“And me? I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for. Because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something. And if you find that moment… It lasts forever.” – Richard (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) in The Beach.

However, somehow, you can find this at a place you go. For me, that haven is St Kilda, Melbourne. And even better? It only begins with the beach, which has a breathtakingly gorgeous view (and an even better sunset). Despite the fact that it is only the start of Spring in Australia, the beaches look as beautiful as ever –  a perfect spot for a romantic date, a chillax with friends or some thinking time on your own. I, for one, use this place for all three of those occasions. Trust me! 😉

(Some more pictures of St Kilda Beach, because it is so pretty!)

Featuring an abundance of seagulls, so you’re never alone!

Also great for a view of the Melbourne skyline!
Can you tell I do love a good beach?

So you’re too early for the sunset, or it’s pre-summer and sunset has already been and gone, now what? You might get peckish, and crave cake with a cup of tea or coffee. Come on, we have all been there! Then, my best suggestion is to go down Acland St, where there isn’t only one cake shop, but at least 5 (trust me!). Yep, you can gain some indispensable information when you become friends with an awesome local with a taste for good food and cake. <3

We walked down Acland Street, and I was immediately drawn to a particular shop called ‘Acland Continental Cakes’, due to the beautiful display they had on offer (try and spot the coloured meringues!). After being elated that they also provided a place to get a cup of tea, we went inside and tried a couple of their cakes, namely their Rygor Delight (a cake filled with a massive square of chocolate mousse) and Lemon Meringue Pie (oh, it was amazing!) – so I would recommend sitting inside and getting those if you’re a fan. The sizes are decent too, so go crazy!

What could be better indeed?

So, now that you have satisfied the British stereotype by having a cuppa and something sweet on the side, you can either then sit by the beach and watch the sunset, or you could visit one of two very cool venues in St Kilda: Luna Park and the Palais Theatre. Originally opened in 1912, Luna Park is Melbourne’s historical theme park. With 18 rides & attractions, good food and free entry, you’re in for a treat! Hey, it even has an alluring yet frightening entrance – feels like I am a kid in an 80’s film! (As long as it is not horror, I’m good…)

The entrance to Luna Park, St Kilda, including cute tourists at the mouth loving the place as much as I do!

If amusements parks aren’t your thing, then right next to it is the Palais Theatre – an amazing concert venue! It is not only the largest seated theatre in Melbourne (with a capacity of 2,896!), but also host to a collection of hit shows and legendary performers. If you’re secretly my spiritual doppelgänger, then look out for Boney M’s Aussie tour, a show called ’80’s Mania’ (love), Adam Ant, Florence & the Machine, and many more. I shall be visiting to see a cheesy show of an 80’s star very soon, hopefully! <3

Luna Park & Palais Theatre in the midst of the beautiful Melbournian sunset…

So in a nutshell, these are all the things I love about St Kilda. I still need to do a lot more exploring, but I am loving what little I know – I cannot wait to explore some more! Let the tea, coffee and cake feed your stomach, and let the beautiful beach sunset and vibrant venues feed your heart and mind. Go on, fall in love! <3

With Sophia, with Love x



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