South Melbourne is never more alive than on weekends, as shoppers from surrounding suburbs flock to the market.

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 Bellotta before an opulent dinner at Lûmé.

Restaurants

Park Street Pasta & Wine

Restaurant

Fresh, handmade pasta rolled from the best possible ingredients is the draw at this intimate osteria.

Half Acre

Restaurant

This multifaceted space couples the drop-in spirit of a pub with the food of a more polished eatery.

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.

Monou

Restaurant

Refined, sophisticated Japanese dining in an understated setting.

Misschu South Melbourne

Restaurant

Nahji Chu’s third Vietnamese tuckshop remains on a good thing.

Meatworksco

Restaurant

A smoke and meat-driven restaurant inspired by a chance encounter at a market in Spain.

Cafes

The Kettle Black

Cafe

One of Melbourne's most sophisticated cafes.

Wynyard

Cafe

Wholesome food, killer coffee and friendly neighbours, all down a single dead-end street.

Nine Yards

Cafe

A spot from the team behind some of the city’s biggest cafe hits. They’re making brunches with damper, Vegemite, Kakadu plums, wattle-seed bacon and Milo mascarpone.

The Left-Handed Chef

Cafe

Israeli share platters and pita pockets (and yes, the chef is left-handed).

St Ali

Cafe

The busy headquarters of a growing coffee empire.

Aucuba Coffee

Cafe

A cafe and roastery that bucks the usual Melbourne trends.

Bars

Westside Ale Works

Bar

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

The Albion

Bar

City views from a rooftop bar and a 5am licence.

James

Bar

This stylish Clarendon Street wine bar pours top-notch Coravin drops made for pairing with fried-chicken bao, kingfish sashimi, and tempura eggplant in miso custard.

Hats & Tatts

Bar

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

Eastern Road Larder

Bar

An expert-run tiny wine bar that doubles as a cafe and deli.

Bellota Wine Bar

Bar

A quintessentially European dining and drinking experience.

Shops

Made In Japan

Shop

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

Magnum + Queens

Shop

700 bottles of wine selected in part by a former sommelier. You're in good hands.

Austro

Shop

An Austrian-inspired bakery serving pretzels, sachertorte and shakshuka croissants.

Hagen’s Organic Butcher

Shop

The shop at South Melbourne Market also runs butchery classes.

Coventry Bookstore

Shop

An inviting bookstore in South Melbourne.

Chef’s Hat

Shop

Shop where the chefs do for kitchen items.