A different kind of fun
St. Kilda Travel Blog› entry 75 of 366 › view all entries
St. Kilda is only a 15-20 minute tram ride from Melbourne's CBD and is one of the most interesting inner suburbs the city has. Sure tourists can find a lot to enjoy here, but Melbournians are the main group of people that hang out here. Fitzroy Street offers a range of long-established pubs, restaurants, and shops, and many new ones each time you go there. At the end of the road, it bends to the left and becomes the Esplanade along the beach. There are some up-market bars here now, but the sands and boardwalk still pack in the crowds as if it were an outdoor market. In fact, there is a footpath market further down the road with some unusual items for sale. And speaking of unusual (really, the segues are accidental), further down the road at the tram interchange is Acland Street, where the cafes and quirky shops are filled with equally quirky people and quirky-people watchers. St. Kilda's pier occasionally hosts penguins, though I have never been there at the right time. The town also boasts two landmarks along the waterfront: the wide-mouthed, picturesque Luna Park, and the historic Palais Theatre. This is definitely a not-to-miss side of Melbourne.