Some suburbs blossom in summer. In partnership with City of Port Phillip, we highlight the seasonal riches of this seaside city favourite.

There’s something about a beachside town 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.

With its cool ocean breezes, sandy beach and relaxing gardens, St Kilda and summer go hand in hand. Here’s our guide to St Kilda in summer.

Restaurants

An Italian institution, meticulous modern Vietnamese, and Mexican join Stokehouse among the area’s must-visit venues.

Uncle St Kilda

Restaurant

Modern Vietnamese at friendly prices.

Radio Mexico

Restaurant

One of Melbourne’s original Mexican restaurants, and still one of the best.

Stokehouse

Restaurant

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

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Cafe Di Stasio

Restaurant

The word institution gets thrown around a lot, but Ronnie di Stasio's elegant Italian diner has well and truly earned the accolade.

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Cafes

Nothing beats fish and chips with an ocean view. Unless you’re in the mood for a plant-based breakfast, vegan eggs or a mushroom latte.

Staple Providore

Cafe

Edible flowers? Not at this back-to-basics spot.

Sister of Soul

Cafe

Vegetarian for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Matcha Mylkbar

Cafe

Wake up to vegan eggs, mushroom lattes and smoothies.

Fitzrovia

Restaurant

All-day dining backed by two decades of cooking experience.

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Bars

The suburb’s enthusiasm for craft beers, diverse cocktails and boutique wines is celebrated at a range of quality venues in St Kilda.

Mrs Hopper

Bar

Sri Lankan street food and cocktails from the team at Araliya.

Freddie Wimpoles

Bar

The reincarnation of Fitzroy Street’s famous George Hotel is complete.

Milk the Cow

Restaurant

A fromagerie in St Kilda and Carlton with a selection of cheeses to rival all others – and a late night licence that sets it apart.

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The Local Taphouse

Bar

An extensive selection of boutique beers on tap, paired with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Shops

Collect a snack, loaf and a plant to take home, all within easy proximity.

Meatsmith St Kilda

Shop

As upmarket as butchers come.

The Little Veggie Patch Co

Shop

A patch of Eden for the aspiring kitchen gardener.

Scout House

Shop

Custom-made Australian furniture and vintage pieces from Europe.

Baker D. Chirico

Cafe

A solid contender for the title of best bread in Melbourne.