St Kilda, Melbourne’s favourite playground, was once a seaside resort for genteel Melbournians to take in the sea air. Melbournians flock here to walk, cycle and skate along the palm-lined foreshore or to sit in an outdoor café with a coffee – or something a little stronger – and take in the panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay.
Need some ideas? Here’s some of our team’s favourite things to do in St Kilda:
Eat out! St Kilda is filled with some superb restaurants. Some of our favourites include Blue Corn on Barkly St (delicious Mexican food), Di Stasio on Fitzroy St (a St Kilda icon, serving contemporary Italian food), and for the vegetarians, try Sister of Soul on Acland St for an imaginative global menu.
Ready for dessert? Don’t forget the cake shops! Acland St is famous for its old-fashioned cake shops. They’re still making cakes the proper way with flour, butter and sugar; and have been serving up treats since the early 1900’s.
Luna Park is St Kilda’s well-loved theme park, which turned 100 in 2012. Try out the rollercoaster or let the kids go wild. Open late on weekend evenings. Don’t forget the obligatory snapshot of Mr Moon.
St Kilda Pier – promenade by the seaside on St Kilda’s iconic Pier. Visit the Penguin Colony for a sunset glimpse of Little Penguins nesting and swimming, and then have a glass of wine at Little Blue Restaurant. Enjoy views for miles across the yacht club to the city.
If you need some gifts for home, we suggest the Esplanade Sunday Market – running every Sunday along the seafront and with a huge range of arts, crafts, paintings, foods, soaps, and much more.
We’ve just scratched the surface, but when you’ve finished exploring, hop a tram to the central city and you can be there in just 20 minutes.