Restaurants & the famous Luna Park.
An Internet search for 'restaurants' in the St Kilda area will list more than eighty top class places to eat, and that doesn't include the hundreds of cafes, more than fifty pubs and bars and the various coffee bars and cake shops tucked away in nearby Acland Street, Inkerman Street and Fitzroy Street. Luna Park first opened in 1912. The original attractions included the famous Scenic Railway Roller Coaster, the River Caves, the American Bowl Slide, the Ferris Wheel and the Palais de Foibles (also known as the Giggle Palace). Other well-known attractions such as the Big Dipper, the Dodgem Cars and the Ghost train were added later. The park is open Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
|The Astor Theatre. |
If you're staying in St Kilda then you must spend a night at the Astor Cinema. Rebuilt in 1935, the Astor is an original, classic, Art Deco, single-screen cinema (with stalls and a dress circle) that shows 70mm presentations of a different double feature nearly every night of the week and matinees on Sunday. But there's nothing 'old-fashioned' about the facilities. It's fully air-conditioned, the sound system is state-of-the-art and the screen is huge.
|Built in 1904. Destroyed 99 years later. Rebuilt in 2006. |
In 2003 the St Kilda Pier Kiosk was destroyed by an arsonist. It's now been completely restored using the original plans. Visit the cafe for coffee or a light snack or book into the Little Blue restaurant for lunch or dinner. The restaurant must have some of the best views in Melbourne, particularly at sunset. You can also take the ferry across the bay to Williamstown. It leaves hourly on the weekends.
The National Gallery's collection of international artworks.
The National Gallery's collection is split between the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, home of Australian art and NGV International at 180 St Kilda Road, the new redeveloped building dedicated to the gallery's international artworks.
|Federation Square. Melbourne's meeting place. |
The Ian Potter Centre, the Centre for the Moving Image, the Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, the National Design Centre, the Melbourne Visitor Centre plus fifteen restaurants, cafes and bars all in one location and all it takes to get there is a ride down St Kilda Road in a Melbourne Tram. From here you can walk and shop the streets of Melbourne. There are different events every day.
|The Esplanade Market. Every Sunday.|
Every Sunday the handicraft market is held on the Upper Esplanade. This is an extension of the famous Acland Street. Established as an outlet for local artists, there are now around 200 of Victoria's best artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their work direct to the public. There are lots of markets in Melbourne but for variety and location, the Esplanade can't be beaten.