Local Recommendations Melbourne

We don’t receive payment for recommending any of the below enterprises and they are the genuine recommendations of our staff.


  • AFL Grand Final

    The AFL in Victoria hosts The fantastic AFL grand final every year on the last Saturday in September. This year the AFL Grand Final is on Saturday September 27th and will host the 2 top teams in the competition.
    The AFL Grand Final Parade in the CBD is a great way to start this celebration on Friday September 26th.
    The MCG will also be open to the general public on Sunday September 28th so that you can see where all the action happens.

  • Caulfield Cup

    The Caulfield Cup is the Melbourne Racing Club’s flagship event and takes place on Saturday October 18th.
    The feature race is a 2400 metre race and there are many other exciting races on the day.
    The fashion stakes are also high on Caulfield Cup Day with the Chadstone Fashion Stakes and $100,000 in prizes up for grabs.
    There is an exciting fashion and entertainment precinct at the track with an array of fabulous dining options.
    The race track is conveniently located in Caulfield and close to many Espresso Apartments… only a convenient stroll from some of our Caulfield Apartments.

  • Melbourne Cup Carnival

    The Melbourne Cup Carnival is recognised worldwide as a premier racing event.
    The Carnival runs from November 1st with AAMI Victoria Derby Day and culminates with Emirates Stakes Day on November 8th.
    But the biggest day on the calendar is Melbourne Cup Day which is celebrated on Tuesday November 4th and is “ the race that stops the nation.”
    In Melbourne there is even a public holiday to celebrate the great race.
    If you are lucky enough to be staying with us in Melbourne during this carnival- the city of Melbourne really comes alive and there is a great atmosphere everywhere you go.
    Crown Oaks Day on November 6th is ladies day out where the fashion stakes are high!
    Transport to Flemington racecourse is simple when you are staying with us at Espresso. From all of our apartments it is simple to get into the city and then take a quick train from Flinders Street to Flemington.

  • Australian Open Tennis

    The Australian Open Tennis takes over the city of Melbourne during January.
    It is the 1st grand slam of the year and all the stars are out to play.
    Melbourne Park is centrally located and within walking distance of our East Melbourne apartments. For our other guests just take an easy tram or train into the city or Richmond and enjoy a short stroll to Melbourne Park.
    A ground pass during the first week of the tournament is a great way to spend the day as there are so many courts with live tennis action.
    There is great entertainment on offer in and around Melbourne Park during this event from January 19th- Feb 1st.
    When you are out and about in Melbourne during this event- you are more than likely to cross paths with a tennis star or celebrity.
    If you are passing Federation Square in the city- look up at the live screen where many matches are shown live to fans walking past.

  • Cricket World Cup 2015

    The ICC cricket world cup is the flagship event of the international cricket calendar and in 2015 it is hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February/ March.
    Melbourne will host Australia versus England on February 14th and India versus South Africa on February 22nd.
    The MCG will also host Sri Lanka verus Bangladesh on February 26th.
    The great MCG will also host the quarter final on March 19th and the Grand Final on March 29th.
    Espresso guests have easy access to the MCG via tram or train or by foot from our East Melbourne apartments.

  • Asia Pacific Iron Man

    The Asia Pacific Iron Man triathlon championship race is an event that welcomes the worlds best as they aim to qualify for the world championships in Kaliua/ Kona Hawaii.
    The event takes place on March 22nd and is tough.. even just to watch.

  • Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

    The Grand Prix is a huge event that runs between March 12 and March 15 and brings many celebrities and sporting fans to Melbourne.
    There is something for everyone to see and do from the celebrity races to the qualifying rounds and the big race itself.
    You will see the world’s fastest cars and some of the latest technology as this festival showcases everything that is fantastic when it comes to racing.
    Most of our apartments allow guests easy access to Albert Park where the action takes place. South Yarra, Prahran and Port Melbourne espresso apartments are the closest to the action.

  • AFC Asian Cup

    The AFC Asian Cup descends on Melbourne between January 9 and January 22 and involves some of the best soccer players in the world. Matches will be played at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium which is easily accessible via the CBD or Richmond train Station. Melbourne will have the stadium at full capacity especially when the Socceroos come out to play on January 9th.


  • The Pound

    This place is always bustling and is open all day for breakfast and lunch. Try the famous tuna salad or one of the specials, like the Risotto of the day. Excellent service and great coffee.

    Shop 2/1–3. Carre Street, Elsternwick (03) 9528 6440

  • Batch

    Batch serves breakfast – everything from Coco Pops to baked brioche toasted with honeyed ricotta – and now they open for dinner one night a week. Possibly the best coffee in Melbourne.

    320 Carlisle St, Balaclava (03) 9530 3550

  • Tusk

    The menu is as diverse as its clientele. Perfect for breakfast and catering to the post-morning crowd with a lunch and dinner menu that features share plates, burgers and Italian fare, with wok-tossed Asian vegetables thrown in for good measure.

    133 Chapel St, Windsor (03) 9529 1198

  • Loco Cafe

    This place is always bustling and is open all day. Try the haloumi salad at lunch time or one of the specials, like the Risotto of the day. Excellent service and delicious vanilla chai latte.

    436 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick (03) 9532 4455

  • Wall Two

    Epitomises Melbourne cafe culture. Great coffee, great food, great atmosphere … a great place to start the day ..

    Rear, 280 Carlisle St, Balaclava, 3183 (03) 9593 8280

  • Fress Cafe

    Fantastic food, great menu and service

    239 Bambra Road Caulfield South 3162 [email protected] 9523 7377

  • The Spot Caffeteria

    Situated next to Caulfield Park, this recently renovated cafe is a perfect place to refuel.
    Great coffee, delicious food with daily specials and a secluded courtyard. What else do you need?

    Upstairs the delightful Tea Room serves traditional high teas including champagne,sandwiches and divine cakes. Bookings essential.

    215 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield (03) 9527 6677


  • The Esplanade Hotel

    This is probably the most famous pub in Melbourne. Its old school and and has awesome views over the Bay. It’s the kind of place that has everything you need under the one roof. There are pool tables, a restaurant, two band rooms and loads of booths. Great on a Sunday afternoon.

    11 The Esplanade, St Kilda (03) 9534 0211

  • Hotel Barkly

    New owners have recently renovated this pub with a modern, upmarket feel. The rooftop bar is a must in summer time and the food and drinks are top notch. Great on a Saturday night.

    109 Barkly Street, St Kilda (03) 9525 3371

  • The Windsor Castle Hotel

    Situated in the back streets of Windsor, you can’t miss this bright green establishment with pink elephants on the roof. Fabulous, tiki themed beer garden, main bar and cosy dining room with well priced, high quality food. Order the crinkle cut chips!

    89 Albert St, Windsor (03) 9525 0239

  • The Grosvenor Hotel

    This newly refurbished hotel offers great food and and drinks in gorgeous surrounds. Try the house made pasta or wood fired oven dishes. There are also 40 beers on tap available and hundreds of labels of wines to choose from.

    10 Brighton Road, St Kilda (03) 9531 1542

  • The Village Bell (Doulton Bar)

    This hotel is steeped in history and has something to offer everyone. Tuesday nights are steak night so get there early! Spend a sunny afternoon in the beer garden, or have a cold beer sitting out the front. Big sporting event on? Watch it on one of the many plasma screens, or have a flutter in the TAB.

    202 Barkly St, St Kilda (03) 9534 2200


  • The King of Tonga

    Soak up the casual ambience of the South Seas with a drink and tasty snack, surrounded by some genuinely odd memorabilia. At this funky little bar depending on the time of day, you can get anything you want, from quiet afternoons to packed comedy nights and suave cocktail soirees.

    164A Tennyson St, Elwood (03) 9531 8503

  • Vineyard

    If you like a crowd this is the place to be on sunny weekend afternoons when tables are pushed aside to make way for the DJ. Weeknights are a lot more civilised with great live music, yummy tapas and a carefully selected wine list. Wide-ranging beer selection too!

    71a Acland St, St Kilda (03) 9534 1942

  • Riva

    In winter kick back in front of the Mansfield stone fireplace and soak up the afternoon sun filtering through the blinds. In summer, this is the best spot to marvel at the spectacular sunset across the bay. The bar carries an expansive range of local and imported wines and beers, and a sensational cocktail list.

    42b Marine Parade, Elwood (03) 9537 2224

  • Pause

    This Moroccan-inspired oasis is where laid back locals drop in for a quick drink or settle in for a long night of wine, cocktails and bar food. The decor is plush like a decadent Bedouin tent. Check out open Mic nights on Thursdays from 9pm.

    268 Carlisle St, Balaclava (03) 9537 0511

  • Claypots Piano Bar

    Situated directly next door to Claypots Seafood Restaurant (which is also a must) we recommend Wednesday nights for the great music and fabulous crowd. Order a drink and the oysters natural, sit at the bar and enjoy the ambience.

    213 Barkly St, St Kilda (03) 9534 1282

  • Lucky Coq

    Lucky Coq has grown into a local favorite, with the emphasis being on comfort, value and entertainment. The famous pizzas take centre stage every lunch and dinner, and with a $4 price tag it’s hard to resist. Entertainment is a real focal point at Lucky Coq, each night being different. On any given night you can find free table tennis, free pool table, movie nights, BBQ’s, live bands and djs.

    Corner Chapel Street & High Street Windsor Melbourne (03) 9525 1288
    [email protected]

  • Dog's Bar

    A St Kilda institution. A stalwart in the changing face of St Kilda. Local and artist hangout offers value for money with wine bar, restaurant, and arts hub. Laid back atmosphere with nightly music and monthly arts shows, circus arts, cabaret and more. Open all hours including breakfast.
    Mediterranean inspired menu offers good value for money

    56 Acland Street, St.Kilda (03) 8534 3030

  • Joe's Bar and Dining Hall

    Tue-Wed 5pm-midnight; Thur-Sun noon-late
    Fast becoming a firm favourite on lively Acland St the reincarnated Joe’s is renowned for its delicious take on American soul food. Think southern fried chicken, ribs and huge burgers. Plus equal offerings for vegetarians.

    Prices are reasonable, servings are generous, and staff are great. Kid friendly, a bustling atmosphere and outside seating too.

    64-66 Acland St. St Kilda (03) 9525 3755

Home delivery

  • Phad Thai Food

    Delicious, great value, fresh Thai food. Please see menu.

    277 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick (03) 9528 3885

  • Tandoori Point

    Aromatic, tasty Indian cuisine.

    152 Tennyson Street Elwood (03) 9537 7523

  • Reniks Oven House Pizza

    Gourmet, wood fire oven pizza.

    60 Acland St, St Kilda (03) 9534 7346

  • Wok This Way

    Traditional, quality Chinese food.

    288 Clarendon St, South Melbourne (03) 9696 2888

Shopping precincts

  • Acland St, St Kilda

    One of Melbourne’s finest food precincts. It is also a long-time favourite of Melbournians and tourists alike because of its famous cakes shops. It is now the number one stop for backpackers because of the busy cafes and close proximity to St Kilda’s beaches

    Acland St, St Kilda

  • Ormond Rd, Elwood

    Down this beautiful tree lined shopping strip you will be spoilt for choice with numerous cafes, bars and boutique shops that will cater to all your needs. Visit Zartowa for lunch or drop in at Shoobar for a spot of shoe shopping.

    Ormond Rd, Elwood

  • Carlisle St, Balaclava

    Discover a mix of old world charm and funky modern cafes. This is a blend of European delicatesens and coffee shops galore. You will never get tired of watching the unique array of people hanging out down Carlisle St. Plenty of fresh food to buy too.

    Carlisle St, Balaclava

  • Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick

    Take a wander down here between Kooyong Rd and Nepean Highway. Lots of clothes shopping for the ladies, computers and gadgets for the men and plenty of cafes to cater for the children. There’s even a cinema if you turn down Gordon St.

    Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick

  • Habibi - eclectic moroccan homewares

    Aladdin’s cave had nothing on Habibi! Packed full of fabulous Moroccan wares, the stunning jewellery, spectacular lights, gorgeous home wares and textiles makes the shop a delight to browse.

    629 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick. (03)99437585

  • Chapel St, Windsor

    While the rest of the city goes about its business, here is a place known for the good things in life. You will find fashion, food, entertainment and style. Home to Melbourne’s cutting edge fashion and designer stores, much loved by super-models and celebrities. You will also discover lounge bars, clubs, lively cafes and great restaurants.

    Chapel St, Windsor

  • Greville St

    Almost every major city has a thoroughfare like Greville Street. And those that don’t, ought to look at getting one as a matter of urgency.

    Prahran’s famous street has long been a stalwart of independent fashion, sprinkled as it is with unusual boutiques, individualistic cafes, variegated restaurants, a couple of specialist music stores and a number of “groovy baby” bars.

    If you like being amongst the quirky and dressing with individuality then you simply must spend hours walking up and down this street. Situated off Chapel St.

    Greville St
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  • Smith Street is the junction between Collingwood and Fitzroy. The street is well known for it’s colourful vibrancy and it is an urban melting pot. Often sought after as a film location for it’s diverse offerings, it is a favorite destination of Melburnians in the know.

    You will find from factory outlets to quirky shopping experiences and items you can get nowhere else. Its bars and nightlife are notorious haunts for trend setters. Its food brings people from all walks of life with a history and longevity of several generations.

    To get ‘the look’, live ‘the life style’ you will find it all on Smith Street.

    Just as Paris’ Champs Esylee’s colourful history adds to it’s appeal and charm, so too Smith Street’s melding of social and cultural related history has produced an array of individual gems and stories waiting to be discovered …

    You don’t come to Smith Street to be the same as everyone else, you come to Smith Street to stand out.

  • Brunswick St, Fitzroy

    If you were after one area of Melbourne that best reflects the city’s soul, it could be Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. This cafe and food precinct bordering on the CBD is very much like Melbourne in that it is tolerant and accommodating of all types of people. Here you can be Bohemian, poor, rich, alternative, trendy, young or old.

Sporting facilities

  • Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre (MSAC)

    Meet all your sport, gym, recreation, rehabilitation, relaxation, health, wellbeing, fitness and educational needs under the one roof. This place has it all from wave pool, water slides and lap pool to gym, aerobics and squash courts. Casual gym and pool visitors are welcome.

    Edge of Albert Park Lake on Aughtie Drive. (03) 9926 1555

  • Fitness First

    While staying in Melbourne you may want to keep up your fitness by purchasing a temporary gym membership. Ask about the 1 week starter membership for $29.95. Apply online at Or call and ask about the pay as you go offer. We recommend the body combat classes!

    97 Alma Rd, St Kilda. 1300 55 77 99

  • St Kilda Sports Club (Lawn Bowls)

    The St Kilda Bowling Club provides a venue for playing Lawn Bowls in St Kilda between early September and late April. Casual Bowls can be played any afternoon between early October and early March except for Mondays, Thursday after 5.00pm and Saturday. It is advisable to book. Enjoy a beer while you play in the sun. The bar is usually open from 4.00 pm to 1.00 am.

    66 Fitzroy St, St Kilda (03) 9534 5229

  • Yoga Moves

    This Yoga school welcomes casual visitors and offers the choice of Shadow, Iyengar and prenatal Yoga. Check online for class times at Be sure to arrive at least 5 minutes before your class. Doors close 10 minutes after class commences. Casual class rate is $20.

    2 William Street, Balaclava (03) 9527 5198

  • Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre

    (EPTC) is a very modern and unique facility. With 8 brand new premium artificial grass courts, modern clubrooms, kiosk, cafe, crèche, pro-shop and garden areas to relax in, they have something for everyone. The Centre conducts a multitude of competition and social tennis opportunities so browse their site to find a program for you:

    464 St Kilda St, Brighton (03) 9531 3782

Museums and Galleries

  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image ACMI

    Immerse yourself and discover the diversity of entertainment and creativity that makes the moving image such a huge part of our lives in ACMI’s high-tech galleries, cinemas and studio spaces. Everything from film, to the latest computer games and digital art of the future. Prepare to thoroughly enjoy the interactive nature of the exhibits
    Check out the website for special exhibitions

    Federation Square, Flinders St Melbourne (03) 8663 2200

Music in Melbourne

  • The Flying Saucer Club

    Housed in the local RSL the venue has a genuine music club atmosphere. The art deco building and candle light add to the mood. A diverse program of contemporary music, cabaret, comedy and musical theatre Wednesday – Sunday evenings

    4 St Georges Rd, Elsternwick 03) 9528 3600


  • The Classic

    The Classic Cinema specialises in quality mainstream and Arthouse cinema. From big Hollywood blockbusters to the best in foreign cinema. Make sure you enjoy a delicious pre-flick meal, post-movie nibbles or vodka next door at “After the Tears” vodka and wine bar.

    9 Gordon St, Elsternwick (03) 9524 7900

  • Astor Theatre

    This cinema was built in the 1930s and still retains the art-deco charm of that period. You are greeted by soft lighting and gentle music – you can relax in the somewhat-overstuffed chairs and enjoy some of The Astor’s famous cake. The theatre presents a mix of older films and recent releases. Go past and pick up one of their famous free programme/calendars.

    Intersection of Chapel St and Dandenong Rd, St. Kilda. (03) 9510 1414

  • Village Cinemas Southland

    A vast cinema complex with 16 screens that is located within a busy shopping centre. Spend the day shopping and then indulge in a meal at one of the many eateries near the cinemas. You can even indulge in a Gold Class cinema experience and watch the latest film in luxurious surrounds.

    Westfield Southland, Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham 1300 555 400

  • Brighton Bay

    Enjoy the nightlife of the Bay Street shopping centre then hop on over to the Palace Brighton Bay Cinema. This venue is for “discerning film goers who appreciate an intimate and charming cinema experience”. The venue is fully licensed and there is plenty of public transport to and from Brighton Bay.

    294 Bay St, Brighton (03) 9596 3590

  • Dendy Brighton Cinemas

    The Palace Dendy Brighton is touted as “one of Melbourne’s most luxurious cinemas”. Features include Dolby Digital surround sound, lavish seating and the stylish Cinelounge. This is the ideal venue to relax after dinner down Church St. Bring the family or perfect for just the 2 of you. The venue is fully licensed.

    26 Church St, Brighton (03) 9592 7815

  • IMAX Cinema

    Housing the world’s (3rd) largest screen, IMAX Melbourne Museum provides you with the ultimate in movie going experience. The screen measures a massive 32 metres x 23 metres, is Melbourne’s largest screen and also provides Australia’s largest 3D image. This screen, combined with a revolutionary projection system, customised theatre geometry and 15000 watts of digital surround sound offers you the most immersive cinematic experience in the world.

    IMAX Melbourne Museum Melbourne Museum Precinct, Rathdowne Street - Carlton Gardens CARLTON SOUTH MELBOURNE VICTORIA 3053 AUSTRALIA 03 9663 5454
    [email protected]

Relaxation/Beauty Services

  • St Kilda Sea Baths

    The complex contains a gymnasium, a sea water pool and a spa and steam bath. The complex also contains restaurants, bars and café’s. It is located in an exceptional position right on, and with views over, St Kilda beach.

    10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
    (03) 9593 8228

Fun for Kids

  • St Kilda Adventure Playground

    The ethos of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle underpin this unusual playground, presenting challenging, fun experiences for kids of all ages. A place for the imagination to get down and dirty with a real flying fox (six years and older), climbing tree, wooden castle, great tunnel slide. A place for adventure!

    Staffed. Toilets, BBQ and Picnic Facilities. No Junk Food allowed! Tea and coffee provided. Hard to find parking.

    Off Neptune St, St Kilda (03) 9209 6348

Baby hire products

  • Quality baby hire in Melbourne by Majestic Baby

    Majestic Baby have a fabulous range of quality Prams/Strollers/ Carseats/ Capsules/ Booster Seats/ Highchairs and Portacots.

    They can service any Espresso Apartments in Melbourne, and provide an efficient delivery service, even on Public Holidays!

    E: [email protected]
    T: 0416 213 844
    F: (03) 8080 6627