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An interior shot at St Ali showing the main room full of people
Photograph: Graham Denholm

South Melbourne area guide

The best restaurants, bars, shops and events in South Melbourne

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Lest you only make the trek occasionally to visit South Melbourne Market, let us tell you, there's a whole lot more to South Melbourne, from St Ali and Chez Dre for coffee, to Lûmé for dinner and Bibelot for dessert.

South Melbourne highlights

St Ali

St Ali

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

The best restaurants in South Melbourne

Bibelot

Bibelot

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

Bibelot dishes up cakes and confectionary so couture, you’ll want to walk out wearing them

Mrs Kim's Grill

Mrs Kim's Grill

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Experience the thrill of the grill

Tempura Hajime

Tempura Hajime

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Tiny, hidden and serving elegant cuisine, Hajime ticks all the best of Japan boxes

Lamaro's Hotel

Lamaro's Hotel

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

A bodega? Not exactly, but the old Lamaro’s has a newly Iberian spring in its step

St Ali

St Ali

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

A new chef is yet another reason to spend all your time and money at St Ali South

Half Acre

Half Acre

  • 4 out of 5 stars

The wood-fire grill burns bright at this glass-domed beauty in South Melbourne

Bellota Wine Bar

Bellota Wine Bar

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

South Melbourne: much handier than Rome, Paris, Athens or San Sebastian

The Kettle Black

The Kettle Black

  • 3 out of 5 stars

The goal-kicking team behind Top Paddock has flung open the doors to a fresh new café in South Melbourne. It’ll look fab in your Instagram feed

Chez Dre

Chez Dre

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Give in to the devil on your shoulder for just one afternoon to indulge at this hidden South Melbourne café/patisserie

The best bars in South Melbourne

Bellota Wine Bar

Bellota Wine Bar

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

South Melbourne: much handier than Rome, Paris, Athens or San Sebastian

More great venues in South Melbourne

Dessertopia

Dessertopia

From the team that bought you glow in the dark ice cream comes another colourful sweet treat

South Melbourne Market

South Melbourne Market

Pick up fresh produce, locally designed goods and gourmet treats at one of Melbourne's biggest markets

What's on in South Melbourne