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:
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.
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.
Jaffles and caramel sauce, courtesy of their Facebook page