We reached out to Jason Chongue, a Melbourne-based architect, interior designer and plant cultivator, for tips on the best places to check out in Collingwood. Chongue is one half of The Plant Society, an online social network for aspiring gardeners, and a big fan of the neighbourhood.
“My days usually begin with walking the dogs around the Abbotsford Convent and Collingwood Children’s Farm. Then it’s straight to work in Collingwood, where I often have breakfast at CIBI (adjoining Chongue’s lush nursery, The Plant Society) – a concept store celebrating life, design and spaces. I have either the “mum’s eggs” or granola with a flat white.
It’s always nice starting the day perusing The Hub General Store for beautiful home goods. From household brushes to pet accessories, there really is something for everyone. Then it’s straight next door to Pan After which has curated goods from afar. The baskets and linen are my favourites – each piece is unique.
For lunch, I can’t go past Alimentari for their meatball wrap, followed by dessert from Piccolina Gelateria and then seeing what’s new at book and vinyl store Happy Valley Shop. For dinner, we love Meatsmith for speciality pantry items and wine, or will make a stop at the Builders Arms Hotel. Then take a stroll to Tait furniture before heading to Aesop to stock up on some home staples.”
Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking and seating requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.
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