With its beautiful candle lit courtyard and mouth-watering menu, Claypots is a St Kilda institution. And what better place to enjoy seafood than by the beach? Anyone who has been here before (including us, more than a few times) will tell you to order the Chilli Crab. You won’t regret it.
Just as beloved, but easier on the hip pocket, is one of Melbourne’s oldest Mexican joints, Radio Mexico. Salsas are handmade using 15 different chillies, AND they have four different margaritas. We drool over the Pork Belly Al Pastor – slow roasted, free-range pork belly with pineapple salsa, served with green rice. Yum.
One of the classier bars on Fitzroy Street, with an old-world atmosphere, St. LuJa offers classic cocktails with a twist from expert mixologists. Although they provide a decent wine and beer list, you don’t get the full LuJa experience without trying a cocktail. We recommend the Coco Loco, the bar’s take on a Pina Colada – coconut infused Vodka, white choc liqueur, lime oil and vanilla bitters. Salud!
Captain Baxter is as much about the view as the impressive drinks list. This beachside rooftop bar and restaurant features drink specials every weekday, and live music on weekends. We recommend Martha’s Pineapple Margarita – Herradura Ultra Anjeo, fresh pineapple puree, indigenous strawberry, teatree liqueur with lime and a chilli salt rim. We’ll take ten.
What better way to admire the St Kilda shoreline than from a paddleboard? This fun activity can be enjoyed by the whole family and is perfect for the calm bay waters. We like Kite Republic, who offers lessons and paddleboard hire by the day or by the hour. Visit https://www.kiterepublic.com.au/
If you’re wanting these same views, but without the price tag, take a stroll along the St Kilda Pier. From this boardwalk you’ll be treated to insta-worthy backdrops of Melbourne’s skyline, the bay and St Kilda. We like to come here at sunset – Luna Park looks amazing lit up at night, and it’s the best time to spot St Kilda’s Little Penguins.