Things To Do - St Kilda | Explore Port Phillip

St. Kilda has long held the role of one of Melbourne’s most loved suburbs as it provides activities and things to do for tourists, backpackers, and locals alike. It has bohemian seaside charm, grungy hidden gems, high class shopping, eclectic food, and a hopping nightlife. In fact, there are so many things to do in St. Kilda that people often seek out insider knowledge so they can narrow down their list of must-sees and dos. While you can eat, drink, and play your way through St. Kilda until the cows go home, we’ve put together a guide of the best things to do in St. Kilda so you don’t miss out on anything. Bookmark this page for your next St. Kilda adventure.

Eat in St. Kilda

Eating is part of any great suburb’s attractions, and St. Kilda doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to trendy, high-quality food options. Whether you’re looking for a good brunch spot, a weekday cafe, innovative restaurant, or late-night snacks, St. Kilda will provide more than ample choices. Here are some of the local favourites:

A.M.

  • Il Fornaio: For the hustle bustle of Acland street paired with consciously selected ingredients and plant-based recipes, with options for all the meat and gluten eaters out there as well. Come early for St. aLi coffee and vegan sourdough bread and pastries.
  • Republica: This spot is happening in the late morning, afternoon and late into the night. Bring your dog, sit outside, kickback by the ocean, and enjoy a late breakfast with friends.
  • Hannah: Hannah is the perfect blend of hip and elegant with vinyl spinning and indoor plants keeping things fresh. They serve innovative dishes like kimchi toasties and pineapple french toast for those looking for unique flavours and a twist on the standard brunch menu.
  • Galleon Cafe: A laidback locals favourite on Carlisle Street with vintage interior design and a grungy, old school vibe. Sit out on the curb on sunny days and enjoy the friendly service and consistently good coffee.
  • Miss Jackson Cafe: An upscale but laid back cafe with an extensive menu that will bring you from Allpress espressos in the morning into afternoon beers, all accompanied by imaginative and tasteful food.
  • NORD Cafe: Come here for the cosy experience of a small, boutique cafe run by sociable owners with Scandinavian inspiration. Coffee, service, and ingredients are all high-quality and keep the locals coming back for more.
  • Hemp Kitchen: A take on modern Italian food that caters to coeliacs or anyone avoiding gluten as the entire menu is gluten free. Head in for pizza, pastas and even hemp beer!

P.M.

  • Republica: So good we had to list it twice. Come for brunch in the morning and stay for drinks through the afternoon. This is the spot to watch the sunside by the beach and listen to live tunes.
  • Stokehouse St. Kilda: Upscale, seaside dining with a focus on seafood, seasonal produce, using native Australian ingredients and supporting local farmers wherever possible.
  • Donovans: Self nicknamed “our house on the beach”, Donovans goes out of their way to make guests feel at home. Enjoy neighbourly service and views of the bay with your modern mediterranean cuisine and family friendly atmosphere.
  • The Nelson: This Acland Street haunt, named after the sailor Lord Nelson, is known for its seafood paella, sticky pork ribs, and other southern-inspired foods. Relax into the nautical themed interiors with repurposed pier wood and a giant octopus looming above the communal bar.
  • Fitzrovia: One of St. Kilda’s finest dining establishments. Come for dinner on Friday and Saturdays for an italian menu using only the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients. It never disappoints.
  • Prince Dining Room: Enjoy seasonal, contemporary food with a menu designed to share amongst good friends.
  • Piccolina Gelateria: What better way to end a delicious dinner than by enjoying a delicious ice cream by the beach? We couldn’t think of one either.

Drink in St. Kilda

Heading out for a night in St. Kilda? It’s not hard to find a good spot for a bevvy in this vibrant suburb, but sometimes you need the right spot to suit the mood of the night. Check out some of our favourite places to grab a drink, each with unique decor and personality.

  • Pontoon: A locals favourite for brunching with breakfast cocktails in the sunshine after a big night out, or having sunset drinks with DJs and live music keeping the vibe going into the night.
  • Freddie Wimpoles: Come for “tappy hour” from 3-6pm every day of the week for a sophisticated selection a beer, wine, and spirits. They’ll even do their best to make your favourite cocktail even if it isn’t on the menu.
  • Milk the Cow: This is technically not a bar but a licensed fromagerie. That’s right, an establishment focusing on cheese. Come in for some of the best cheese in the world expertly paired with wine and signature cocktails.
  • 29th Apartment: This is the bar for the quirkier clients who like their drinks served in a funky New York apartment style venue with cocktail ingredients based on cult classic movie themes. Enjoy your drinks with live music and sometimes even free pizza!
  • Dogs Bar: This is a classic locals joint with a welcoming vibe, bartenders who remember your name, and live music from 9pm.
  • The Local Taphouse: With 20 different beers and ciders rotated through their menu daily, beer lovers will never lose inspiration at the Local Taphouse. Enjoy your daily pick in front of their intimate stage, often showing live music or stand-up comedy.
  • Love and Dysfunction: Known for their imaginative drink menu and wild decor, this bar is perfect for cocktail lovers and an intimate group of friends. They don’t have a kitchen but they’re happy for you to bring or order in anything you’d like!
  • The 5th Province Irish Bar: This Irish Bar and Restaurant is snuggled into an old railway station and provides live music five days a week. Head in for a beer fresh off the tap and tune into the gig of the night.
  • Misery Guts: A chilled out bar with a friendly crowd, easy going staff, good tunes, and affordable, thoughtfully selected drinks you can enjoy by the fire. 

See our guide to our favourite bars in St. Kilda.

St. Kilda Venues and Hot Spots

If you’re looking for something to do or somewhere to go in St. Kilda but you don’t quite have your finger on what activity you’re interested in, why not check out one of the suburb’s most-visited hot spots and see what the fuss is all about?

  • Palais Theatre: For high quality movies, shows, and concerts.
  • Republica: For food, drinks, music, and friends, all together by the beach.
  • The Espy: For food, socialising, events, and architecture.
  • Luna Park: For a day of amusement park fun with friends or friendly.
  • St. Kilda Beach: One of the most famous places in Melbourne with iconic scenery, great food, and seaside activities.
  • St. Kilda Botanical Gardens: Take a stroll through the elegantly crafted botanical gardens and take a break from the hustle bustle of St. Kilda’s popular streets.
  • Theatres of St. Kilda: Check out St. Kilda’s impressive list of theatres and find a show that speaks to you!
  • Acland Street: Take a walk on St. Kilda’s most famous street and enjoy food, drinks, shopping, art, and people watching.

Read our guide on 10 hot spots to visit in St. Kilda.

Activities in St. Kilda

While you can spend weeks walking around St. Kilda’s animated streets, sampling food and drinks, perusing the shops, and watching all the interesting people pass by, there are actually quite a few exciting activities in St. Kilda that are worth checking out. From art galleries to farmers markets, seeing baby penguins and even skydiving, there is always something fun to do in St. Kilda.

Also make sure to check out our guides for the best picnic spots in St. Kilda (and Port Phillip), great walks to take in the area, and the best rainy day activities in St. Kilda.

Stay in St. Kilda

If you’ve been checking out the lush St. Kilda options in the lists above, chances are the sparkling suburb has started to win your heart. If a day trip just won’t cut it, check into one of St. Kilda’s rooms and make the most of each day. Our favourite places to rest our heads are:

  • The Prince Hotel: Stay here for a bit of seaside luxury with tasteful rooms that feel more homey than the average hotel, designed with a blend of  boutique and art deco meets the beach. Enjoy their spa and restaurant and their pet-friendly rules!
  • Quest St. Kilda Bayside: These lovely, fully-equipped apartments blend the best of two worlds, only a five minute walk from the shops and restaurants, but nestled in a quiet, tree-lined street.
  • Abode St. Kilda: Enjoy one of Abode’s four-star studio apartments of various sizes with beachy decor and all the modern luxuries.
  • Easystay Studio apartments: Stay here if you’re looking for a budget-friendly, yet elegant, studio apartment that allows you to settle in with long-term discounts, cook for yourself in equipped kitchens, and enjoy a home-base close to all the action.
  • Adina Apartment Hotel: Stay in one of Adina’s 82 modern and tasteful rooms in walking distance to Luna Park, the Espy, and all of St. Kilda’s favourite cafes and shops.

Also, check out our backpackers guide to St. Kilda hostels, cheap food, affordable transportation, and nightlife! Then get out there and start experiencing the magic of St. Kilda.

Port Phillip has so many beautiful places and spaces. St Kilda is surrounded by other beautiful spots. To get the best of your visit beach side be sure to check out Albert Park, Elwood, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne

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