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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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St Hotel

Sanctify your session with a tipple upstairs or down in the public bar or social and supper clubs.

Linden New Art

Enjoy the free exhibition program, public talks, workshops and events at this contemporary art gallery.

Pelican

If you're sick of the creaky sofa school of interior design then you'll appreciate Pelican.

The Bitch is Back

Find the best and boldest 20th-century designed furniture, including Australian and European pieces.

Cowderoy's Dairy

Bring along the kids, the dog and enough time to enjoy the fun family menu and the adjoining park.

Luxembourg

Share plates of classic and modern fare at this bar and bistro from Andrew McConnell and Chris Watson.

Miss Jackson

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

The Prince

Get royally raucous in the iconic public bar or catch major international acts up in the bandroom.

Fitzrovia

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

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