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The beachfront suburb of St Kilda shows off Melbourne’s waterfront lifestyle at its best; pristine parks lined with palm trees, hipster cafes serving creative brunches, watersports, nature and more fantastic bars with great music than you’ll have time to properly explore.
You cannot leave St Kilda without saying you’ve seen the Fairy Penguins on the beach. Who knew Melbourne had such cute city dwelling residents?!
How to Get to St Kilda, Melbourne
St Kilda is in the south east of Melbourne. It is easily accessed from the main Melbourne Tullamarine airport via the very frequent and reliable Skybus, which takes about 40 minutes.
If you’re coming by train, St Kilda doesn’t have a train station so it would be best to arrive into the city (Southern Cross or Flinders Street) and get a tram, taking 20-30 minutes
The best way to get around St Kilda is to simply walk. It’s really not that big and doing so will help you discover everything the suburb has to offer and probably a few unexpected things too (like street art or great coffee for example).
The famous Melbourne trams are another great transport option. They are very frequent and get you to all parts of the suburb at a really reasonable cost. You’ll just need a Mykii transport card that you can purchase and top up at 7-Eleven’s or a Post Office.
Uber is of course another, much quicker option that Melburnian’s use all the time!
Where to Eat in St Kilda, Melbourne for Dinner
There’s one thing St Kilda isn’t short of, and that’s good food and coffee.
Miss Jacksons // Make sure you’re hungry before you go for brunch at this basic-in-interior but complex-in-taste cafe. The food is rich, moorish and absolutely to die for, but don’t leave it too late on a weekend as sometimes you have to queue for a table.
Bistro Voliere // For a little bit of France in St Kilda head to Bistro Voliere, a little French restaurant on iconic Fitzroy Street. If you don’t feel like one of their beautifully crafted, hearty main dishes, grab a charcuterie board with melt-in-the-mouth french cheeses, crusty bread straight from France and a glass of red to enjoy out in the sun on the kerbside tables.
Claypots // For the best seafood in St Kilda, it absolutely has to be this brilliant restaurant serving the freshest fish, any way you would like it. Choose what you want and how you want it cooked from the counter in front of the open kitchen, or pick something from the wonderfully curated menu. Afterwards, make sure you enjoy a cocktail in their bar next door.
Cicciolina’s // Modern Australian meets classic Italian at this popular casual eatery. It’s homemade comfort food at its best – the homemade pasta is something else!
Supernormal Canteen // For experimental Asian cuisine in a comfortable but stylish setting, it has to be Supernormal on Fitzroy Street. Go for the chefs selection from the tasting menu, items straight from the grill, or even better the $75 banquet meal if you feel like really splashing out.
St Kilda is a much more relaxed and ‘open air’ suburb compared the the CBD (central business district) or the trendy but grimy northern suburbs such as Fitzroy or Brunswick.
Things to See in St Kilda, Melbourne at Night
St Kilda becomes especially vibrant at night with bars and nightclubs full of backpackers and locals letting their hair down.
Drinks and a dance at the vineyard // With frequent DJ’s (including Sunday nights), good value drinks and a large outdoor seating area with – you guessed it – vines, the Vineyard is a fun way to enjoy the areas nightlife.
See the penguins at St Kilda Beach // These very cute creatures live in the rocks nearby the pier on St Kilda beach and wake at night to hunt for fish. Just make sure you don’t take pictures with the flash on and disturb them.
Ride the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster at Luna Park // Walk right through the iconic open-mouthed entrance to the beachside theme park of Luna Park. Let off some after work steam on the various rides, arcades and get lost in the classic Victorian carnival flair.
Go see a band // Melbourne is famous for it’s music scene and St Kilda is a popular place to catch a big band in a small venue. Have a look at what’s on at the Espy or the Prince of Wales to get you started.
Watch the sunset // Look out over the horizon and watch the sunset as windsurfers catch the last bit of daylight and yachts sail back to the marina before dark. A tranquil way to end the evening.
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