Wander up Collins Street from waterfront Docklands, past street art-filled laneways, through the Paris End towards lush Treasury Gardens. Spot stunning heritage facades, stop for luxury shopping and explore mosaic-tiled arcades filled with chocolate boutiques and hidden galleries.

Whether you're on a lunchtime budget or looking for a special occasion table, foodies will find lots to love on Collins Street. From a modern katsu bar to flame-grill Peruvian feasts, here are just a few top picks.

Saint Dreux

Treat yourself to a satisfyingly square sando from Melbourne’s dedicated katsu bar. Head upstairs at sleek St Collins Lane for fluffy white bread filled with crispy chicken, pork, prawn or light tamago egg. Or go all-out with juicy wagyu beef. Delish. Come back for coffee and cake – no one does Japanese castella sponge better. Pair matcha or black sesame with the perfect brew from Bench Coffee.

Uncle

Fresh and fragrant, Uncle upstairs is a Vietnamese gem of the Paris End. Go for a pillowy steamed bao and classic beef or chicken pho. Or try the Uncle Knows Best menu, packed with fancy spring rolls and crispy pork hock with DIY lettuce wraps. And make sure to try the lychee iced tea. Uncle is well-loved for adapting its menu to dietary needs, so whether you're vego or gluten-free, you’re welcome at one of the bright window tables.

Pastuso

With intimate views of AC/DC Lane's live street-art gallery, Pastuso is one of the city's ultimate laneway dining spots. Take a seat at the Pisco Bar to sip Peru's national drink, the pisco sour. Order zesty prawn or red snapper ceviche, smoked chicken croquettes and flame-grilled wagu sirloin while you watch the chefs impress from the mezzanine. Leave room for dessert, the traditional ‘tres leches’ soaked sponge cake is a must-try.

Last updated on Thu 26 Nov 2020

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