Cafes and bars
Meet the driving force behind Kep Whitley, Elesha (Kep) Whitley. I am a pastry chef that is wildly passionate about food and the joy that sharing it with others can bring.
Late to the party of being in love with your career, before trading my heels for steel capped boots I spent most of my corporate life immersed in some of Australia’s biggest food manufacturers which fuelled a long time obsession for big ideas about small pleasures.
Honoured to have been inspired by internships recently served with the below pastry and chocolate institutions
Pump St Bakery & Bean to Bar Chocolate, Suffolk, UK
Happy Endings Dessert Bar aka Fraise Sauvage, London, UK
Wawa Chocolatier, Docklands, AU
Come and experience the best gelati this side of Italy right by the Docklands waterfront
DISCOVER | EXPLORE | EXPERIENCE
The District Docklands is the experiential heart of the Docklands, quickly becoming your new go-to for shopping, dining, entertainment and fresh food. Shop your favourite Australian and international brands include H&M, UNIQLO, Cotton On, Canterbury, Kathmandu, Bonds, Miniso and more.
Ride the iconic Melbourne Star for a bird’s eye view of Melbourne, or experience 3D art at the ArtVo immersive gallery. Explore a range of different and unique experiences including The Lost Forests and Chipmunks Playland.
The District is home to a new state-of-the-art entertainment precinct with HOYTS, Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, Urban Alley Brewery, 8 Street Docklands, Yassas, Carl’s Jr., The Pancake Parlour, Fukutontei Ramen; more than 30 food options to choose from. All through the day from morning till late, it is the place to experience different, a surprise at every turn.
Now open, The District’s very own fresh food precinct, Market Lane. With Woolworths and Dan Murphy’s plus opening over the coming weeks, twenty+ specialty fresh food and convenience stores including The Butcher Club, MarketPlace Fresh, The Humble Baker, Tatts, Empire Asian Supermarket and more.
Whether you’re after a leisurely stroll, a spot of shopping, something to eat or up for a bit of fun, The District is the place to go!
The District Docklands Opening Hours
Monday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Friday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Public Holidays 10.00am – 6.00pm
Market Lane Opening Hours
Monday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Thursday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Friday 10.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Woolworths Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday 7.00am – 10.00pm
Dan Murphy’s Opening Hours
Monday 10.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am – 8.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 9.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 8.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Free tram | BUS | TRAIN
The free tram zone includes routes 70, 86 and 35 (City Circle), with trams departing from The District Docklands (stop D11 – Docklands Drive) every 4 minutes. Southern Cross Station is just a walk over the Bourke Street pedestrian bridge from Harbour Esplanade.
A local bus route 220 will also drop visitors off at The District Docklands (Footscray Rd & Little Docklands Drive). Buses run every 15 minutes, 7 days a week.
Take the train to Southern Cross Station and walk over the Bourke Street pedestrian bridge to Harbour Esplanade. Walk or take the tram along Docklands Drive.
Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for timetable information.
The District Docklands has two convenient car parks open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are visiting Melbourne and looking for an affordable car parking space, the Centre has multiple parking solutions on offer including corporate, short term, long term and event parking. Casual parking starts from just $4, and The District offers 90 min free* parking for fresh food shoppers. See The District website for full details and terms and conditions.
Visitors and tourists can enjoy direct passage from the airport with the SkyBus Southbank Docklands Express offering a continuous looped service from 6am to 7pm, with a 30-minute frequency on weekdays and hourly service on weekends, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. SkyBus bookings are not required, plus the service offers free Wi-Fi on board and kids travel free with family ticketing. The SkyBus arrival stop is located on Docklands Drive right in front of The District Docklands, and the departure to the airport is directly opposite making it the most convenient airport transfer service in Melbourne.
Ferry – Port Phillip Ferries
Cruising daily between Docklands and Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula, Port Phillip Ferries is a passenger ferry service that connects people and experiences. Leave the car at home and enjoy a scenic and stress-free trip to The District Docklands.
-Departs and arrives from Victoria Harbour – 131 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
-Ferry terminal is directly across the street from Marvel Stadium and the D3 Tram Stop
-Take a leisurely and scenic stroll along Harbour Esplanade to The District Docklands
Did you hear the good news?! A dedicated Geelong Service will commence in December 2019. Visit the Port Phillip Ferries website for more information and inspiration – www.portphillipferries.com.au
NO SMOKING Centre
The District Docklands is a smoke-free Centre and includes all areas within the precinct; stores, lobbies, lifts, car park, toilets and parent rooms. Please respectfully abide by the rules as set out in the Tabacco Act 1987.
Cocobei aims to become one of the most iconic café venues in Melbourne. Along with its laid back and relaxing in-house vibes, Cocobei is ready to “brew” your mind! Located in the rising area of NewQuay Central Precinct, we are offering not only a designer sit down food experience but also an exquisite range of speciality coffee beverages. Even better, we have an energetic and friendly team that will definitely lift your spirits up. Our food menu delivers mind-blowing flavour combinations, perfectly balancing Asian roots with Western influences.
We give a fork about the meals we share with loved ones.
A visit to Kinfolk will reveal new creations centred around our suppliers’ latest produce, coupled with wholesome breakfast staples and coffee by Small Batch.
Kinfolk has an honest curiosity for understanding our role in our supply chain. By buying locally, often directly from the farmer, using organic, biodynamic and fair-trade products where possible, we are able to create fresh and lovingly-crafted meals.