St Kilda, VIC 3182

4.1(37 reviews)

Ranked 238th best suburb by locals in Melbourne (Greater) Region, VIC

Great for

  • Eating out
  • Public transport
  • Parks and recreation
  • Internet access
  • Nightlife

Not great for

  • Parking

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families With Kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

Reviews of St Kilda, VIC

"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 !

Great for

  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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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.

jgroves
jgroves

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!

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.

MichiaNugent
MichiaNugent

I would also recommend Paddington..

robynlouise
robynlouise

Thanks, also heading down from Brisbane (who isn't), and it's helpful info.

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?

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emmad36
emmad36
30th November 2021

"Best of Both Worlds"

St Kilda has had a tough time this past 2 years. It’s seen a decline in its vibrancy due to a lack of backpackers and tourism. That said, it is still a fantastic area to live, between bayside beach life and the bustling area of Acland street. Further east, Carlisle street has an amazing mixture of tasty bakeries, cafes, discount stores and bars. Alma park makes it very easy to have a dog, too - ours love it!

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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melindabarlow
melindabarlow
24th November 2021

"Eclectic and never a dull moment"

I've lived here for 5 years and it's always changing and evolving. The constants though are great food and bars, access to the beach and spectacular sunsets. The community is diverse, fancy and rough around the edges all at once and though there are some weak spots, St Kilda is a battler and constantly reinventing itself.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
3
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leighfletcher
leighfletcher
21st October 2021

"On the Go!"

St. Kilda is the place to be if you are wanting to enjoy a lifestyle that is on the go.

Beaches, backpackers, Luna Park and Acland St and that is just to name what's within 500m from each other.

With plenty of tourists, vicitors and local residnets packing the beaches on a hot day, then strolling to Acland St or Chapel St afterwards, this suburb always offers something for someone.

Extremely pet friendly with local dogs and owners gathering on the Peanut Farm most nights.

Leigh Fletcher | Director
Hayeswinckle
Real Estate Agent Armstrong Creek Surf Coast

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
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emmab60
emmab60
17th October 2021

"Streets of St Kilda"

I currently live in St Kilda and absolutely love the location. A short trip to the city or Richmond and chapel street is almost at my door step. I have 2 Woolworths/Coles only 1km away and the option of Prahran and South Melbourne markets a stones throw away.
I can walk to the beach, the St Kilda botanic gardens and there is a plethora of restaurants to choose from.
Unfortunately have had to go to hospital a few times and the Alfred has been amazing.
The only downside to St Kilda is the homeless and the junkies. They constantly harass you so much I have to walk with sunglasses on and head phones in just to avoid any chance of eye contact. I have had 3 run ins in the last few months and it is definitely worse in the warmer months.
But other than that it is a great place to live.

Who lives here?

  • Singles
1
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ilanak
ilanak
15th October 2021

"Suburb of contrasts"

St Kilda is one of those suburbs that everyone has an opinion on whether it’s the beautiful, the good, the bad or the ugly. But if you are looking to buy the areas that constitute St Kilda can be polar opposite, the streets and houses on the the Elwood side have Elwood vibe and command a similar price, similar to St Kilda West / Middle Park, you also have beautiful streets close to the beach vs the areas that feel and are closer to St Kilda Rd / St Kilda East and then there are a couple of streets that you just wish they would bulldoze and start again on! Overall, it’s surprisingly central and has been an amazing area to live in during Melbourne’s multiple 5km lockdowns.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
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ceolaf
ceolaf
6th October 2021

"Fantastic location"

Been living on Mitford street since the beginning of the year and it's been fantastic. Love the buzz around the beach and Acland street. It's perfectly located so close to the city, beach and chapel Street. So many food and cafe options within walking distance.I love it here!

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
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LukeK
LukeK

Did you know that Mitford street used to have a tram that went down the middle of it?

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electriccars
electriccars
24th June 2021

"Thriving area"

Many amenities

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
1
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ta12
ta12
31st May 2021

"Convenience"

This place is ideal for shopping, restaurants, services, public transport.
Absolutely perfect for young proffessionals. It's inexpensive for the location.

I only work here but if I could secure an apartment a few blocks from the main area with secure parking I would absolutely live here.

It can be noisy and crowded. There is always people. I personally am not comfortable using public transport at night because of the some of the unsavory people.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
0
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matthewpatrick
matthewpatrick
3rd March 2021

"Close to everything, but plenty of quiet places"

Our apartment on Greeves Street is close to everything, but also peaceful and quiet. I would recommend living in St Kilda to anyone.

10 minute walk to the beach
2 minute walk to the Skybus (for jetsetters!)
7 minutes walk to 3 different tram routes, including the terminus of the fantastic 96
7 minute walk to the famous Acland Street
7 minutes walk to the beautiful St Kilda botanical gardens bordering Elwood
7 minute walk to the amazing St Kilda Adventure Park Playground (for parents!)
Countless cafes, restaurants, parks, doctors within 10 minutes

Add to this the events and the famous venues like The Espy (Hotel Esplanade), Luna Park, and Palais Theatre... and what more could you want? :)

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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nityaratana
nityaratana

What do you think about the Esplanade - is it safe for women to walk back from work alone at night? Is it noisy there? Thank you

matthewpatrick
matthewpatrick

The Esplanade is noisy and quite busy, so I think mostly safe. Late at night, it might be a little dangerous, but overall St Kilda is a pretty peaceful place.

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NicoleStylianou
NicoleStylianou
27th September 2020

"St Kilda is the place to be."

I love St Kilda. During the pandemic St Kilda has been a saviour. Beach walks, beautiful botanical gardens and those amazing sunsets right in the ocean. I have travelled the world and I love St Kilda the best. The backpackers give it the holiday vibe. I feel like I'm on an eternal holiday living here. We get some characters but they keep it interesting and are mostly harmless. This suburb keeps it real. The public transport is amazing too.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
2
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scotth57
scotth57
15th September 2020

"Continuing to Gentrify"

A diverse mix of residents; its bohemian & druggie residents remain – but as a much smaller part of the populace - as they are replaced by high income hipsters, professionals & downsizers. Its housing stock is also diverse: Victorian, Edwardian & other historic housing, mixed with numerous apartments from each decade from the 1920s through to newly built. This one of the most densely populated Melbourne post codes & I expect in will become even more so. The new St Moritz 130 luxury unit development on the Esplanade is a good example of St Kilda’s transformation – both in terms of higher density - 130 apartments - & a higher income demographic - as evidenced by the personal chauffeur, in-house wine curator etc.
St Kilda is probably more “street specific” than any other Melbourne suburb in terms of the quality of living e.g. there is lots of backpacker accommodation & for backpackers every night is a Saturday night! No shortage of food & drink options. Some of my favourites - Cicciolina on Acland St – great pasta & steak & the back bar is Fun, Fitzrovia on Fitzroy St for breakfast, Paper Fish on the beach front next to Stokehouse - one of Melbourne’s best “people watching” spots on a summers night.
I recommend it to my clients wanting an inner city beachside lifestyle & who have an appetite for diversity. St Kilda West - which is far quieter & more traditionally Melbournesque - may be good alternate for those wanting access to the St Kilda hype while being able to walk back to a calmer suburb. Scott Hall Buyers Advocate 0457 513 124

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
0
gemma-muirg
gemma-muirg

Can you (or anyone else) recommend streets to avoid if I don't want to be around all the backpackers noise or any of the less safe areas?

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ricky_wadhwa
ricky_wadhwa
23rd February 2020

"Beach, Restaurants, Parks and Everything you need!"

Been living in St Kilda for over 11 years now. It is by far the best place to live. Might get a bit noisy on Friday and Saturday nights because of the night life. But where can you find everything within walking distance? So close to the city too!
- Ricky Wadhwa Real Estate Sales Agent St Kilda

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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catherinerutherford
catherinerutherford
5th February 2020

"St Kilda Has It All"

One of the most vibrant communities in Melbourne to live.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
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emily-goumas
emily-goumas
16th January 2020

"Close to the beach and CBD"

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Fun, Funky, Beachy and Relaxed"

I've lived in St Kilda for the past year and overall really like it! There are some certain streets to avoid as they're pretty dodgy, and as a female I wouldn't feel safe walking around alone after 9:30 at night. But otherwise it's a fun, vibrant area with some beautiful streets and a really laidback culture. If you pick the right street in St Kilda you'll be looking at green, lush, leafy living with magnificent houses and lovely families and young couples as neighbours. Lots of great shops and cafes too, and a beautiful beach that's perfect for walks before work.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
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"Lots of Crime and Visitors"

Lots of crime, lots of druggies, lots of tourists. If you like that, then you'll like St Kilda.

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"On the up"

St Kilda is a great place to live, there is always something going on and the other residents are very friendly. Lots of major developments happening at the moment which will only increase the desirability of the area.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Lots of junkies and dodgey people"

St Kilda is situated on the bay which is cool, but there are lots of weirdoes in the area, which makes it very unsafe.

Who lives here?

  • Singles
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"Mainly vistors"

St Kilda is an exciting suburb, but also has a very high percentage of transient people and druggies.

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"Pound for pound, best beach suburb in Melbourne."

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"Stunning St Kilda"

One of melbourne's treasures St kilda has it all !
A laid back bohemian vibe, Beaches,fancy beachside bars and restaurants,cakes shops on Acland street and to top it off it even has its own iconic theme park (Luna Park)
Fitzroy street is another main drag, one end housing cool cafes/restaurants such as Fitzrovia & Milk the cow.The other end of Fitzroy street has improved with the closure of the Gatwick.
Fantastically cool streets housing a mix of Art deco,Victorian and Edwardian buildings with an abundance of drinking holes,The Saint,The Fifth Province,The prince of wales hotel,The stokehouse & Republica all call st kilda home.
Never a dull moment in st Kilda!

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
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"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.

Great for

  • Vibrant and cultured.
  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life

Not great for

  • Bad parking
  • Harmless Drug Culture
  • Heavy Traffic

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  • Professionals
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  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
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"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.

Great for

  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life
  • Great Investment

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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"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.

Great for

  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life

Not great for

  • Bad parking
  • Harmless Drug Culture
  • Heavy Traffic

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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"Great location by the beach!"

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"Good and bad at the same time."

Not great for

  • Bad parking
  • Harmless Drug Culture

Who lives here?

  • Country Lovers
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"Great Place!"

Great for

  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life
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"Location, Location, Location!"

Great for

  • Bayside lifestyle and great Night Life
  • Great Investment

Not great for

  • Bad parking
  • Harmless Drug Culture
  • Heavy Traffic

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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AdamS
AdamS

I agree as well!

popp
popp

Short but sweet!

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

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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mottey
mottey

Love going down to St Kilda beach...

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"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.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
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"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.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"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.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
0
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"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.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
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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 :)

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'.

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