When you hear the word 'kiosk' you don't exactly picture a trendy little cafe. Personally I equate kiosk with fish and chips, scoops of ice cream and hot jam doughnuts (which isn't altogether a terrible thing). Yet follow the timber pier to the yellow weatherboard building that is St Kilda Pier Kiosk, and you will find a unique cafe experience where you can sip your coffee hundreds of metres away from dry land.
In September 2003 the Pavilion was tragically burned to the ground after an arson attack, however the building was restored in March 2006. It was reconstructed using the original plans from 1904 and some parts that were salvaged from the original building
The cafe interior is sunny and bright, somewhat reminiscent of a lighthouse. Through the giant nautical style windows, you can see the sands of the beach twinkling from across the bay. A great expanse of water dances around the pier and springs to life with little heads of foam and the wild, briny scent of the sea fills your lungs.
The Kiosk also has a selection of ready-made cakes, pies, panninis and wraps. Momentarily lost in the decadence of my caramel macadamia cheesecake, the sharp salty twang to the air reminded me I was at the sea.
Remaining true to its 'Kiosk' name, there are also hot chips, milkshakes and ice cream available. I suppose we all crave these things from time to time and would probable be quite disappointed if they were missing from the menu in such a place as this.