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Overview

St Kilda

Prepare to play in St Kilda, where you can kick up your heels by the seashore, along with live music or on the whirligigs at Luna Park.

Melbourne's favourite beachside suburb

Join locals who walk, cycle and skate under the palms on the foreshore or sail, windsurf or kitesurf on the bay.

Keep an eye out for little penguins at the St Kilda Breakwater and visit the Sunday St Kilda Esplanade Arts and Craft Market. Return to the neighbourhood's genteel resort days with a dip in the heated seawater spas and pools at the historic St Kilda Sea Baths.

Enjoy fine dining at Donovan's and Circa, Asian flavours at Uncle and tasty Mexican at Radio Mexico. Catch live music at the Palais Theatre, the Esplanade Hotel and the Prince Bandroom, and get a thrill on a ride at the iconic Luna Park.

Fitzroy, Acland and Carlisle street days

Choose the street to suit the mood. Fitzroy and Acland streets have cool cafes, restaurants and bars, fashion boutiques and independent music and book stores.

Hear the languages of many European cultures on Carlisle Street. Grab a bagel at Glick's Cakes and Bagels, a coffee at Wall Two 80, or lunch at The Local. Share the Jewish experience at the Jewish Museum of Australia.

St Kilda Festival

Get carried along with the crowds at February's St Kilda Festival. A week of music and comedy performances culminate in Festival Sunday, which sees the streets closed to carry on the suburb's historic penchant for revelry.

How to get there

By tram: Number 16 from Swanston Street, Number 96 from Bourke Street, or Number 112 from Collins Street (around 25 minutes) to St Kilda; Number 3 from Swanston Street to Carlisle Street (around 35 minutes) and Alma Road (around 40 minutes).

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Things to do

St Kilda

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Riva

Indulge in cocktails and bayside views on the sweeping deck of this St Kilda bar and restaurant.

Melbourne Wine Room

Treat yourself to a night of Italian fine dining amid the old-world elegance of The George.

St Kilda Beach

Summer isn’t summer until you’ve spent a day getting active by the seaside at St Kilda Beach.

The Table

Tuck into presidential Latin-American share plates and quench your thirst with an exotic tequila.

Lau's Family Kitchen

Experience the Flower Drum's faultless service and fine cuisine at the more wallet-friendly Lau's.

Nineteen Squares

Order the 'world-famous' chicken sandwich and pass time by browsing the array of antique spoons.

Fitzrovia

Try to decide what's more impressive out of the city views or the mod-Oz menu and house cocktails.

Miss Jackson

Soak up the St Kilda sun with a slow and languid all-day brunch hit in Miss Jackson's courtyard.

The Local Taphouse

Find beer lovers' nirvana with a wide range of rare brews to be supped and gastro pub style fare.

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Follow the aromas of freshly extracted single origin coffee beans down cobblestoned laneways and into laid-back coffee strips for that caffeine buzz.