall slash bar is humming with locals every night snacking and drinking.
For a quick bite, you have three fantastic options all within a 100m radius on the corner of Gertrude St and Smith St. If you’re feeling indulgent, Mr Scruffs keeps the burger lovers of Smith St well sated offering stellar burgers, poutine and a the best bloody mary on Smith St. Ladro offers up refined Italian and their Margherita pizza is A++, Ladro is the perfect place for an aperol spritz, pizza, pasta and some a-grade people watching. Your last option is Trippy Taco for fun vegetarian Mexican food (get the burrito ‘california style’ with chips inside). For wholesome fruit and veg & Pana Chocolate, don’t go past Aunt Maggies.
OHMYGOSH. I live near so many tasty things.
Share one of your favourite local spots below and it shall be added to my forever growing list of ‘places I must eat in my life’.