Nestled between the city and the surf, St Kilda East is perfectly positioned to reap the benefits of its surrounds. Stunning, stylish and sunny, there’s a lot to love in St Kilda’s sister suburb. With no shortage of shopping, cafes and nightlife, it also offers beautiful parklands, picturesque terrace-line streets, and mid-century boutique apartment complexes. It’s no wonder it’s one of Melbourne’s most sought after suburbs.
There’s no denying that the city’s best coffee and cakes can be found down Carlisle Street, just a short walk away – but St Kilda East boasts of its own cafe scene. Neighbours Café is quite possibly Melbourne’s friendliest café. The menu is rich and flavoursome, offering the healthy through to the decadent, and all served by the affable and easy-going staff. The sun-drenched rear courtyard is more like a family backyard than a café, with the atmosphere buzzing with a community vibe. Try the greens and grains, macha pancake, and zucchini fritters.
Established in 1986, Firebrand Sourdough is a local institution. Using a forty-year-old starter, Firebrand is renowned throughout Melbourne’s east for their sourdough loaves and rolls, baked fresh daily onsite. Be sure to try one of their decadent caramelised onion and cheese scrolls, or pore over the delectable desserts on display.
To stock up on the rest of your groceries, The Staple Store will become your new local staple. Built on an ethos of sustainability and natural, ethically made products, this bulk food store will have you brimming with health in no time. Organic and locally sourced spices, grains, beauty products and more can all be found here – bring along your empty glassware and containers to fill up with vegan doughnuts, freeze-dried chocolate strawberries, and every kind of nut and seed you can imagine.
Housed in a former glass factory, Glass Merchants delivers Turkish inspired fare in an effortlessly cool industrial setting. The extensive menu offers all your lunch and brunch favourites or for something small, be sure to check out the display cabinet for freshly baked pastries. This licensed venue even lets you add tequila or vodka to their freshly made smoothies. For the time-poor, grab and go with their $10 breakie roll and coffee deal.
For those inspired by health and wellness, visit one of Melbourne’s leading shadow yoga studios at Yoga Moves. Now in its twenty-eighth year, Yoga Moves delivers the ancient modality in a light-filled and serene setting. This well-established studio also offers Yoga for the Young at Heart and pre-natal classes, providing yoga to its students throughout their lifespan. Join in on one of the beginner classes or sign up for the term.
It’s clear that St Kilda East offers a little pocket of creativity and possibilities. It’s quieter than neighbouring St Kilda, but equally rich in culture and community – providing the best of both worlds. Art deco apartments, period architecture and contemporary townhouses all comfortably co-exist in a town that’s full of artistic and professional types, often punctuated with creative accents. With a vibrant community, culture, tasty treats, and the surf only minutes away, St Kilda East truly is the perfect place to call home.