St Kilda

St Kilda is a vibrant south-eastern inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia. St. Kilda is famous for its beach life and the party scene along Fitzroy Street.

Get in

By tram

From Melbourne city centre, travellers heading to St Kilda should hop on a tram. Journey time is approximately 25 mins:

  • Tram 16 (direction St Kilda Beach or Kew) from Flinders Street Station or Federation Square.
  • Tram 96 from Southern Cross Station or Bourke Street. This is an express light rail line on dedicated right of way and, at under 20 min from Southern Cross to St Kilda, the fastest of the three.
  • Tram 112 from Collins Street.

Attractions

  • St Kilda Beach. Kick off your shoes and walk along the sand of one of Melbourne's most famous beaches.
  • Luna Park. Built in 1912, the historic mouth is a present fixture in postcards of Melbourne and rightly so. Luna Park is a historic amusement park located on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda. Great day out for the family.
  • Fitzroy Street and Acland St. Located in the heart of St Kilda, both streets are attractive eating and drinking streets with all cool cafes, elegant restaurants and trendy bars. Acland Street is a hive of wine bars and world-famous patisseries, while Fitzroy St is great for sitting in an outdoor cafe with a cup of coffee.

Do

  • Visit the flea market on Sundays at the Upper Esplanade. Good variety and prices for innovative and creative souvenirs, bags etc.
  • Every Sunday evening around sunset, there is a big party at the Espy. Situated on the picturesque Upper Esplanade, this pub has one of the best views in Melbourne. Its a bar with live music, pool tables and a lounge. Not to be missed.
  • Luna Park is a St Kilda icon with its fabled Scenic Railway rollercoaster, the oldest continually operating wooden-framed roller coaster in the world. One of only nine of its kind still operating, the Scenic Railway was installed in the Park on its opening in 1912. Great day out for families.

Eat

You are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to eating in St Kilda, with over 100 eating-out venues available. The main streets in this area, Acland and Fitzroy Streets, have every type of take-away and restaurant.

On Fitzroy Street, you can really see a contrast with upmarket restaurants with white table cloths rubbing shoulders with fish and chip takeaways. Depending on your budget, you are spoilt for choice. There are many cafes and restaurants favoured by locals hidden away in adjoining streets.

Barkly St has Il Forniao - excellent pizza, and Claypots is a fantastic ‘roll your sleeves up' type fresh fish restaurant. Acland St is noteworthy for its mouthwatering pastries.

St Kilda locals and Melbournians from neighbouring suburbs all cruise to the many cafes in the area, especially on weekends, for coffee and breakfast which is often served all day. Cafe Racer (Marine Parade) and Leroys (Acland St) have the locals nod midweek, Fringe and Vibe (Acland St) are always busy with weekend visitors and tourists due to their great location for People watching.

Another great location is the Vineyard. If you can put up with the ‘too cool for school' attitude and lack of interest from the bar and waiting staff at this venue, you are likely to have an enjoyable afternoon sitting on the terrace when it is sunny. The Vineyard has an enviable location beside a park full or Grand Canaries palm trees beside Luna Park. Sunday evenings are usually packed with the remnants of weekend parties who are partying on to a DJ.

East St Kilda and Caulfield are home to a vibrant Jewish communities, and kosher bakeries and cafes abound.

Budget

  • The ‘Banff' café at 145 Fitzroy Street does delicious, generously-sized pizzas for AU$5.50 all day on Mondays and Tuesdays, and until 5.30pm the rest of the week. The building was once commandeered by the Americans as barracks for soldiers during WW2.
  • The Spud Bar, tucked into a little arcade of eateries on Blessington Street, just south of the end of Acland Street, does great value baked potatoes with a variety of toppings.
  • Lentil As Anything, a couple of doors down from the Spud Bar, is an incredible vegetarian curry house where there is no price list - you pay what you believe the food to be worth. Worth getting down early for a spot out the back.
  • La Roche in Acland Street has AU$5 pizzas and AU$6 pastas on some nights as well as cheap drinks. Favoured by younger locals and students.
  • Bala's. Opposite Luna Park, a must for the budget traveller.

Mid-range

  • Rococco, Acland St - Excellent quality food. Pizza/Pasta. Sit inside near the fire in winter or on Acland St.
  • Dogs Bar, Acland St- Wine bar packed with locals. Serves an antipasti menu, has an extensive cheese menu and hundreds or Australian wines on offer. tough finding a seat outside on a nice evening or inside on a weekend evening. Always has an atmosphere.
  • Soul Mama, 10-18 Jacka Boulevard. Nestled between the swimming bath and a cafe, you find a buffet style vegetarian restaurant at the first floor.
  • Glicks, Carlisle St, East St Kilda. For Kosher food, this outlet includes a bakery, a pizza/pasta sit down (9527 8733) and a fast food take away (9527 9968).

Splurge

  • Donovans, 40 Jacka Boulevard, opposite the beach and evening sunsets. An Age 2-Hat restaurant. Superb food at a pricey cost.
  • Stokehouse, 30 Jacka Boulevard, almost next door to Donovans. An Age 1-Hat restaurant. Posh place for chilling and excellent food.
  • Café di Stasio, 31 Fitzroy Street. Superb elegant Italian food
  • Circa the Prince, Fitzroy St. Stylish and expensive.

Drink

Pub crawling and clubbing along Fitzroy St is very popular with backpackers. The Prince of Wales 29 Fitzroy St has a good selection of tap beer and shots.

  • The Espy (The Esplanade Hotel), 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, VIC 3182, Australia, +61 3 9534 0211. The Esplanade Hotel…open to all since 1878 For over 100 years the Esplanade Hotel has been Melbourne's (and indeed Australia's) premier live music venue. Since the early days of string performances in the late 1800s the Espys hallowed stages have been graced by the finest performers from around Australia and the world. Everyone from local legends like Paul Kelly and Dallas Crane to The Kills & Hot Hot Heat, Jet to John Farnham have performed at The Espy. International metal heavyweights Ed Guy and Deeds of Flesh and hip hop's finest such as DJ Cash Money, Steinski and Peanut Butter Wolf. Oz up and comers Wolfmother and Airbourne have also graced our stages. And its not just live music, comedians like Dave Hughes, Rove and more cut their teeth at the Espy. Truly a physical landmark in St Kilda, and a cultural icon to Australia, the Espy continues this long standing tradition of live music, on an average week the pub plays host to over 50 bands across 3 stages 7 days a week and alot of it free. Hours of operation Monday - Wednesday - Noon - 1.00am Thursday - Saturday - Noon - 3.00am Sunday - Noon - 1am * long weekends till 3.00am
  • Robarta and the nest, 109 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, VIC 3182, Australia, +61 3 9534 9041. Robarta is a restaurant, bar, late night lounge and function space. The venue is over two floors, each with own bar facilities and ‘state of the art' audio/visual facilities. The space is multifunctional; evolving from a restaurant and bar in the earlier part of the night, to a latenight lounge with DJ's and dancing.
  • The Prince Band Room (The Prince of Wales Band Room), 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182, Australia,  +61 3 9536 1177. The Prince Bandroom has been a host to live music for more than 6 decades. Many of the best local and international bands and DJs play The Prince Bandroom when in Melbourne. It has played host to the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Jack Johnson, Scissor Sisters, Ben Harper, Pink, Coldplay, Bright Eyes and Goldfrapp to name but a very select few.