It truly is location, location, location in St Kilda West. Nestled between the prestigious Middle Park and lively St Kilda proper, St Kilda West is a haven for those who want the slower pace of beachside living, while still being in the centre of all the action. Take advantage of the quiet, tree-lined streets dotted with stunning Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses, while enjoying the benefits of having the energy and excitement of Fitzroy Street with its many bars and eateries only a short stroll away. Often seen as an extension of the neighbouring Middle Park and Albert Park areas, St Kilda West is an exclusive beachside pocket in the heart of it all.
Built in 1928, the West Beach Bathers Pavilion is a St Kilda West icon. A stunning seven-year restoration has breathed life back into the building with the subtle but impressive redesign paying homage to the building’s original art deco heritage. As the east coast of Australia’s sole venue licensed to serve alcohol on the beach, West Beach Bathers Pavilion is a place like no other. Sip on some bubbles while you sink your feet into the sand or sit on the sun-soaked wooden deck. Sample from the sophisticated menu which includes Flinders Island saltbush lamb, Spring Bay mussels and fresh Tasmanian ocean trout as you while away a summer’s day at the incomparable West Beach Bathers Pavilion.
Step back in time with the immersive vintage vibe at Cowderoy’s Dairy. Established in 1932, this café-come-milk bar has all of your bases covered whether it’s stopping by for brunch or light lunch, grabbing a quick coffee or snack or even picking up some pantry staples like milk and bread. Focused on being family friendly, the menu includes such kids’ favourites as googie eggs and footy toast. There’s something for the adults too, with an expansive food and beverages menu chock full of flavour. With the ever-popular play equipment in Jacoby Reserve just metres away, Cowderoy’s outdoor wooden deck is the perfect place to unwind after some serious fun in the park.
Seamlessly blurring the lines between café and food store is Frankie’s Top Shop. Brain child of chef and award-winning writer, Michele Curtis, Frankie’s focuses on producing quality meals using seasonal produce. The menu is stacked with flavoursome options including Moroccan cauliflower fritters, crispy buttermilk chicken burger and chilli, bacon and parmesan scrambled eggs. You’ll also find their display cabinet awash with a sea of colourful salads and slices. Sit under the dappled shade of the eucalyptus outdoors or cosy up on the velour bench seating indoors, the choice is yours. Local tip: on a summer’s day, stock up on a selection of salads and desserts, and then head down to the beach for a delicious and easy picnic.
With a number of cafes, parks and recreation spaces, relaxed family vibe, and who can forget the beach and St Kilda right at your doorstep, despite being compact in size, St Kilda West packs a lot of punch.