Salty sea air, beautiful architecture and a relaxed bohemian feel. There's no other suburb in Melbourne quite like it.

There’s something about a beachside suburb that cultivates a special atmosphere. Perhaps it’s the open water views, or the diversity of a metropolis on the edge of the ocean. But ever since the railway was built in 1857, people have been flocking to St Kilda.

In summer the beachfront is magnetic; locals and visitors walk, ride, scooter and cycle along the waterfront. Architectural relics such as the Palais Theatre and Luna Park abut contemporary designs such as the Stokehouse in a melding of old and new.

A handful of health-focused cafes sate the good intentions of an early summer morning, though there’s nothing more pleasing than sinking an icy beer over a late lunch of fish and chips along the water’s edge. The suburb has an abundance of bars and pubs pairing food with drink, from wine and cheese, to tacos and mojitos, and burgers with beers. And with locals and tourists alike winding up and down Acland Street of a warm summer evening, the atmosphere can easily turn to party vibes on a weekend – even as the foreshore remains a laid-back oasis.


  • Seafood and stunning ocean views – it's no surprise this is such an institution.

  • Settle into the minimalist dining room, or take a seat on the rooftop, at this lively Latin-inspired eatery. Go for smoky bite-sized arepas, slow-cooked chargrilled seafood and three kinds of tostadas. Plus, more than 50 types of tequila and mezcal.

  • White-jacketed waiters delivering discreet, attentive service and a consistently excellent menu have made Rinaldo Di Stasio's intimate dining room a pilgrimage for lovers of fine Italian food. The seasonal set menu is an excellent way to dive in.

  • The name says it all.

  • This iconic pub has three distinct venues across multiple levels of a 1915 building. Get your aperitivo hour fix at the Studio 54-inspired bar upstairs, with lo-fi wines and snack plates. Then head downstairs to the moody, flame-focused restaurant for charcoaled seafood and steaks. Or straight to the gastropub for oysters, chargrilled burgers and a 200-strong wine list.

  • The chef behind the pans at this all-day diner worked in some of London's top restaurants for over two decades. And you can taste that experience across even the most casual dishes.

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  • Daniel Chirico is one of Melbourne's best bakers, and his bread is some of the best in town. But it's his wildly popular cannoli and bombolini that have kept us coming back for all these years. Just be sure to get in early, almost everything here tends to sell out well before close.

  • The Sydney bakery's St Kilda shop sells “Australia’s most Instagrammed dessert”, as well as savoury pastries such as a ratatouille danish and an asparagus and ‘nduja number with a spicy kick.

  • Bagels and bread are just the beginning.

  • Vegetarian for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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  • A cosy community cafe in St Kilda that has local support...for good reason.

  • A Carlisle Street, St Kilda icon.


  • At this neighbourhood pub, enjoy traditional English fare – including Scotch eggs, fish finger sandwiches, and classic roasts – while sipping on a cocktail inspired by a cup of tea.

  • The Saint Hotel’s schmick upstairs listening bar features world-first audiophile speakers, a high-end Swiss-made DJ mixer and a creative cocktail menu. Dancing is optional, but with a 3am license, pretty much inevitable.

  • A Euro-inspired wine bar, wine shop and deli set beneath The Prince Hotel. Enjoy classic Australian and European wines; cheese, charcuterie and small snacking plates from the deli; and descend to one of Melbourne’s most impressive wine cellars.

  • The ground-floor bar at the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel was revitalised a few years back. Today, it’s the best version of itself, with a beautiful island bar and plenty of seating on the footpath for pints and people-watching in the sun. The bistro turns out refined pub grub from breakfast right through till dinner.

  • You might need a map to navigate this iconic seaside pub. Across its six floors, you’ll find no fewer than 12 bars, from the pint-friendly Public Bar to a table-service cocktail spot upstairs. Not to mention two restaurants and three stages for live music, including the legendary Gershwin Room.

  • A live music venue for over 60 years.