St Kilda & Surroundings
One of the first thing that attracts the locals as well as travellers is the beach. If visiting St Kilda this is the place to go. At first you will see the huge palm trees, I just love them. Then have a stroll along the stunning promenade and take it all in: the pier, the nice see breeze, and enjoy the vibrant lifestyle. One of the things you should do is having fish and chips at the beach and watch the sunset while you're here.
But there is more to St Kilda than just the beach. In St Kilda and in Melbourne in general it's all about good food and good coffee. We love our food and our coffee. There are heaps of great coffee places and restaurants in Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. You can easily spent weeks trying to get through all of them. One must-try is a piece of cake in one of Acland Street's famous cake shops. The hardest thing will be to pick just one piece. I guess one might even consider coming back for seconds.
As mentioned the Melbournians love their food and especially the Australian breakfast is something you should try. My recommendation would be either eggs Benedict or eggs Florentine. Yummy!
After all that cake, there's nothing better than a nice walk along the beach. Walk from St Kilda, towards Brighton.
On your way you pass beautiful Elwood beach, just right behind St Kilda beach, but much quieter and nice if you don't like the rush on St Kilda beach. Then, after Elwood you will come to Brighton. Here are the famous colourful beach houses, that are illustrated on so many post cards. Perfect to take some pictures.
If you are now a little bit exhausted after this walk why not make a short break at the Brighton Bath cafe, sit on the terrace and take in the breathtaking city views of Melbourne.
Especially if traveling with kids there is no way around Luna Park. With 2012 celebrating 100 years of fun-filled adventures, Luna Park
continues to surge forward with a generous mix of heritage listed attractions and brand new thrill rides to satisfy all thrill seekers.
If you had enough from the beach, there is much more to explore. You can go to famous Chapel Street. This is one of, if not the best
shopping district in Melbourne, with all one could ask for, from second hand stores over all the usual fashion labels up to fancy designer
stores. And of course, great coffee places and restaurants everywhere. While you're here you have to visit Prahran Market. One of the best
places in Melbourne to get your fresh produce, deli, cheese, just everything fresh as.
http://www.chapelstreet.com.au/ (chapel street shopping)
After all that shopping there's nothing better than a lazy afternoon in the beautiful St Kilda Botanical Garden. Take a towel or a picnic
blanket and give your feet some rest.
After all the rest it's time to get ready for the night. There are heaps of things to do. Again, there are restaurants all over the place and you can find any cuisine you can imagine. For the ones that fancy it a little bit more action, there are heaps of bars and pubs on Acland Street and Fitzroy Street and some nice night clubs on Chapel Street.
One thing I would recommend is trying to see a show or a concert at the iconic Palais Theatre, right in the heart of St Kilda. It's a
beautiful location and every show in there is just special.
If you feel like you should be doing some exercise after after all that food, coffee,drinks and cakes, there is just one place to go. Get a day pass for the St Kilda Sea Bath/Health Club. Here you can enjoy the amazing views over the St Kilda beach. I just love watching the sunsets from here. And during the colder
months you can also enjoy the hot salt water pool and the sauna.
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