Drink, Eat, Guides

Take a ride on Tram 96

Melbourne loves a good tram route and one of our favourites is Tram 96. it is one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes and will take you to many of Melbourne’s popular tourist attractions such as St Kilda Beach, South Melbourne Market and into suburban Brunswick East.

Whether you travel north to Brunswick East or south to St Kilda, we’ll guide you to the local cafes, mainstream shops and the must see spots while on route. So grab your Myki card and get onboard.

Head North to Brunswick East.
Grab your morning coffee and something to eat at Self Preservation a creative and inviting space that sells more than just coffee, just a short walk from tram stop 9. It is one vibrant yet relaxing place where you get to enjoy one of Melbourne’s best coffees, fresh seasonal dishes while you take in the showcases of local jewellers and artists.

After a satisfying breakfast, jump on the tram towards Brunswick East and hop off at stop 12. Here you will find Melbourne Museum with something suitable for all ages. With free entry into the main halls you will be wowed by interactive technology whilst getting a history lesson. Before leaving, take a stroll through the calm and refreshing living rainforest.

Hop back on the tram to stop 16 and head to Scopri for lunch. Scopri means ‘to discover’ in Italian and you will be happy to discover this local gem. The service, food and atmosphere will transport you to Italy, if only for an hour.

Back on the tram to stop 18 or take the short walk to Alice’s Bookshop. With 18,000 books spread across four rooms, you are sure to find a rare, secondhand treat.

Nearby you will also find North Carlton Ceramics, owned by Melbourne based ceramicist Valerie Restarick. She exhibits and sells her work at the studio, as well as teaching pottery for those wanting to get creative behind the wheel.

Worked up a thirst? End your day at the Temple Brewing Company. Hop on the tram and get off at stop 23. Just a short walk from the tram stop, Temple Brewing Company has a great selection of beers best accompanied with fantastic chicken wings and battered broccoli.

Head South to St Kilda Beach.
Get a hand-made French pastries at Agathe Patisseries Petite, a short walk from tram stop 5 – Bourke Street Mall. Start off your day at the hole in the wall in the Royal Arcade. It is never too early for chocolate croissants.

Jump on the tram and head to stop 1.  Here you can do your morning cardio at the Spencer Outlet Centre and grab a bargain at any of the 100 shops onsite at the same time.

Prefer to stay outdoors, skip the shops and head to stop 124a instead.  Here you will find the Southbank/South Wharf area of Melbourne which includes Crown Casino and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.  Our recommendation is to enjoy the summer breeze along Orrs Walk and watch the boats go by on the Yarra River, grab a bench and enjoy the view.

Time for lunch, jump back on the tram and head to stop 127 and South Melbourne Market. There are plenty of food stalls around to enjoy including fresh oysters and peeled prawns or try one of our favourites – paella from Simply Spanish or Hongos quesadillas from Paco Y Lola.

Ready for a cool down swim? A couple of stops away (stop 129) is the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre where you can enjoy an afternoon dip. With state of the art facilities, 5 pools onsite including a wave pool and waterslide, this is a truly impressive stadium that was home to the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Jump back on the tram and finish your day in St Kilda.  Stop 136 for The Esplanade and an afternoon stroll on the beach.  Keep on walking along the coastline, you’ll see Luna Park right in front of you. We dare you to ride the world’s oldest roller-coaster, keep your eyes open and you will also get to see the most stunning views of Port Phillip Bay.

After your fun at Luna Park, head onto Acland Street which is packed with delicious cafes, restaurants and shops. One of our favourite shops is Urban Attitude, where unique and quirky gifts hide. For dinner, try Sister of Soul, a vegetarian haven that will tempt even the meat lovers out there.

No trip to St Kilda is complete without a cake from one of the many iconic cake shops along Acland Street. Stare into the windows before making your choice, it has been a long day, go on have two.