Some suburbs bloom in summer. In partnership with City of Port Phillip, we highlight the warm weather draw of South Melbourne.

South Melbourne is one of city’s most vibrant corridors of food, drink and activity. It’s home to the bustling South Melbourne Market, and blossoms in the warmer seasons as the tight-knit community opens its doors and spills onto the streets between Southbank and the grassy expanses of Albert Park.

The area’s solid cafe contingent keeps the al fresco strips humming during the day. As the sun lowers and hours stretch into evening, bars and restaurants come to life. Enjoy some mussels with one of the pilsners Claypots Evening Star keeps on tap, or walk a few blocks away for snacks and wine at Smalls Bar before an opulent dinner at Lûmé.

Here’s our guide to taking advantage of all South Melbourne has to offer in summer.

Restaurants

From polished gastronomic institutions to relaxed street-side spots, you’re spoiled for choice in this food-centric enclave.

Park Street Pasta & Wine

Restaurant

A modern osteria on a pretty corner.

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Lamaro’s Hotel

Restaurant

Gastropub fare in plush surrounds.

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Lûmé

Restaurant

The esoteric fine diner has a more approachable format under executive chef John Rivera. It’s serving chic, accessible food that defies any one cultural influence.

Claypots Evening Star

Restaurant

Claypots romance: live music, seafood and drinks every night of the week.

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Cafes

South Melbourne’s thriving cafe culture comes in every shape and size, from revitalised historic buildings and hidden laneway nooks.

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Ox The Baker

Cafe

"Working within the bounds of nature" is the ethos behind this sourdough specialist.

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My Son, Joy

Cafe

A contemporary British menu, created with a nutritionist.

Aucuba Coffee

Cafe

A cafe and roastery that bucks the usual Melbourne trends.

KUU Cafe

Cafe

Hearty Japanese food with a Western influence.

Bars

Take a tour of the neighborhood’s impressive wine offerings, have some expert cocktails, or relax in a brewery for an afternoon. Or do all three, even.

Westside Ale Works

Bar

Nano-brewed, hand-bottled beer inspired by America’s West Coast.

Hats & Tatts

Bar

A down-and-dirty frat house with a fine-tuned booze library.

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Smalls Bar

Bar

This bar proves bigger isn't always better.

Bellota Wine Bar

Bar

A quintessentially European dining and drinking experience.

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Shops

Pause your eating adventures to browse through some of Melbourne’s best homewares stores.

Made In Japan

Shop

Beautiful ceramic tableware, direct from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Chef’s Hat

Shop

Shop where the chefs do for kitchen items.

Vincent Design

Shop

A temple to Scandinavian living.

The Supercool and The Supercool Kid

Shop

The name is no exaggeration.