Take a stroll down Carlisle Street, where eateries and delicious smells abound, and head to Uncle St Kilda. Here you’ll find an extensive menu of Vietnamese dishes, including bahn mi, steaming pho and a dedicated ‘Uncle Knows Best’ menu, where you can sample a mix of dishes from a single platter, all of which can be enjoyed on the alfresco rooftop.
If it’s a bar that you’re after, stop in at Milk the Cow. It’s Melbourne’s first late-night licensed cheese shop and offers punters an ever-changing selection of 180 artisan cheeses from around the globe, paired with boutique wines and other beverages. If you’re unsure what to try, order a Cheese and Booze Flight platters — four cheeses paired with four drinks sounds like a perfect way to end the day.
For live entertainment, head to the Palais Theatre. Built in 1927, it operated as a cinema until the 1950s before becoming the venue it is today. A huge range of musical theatre productions, concerts and comedy acts appear beneath its sculpted archways. Next door there’s another historic attraction. The biggest, brightest smile around marks the entrance to the famous Luna Park, where the rides and attractions have been thrilling families for generations.
If a spot of shopping is on your agenda, check out Prime. Heritage sports brands reign supreme here — Adidas Originals, Converse, Deus Ex Machina, Fred Perry, Levis, Nike and Red Wing are just a handful — and you’ll discover t-shirts, pullovers, jackets and jeans, as well as an extensive sneaker range. While most of the clothing is geared to menswear, there is also a small selection of women’s apparel available.