Once a neglected seaside suburb in Victoria, St Kilda is now a thriving hotspot for locals and visitors alike. Offering a unique ‘potpourri’ mix of trendy cafés, live music venues and enticing restaurants, St Kilda has quickly become a popular destination for fun, good food and entertainment. While others flock to the suburb to visit Luna Park, one of its greatest temptations is in fact its local, yet world-famous, patisseries.
If you’re heading into St Kilda for a short stay, long stay or just a day trip, be sure to check out the retail strips of Fitzroy and Acland Street – where you will find a delightful range of dessert bars perfect for that tasty treat you deserve! If you’re still craving all things coffee and pastry, here’s where you will find the best of the best.
Dana Patisserie – Carlisle Street
While you’re sleeping soundly, the bakers at Dana Patisserie in Carlisle Street are already up and baking. The delightful aroma of pastries, cookies, tarts, biscuits and other goods is enough to have visitors following their noses right into the store. From flaky croissants to Danish pastries and Challah to cakes, the Dana Patisserie has just about everything!
These guys bake products that are 100% vegetarian, with no artificial colours or preservatives – so you can be sure (while it’s a guilty pleasure) you’ve invested in high-quality food!
Cacao Fine Chocolates & Patisserie – Fitzroy Street
If your taste buds are craving the crème de la crème of the patisserie world, then there’s only one place to go: Cacao Fine Chocolates & Patisserie located on Fitzroy Street. A multi award-winning patisserie, known for its premium-grade desserts including macaroons, chocolates, cakes and pastries, this is truly the ‘Four Seasons’ of the patisserie world. With great food comes great prices – so just be mindful these treats may cost a little more!
Cacao is a great option for anniversary gifts and other special occasions, as they also sell luxury hampers and corporate gifts, as well as treats for him, her and the kids!
Monarch Cakes – Acland Street
When all you want is a good coffee and cake, go to the specialists at Monarch Cakes. These guys have perfected their recipes over an astounding 80 years of trade, so you can be sure you’ll be getting a first-rate coffee here. They also have a range of other baked goodies including biscuits, cupcakes, crumbles, tarts, slices, macaroons, Florentines and seasonal cakes. This is a great spot to visit with the kids - give them a treat and relax with a coffee after a big day!
Do you or the kids have an intolerance? Monarch Cakes caters for most dietary requirements with their gluten, wheat, dairy and egg-free cake varieties, so you can rest easy knowing their fare won’t leave you feeling bloated!
There really is something for everyone in St Kilda, with a huge range of shops, restaurants and boutiques that cater for all tastes, styles and budgets. It’s just a matter of setting out and exploring this seaside suburb. Venture out and indulge!