8.0 out of 10

St Kilda

Ranked 228th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8636047639163 144.978311650183

About St Kilda

A predominantly affluent area popular among young, urban professionals, St Kilda is also a hot spot for tourists. Based just outside of Melbourne’s CBD, St Kilda has fantastic train and tram links into the city and neighbouring areas. St Kilda’s 16,000 permanent residents are made up of communities from all over the world, including Italy, Japan, China, India, France, Ireland, Vietnam, Thailand, Russia and Egypt. The area has a lively social scene and includes various shops, cafes, restaurants, live entertainment venues, arts and craft markets and film and writers festivals. Local attractions include Luna Park, The St Kilda Pier, St Kilda Beach and the St Kilda Sea Baths. The beach provides locals and visitors with an opportunity to enjoy various water sports but the area also benefits from many parks and gardens. Whilst professionals would be best suited to living in St Kilda, it is also a great location for families. There are a number of schools based locally and the housing market comprises various styles of apartments and houses from different eras. Some of St Kilda’s more famous residents include Michael Klim and Magda Szubanski.
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 26, 2016

"Culture and diversity"

St Kilda is festive, fun, hectic, and alive. With diverse culture, there are many interesting cafes and restaurants to try to cater for any taste buds. The streets are vibrant and at times crowded. Explore a Sunday market, walk the newly reconstructed esplanade, dine at a beach front restaurant/bar, catch a live music act at the Espy Hotel or an event at the Palace Theatre and experience paddle boarding in the bay. With an abundance of options of activities, you can enjoy one of St Kilda's many attractions all year round.
Pros
  • Vibrant and cultured.
  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life
Cons
  • Bad parking
  • Harmless Drug Culture
  • Heavy Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Aug 24, 2015

"One of the best cultures in Melbourne"

The place is close to everything, with the beach the obvious, parks, kid friendly, with nightlife, plenty of cost effective housing, and the locals are dynamic. There is live music, and festivals, and there are community gardens.
Pros
  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life
  • Great Investment
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
2yrs+

"Best spot in Melbourne for backpackers"

Awesome relaxed beachside suburb with bohemian attitude. Hosts probably the highest density of backpackers in Vic during summer- be sure to visit O'Donnell Gardens right outside Luna Park on a Thursday evening in the warmer months for the weekly drum circle celebration and market.
Pros
  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life
Cons
  • Bad parking
  • Harmless Drug Culture
  • Heavy Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"Brisbane to St Kilda and loving it!"

I recently moved from New Farm, Brisbane to St Kilda. I am so happy I moved to this part of Melbourne. I live near Albert Park so I am little out of the hussle and bussle of Acland Street but close enough to enjoy it's vibrant and colourful characteristics.

Loving the coffee / cafe and nightlife that surronds the area. Very Funky place to live !
Pros
  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
DidiTops
DidiTops Hi, given that you're enjoying the St Kilda area, I was wondering if you could recommend anywhere similar in Brisbane. My husband and I (along with our 3 year old) are hoping to move to Brisbane soon (Melbourne would be first choice (and the St Kilda area) but his work means Queensland. We were two years in Adelaide (from the UK) and returned home as it was just too provincial and quiet. We wouldn't suit an isolated Aussie suburb in Brisbane, so any advice you can give as to areas would be really appreciated.
2yrs+
Jessica Groves
Jessica Groves Hi, I would probably recommend West End or New Farm. Both have parks, cafes, and are surrounded by the river with a funky vibe. I have lived in both areas and would return in a heart beat. Ray White New Farm are very knowledgeable on the inner city Brisbane area. I am sure if you gave them a call they would be able to help you relocate and find the perfect spot to live. Good Luck!
2yrs+
DidiTops
DidiTops Thanks so much. That's incredibly helpful. It's always good to have a starting point and those areas sound ideal. I really appreciate.
2yrs+
MichiaNugent
MichiaNugent I would also recommend Paddington..
2yrs+
robynlouise
robynlouise Thanks, also heading down from Brisbane (who isn't), and it's helpful info.
2yrs+
JeainnyN
JeainnyN Hi Jessica, we just moved to Melbourne and we are looking forward to renting a place in St. Kilda, we'd like to be close to Albert Park. What would you recommend?
Jun 13, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Location, Location, Location"

Pros
  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life
  • Great Investment
Cons
  • Bad parking
  • Harmless Drug Culture
  • Heavy Traffic
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
ioudfgiduo
ioudfgiduo agreed
2yrs+
AdamS
AdamS I agree as well!
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"Great location by the beach!"

3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
2yrs+

"Good and bad at the same time."

Cons
  • Bad parking
  • Harmless Drug Culture
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers

"Great Place!"

Pros
  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"St Kilda is the place to be for amazing nightlife, restaurants and social scene"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
mottey
mottey Love going down to St Kilda beach...
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"St. Kilda - one of Melbourne's finest"

I don't live in St. Kilda, however when visiting there is this great atmosphere, where you have access to quality cafes, restaurants, shops, parks & the beach.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Everything you want is within reach - beach, cafes, cake shops, entertainment"

We moved into St Kilda a year ago after living in various suburbs in Melbourne, from outer (Ringwood, Box Hill) to inner (Brighton, Richmond). We LOVE it here - the beautiful old houses, the beach, the cafes and entertainment, the treed streets, the sense of history in a suburb that is really alive and full of interest. One of the best aspects is the friendly, inclusive nature of the wide range of residents - all of whom are really passionate about this place. Once people move here, they become besotted with the place and many in our street have lived here for over 30 years. People come from all over Melbourne and the world to visit our fascinating locale, but our street is quiet and friendly and we feel really safe here. Our house has been valued at 25% higher than we paid for it 18 months ago, so we're really happy with our decision.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"Seaside city living and casual chic"

St Kilda is just 6 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD and home to the famous St Kilda Beach.

It is a very laidback seaside suburb, although traffic can be very busy at times.

It is home to many artists, musicians, writers and actors. The crowd is edgy and quite cool. The pubs are somewhat grungy and many of the cafes serve organic food. The stunning Sea Baths on the waterfront have a fantastic gym and also one of Melbourne's best vegetarian restaurants.

The area has a air of casual cool. It is a cruisy and relaxed spot to live, with an emphasis on laidback and earthy living. Quite a surprise really, given just how close it is to the CBD!

Popular with renters, the area has a huge number of flats, some looking a bit worse for wear, so you are likely to be able to find something to suit your budget here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"A wonderful beachside location close to the city"

St Kilda is a vibrant and busy little seaside suburb. There is so much going on all the time, and a constant stream of people.

It is easy to get to and from the city, and the beach is right there. There are a lot of places to stay for tourists but that is usual with such a vibrant beachside suburb.

There are plenty of shops, and a good range of them to including the obligatory fish and chip shops.

The supermarkets are of a good size which is often unsual for such a built up and busy area and the staff are friendly and helpful.

While there are a lot of postives, it is very busy and there is a hint of something going on under the surface. It is a popular spot for the ladies of the night from reports but I never saw anything that made me worry with my two year old.

For young families the beach is right there and there are playgrounds, although the one we found was by the beach right by a major road. While it was set back a lod it was not the ideal location as you could barely hear yourself think let along talk to your child. It was also dirty.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
Talychka
Talychka You should try the adventure playground off Neptune St http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/print_adventure_playgrounds.htm

It has weird opening hours but it is really fabulous fun :)
2yrs+
JenniferB1
JenniferB1 Yes I have to agree about 'something going on under the surface'. We stayed for the long weekend in St Kilda. By day beautiful as was Acland St. However at night feeling very unsafe walking along the main road along the strip with motor bikes ripping up and down the street. Drunks hanging out of a noisy hotel neat Woolworths. We were also warned by a local not to go near the park opposite the beach at night as Melbourne is experiencing their own 'ice' problem. Sadly saw a young girl stoned and staggering across the road. Coming from Sydney I thought St Kilda would feel 'safer at night'.
Oct 07, 2015
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Best Streets in St Kilda

1

Spenser St

4.5/5
"Best placed street in St Kilda"
-37.8723573439 144.9784969077
2

Acland St

4/5
"Best part of Melbourne!"
-37.8630717017 144.9745217376
3

Gurner St

3.5/5
"Great Street in amongst the colour of St Kilda"
-37.8622691545 144.9799722285
4

Burnett St

3.5/5
"Best view in St Kilda"
-37.8616680978 144.9792755492
5

Fitzroy St

3/5
"Boozy, Sometimes Scrummy, But Always Fun"
-37.8618251922 144.9740163036
6

The Esp

3/5
"What's Not To Love?"
-37.8637957017 144.9724590204
7

Carlisle St

2.5/5
"Great location for singles"
-37.8669649095 144.978510568

Unranked Streets in St Kilda

Clyde St

3.5/5
"A backwater marred by rubbish from McDonalds"
-37.8661316264 144.9775680019
"One of the Golden Miles in St Kilda"
-37.8708410419 144.985368078

Park St

2.5/5
"Great location, a few homeless people though."
-37.861312928 144.9747266432