10 Of Albert Park’s Top Attractions
From Southbank to St Kilda we’ve rounded up ten of our favourite attractions and activities for a day out in and around Albert Park. We’ve included a few surprises, some alternative ideas, and one or two tourist-favourites that are just as fun for locals.
10. Perfect Parisian Pastries
The vibe at Chez Dré is Montmarte-meets-Melbourne, and the menu is varied with seasonal touches and signature dishes. Chez Dré is a cosy café located in a transformed warehouse that’s as perfect for a casual day-date as it is for a delicious breakfast with the kids and the dog. Best of all you can take a little taste of Paris away with you from the Bibelot patisserie at the front of the café.
285-287 Coventry Street
9. Coffee’s Patron Saint
Melbourne has snagged the top spot for ‘world’s greatest coffee city’ more than once, so you won’t be short of options for amazing roasts and award-winning baristas in and around Albert Park. One of our favourites, not to mention one of Melbourne’s coffee pioneers, is ST. ALi. Named after the ‘patron saint’ of coffee, ST. ALi is one of the leaders at in-house roasting and expert brewing and helped change the game when it comes to dealing direct with coffee farms. They might have spread beyond Australia’s shores, but their story started and remains in South Melbourne. Pop by for a takeaway coffee and snack that will remind you how coffee should taste.
12-18 Yarra Pl
8. Gin for The Win
From their beautiful handmade German copper still to their hunt for the perfect Australian botanicals, the guys behind Patient Wolf Gin take distilling seriously. Their distillery is home to a trendy bar that allows you to experience the art of distilling up close as well as taste their innovative gins and cocktails. You can even join a gin masterclass to learn more about the craft.
34-36 Market Street
7. A Piece of Melbourne
Showcasing Melbourne designers, artisans and artists, Melbournestyle has championed and celebrated the Melbourne design scene for nearly three decades. One of the best places in the city to pick up a piece of ‘Melburniana’, their shop in South Melbourne has a great selection of unique, original, and meaningful Australian and Melbourne mementos.
155 Clarendon Street
6. Not Just for Kids
It’s not exactly off-the-beaten-path, but Luna Park deserves to be on our list for Albert Park and surrounds’ top attractions. Luna Park is one of Melbourne’s most iconic tourist attractions with rides and attractions the whole family. Located in trendy St Kilda, Luna Park is great for a day out with the kids but is equally fun for a date with a difference.
18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
5. Park Off
If you’re staying at Pullman and Mercure Melbourne Albert Park, you’re a stone’s throw from one of the largest green spaces in the city. The hotel is also in the perfect location to explore some of Melbourne’s lesser-visited park attractions. The heritage listed St Vincents Gardens has a rich history that goes back to the late 1800s, and its garden design is one of the best examples of Georgian era English garden design in the Southern Hemisphere. Pack a picnic, stroll through the leafy pathways, or let the kids swing and slide their way around the playground.
1 St Vincent Street, Albert Park
4. An Ocean Swim That’s Not in The Ocean
Experience the calming and therapeutic pleasure of ocean bathing at the St Kilda Sea Baths. A 25-metre pool is filled with sand filtered ocean water that is then heated to a pleasant temperature to allow you to enjoy the healing and calming benefits of natural seawater. A steam room, lounge, and hydrotherapy spa pool add to the appeal.
10-18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda
3. Market in Your Diary
Open from 8am every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the South Melbourne Market is home to some of Melbourne’s best food, art, and fashion. It’s Melbourne’s oldest market and aims to maintain the character of a ‘village market’ with community and inclusivity at its heart. Even if you aren’t planning to stock up on groceries, there’s plenty of takeaway dining options and in the SO:ME Space you’ll discover everything from homewear to hats and from skincare to shoes.
Corner of Coventry and Cecil Streets
2. A New Groove on Greville
Greville Street is a hidden gem in Melbourne’s Prahran suburb and lined with bohemian boutiques, cool coffee spots, old-school barbers, and unique nightlife. If you love music head to Greville Records where the collection of vinyl, the laid-back vibe, and their infamous live sessions have established it as one of the streets most loved residents. Elsewhere on Greville, fashionistas can head to FOOL, foodies should book a table at Casa NOM, and if you’d like some earth-kind beautifying, then pop in to Bat Your Lash.
1. Sail Away
One of the top attractions in Albert Park is on the Albert Park Lake itself. Whether you’re a total novice or you know your jib from your boom, the Boatshed at the northern end of Albert Park Lake lead a range of sailing lessons for all ages and experience levels. They can arrange private sailing experiences and along with Sailability Victoria offer inclusive opportunities for all.