St Kilda East and Balaclava

St Kilda East and Balaclava is a melting pot of multicultural flavours, local label designs and an eclectic mix of people, architecture and history.

Gritty but pretty, St Kilda East and Balaclava has retained its authentic creative edge with curious and cool bars, independent retailers and cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants.

Flaunting its Jewish heritage, St Kilda East is rich in traditional bagelries, bakeries and delis, plus it is the home to the Jewish Museum of Australia.

Shopping strips

  • Carlisle Street
  • Inkerman Street

Things to see and do

  • Check out the visiting Mirka Mora exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Australia
  • Dine out on Carlisle Street - whether it's coffee and pastries or cocktails and wine or pub fare and everything in between
  • Explore the fantastic mix of retail stores dotted along Carlisle Street for gifts, beauty, clothes and more
  • Walk around Alma Park or stop for a picnic
  • Get your arts and culture fix at the Carlisle Street Arts Space at the St Kilda Town Hall
  • Visit one of Melbourne's oldest suburban cemeteries, St Kilda Cemetery
  • Discover Space2b Social Design, this art and design social enterprise featuring a rotating gallery, supports asylum seekers, refugees and newly arrived migrants

Anna from All Things Equal, Carlisle Street

Cathy from Tea Harvest, Chapel Street

Mike from Pretty Little, Carlisle Street

Noe from the Jewish Museum of Australia

These neighbourhood tours are part of our Live Love Local campaign. Through this campaign, we’re supporting local businesses, promoting our shopping villages and working closely with traders to reinvigorate the City.

Find more of our City's hidden gems on our YouTube playlist.

Getting there

  • Tram routes: 3, 5, 16, 64 and 75
  • Train: Balaclava Station - Sandringham line

For timetables and information, visit Public Transport Victoria.

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