St Kilda Neighbourhood Guide

It’s plain to see from the throngs of backpacker hostels rubbing shoulders that St Kilda has already earned a reputation as a backpackers wonderland, however there’s more to do in this neighbourhood than just sinking beers in the sun. The revamped waterside strip is now a foodies playground filled with artistic spaces to admire local works, markets to be explored and community projects to inspire you.

Photo by Veludo Restaurant & Bar.

Veludo Restaurant & Bar

Nestled in the busy shopping strip of Acland Street, Veludo embodies the casual and versatile nature of St Kilda. You can pop in for brunch, stay for a midday bite or enjoy a sit-down dinner before heading upstairs for some live music and DJs until late. The food is classic Melbourne, with some original food combinations and a contemporary but relaxed atmosphere. There are also specials throughout the week to satisfy any type of foodie, from pasta night on Monday to Parmas of the World on Thursday and everyone’s favourite ‘Cheap Tuesdays’, featuring a buffet an all day happy hour.

175 Acland Street, St Kilda
www.veludo.com.au

Milk The Cow

An intimate fromagerie and wine bar, Milk the Cow has shored up its reputation as a quality outlet thanks to its spectacular cheese range, including cheese flights with matching booze and signature cocktails. Despite its popularity, it manages to remain humble and hospitable and is favoured by foodies, tourists and locals alike. There’s no need to be a connoisseur to enjoy the selection though, the knowledgeable staff are always happy to offer their wisdom and advice. For something a little different, Milk the Cow also offers unique events, including guest chef appearances, special cheese-inspired dinners and wine-matching nights. This sophisticated hideaway is truly a must-try in St Kilda.

157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
milkthecow.com.au

29th Apartment

This lively watering hole is notable for its retro New York apartment fit-out, being equipped with a bed, bathtub and quirky home ornaments to boot. The most distinctive feature is the bar’s ability to simultaneously host casual work drinks, a dance party and a seriously intense game of Giant Jenga with ease. The menu features a generous offering of cocktails, pizza and regular specials all named after Hollywood movie stars and landmarks. A night at 29th Apartment is like one of those effortless house parties with all your pals, except no one needs to crash on the floor and no one is stuck scrubbing the carpet the next morning.

29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
www.29thapartment.com.au
Photo by Richard Cornish

Republica

This gem on the St Kilda shoreline has become a popular local regular for a reason. On a bright summers day it’s the perfect beach bar, opening out onto the boardwalk and a breezy courtyard with envy-inducing hanging wicker seats for two. Inside, there are live music events and options for either fine dining or a casual bite. There’s Lazy Yak on tap to quench your thirst as well as cocktail jugs and Happy Hours throughout the week. If you’re keen for a greater seaside view you can also visit Republica’s upstairs rooftop bar, Captain Baxter. Republica is a self-described hangout ‘For The People’ – be it for a Sunday session, quick lunch or Saturday night out with your mates.

10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
www.republica.net.au

Day Of The Dead

Day of the Dead is a dreamy and lavish cocktail bar, making it the best of all the Mexican offerings in St Kilda. Hiding inside the George Building, this welcoming bar offers an unrivalled cocktail menu crafted with care and intrigue. There are old favourites, twists on the familiar and ‘The Masterpieces’, all complemented with simple but generous servings of Mexican-style bar food. Day of the Dead invites guests into a world of fantastical art, culture and inventive hospitality.

129 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
www.dayofthedeadstkilda.com

Veg Out Community Gardens

This tranquil community garden in the shadow of Luna Park is the perfect oasis in an otherwise bustling suburb. Run solely by volunteers and community groups, the grounds host garden plots, art and installations all year round. Best of all the greenery is organic and chemical free – the perfect way to enjoy some time out and get back to your roots.

Veg Out host an organic Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday of each month. The market, held at Peanut Reserve behind the Gardens, showcases a range of fresh produce and unique products from primary producers. This not only includes fresh fruit and vegetable; you can also grab cheese, meat, jams, olives and even coffee straight from primary producers.

11 Shakespeare Grove, St Kilda
vegout.org.au
Photo by Paul Cacioli.

Pumpkin Lane

Pumpkin Lane is an artist-run gallery showcasing modern art and celebrating local talent and culture. Exhibited inside a converted brick house, Pumpkin Lane hosts a variety of paintings, sculptures and photographs. The studio is run by modern street artist, Jaromir Krejcik, and graphic designer Lisa Krejcik, who even offers her graphic design services through the gallery, and the pair host art workshops, classes for kids and artist talks throughout the year. Pumpkin Lane is the perfect place for local art-lovers and creators to gather and revel in the creativity of St Kilda’s art community.

16 Blessington Street, St Kilda
www.pumpkinlane.com.au

Chakra

Alternative retailer Chakra is a veteran of the Acland Street shopping strip, specializing in rustic jewellery, vibrant clothing and spiritual ornaments. Inspired by Hindu and Tibetan culture, the owners are ethically conscious and happy to assist customers in navigating the large array of adornments available. Chakra has stood the test of time, not only for its reasonable prices, but also for its ability to celebrate culture and externalize the unique essence of St Kilda.

179 Acland Street, St Kilda
www.chakrastore.com.au

Bookhouse

Hiding just off Grey Street, Bookhouse is a quaint second-hand bookstore with a focus on architecture, photography and design. You’ll find a range of vintage magazines and comics amongst the array of books, as well as a distinctive collection of wall art. Visiting Bookhouse is an experience in itself, even if it’s just to scan the shelves and leaf through the vibrant visual publications.

52 Robe Street, St Kilda
bookhousestkilda.com.au

The Classic Bicycle Shop

The Classic Bicycle Shop offers exactly what you imagine – vintage bikes and accessories in classic single-speed or three-speed style. The showroom on Grey Street exhibits their entire range and the passionate staff are happy to help you find your perfect European-style bicycle, or simply chat about this niche and elusive hobby. If you want to splurge, they even offer custom built pieces and specialty bikes.

121 Grey Street, St Kilda
theclassicbicycleshop.com.au
  1. 1Veludo Restaurant & Bar
    175 Acland Street, St Kilda
  2. 2Milk The Cow
    157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
  3. 329th Apartment
    29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
  4. 4Republica
    10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
  5. 5Day Of The Dead
    129 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
  6. 6Veg Out Community Gardens
    11 Shakespeare Grove, St Kilda
  7. 7Pumpkin Lane
    16 Blessington Street, St Kilda
  8. 8Chakra
    179 Acland Street, St Kilda
  9. 9Bookhouse
    52 Robe Street, St Kilda
  10. 10The Classic Bicycle Shop
    121 Grey Street, St Kilda

You Might Also Like

Melbourne’s Top 20 Spots For Brunch

We've scoured Melbourne raw to uncover the most flamboyant, delicious and spectacular brunch in town. In no particular order, we present our top 20 brunches. Try and control your drooling.

05.12.15|Lara Ruffolo

Neighbourhood Guide: Richmond

With a thriving Vietnamese scene, bargain outlets and plenty of fine dining on Bridge Road, it's plain to see why some of Melbourne’s biggest eateries are flocking to take up valuable real estate in Richmond.

26.02.16|Lara Ruffolo

48H Pizza and Gnocchi Bar

Featuring a swag of organic and handmade dishes from North and South Italy, this new eatery sidesteps the usual cliches to present a modern take on Italian cuisine.

24 Hours In Sydney

You've just stepped off the plane and have only a handful of days or hours to spare, what do you do? Let us be your guide to the best day trip to Sydney.

Monk Bodhi Dharma

Repeatedly recognized for serving up the best Smashed Avo in town, this Balaclava institution is proudly serving up vegetarian and vegan meals that even carnivores will enjoy.

29.11.15|Lara Ruffolo
© 2017 local eyes media. All rights reserved.