Carlisle Street, Balaclava


Balaclava Facts:

The suburb was named after the Battle of Balaclava that took place on 25 October 1854, during the Crimean War.

Many streets in Balaclava and its vicinity are named after Crimean War battles; e.g., the Battle of Balaclava (Balaclava Road), the Battle of Inkerman (Inkerman Road), the Siege of Sevastopol (Sebastopol Street), the Battle of the Alma River (Alma Road) and the Battle of Malakoff (Malakoff Street).

One street, Crimea Street, is named after the war itself. Other streets in the district are named after people connected with the Crimean War; e.g., Lord Raglan (Raglan Street), Lord Cardigan (Cardigan Street), Florence Nightingale (Nightingale Street), François Certain Canrobert (Canrobert Street) and Lord Lucan (Lucan Street).

Balaclava is home to much of Melbourne's Orthodox Jewish Community, consisting of both Hasidim and non-Hasidim Jews. Within its confines are a number of kosher restaurants and shops that cater to the local and broader Melbourne communities.

Quiet and residential, it is quite different from the adjacent suburb of St Kilda. However, the area around Carlisle Street is very diverse with a strong arts, alternative and indie community. Significant development occurred during the 1960s and 1970s, spurred by the construction of high density housing (flats and apartments). The population was relatively stable between 1991 and 2006, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Carlisle Street is the main retail strip of East St Kilda. The area was settled by a variety of European immigrants and the mix of businesses and shops reflect this. With European culture comes café culture, where coffee-making is regarded as an art. Long black, short black, latté or cappuccino, the cafés in Balaclava are renowned for their coffee, cakes, bagels and baguettes.

The cultural diversity has inspired a cosmopolitan shopping precinct offering the best in home-style butchers, greengrocers, bakeries and kosher foods. Here you'll find traditional craftsmen who can make you a pair of handmade shoes, fix your grandfather clock or tailor a fitted suit for you.

Getting there

Tram: 3, 16, 67, 78, 79

Bus Routes: 246, 600, 606, 623

Train: Sandringham Line - Balaclava Station

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