St. Kilda is a beach suburb of Melbourne. People from Melbourne and state visitors would flock here to the beaches and village during the middle and late 19th Century. They still do.
St Kilda Beach sees some great markets here on weekends, shop for bargains in art, craftwork and bric-a-brac. You can also visit the Luna Park located here, great for kids of all ages.
On the Esplanade: The St Kilda Sea Baths is one of the seaside attractions here and has been for a long time. Now redeveloped into a major lifestyle centre, offering swimming in a sea water pool, a gym and spa. It also features two restaurants, the Beachcomber and the Republica, both with splendid views of Port Phillip.
A favourite with visitors at St Kilda Sea Baths is the beachside watering hole Republica. It boasts a garden, lounge, restaurant and rooftop. The outdoor bar is a great place to sit back, enjoy a drink and watch the cavalcade of human traffic - rollerskaters, pedestrians, bathers, cyclists passing by.
Other great dining choices on the esplanade include Donovan’s restaurant, an acclaimed two chef’s hat restaurant with a menu of modern American influence. The Stokehouse, described as combines ‘beach shack glamour’ with exceptional hospitality. The venue, which underwent a major redevelopement in 2010, features a new dining room designed by architect Pascale Gomes McNabb (who also designed the interiors of cutting edge restaurants Cumulus Inc. and Cutler and Co), an outdoor cocktail bar and an accompanying menu of modern Australian cuisine crafted by executive chef Anthony Musarra and head chef Oliver Gould.
You can find a good selection of fresh produce at the St Kilda’s monthly farmers market. The Veg Out Farmers’ Market is held at the Peanut Farm reserve on the first Saturday of each month and is certainly one of Melbourne&rquo;s most popular.
Indeed, St. Kilda has become a real attraction for Melbourne diners looking for a variety of dining experiences, including alfresco and numerous drinking options. For more information on St. Kilda, visit www.fitzroystreetstkilda.com.au or www.stkildavillage.org.au.
Getting here is easy from the Melbourne CBD city centre, regular tram services from the Melbourne city centre will take you to the main street in St Kilda. See the Greater Melbourne Map.
You can find budget and luxury places to stay in Melbourne Australia: luxury hotels to low priced backpackers, including in the nearby Central Business District (CBD - Downtown) and St Kilda itself.
Main Photo: St Kilda Melbourne Beach Suburb
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Photo: Beach Hut St Kilda