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Southside Delights

26 Feb 2019

There’s plenty to experience south of the river and getting there is a breeze.


With your myki in hand, make a beeline to your closest tram stop on Route 12 towards St Kilda. With trams as often as every six minutes during peak times, you won’t be waiting too long for your ride. Touch on your myki, take a seat or hold on if standing, and relax as you trundle towards South Melbourne. Hop off at Stop 127 York Street to explore Melbourne’s fresh food emporium and makers market, South Melbourne Market [Coventry & Cecil Streets, South Melbourne]. Stop at Padre Coffee and pick up your morning brew.


Walk or hop back on a Route 12 tram for a short trip to Stop 129 Park Street. Close by you'll find your lunch destination, Ginger & White [342 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne] where the menu is as inventive as the interior is swish. Go for the short ribs — they come with yellow chimmichurri, a Belgian waffle and onion rings.


Touch on again with your myki as you jump back aboard a Route 12 tram (towards St Kilda). Be sure to look out for the Victorian terrace houses and cottages that line Clarendon Street as you near your next destination. When you reach Stop 132 Canterbury Road, hop off and head towards Albert Park Lake. Take a casual stroll around part of this five-kilometre lake, then head to Coot Picnic Area. It’s a great spot to sit back and take in the lake views while watching the rowers, walkers and runners pass by.


Ready for dinner? Get back on a Route 12 tram towards Victoria Gardens, to Stop 129 Park Street. Around the corner you’ll find chic Bellotta Wine Bar [181 Bank Street, South Melbourne], which serves refined, flavoursome European fare. Start off with oysters or porcini arancini, then go for the confit duck or spaghettini with smoked eel for the main event. Pair it with your favourite white or red from the extensive global wine list. When you’re ready to call it an evening, let the Route 12 tram get you back to the city while you delight in the day that’s been.

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