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Francesco’s guidebook

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Francesco’s guidebook

Sightseeing and activities
Some sights and experiences that might interest you in St Kilda and beyond.
The St Kilda Pier is a local landmark worth checking out, especially at sunset when the sky over Port Phillip Bay can be beautiful hues of red and orange. Walking along the Pier affords you beautiful views over the looming Melbourne skyline across the water and, if you're lucky, you may also get to meet some of St Kilda's most-loved residents: a colony of adorable Fairy Penguins that can often be found towards the end of the Pier.
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St. Kilda Pier Penguin Colony
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The St Kilda Pier is a local landmark worth checking out, especially at sunset when the sky over Port Phillip Bay can be beautiful hues of red and orange. Walking along the Pier affords you beautiful views over the looming Melbourne skyline across the water and, if you're lucky, you may also get to meet some of St Kilda's most-loved residents: a colony of adorable Fairy Penguins that can often be found towards the end of the Pier.
Another St Kilda icon is the Luna Park, which is more than 100-years-old and is a lot of fun to visit regardless of your age.
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Luna Park Melbourne
18 Lower Esplanade
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Another St Kilda icon is the Luna Park, which is more than 100-years-old and is a lot of fun to visit regardless of your age.
Elwood Beach is not as well known as St Kilda Beach, but it is much nicer and less crowded. There are buses that can take you to the beach in half an hour from the apartment, otherwise it's quite a pleasant 45-minute walk directly there. You may want to consider renting a bicycle from Just Pedal, a great little bicycle store on Fitzroy Street, and riding along the bay to Elwood, which is by far the quickest and most pleasant option and will take you less than 15 minutes.
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Elwood Beach
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Elwood Beach is not as well known as St Kilda Beach, but it is much nicer and less crowded. There are buses that can take you to the beach in half an hour from the apartment, otherwise it's quite a pleasant 45-minute walk directly there. You may want to consider renting a bicycle from Just Pedal, a great little bicycle store on Fitzroy Street, and riding along the bay to Elwood, which is by far the quickest and most pleasant option and will take you less than 15 minutes.
The St Kilda Esplanade Market is one of St Kilda’s, and Melbourne’s, most celebrated markets. Stretching from the Luna Park ‘big mouth’ and all the way down the Esplanade, its location among the beach and the palm trees is unique and picturesque. The market started out as a mobile art exhibition and has now grown to include special creations of all types – from sauces and jams, to paintings and drawings, to homemade clocks and cushions. From October to April the market will be open on the Esplanade every Sunday from 10am to 5pm, and 10am to 4pm from May to September.
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St Kilda Esplanade Market
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The St Kilda Esplanade Market is one of St Kilda’s, and Melbourne’s, most celebrated markets. Stretching from the Luna Park ‘big mouth’ and all the way down the Esplanade, its location among the beach and the palm trees is unique and picturesque. The market started out as a mobile art exhibition and has now grown to include special creations of all types – from sauces and jams, to paintings and drawings, to homemade clocks and cushions. From October to April the market will be open on the Esplanade every Sunday from 10am to 5pm, and 10am to 4pm from May to September.
During the summer months, the balmy twilight hours aren’t wasted in St Kilda. For years, the St Kilda Twilight Market has been bringing people together mid-week for some after work shopping, food and drinks. Located in O’Donnell Gardens, the markets host a vibrant bunch of stalls selling all sorts of bits and pieces, particularly vintage frocks and scrumptious street food. The St Kilda Twilight Market will hit O’Donnell Gardens every Thursday in summer, with the stars, the sea breeze and the vibrant Luna Park providing the perfect backdrop. This is what summer is all about.
St Kilda Twilight Market - Summer
During the summer months, the balmy twilight hours aren’t wasted in St Kilda. For years, the St Kilda Twilight Market has been bringing people together mid-week for some after work shopping, food and drinks. Located in O’Donnell Gardens, the markets host a vibrant bunch of stalls selling all sorts of bits and pieces, particularly vintage frocks and scrumptious street food. The St Kilda Twilight Market will hit O’Donnell Gardens every Thursday in summer, with the stars, the sea breeze and the vibrant Luna Park providing the perfect backdrop. This is what summer is all about.
By far one of the most extensive and well-curated major art galleries in Australia, with a wide range of both free and ticketed permanent and travelling exhibitions.
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National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Rd
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By far one of the most extensive and well-curated major art galleries in Australia, with a wide range of both free and ticketed permanent and travelling exhibitions.
Food scene
Our recommendations for some of the best places in the neighbourhood to take advantage of Melbourne's renowned food scene.
When I was thinking about where in Melbourne I wanted to live, Miss Jackson was one of the main reasons why I wanted to live in this neighbourhood. Melbourne has a distinct and vibrant breakfast and brunch culture, and Miss Jackson is a standout from the rest for its unique and regularly-evolving menu. It's just a 3-minute walk from the apartment, so come down here and grab an excellent coffee and an even more interesting brunch.
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Miss Jackson Cafe
19 Grey St
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When I was thinking about where in Melbourne I wanted to live, Miss Jackson was one of the main reasons why I wanted to live in this neighbourhood. Melbourne has a distinct and vibrant breakfast and brunch culture, and Miss Jackson is a standout from the rest for its unique and regularly-evolving menu. It's just a 3-minute walk from the apartment, so come down here and grab an excellent coffee and an even more interesting brunch.
Staple is one of the funkiest cafes in the area, with very friendly staff, a solid menu and outdoor seating on Fitzroy Street that is a good place to enjoy some morning sunshine.
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Staple Providore & Cafe
183 Fitzroy St
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Staple is one of the funkiest cafes in the area, with very friendly staff, a solid menu and outdoor seating on Fitzroy Street that is a good place to enjoy some morning sunshine.
This is our top recommendation for vegetarians and vegans. Pretty much the entire menu is vegan and out-of-this-world delicious, too. We're not vegetarian but we still like to come here because it's not just vegan food, it's delicious food.
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Vegilicious
118 Carlisle St
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This is our top recommendation for vegetarians and vegans. Pretty much the entire menu is vegan and out-of-this-world delicious, too. We're not vegetarian but we still like to come here because it's not just vegan food, it's delicious food.
The Veg Out Farmers Market is the place to go for fresh, seasonal produce in St Kilda. Award winning farmers from across the state converge on Peanut Farm Reserve to meet the locals and supply them with an array of fruits, veggies, sauces, spices, meats and dairy products, breads and pastas, cheeses, oils and much more. It brings a slice of rural life to the city and provides a great opportunity to chat to these farmers and support local business while filling up your pantry with the best quality produce. Join the fun on the first Saturday of the month from 8:30am to 1pm at Peanut Farm Reserve.
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Veg Out St Kilda Farmers' Market
12 Chaucer St
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The Veg Out Farmers Market is the place to go for fresh, seasonal produce in St Kilda. Award winning farmers from across the state converge on Peanut Farm Reserve to meet the locals and supply them with an array of fruits, veggies, sauces, spices, meats and dairy products, breads and pastas, cheeses, oils and much more. It brings a slice of rural life to the city and provides a great opportunity to chat to these farmers and support local business while filling up your pantry with the best quality produce. Join the fun on the first Saturday of the month from 8:30am to 1pm at Peanut Farm Reserve.
Hank Marvin Market is relatively new on the scene but is becoming a popular celebration of Melbourne foodie culture. The weekly street food market provides punters with all sorts of goodies, from granola to paleo burgers hailing from everywhere from Jamaica to Japan. In Alma Park every Saturday from 9am to 3pm.
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Hank Marvin Market - Alma Park East
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Hank Marvin Market is relatively new on the scene but is becoming a popular celebration of Melbourne foodie culture. The weekly street food market provides punters with all sorts of goodies, from granola to paleo burgers hailing from everywhere from Jamaica to Japan. In Alma Park every Saturday from 9am to 3pm.
Japanese street food with a modern twist served in a hip place with fun decor & outdoor tables.
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Tokyo Tina
66A Chapel St
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Japanese street food with a modern twist served in a hip place with fun decor & outdoor tables.
One of the most renowned, respected and beloved places to eat in the neighbourhood. Essentially a brilliant Asian beer hall with food to make your mouth very happy.
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Hawker Hall
98 Chapel St
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One of the most renowned, respected and beloved places to eat in the neighbourhood. Essentially a brilliant Asian beer hall with food to make your mouth very happy.
As a gelato traditionalist, this is by far my favourite gelateria in the area.
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Pidapipó Windsor
85 Chapel St
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As a gelato traditionalist, this is by far my favourite gelateria in the area.
Another recommendation for our vegetarian and vegan guests. Lentil As Anything is a pay-as-you-feel, not-for-profit vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Patrons are asked to "pay what they feel" the meal, service and beverages are worth by contributing an amount of their choice into a box at the counter.
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Lentil As Anything, St Kilda
41 Blessington St
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Another recommendation for our vegetarian and vegan guests. Lentil As Anything is a pay-as-you-feel, not-for-profit vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Patrons are asked to "pay what they feel" the meal, service and beverages are worth by contributing an amount of their choice into a box at the counter.
Most definitely one of the best coffees in a city obsessed with coffee. House-roasted by some of the most experienced and passionate roasters and coffee importers in the city, you'll be grateful you came here. Having said that, don't expect this to be a sit-down-for-hours experience. The cafe is tiny and you may not even find a seat. But it's worth it nevertheless.
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Brother Baba Budan
359 Little Bourke St
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Most definitely one of the best coffees in a city obsessed with coffee. House-roasted by some of the most experienced and passionate roasters and coffee importers in the city, you'll be grateful you came here. Having said that, don't expect this to be a sit-down-for-hours experience. The cafe is tiny and you may not even find a seat. But it's worth it nevertheless.
No, the best croissants in the world are supposedly not found in France, but in Melbourne. At least, that's what the New York Times claimed in 2016 (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/11/t-magazine/food/lune-croissanterie-melbourne-croissants.html). The only way to find out is to go there yourself, although you should be prepared for queues at peak times. I've had them, and I must say that they were pretty out of this world delicious.
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Lune Croissanterie CBD
161 Collins St
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No, the best croissants in the world are supposedly not found in France, but in Melbourne. At least, that's what the New York Times claimed in 2016 (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/11/t-magazine/food/lune-croissanterie-melbourne-croissants.html). The only way to find out is to go there yourself, although you should be prepared for queues at peak times. I've had them, and I must say that they were pretty out of this world delicious.
An old favourite bar with locals and visitors alike in the city centre, not just because they make good drinks, but because of the 360 degree views of the skyline right from its centre.
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Rooftop bar
252 Swanston St
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An old favourite bar with locals and visitors alike in the city centre, not just because they make good drinks, but because of the 360 degree views of the skyline right from its centre.
One of the oldest, best, most varied and delicious food and craft markets in Melbourne. Easily accessible with a dedicated stop on the 96 tram line.
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South Melbourne Market
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One of the oldest, best, most varied and delicious food and craft markets in Melbourne. Easily accessible with a dedicated stop on the 96 tram line.
Come here for coffee, pastries (try a bombolone if they haven't disappeared by the time you get there) and excellent bread.
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Baker D. Chirico
149 Fitzroy St
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Come here for coffee, pastries (try a bombolone if they haven't disappeared by the time you get there) and excellent bread.
Basics
This is our nearest supermarket. It's quite small and you may not find everything you need here, but it's open until midnight and is a short walk from home.
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Woolworths St Kilda West (Metro)
64 Fitzroy St
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This is our nearest supermarket. It's quite small and you may not find everything you need here, but it's open until midnight and is a short walk from home.
The cheapest and most well-stocked pharmacy in the area.
Chemist Warehouse St Kilda - Fitzroy Street
41 Fitzroy St
The cheapest and most well-stocked pharmacy in the area.
Although I hope you won't need to visit The Alfred during your visit, it is one of the most respected hospitals in the country and has one of the most highly-ranked Emergency departments in the worlds. In case of emergencies, come here.
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The Alfred
55 Commercial Rd
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Although I hope you won't need to visit The Alfred during your visit, it is one of the most respected hospitals in the country and has one of the most highly-ranked Emergency departments in the worlds. In case of emergencies, come here.
This is the nearest large supermarket, about a 10-minute walk from the apartment. Very well-stocked with anything you might need to find.
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Coles St Kilda
183-187 Barkly St
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This is the nearest large supermarket, about a 10-minute walk from the apartment. Very well-stocked with anything you might need to find.
Our closest bottle shop (beer, wine and spirits). Open until 10pm.
BWS St Kilda West
64 Fitzroy St
Our closest bottle shop (beer, wine and spirits). Open until 10pm.
Neighbourhoods
Some nearby and other neighbourhoods that you might like to check out.
A great neighbourhood with so, so many not very expensive places to eat and drink, especially along Chapel Street. A 25-minute walk from the apartment.
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Windsor
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A great neighbourhood with so, so many not very expensive places to eat and drink, especially along Chapel Street. A 25-minute walk from the apartment.
If you like shopping and eating in fancy restaurants, South Yarra may interest you. Renowned as a fairly upmarket area of Melbourne, peppered with the more high-end shopping boutiques and restaurants.
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South Yarra
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If you like shopping and eating in fancy restaurants, South Yarra may interest you. Renowned as a fairly upmarket area of Melbourne, peppered with the more high-end shopping boutiques and restaurants.
Melbourne's centre of hipster culture. A funky vibe pervades the neighbourhood, with plenty of (somewhat expensive) second-hand stores but also lots of great Australian pubs (e.g. The Rainbow Hotel, The Standard Hotel, The Perspeverance and many, many others). Worth checking out.
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Fitzroy
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Melbourne's centre of hipster culture. A funky vibe pervades the neighbourhood, with plenty of (somewhat expensive) second-hand stores but also lots of great Australian pubs (e.g. The Rainbow Hotel, The Standard Hotel, The Perspeverance and many, many others). Worth checking out.

Borgartillaga

Samgöngur
Catching public transport - Myki card.
Catching the tram, as well as buses and trains in Melbourne, requires a Myki card with sufficient credit on it. We have two free Myki cards that our guests are welcome to make use of during their stay with us (otherwise these cost $6 each to buy). You can check the balance of your Myki and put extra credit on it at the newsagency on the corner of Fitzroy St and Grey Street 3 minutes walk from the apartment or at any store that displays a light-green Myki banner. A single, 2-hour trip costs $4.40, while a daily ticket costs $8.80. You will never pay more than $8.80 per day, no matter how many trips you make. If you are staying for 5 days or more we recommend you purchase a 7-day Myki pass. This pass costs $44 (the equivalent of 5 daily tickets), meaning that if you're staying for 5 days you do not have to continue adding credit to your Myki and if you're staying for 6 or 7 days you will have either 1 or 2 days of free transport. When catching trams, buses and trains you must always touch your Myki to the readers. However, you only need to touch them again before exiting the transport or station on trains and buses; trams do not require you to do this.
Samgöngur
Getting around from St Kilda.
There are several tram and bus lines within a 5-minute walk of the apartment. By far the easiest way to plan your journey, if you have a data connection on your personal device, is using Google Maps, which are fully integrated with Melbourne's public transport system and will tell you what the fastest means to get to your destination is. If you want live updates on your tram we recommend you download the free Tram Tracker app on Android or iOS. However, some useful tram lines to note in our neighbourhood are the 96, 16, 3 and 3a. The 96 departs regularly in front of Woolworths (St Kilda West) and is the quickest way to get to Southern Cross Railway Station and the western part of the city centre. Otherwise, the 16 (and the 3a, which only operates on weekends) depart from the corner of Fitzroy St and Princes St and the 3, which departs from the corner of St Kilda Rd and Alma Rd are the easiest way to reach Flinders Street Station, the arts precinct (National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Recital Centre, Federation Square and South Bank) and the central and eastern parts of the city centre.
Ekki missa af
The food and drink culture.
Melbourne is renowned around the world for its food culture and its vibrant bar scene, and we are very confident that you will learn why while you're visiting. We have included some recommendation in this guide, although it is beyond our capacity to list all the places where we love to eat. We recommend you check out the restaurant and bar guide on Broadsheet, which you can find here: https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne
Siðir og menning
Melbourne is about the lifestyle, not the sights.
Sydney has Bondi Beach, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and other world-renowned sights. Melbourne is less obvious, as its charm lies in the quality of its life, its more vibrant food scene and nightlife and the diversity of its population. While you're here, we recommend you focus on experiences, rather than sights, as we know that this is usually how visitors get the most out of their time in the city.
Sparnaðarleiðir
Buy a cheap pre-paid mobile SIM card while here.
Free Wi-Fi is not as common as it should be in Melbourne venues, restaurants and cafes. Getting a cheap pre-paid SIM card will make your life a lot easier in terms of finding your way and keeping in touch. One of the cheapest and most reliable providers is Amaysim, with $10 for 1GB and unlimited calls and text or $20 for 5GB and unlimited calls and text. You can find these at most newsagencies.