Considerably more low-key than its flamboyant namesake, charming St Kilda East masters laid-back living. But while it may be rather on the relaxed side, this diverse neighbourhood is also home to a dynamic cultural scene. With easy access to the beach, CBD and eternal buzz of St Kilda, there’s a lot to love about this peaceful inner-city pocket.
One of the city’s most multicultural suburbs, St Kilda East offers a vibrant slice of cosmopolitan life. Much more relaxed and residential than high-octane St Kilda, life here is about leisurely visits to food markets and neighbourly appeal rather than glittering nightlife and revelry.
With a prominent Hasidic Jewish community, the streets of St Kilda East are steeped in culture. Locals frequent the much-loved purveyors of bagels, challah and classic deli food in neighbouring Balaclava, and it’s not unusual to overhear snatches of conversation in Russian, Polish and Yiddish. And while this eclectic neighbourhood may lack a dining and shopping scene of its own, the nearby foodie meccas of Balaclava and St Kilda are a short stroll away.
Members of this tight-knit community (and out of towners) in search of fresh organic fare visit the much-loved Hank Marvin Markets that offer everything from fresh produce to on-the-pulse street food. Firm favourite Alma Park is the perfect place to savour freshly-cooked delicacies.
Sleepy yet vital, St Kilda East is a family-friendly gem hidden amongst its lively neighbouring suburbs.
Steeped in history, beautiful St Kilda East features a number of recently-declared heritage precincts. Areas such as Godfrey Avenue and Chusan Street are home to well-preserved rows of Edwardian and Victorian cottages, and these charming streetscapes appear virtually unchanged since their inception.
Likewise, Alma Road and Inkerman Street boast an impressive array of Victorian buildings that have since been subdivided into more affordable apartments. The remainder of St Kilda East is dominated by 1960s flats, popular haunts for students and young couples who flock to the area for its proximity to buzzing St Kilda.
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