Eat, Drink, Shop: The Ultimate Guide to St Kilda

From world-famous cakes to seaside markets, Melbourne's beach playground will have you in the lap of luxury.

Known as Melbourne's seaside playground, St Kilda is a colourful cacophony of eateries, live music, outdoor activities and bars that runneth over. Here are the best places to eat, drink and shop in this lively suburb.

Eat

A good place to begin any fine-dining journey in St Kilda is Supernormal Canteen, a cruisier, cosier spin-off of Melbourne hospitality king Andrew McConnell's pan-Asian CBD restaurant. Flavours from closer to home can be found at Fitzrovia, an all-day eatery specialising in fresh, local produce prepared with top-tier techniques. Sweet tooths: don't miss a walk along Acland Street, known for its never-ending supply of cake shops. A stand-out is Sydney export Black Star Pastry, known for its watermelon cake.

Drink

The Espy has long been a favourite destination for breezy beachfront beers. However, it is far from a one-trick pony, also containing a range of dining options and a regular roster of live music. The kind of place where you feel like you could become best friends with the bartender while sampling craft beers and good food, Freddie Wimpoles is a local that's both cosy and cool. Don't let the name fool you: Misery Guts is a bright, quirky neighbourhood bar where you'll find vintage propaganda, great cocktails and famous cheese toasties.

Shop

Design hunters will have a field day at Scout House, a slick homewares empire stocking everything from European linens to minimalist furniture. Meanwhile, every Sunday, shoppers get the chance to meet local artisans at the St Kilda Esplanade Market, a seaside gathering of more than 140 Melbourne makers.