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Five Eateries to Visit on Smith St

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Published November 9th 2016
Smith St is often overlooked because of the liveliness of Brunswick St next to it.

If you've thoroughly explored Brunswick St or you're looking for somewhere less busy, try Smith St just a five minute walk over! Here are a few gems offering everything from restaurant dining to drinks:

1. Shop Ramen: 329 Smith St, Fitzroy
The cool and fun vibes of Collingwood and Fitzroy mean it's no surprise that eateries like to put a twist on traditions.

Shop Ramen does exactly that and evidently it works, because there's often a line out the door. The ramen has small twists including the option to add yuzu flavouring or even cheese.

Shop Ramen, Smith St
A modern take on ramen


I went with a pork belly dish with yuzu flavour and I slurped the soup to the last drop. I also recommend the plum wine if you enjoy sweet alcohol! See their menu here.

2. Smith St Alimentari: 304 Smith St, Collingwood
Enjoy this Italian inspired restaurant for everything from breakfast to cocktails.

Like many venues along Smith St, you can sit outside on the street and watch people and cars passing by.

We dropped by for cocktails right before closing time. My friend went for an Aperol spritz whilst I tried something fruitier with raspberry, lime and pomegranate. It was definitely delicious for a warm and sunny day.

alimentari smith st
Delicious cocktails outdoors


My friend, who is a local, says breakfast is excellent there too.

3. Gelato Messina: 237 Smith St, Fitzroy
You know what else is good for a warm and sunny day? Gelato. I love Gelato Messina because in addition to their main menu they rotate various specials.

gelato messina, smith st
All the delicious flavours on display


Some of their flavour combinations sound a little crazy but a lot of them work too. I like that they are not flashy and novel about it - they still present it like a traditional gelato shop and their popularity results from the quality of their flavours.

One of my favourites is the nicciolino, white chocolate and hazelnut gelato with Frangelico soaked sponge. Follow their Instagram for flavour updates.

4. Bad Frankie: 141 Greeves St, Fitzroy
Technically, this spot is just located on a side street of Smith St. It's a cool and cosy bar with tables and couches serving local spirits and jaffles.

Literally - they have pages and pages of local spirits available including vodka, rum and more sourced from all around the nation.

I tried a vodka from Western Australia, which had a little more acidity than usual.

bad frankie, jaffles
Jaffles and caramel sauce, courtesy of their Facebook page


They also serve savoury and dessert jaffles, so make sure to stop by when you're in need of a good snack and drink!

5. The Noble Experiment: 284 Smith St, Collingwood
The area is definitely not short in places to stop by for a drink, but have you tried a cocktail in a bathtub?

That's right - one of the drinks comes in a mini bathtub complete with straw, bubbles and a rubber duck.

noble experiment
The popular Bath Tub Gin cocktail


If you're after something more traditional they also serve the classics such as espresso martinis and pina coladas.

There are plenty more places to try on Smith Street, so don't stop there. Walk along the street and explore - there will definitely be enough options to cover dinner, drinks and dessert.
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Why? Hop around the bars and eateries on Smith St
Where: Smith St, Collingwood and Fitzroy
Cost: $5-$25
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