Life returning to Collins St

It’s a pleasing moment to walk through the Collins Street Precinct and see busy retail stores and restaurants filled with people. 

As Melbourne emerges from a long-protracted series of lockdowns, the Collins Street Precinct is once again demonstrating its place as one of Australia’s premier destinations. 

Following the back-to-work announcements, many Melbournians are returning to their offices in the CBD and there will be more joining them in the coming months. The streets are once again filled with local residents getting out and exploring the city. 

Luke Harris, President of the Collins Street Precinct Group, has himself only recently returned to working in his CBD office, and is excited by the confidence that many new businesses in the precinct are placing in Melbourne’s CBD.

Mr Harris said, “After the year that Melbourne has had, it’s invigorating to walk through the precinct and see so many businesses reopening and new ones setting up shop.”

“It’s often assumed that the Collins Street Precinct is only the main boulevard, Collins St, but we also embrace Melbourne’s laneway culture, as the precinct encompasses Little Collins Street and parts of Flinders Lane.”

“As you walk through the Collins Street Precinct you’re met with familiar faces as some of Melbourne’s favourite spots reopen their doors. However, while Melbourne has been staying home, the Collins Street Precinct has been busy during the past 12 months welcoming a diverse range of new and exciting businesses.” 

One of the major new additions to the Precinct is 80 Collins, a premium destination where culture, business and luxury collide. Situated at the “Paris end” of Collins St, 80 Collins includes dining destinations like the already opened Farmer’s Daughters from Alejandro Saravia and the premium cocktail bar Nick and Nora’s. Alongside this dining offering sits luxury retailers Saint Laurent, Mulberry, Georg Jensen and Feit, as well as soon to open Next Hotel Melbourne.  

Other new additions to the precinct include the highly anticipated W Melbourne hotel; Chancery Lane, Scott Pickett’s European-inspired Bistro on Little Collins St; the breathtaking Two Pillars in the foyer of the Olderfleet building and of course the reopening of the historic Block Arcade’s The Tea Rooms 1892.

These new spots join long-term favourites like Italian Pasticceria, Brunetti; modern-Vietnamese dining destination Uncle; luxury hotel the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins; premium retail destinations like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, TAG Heuer, Coach and Versace; homegrown brands like ELK, Peter Sheppard, Adriano Carbone Master Tailor, Temelli Jewellery, MDT Design – and the list goes on.

Harris concluded, “There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing the city thrive and that’s the challenge that we set to Melburnians: get out and explore the city that you call home and fall in love with Melbourne again.”

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