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.
Things to do
From polished gastronomic institutions to relaxed street-side spots, you’re spoiled for choice in this food-centric enclave.
South Melbourne’s thriving cafe culture comes in every shape and size, from revitalised historic buildings and hidden laneway nooks.
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.
Pause your eating adventures to browse through some of Melbourne’s best homewares stores.