One of Melbourne’s favourite suburbs for just hanging out and kicking back in, St Kilda has a number of diverse areas; bustling Acland St is café central, Fitzroy St has an eclectic selection of eateries and bars, whilst the beachside exudes a laidback and relaxed vibe. Lately, the intersection of Barkly, Grey and Inkerman St has become home to some uber cool venues, whilst Blessington St (at the intersection of Barkly) is where the low-key local crowd tends to hang out. Here’s our We Know Melbourne guide to the best of St Kilda…
The Latte Lifestyle
Great places for breakfast-brunch-lunch or just a coffee…
Miss Jackson | 2/19 Grey St | 9534 8415 A hard to find but friendly café serving great food, with a cool deck area for kicking back on.
Baker D. Chirico | 4/149 Fitzroy St | 9534 3777 Absolutely divine pastries (they don’t call it an Artisan Bakery for nothing!) and darn good coffee too.
Galleon Cafe | 9 Carlisle St | 9534 8954 A retro feel, never boring, fabulous food & always full of locals who know a good thing!
Dr Jekyll | 107 Grey St | 9525 5999 A simple menu with seriously good food, super friendly service & a cute little courtyard out back.
Acland St Cantina | 2 Acland St | 9536 1122 Fuss-free & affordable Mexican fare all day long.
Hub Cafe | 35 Fitzroy St | 8530 8888 A lovely breakfast menu of both classic & modern twists, with a funky & bright interior or outdoor area to sit in the sun – their quotes of the day will surely make you smile.
Let’s Drink to
That Bars where the locals hang out, though visitors are made very welcome too (most serve good food as well)…
Mavis Brown’s | 37 Fitzroy St | 8530 8815 A funky little bar on the Fitzroy St strip with great live music & lively staff.
The Nelson | 221 Barkly St | 9525 One of the newest bars to open in St Kilda, this rum bar also had a tasty kitchen menu.
Big Mouth | Cnr Barkly & Acland St | 9634 4611 Downstairs is a small café area that’s great for people watching or head upstairs to the busier & a little more happening bar.
The Espy | 11 The Esplanade | 9534 0211 A St Kilda institution – it’s more then a tad grungy but one of the country’s best live music venues.
Republica | St Kilda Sea Baths | 8598 9055 With an absolute beachfront location, it’s perfect for a relaxed sunny afternoon or a sunset beverage or two!
Barney Allen’s | 14 Fitzroy St | 9525 5477 Celebrity chef Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson’s place is good for a casual drink or some good quality ‘pub grub’.
Captain Baxter | 10-18 Jacka Blvd | 8534 8999 Sip cocktails & admire the stunning view of the St Kilda foreshore and Port Phillip Bay.
Something to Eat
These eateries might make you want to live in St Kilda (and if you have to wait for a table – it’s worth it!)…
The Banff | 145 Fitzroy St | 9525 3899 Homely & warm, cheap but tasty pizza & pasta that’s very very popular with the locals.
Radio Mexico | 13 Carlisle St | 9534 9990 Simple, fresh Mexican food bursting with flavour – Radio Mexico gets our vote for Melbourne’s best Mexican!
Lau’s Family Kitchen | 4 Acland St | 8598 9880 Some of the best Cantonese food around by the founders of the famous Flower Drum.
Cicciolina | 130 Acland St | 9525 3333 Noisy & eclectic Italian restaurant, but just the way we love it – a St Kilda institution!
Luxembourg Bar & Bistro | 2/157 Fitzroy St | 9525 4488 One taste of the divine French inspired food shows why super chef Andrew McConnell is taking over the Melbourne restaurant scene.
Babu Ji | 4-6 Grey St | 9534 2447 A modern Indian eatery in a grand Victorian building with dishes from local produce.
Dog’s Bar | 54 Acland St | 8534 3020 Where St Kilda’s arty crowd hangs out – fabulous antipasto platters, good pasta & a nice wine list.
Claypots Seafood | 213 Barkly St | 9534 1282 Simply great seasonal seafood, cooked in claypots or grilled, with Asian or Northern African flavours.
Mr Wolf | 9 Inkerman St | 9534 0255 Delicious gourmet pizza & a smart little bar from celebrity chef Karen Martini.
Café Di Stasio | Fitzroy St | 9525 3999 One of Melbourne’s premier Italian restaurants, dinner can be an expensive affair here but their 2-course lunch special for $35 is legendary value.
Don’t tell anyone, but here are a couple of local gems that you’ll want to keep to yourself…
The Linden Gallery | 26 Acland St | 9534 0099 In a gorgeous Victorian era mansion, a small gallery that exhibits a broad range of contemporary art.
The Bitch Is Back | 100a Barkly St | 9534 8025 Akin to a gallery, this maze-like store specializes in mid 20th century furnishings and knick knacks.
Little Penguin Colony | St Kilda Pier Members of St Kilda’s very cute Little Penguin Colony can usually be found lolling around on the rocks at the very end of the Pier at around sundown each night.
7 Apples | 75 Acland St | 9537 3633 The lines out the door on a hot day are testament to how good their gelato is (note: closed in winter).
Milk the Cow | 157 Fitzroy St | 9537 2225 A welcome addition to St Kilda, it is all cheese & wine at this stylish fromagerie.
St Kilda Sea Baths | St Kilda Beach Put in a few laps or just laze about in the thermal pool, & if you visit during AFL season you might be lucky enough to spy one of the teams doing their recovery
Getting To St Kilda Tram 16 | From Swanston St | Approx 30 mins OR Tram 96 | From Bourke St | Approx 25 mins