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See Melbourne: A local’s guide to St Kilda

Welcome to Melbourne’s favourite foreshore - no no, not the one with the colourful houses! St Kilda is just a hop, skip and tram ride from the CBD, so of course the bayside suburb is buzzing with activity. From weekend farmers markets to sunset penguin spotting, this is Skyscanner Australia’s guide to the best activities, restaurants and accommodation options in the area!

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What to do in St Kilda

St Kilda Beach

Summer isn’t summer till you’ve lounged away an afternoon at St Kilda Beach. But between stand up paddle boarding, kitesurfing, in-line skating, cycling and beach volleyball sessions, you might find yourself with a to-do list far longer than just sunbathing! While there may be more pristine enclaves further along the bay, St Kilda is the clear winner when it comes to beach activities. This makes it the ideal ocean escape at any time of year (yeah, we’re looking at you winter).

Head down to the end of the pier at sunset to catch a glimpse of the stunning Melbourne city skyline. And remember to keep an eye out for the fairy penguins as well – you’ll find them paddling and waddling about their nests at twilight.

Luna Park

All aboard the Luna Park express! With adrenaline pumping roller coasters as well as time honoured classics like the carousel, there’s a little something for everyone. You’ll be able to spot the iconic ferris wheel from ages away, so locating the theme park will be a breeze. Entry is free, you need only pay for the rides… and perhaps a generous helping of fairy floss.

St Kilda Sea Baths

It may not be Bondi Icebergs, but the St Kilda Sea Baths certainly manages to elevate the ocean bathing experience. Attendees can choose between a 25-metre heated seawater pool, hydrotherapy spa pool, and state of the art gym. Of course, getting pampered into oblivion at the day spa is also always an option.

Where to eat in St Kilda

When in St Kilda, dessert comes first. Acland Street Village is famous for its European cake shops, so wander past the numerous windows stacked with sugar-laden goodies and see how long you can keep from drooling!

Dine on delectable seafood with ocean vistas to match at local institution Donovans, or sample (arguably) the best pizza Melbourne has to offer at Mr Wolf on Inkerman Street. Lau’s Family Kitchen offers more exotic flavours – perfect if you’re after a dumpling fix! For more traditional beach fare, Paper Fish is a local fish and chippery located along the St Kilda Beach boardwalk – open from Spring to mid-Autumn.

A true foodies paradise, Hank Marvin Market is held every Saturday at Alma Park. With over 40 street food stalls, food trucks and fresh produce, you can find long time classics like Hammer & Tong and Little Mushroom Co, as well as pastry legends Cobb Lane Bakery.

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Where to drink in St Kilda

Sitting on the edge of the beach, Republica has egg chairs and views to spare. It’s perfect for a Sunday session or a cheeky mid-week cocktail.

Head all the way out to sea for a wine at Little Blue, an elegant venue with sweeping panoramas perched in the middle of the St Kilda Pier.

Freddie Wimpoles offers a rotating lineup of craft beers and classic cocktails, paired with NYC deli inspired food and decor. Or opt to add a touch of class to your beach proceedings at Milk the Cow. Offering a staggering selection of wine, cheese (over 150!) and tasting flights, something is bound to strike your fancy.

Where to shop in St Kilda

The signature St Kilda shopping extravaganza occurs every Sunday, when over 100 stalls take over the Esplanade as part of the St Kilda Market. Designers, jewellers, florists and milliners peddle their wares in an explosion of art, kitsch and colour. Scout House along Fitzroy Street and Mollisons are also great options for homewares shopping any day of the week!

Where to stay in St Kilda

You can’t go wrong with St Kilda accommodation – especially not when it comes to their hotels! Splurge on the 4.5 star art deco hotel The Prince, boasting a renown spa service, a library, complimentary wifi and luxurious furnishings. For something a little more personal, make like the Melburnians and stay in a renovated Victorian era terrace. With only 12 rooms, Sixty Two On Grey Serviced Apartments promises a boutique experience.

If your purse strings are on the tighter side, go for Nomads St Kilda Beach. With a rooftop terrace, BBQ grills and a tour desk, you could almost consider it flashpacking.

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How to get to St Kilda

From the CBD

The 96 tram that runs along Bourke Street will take you straight to St Kilda beach. If you hop on at Bourke Street Mall, the journey should take about 25 minutes.

Alternatively, jump on the 16 tram at Flinders Street Station – the travel time is similar to the 96 and you can alright at the Luna Park stop.

From the Airport

Now this is an easy one – all you have to do is jump on the Skybus St Kilda Express. These buses have 4 drop off points within St Kilda itself and depart Tullamarine every half hour. A one way ticket will set you back $19.

Expand the map below to check out where you can find all the places we’ve mentioned above.

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