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15° & CLOUDY ON SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER IN MELBOURNE
By Concrete Playground
September 16, 2019
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By Concrete Playground
September 16, 2019
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Bayside residents may enjoy the vast blue waters of Port Phillip Bay — but there are a lot of gems on land, too.

Some are instantly recognisable — like Luna Park and the Brighton beach boxes — but the real finds fly under the radar. They’re found away from the beach in the quieter streets of St Kilda and the shopping villages of Brighton and Elwood.

To help you locate them for yourself, American Express has helped us put together a guide to the local businesses that make the bayside area great. They all accept American Express Card, so you can shop small here — whether you’re a local, a visitor or have just come off the beach.

GETTING AROUND

A number of trams will take you down to St Kilda Beach, otherwise trains travelling down the Sandringham line make stops at Balaclava, Brighton and Hampton along the way. It’s also worth hopping in the car for a scenic drive along the Esplanade and Beach Road, which extends down to Mordialloc.

DON’T MISS

There are so many things to see and do in the bayside suburbs, so be sure to explore the heritage-registered St Kilda Botanic Gardens and play a game on the giant chess board, and then cycle the Bay Trail down to Black Rock for dinner at Cerberus Beach House overlooking Half Moon Bay.

HIGH STREETS

You’re sure to make some good finds in the shopping strips at Elwood Village and Glen Eira Road in Ripponlea, while Brighton is sprinkled with stores on Martin, Bay and Church streets. Make a day of it in St Kilda, exploring Fitzroy, Acland and Carlisle streets, and watching the sun set from St Kilda Pier.

LOCALS LOVE

Two words: the beach. You can’t go past Elwood’s Point Ormond, which, before European settlement, was site for social gatherings of the traditional owners of the land, the Boonwurrung people. Now it’s used by locals for bike rides and sunset picnics with a feed from Ormond Road.

THE SHOPPING LISTS

Explore three of the bayside suburbs' thriving shopping precincts.

Your Bayside Hit List

Looking for fresh produce, funky cheese or a one-of-a-kind gift? Find what you're looking for here.
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  • Design & Style
    St Kilda

    Seagulls of St Kilda

    Where to go for high-end fashion in the bayside suburb.

  • Design & Style
    St Kilda

    Elwood 101

    An eclectic Barkly Street fashion boutique.

  • Food & Drink
    St Kilda

    Babu Ji

    This is your place for modern Indian curries, thalis and street snacks.

  • Design & Style
    St Kilda

    Pop Wilder

    A pop of greenery on St Kilda Road.

  • Design & Style
    St Kilda

    Storehouse

    A treasure trove of clothes, accessories and art from local designers.

  • Design & Style
    St Kilda

    Scout House

    Scout no more — this St Kilda shop has all the furniture and homewares you need.

  • Food & Drink
    Elwood

    The Leaf Store

    Feel good about your weekly shop and eat better with fresh produce from this Elwood grocer.

  • Design & Style
    Ripponlea

    Camelia

    This Ripponlea boutique offers a luxury shopping experience for bayside locals looking for a killer new outfit.

  • Design & Style
    Elsternwick

    Step Ahead Shoes

    This Elsternwick shoe shop has a loyal customer base and, with more than three decades of experience, it's easy to see why.

  • Design & Style
    Elsternwick

    Mercantile Home

    This bayside gem will ensure you never go without timeless design pieces for your home.

  • Design & Style
    Elwood

    Obdressed

    This Elwood boutique is your go-to shop for your next feel-good outfit.

  • Design & Style
    Ripponlea

    Muku

    A Ripponlea boutique selling natural, organic homewares, gifts, toys and fashion for all ages.

  • Design & Style
    Elsternwick

    Stoned Crystals

    A fresh and modern Elsternwick boutique for crystals, homewares and jewellery.

  • Design & Style
    Elwood

    Elwood Flowers

    Fresh seasonal floristry in the bayside suburb of Elwood.

  • Travel & Leisure
    Ripponlea

    The Staple Store

    This Ripponlea beauty is packed with health foods and organic products carefully selected by a naturopath.

  • Design & Style
    Brighton

    Hoss

    These pieces champion the notion of quality over quantity, rejecting fast fashion.

  • Design & Style
    Brighton

    Pash Flowers & Homewares

    A modern florist and gift shop conveniently located on Bay Street.

  • Food & Drink
    Brighton

    Brighton Bay Cellars

    A suburban bottle shop with an inner city selection.

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Brighton

    Top Titles

    This friendly neighbourhood bookseller is truly part of the Brighton community.

  • Design & Style
    Hampton

    Sole Mechanics

    Let your feet do their thing with natural movement footwear.

  • Design & Style
    Brighton

    Hamish & Grace

    Fashion, homewares and stuff for kids from Australian designers and creatives.

  • Design & Style
    Hampton

    Frankie + Coco Lifestyle

    This bayside store has you covered for quirky art, homewares and coastal vibes.

  • Design & Style
    Brighton

    Think Blooms

    A local Brighton florist selling more than just flowers.

  • Design & Style
    Brighton

    Bungalow Trading Co.

    This Brighton store will warm you up and cosy up your home.

  • Food & Drink
    St Kilda

    Milk the Cow St Kilda

    This Fitzroy Street fromagerie is the where you go when you want cheese for dinner.

  • Food & Drink
    St Kilda

    Staple Providore & Cafe

    A sunny St Kilda spot with streetside seating suitable for dogs.

  • Food & Drink
    St Kilda

    Milk the Cow

    Cheese dreams, ahoy.

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