St Kilda is home to a lesser-known branch of the Melbourne institution, Lentil As Anything. At this boho-vego eatery, you pay whatever you think the food and service is worth. Lentil As Anything is hidden away on Blessington Street and is perfect for a feed after a stroll through the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.
If you’re looking for some classic Melbourne brunch (because no one does brunch like Melbourne does), Dr Jekyll is a favourite with the locals. Sitting on quiet and leafy Grey Street, the coffee here is as pure as it gets – organic, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance approved. The menu features the classics as well as a list of more adventurous specials.
After lunch at Dr Jekyll, wander down for a digestif at another Grey Street treat, Misery Guts. Filled with a smorgasbord of kitsch ornaments and hangings, the bar features a range of Australian beers on tap and a good selection of lesser-known local bottled brews. Put down that VB and branch out.
If you want to enjoy Melbourne’s balmy nights sipping a spritz outdoors, head to Iddy Biddy Bar on Blessington Street. There’s plenty of al fresco seating, although it’s just as quaint inside with vintage prints and cosy nooks. Oh, and they have drink specials every day of the week. Hell. Yes.
While the bar is located on the not-so-hidden Fitzroy Street, not everyone knows about Mavis Brown’s loved-by-locals, open mic night. Held every Wednesday, you can drop by and see if there’s a spot free on the line-up, or pre-register on the bar’s Facebook page. If you’re not around on Wednesday, Mavis Brown’s has live music and DJ sets most nights of the week.
Want to remember your St Kilda trip forever? Voodoo Ink has been operating for over 20 years on the bustling, but less touristy Carlisle Street. Voodoo Ink is made up of a team of the city’s best tattoo artists and accepts walk-ins. Go on, it’s better than a postcard.