Begin with hot chocolate and cake at Cacao, 52 Fitzroy Street. You're on vacation so starting the day with sweet treats is perfectly acceptable. Not the best place for food, but worth going to for the daily changing choice of decadent petite sized cakes, award winning French macaroons and hand-made chocolates. This may be a place you want to return to at the end of the day to collect a take away box of treats, or will certainly have you returning sooner than later.
Work off the sugar by strolling down Fitzroy St and along the Esplanade and enjoy the outdoor market on a Sunday. Alternatively, head to St Kilda Beach to lie on the sand and soak up some rays before braving the icy cold waters for a quick dip. Crowded during the summer, but there's usually a patch of sand, grass or pavement that can be found.
If you're not much of a beach fan, walk down to St Kilda Pier and be entertained by buskers, dancers and fisherman, and be treated to a spectacular view of the Melbourne city skyline.
St Kilda beach.
St Kilda pier.
Melbourne city skyline.
For a long, lazy, sun soaked lunch, head over to Republica, 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, and relax on one of the outdoor swinging chairs. Order a glass of bubbly and some oysters, or if you have a larger appetite get something from the a la carte menu, and enjoy watching people passing along the Esplanade and the sun set across the beach. Enjoy live, free music on Fridays from 8pm and Saturdays from 2pm, in a relaxed beach like atmosphere.
If you can manage to leave the lazy summer day feeling, walk over to Acland St for Turkish coffee or hot chocolate, and immerse yourself in the bustling vibe of late night diners and trendy socialites in one of the many choice bakeries and restaurants. Laugh and socialise over a drink, start up a conversation with a stranger, then dance the night away at the Vineyard, 71A Acland Street.
Rich hot chocolate.
St Kilda is a great place to spend a day and offers an array of great restaurants, cafes, bars, and live music. Of course for those with kids, the infamous Luna Park is a must visit, and a safe environment to leave them for the day while the folks enjoy other treasures - just don't forget to pick them up ;-)
Do you have a favourite place to hang out in St Kilda? Please feel free to share.