Melbourne, the “party” city of Australia according to literally every person we talked to, was probably a close tie with Sydney for me. Not as quaint charming as Sydney but definitely more laid back and really walkable (less hills). The two neighborhoods we stayed at during our time here were St. Kilda and Fitzroy. One being the beachy/laid back area and the other being the extremely hipster/grungy spot.
Our place in St. Kilda was straight across the street from the beach and boardwalk, and just a 10 minute walk to a ton of great restaurants, cafes and Luna Park. I’d have to say, if you’re from San Diego you’ll understand when I describe it as a good mix of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach but with the quality of Windansea. But regarding the actual boardwalk and beach, the cleanliness and beauty beats Mission and Pacific Beach by a long shot. OH, and no kelp!
Where we stayed: This cute little Airbnb from March 18-21st
Favorite Local Food Spots: Combi (amazing), Prahran Market, Matcha Mylkbar, IL Fornaio, Sister of Soul, Monk Bodhi Dharma, Chin Chin (CBD), Tall Timber (, Oscar Cooper (South Yarra)
Other: St. Kilda Pier (try to watch the Penguin’s come in at Sunset!), Walk Acland Street, Botanical Gardens, Greville Street in South Yarra, Chapel Street for tons of shopping and food spots.
Best Surrounding Spots to Check Out: South Yarra, Elwood, Elsternwick
Places I Wish I’d Checked out: Abacus (amazing interior – Katie and I were dying just looking at the place), Little Sunflower Cafe (Elwood), Green Cup (South Yarra), College Lawn Hotel (Fun Brunch Spot), St. Edmonds Cafe (South Yarra), Urban Provedore