Melburnians, we have a little secret: you don’t have to travel far from the CBD to treat yourself to a lush micro-escape. And after the unpredictability of the blockages, we are so ready to escape our four walls and support local businesses once again.
Boasting a plethora of winter pop-ups, creative exhibits, food and shopping destinations—Port-Philippe has all the ingredients for a memorable day or a winter stay. Here are 5 reasons to dress up this winter and explore all that is happening south of the CBD.
Enter the creative scene
From legendary concerts to stimulating exhibits and immersive theater, get ready to feed your creative soul in Port Phillip. You cannot skip a live concert at the St Kilda Historical Museum Palace Theater, or a show with the new (old) kid in the neighborhood The spy. Those looking to delve into culture and history should go through the Carlisle Street Arts Space and admire their latest exhibition, featuring works by artists Galiamble and Winja Ulupna Recovery Center. And of course, there is always something exciting to see at Gas Factory Art Park, from incredible exhibits to live performances.
If you want to take something home, stop by The torch and support their Indigenous Arts in Prison program by purchasing a piece from their store. Meanwhile, fans of pure entertainment can enjoy a performance in theatrical works, start a movie at Astor theater or laugh out loud at the many local comedy nights around South Melbourne and St Kilda.
Hit and stretch your legs
While watersports might not be everyone’s cup of tea during the Melbourne winter, there are a ton of other ways to fill your cup in nature this season. You can’t really miss a walk along the beach anywhere from Elwood to Port Melbourne, best paired with coffee on a crisp Saturday morning. Walk 10 minutes north of St Kilda Marina and get lost in St Kilda Botanic Gardens, where you will find seasonal collections of native plants, a rose garden and ponds. Alternatively, take your urban trek and experience the artistic belly of the city with the Balaclava Street Art Walk. Head north from William Street Reserve to Inkerman Street and you’ll find creative pockets of art and history that make the south what it is today.
Fill your tote bag with local goodies
There’s no better way to support local businesses than by giving yourself a souvenir or five. If you’re looking for housewares, head to South Melbourne Liquorice house and The Super Cool, or Ripponlea Mim and his friends for that special piece to refresh your crib. Book lovers are also well received with treasures like The Grumpy Swimmer Bookstore and Coventry Bookstore filled with your latest favorite reads.
And that’s just the beginning. You’ll also find independent fashion boutiques dotted around town here to help you upgrade your look. Go through Camellia for a burst of color to brighten up that winter wardrobe or Flannel to Albert Park for that trendy piece you deserve.
Immerse yourself in the delicious food scene
Sweet tooths come together because an epic dessert festival is taking place in Port Phillip this winter. There are 60 different dishes (including a plethora of winter cocktails) to sample in town over the two-month event. Whether it’s an experimental green pandan crescent from Agathé Pâtisserie tickles your taste buds, or a classic date pudding from Cicciolina is more your pace, there is something for everyone. And if you’re wondering where to start a mouthwatering night out south of the city, you’re in luck – we’ve rounded up where to find the best restaurants in St Kilda. Thanks later.
Splash Out on a holiday by the sea
What could be better than escaping your routine with a day trip? Treat yourself to a stay. When it comes to Port Phillip, you’ll have a great time with Gram-worthy accommodations right at your fingertips. Park at Prince Hotel in St Kilda for a taste of history, creativity and of course luxury. Enjoy an evening in their modern and stylish suites, complemented by a drink at the Little Prince Wine Bar.
For a weekend of pure fun, you’ll want to send a stay to The Lyall at the top of your list. This charming hotel is nestled in a tree-lined street and overlooks the botanical gardens, a sheer bliss. Plus, you’ll also have access to their in-house spa for every winter treatment imaginable. It turns out that perfection exists.
Forget about faraway destinations, Port-Philippe and St Kilda is where it is this winter. Prepare your overnight stay and go to support our locals this season.
Image credit: Flynn Edwards
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