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Spend A Day At Melbourne's Coolest New Arts Precinct

There's a stylish rooftop bar, radio station, galleries, shops, regular markets and more.

Stefan Postles - Collingwood Yards
Stefan Postles - Collingwood Yards
What Is Collingwood Yards

Affordable arts spaces are hard to come by in Australia, which is why places like Collingwood Yards are more important than ever. The not-for-profit arts precinct is home to artists, agencies, book shops, cool clothing stores, not one but two gorgeous bars, gallery spaces, a coffee shop and more.

Visit Collingwood Yards on the weekend and the space is alive with artsy shoppers during the day and avid bar hoppers at night. The newly opened rooftop bar, Runner Up, is perfect for a spritz at sundown and features extremely stylish interiors, while downstairs at Hope St Radio you can enjoy a view of the leafy green courtyard while dining on delish pasta and vinos.

Hope St Radio - Collingwood Yards
Hope St Radio - Collingwood Yards
Where To Find It

Collingwood Yards is situated at 35 Johnston Street and is open from 7.30am-6pm Monday-Wednesday, and 7.30am-11pm Thursday-Sunday. Book a table ahead for Hope St Radio as the extremely popular bar packs up fast, and make sure you line up early for Runner Up as it's walk in only. Check the website for regular updates on events and openings as these are a special way to explore the space and connect with local creatives.

Room To Create - Collingwood Yards
Room To Create - Collingwood Yards
Sitchu Insider Tips
  • Stay Soft Studio's summer night markets (which recommence in February) are a brilliant place to find one-of-a-kind outfits, vintage clothing, and accessories.
  • The Social Outfit, located onsite, is perfect for purchasing vibrant clothing with playful patterns.
  • The courtyard is a great place to see live music and events, which are regularly updated on the website.

For more artisan and vintage shopping inspiration, check out our list of Melbourne's best markets. Looking for more fun things to do this summer? Have a look at our January event guide, or book tickets to see a film at one of the city's coolest cinemas.