Just 6km from the city center, St Kilda is Melbourne’s seaside playground and is a must visit when in Melbourne . St Kilda is renowned for its expansive view of Port Phillip, safe sandy beach, palm-lined boardwalk, huge range of beach activities, big skies, gorgeous sunsets, parks and gardens, great restaurants, bars and cafés, fabulous old buildings, and with colourful past and present.
St Kilda is home to many of Melbourne’s famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. It is home to St Kilda beach, Melbourne’s most famous beach, several renowned theaters and hosts Melbourne’s big events and festivals.
DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT
The main street in St Kilda is Fitzroy Street. It’s lined with outdoor pubs, cafes and restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines showcasing Melbourne’s multicultural heritage. The café society of Acland Street first bloomed with the influx of cosmopolitan European migrants in the 1950s. The tempting array of sweet treats available at the tempting cake shops dotted along Acland Street are not to be missed. Fashion and gift stores, book shops, restaurants, supermarkets can all be found on Acland Street. The influence of European settlement can still be seen in the Euro-style cake shops, cafes and designer shops that line the street.
The Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation were the traditional owners of the land where St Kilda now sits and called the area Euroe Yroke.
There is evidence of their ancient lifestyle throughout St Kilda. Visit where early tribal gatherings were held at the ‘Corroboree Tree’ a very old redgum tree at St Kilda Junction.
St Kilda was named by Superintendent La Trobe after a watching a boat named ‘Lady of St Kilda’ anchored off the beach in 1841. During the 1900s, St Kilda became a favoured suburb of Melbourne’s elite, and many palatial mansions were constructed along its hills and waterfront.
The foreshore became Melbourne’s amusement zone with the opening of Luna Park in 1912, at the time the newest and greatest amusement park in the world.
Still operates today, where you can enjoy rollercoaster rides and arcade games in a festive carnival atmosphere. Following WWII, St Kilda became Melbourne’s ‘red light’ district. During the 1960s, it became known for its bohemian style and attracted young artists and musicians taking advantage of cheap housing.
The suburb still retains its alternative style today. www.lunapark.com.au
ST KILDA ART, CRAFT & DESIGN MARKET EVERY SUNDAY FROM 10AM TO 5PM UNIQUE AND HANDMADE
Since 1970, The Esplanade Market has been a St Kilda Sunday delight.
Enjoy browsing throughworks by more than 120 artists and gallery by the sea.
Each and every stallholder has a hand in making the products being sold. Take the time to ask how the products are made, and you will soon see the love and passion that is poured into each of our bespoke pieces. From gifts and souvenirs to furniture and jewellery – you will leave with confidence knowing that you will take home something that is truly one of a kind. New stalls areadded to the market on a regular basis, so there is always something different to catch your eye.
Find us on #esplanademarketwww.stkildaesplanademarket.com.au It’s famous for a good reason – there’s something for everyone and more!