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Carlisle Street

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by Arthur Watt (subscribe)
I'm a traveller who is enjoying the sights and sounds of Melbourne
Published April 3rd 2011

Feel like a stroll and some shopping in a place without all the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street but with the charm of a friendly suburb? Carlisle Street, which runs from Caulfield to St. Kilda, is just the place to fulfill both of those needs.

With the Sandringham train line crossing over it and the mural of the Lady of St. Kilda overlooking it, Carlisle Street is one of Melbourne's best kept secrets in terms of fine cuisine, fashion and cafe life. With a vibrant Jewish community also calling Caulfield home, Carlisle Street is the best place to buy kosher food and products if that way inclined. Bisected by the No.16 and No. 3 tram lines, which run all the way to the shore in St. Kilda and past Balaclava Train Station, Carlisle Street is a good place to be during the day if you feel like stretching your legs and enjoying some of the rich culture Melbourne has to offer. There are also a number of pubs and places to grab a drink if your adventure drifts into the evening.

There are coffee shops littered down the way, and jewellery stores are common. So are boutique food stores. The St Kilda Public Library lies toward where Carlisle Street and the Nepean Highway intersect, with the majestic St. Kilda town hall sitting across the road. So, once you have your fillet, all St. Kilda has to offer is a short tram ride away.

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Why? If you like shopping in a relaxed environment, and want a bite to eat
When: Whenever you feel like it
Where: St. Kilda and St. Kilda East
Cost: Depends on what you feel like doing, but $40 will guarantee you a nice meal and a couple of drinks. Otherwise, fill up on groceries
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