Have a quick glimpse and see Port Melbourne as a sunny bayside suburb with gleaming modern architecture; look closer and find restored workers cottages and grand old pubs pubs paying homage to the bean and barley in typical Melbourne style.
Beacon Cove and Station Pier
Don your designer gear and pound the palm-lined path that hugs the Port Melbourne foreshore. Deviate past architect-designed houses and the high-rise apartment blocks overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Catch your breath in Beach Street's eateries and find spot for a beachfront beverage. Share snacks and sea breeze at the London or Tenpin, or splurge at Waterfront and people-watch as the Spirit of Tasmania ferry arrives, and the international cruise ships dock.
Back in Bay Street
Step back from the beach to Bay Street. Shop up a storm at swanky boutiques, scout quality coffees at Balderdash and My Sister Says, and find best French provisions at Noisette.
The Graham, The Local and the Railway Club Hotel will set you up with frothy beers (boutique, naturally) and top-notch pub grub, while Rose Bar & Diner and Dalmatino provide alternative dining options. Wine time? Make friends with bottle shop and wine bar Harry and Frankie.
You need to retreat from the waterfront to find the suburb's best coffee: Station Street Trading Co. is worth a detour.
How to get there
By tram: Number 109 (to Port Melbourne) from Collins Street (about 20 minutes).
By bus: Number 238 from the corner of Collins and Market streets to Bay Street to (about 25 minutes).