NileGuide Expert Says:
More than a seaside suburb, St Kilda is a cultural hub with far too many cafés, bars and restaurants to choose from. Best take a tram so you can really enjoy your wine when watching the sunset over the bay.
Lower Esplanade, P. O. Box 1083
St. Kilda South
3182 Melbourne, Australia
tel: +61 3 9525 5033
fax: +61 3 9534 5764
Summer times: 7p-11p F, 11a-11p Sa, 11a-6p Su, Winter times: 11a-6p Sa, 11a-6p Su
The seaside suburb of St Kilda sparkles with pretty young things that make like its summer, despite the cruelties of a Melbourne winter. The current popularity of St Kilda's main drag owes its infamy to the 1950s when St Kilda was known for its illicit drug deals and prostitution. The smut allowed for the creatives to move in, an artistic history that still resonates with the creative, laid back vibe of St Kilda today.
A café strip, the street is turned inside out with outdoor dining and drinking favoured. The seaside rests quietly behind the hustle of Acland Street and the giant mouth of the Luna Park fun park, and is best enjoyed with an ice-cream and stroll along the boardwalk at dusk.
Start with brunch at Il Fornaio at No. 1 Acland Street before heading up to Linden Centre for Contemporary Art at No. 26. Take your time meandering Acland and Gray Streets for fashion and fine coffee before enjoying an afternoon beverage in the sun at the iconic Vineyard. For unbeatable sea views, dinner at The Stokehouse on the water's edge is the easiest way to ensure your fish is fresh.
St Kilda is best accessed by tram. Take the number 96 or the 112.