The best foodie hot spots
From parma’s to pho, fish tacos to vegan KFC, dairy free smoothies to decadent chocolate mud cakes, St Kilda is every foodies delight. In fact, the choices are endless when it comes eating out in this iconic bayside suburb. So we’ve put together a list of 7 places that highlight what you can expect to find on the streets of St Kilda. And we promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Cicciolina’s is a St Kilda institution. If it doesn’t grab you with its cosy atmosphere and friendly staff, it will with its solid menu. With favourites like Spaghettini with baby spinach, garlic, and chilli for the lunch goers, tuna carpaccio to start you off or the eye fillet for a robust dinner, it’s little wonder why this restaurant has such a great reputation. Don’t forget to finish with the Sticky date pudding. You won’t regret it.
Bay City Burrito
Do you have a soft spot for Mexican? We’ve got you covered. Bay City Burrito is a San Fran inspired Mexican restaurant with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. So there’s something for everyone. And if their extensive menu doesn’t have what you want, they have a ‘make your own burrito’ option too. Make sure you team it with one of their signature Margarita’s.
Good vibes at Good Love. Well, that’s the word on the street. This quirky hot spot is fully vegan, cruelty free, and locally sourced. Step into this hot pink restaurant and try a pizza, their famed KFC, or indulge in a deep fried chocolate bar for dessert. They also have happy hour 1pm to 6pm every Tuesday to Friday. What’s not to love?
Sorsi e Morsi
Hidden in St Kilda’s back streets, this Italian gem is relatively new to St Kilda. Opening its doors in 2017 it has since grown a local following for its relaxed daytime vibes, great coffee and authentic Italian cuisine. If you’re there for dinner, you can’t go past the home-made gnocchi and a cocktail or two. If you’re in need of brunch, soak up the sun on the outside tables and enjoy some people watching.
The Cake shops
Cake, Cake, Cake! Nothing draws a crowd like a shop window filled with heavenly cakes. Luckily Acland Street has plenty of them. Monarch, Lebon and Europa are a handful of the cake shops that line the street. Most summer days you’ll see crowds of people staring at the cakes, picking out which one will cure their sweet tooth. Even if you have no room for dessert, it’s worth grabbing a few takeaway cakes to enjoy later.
What’s not to love about Big Mouth’s extensive menu. A great selection of burgers, steaks, salad, and everything in between catering for most taste buds. So what’s hot on the menu? Do yourself a favour and try a serve of eggplant chips everyone’s talking about. If you’re heading out with a big group, Big Mouth has the ability to cater for walk-in’s if you forget to book. And the meals are good portion sizes, so you don’t need to do a Macca’s run on the way home.
The Galleon Cafe
If you’re looking for a breakfast or lunch spot with a little retro charm, friendly atmosphere and down to earth staff, don’t go past The Galleon. Often referred to as ‘The writer’s café’ to locals, the lines out the door every weekend indicates its popularity with both locals and tourists. Their food is warm and homely – porridge, pancakes, sandwiches – and their coffee is spot on every time.
Although Acland Street is St Kilda’s hub, the food scene doesn’t stop there. You can find some great little spots scattered across the area. For a health kick try ‘Matcha Mylkbar’, ‘Sister of Soul’ pumps out quality vegetarian, ‘7 apples’ will give you your ice-cream fix, and ‘La Roche’ is packed with value for money. And if you’re looking to watch the water while you eat try the trendy ‘Stokehouse’, for a decadent dinner you can’t go past ‘Donavans’, or ‘The Great Provider’ for brekky with views of the Marina. There’s something for everyone in St Kilda, you just need to know where to look.