Lygon Street has been an institution of Italian cuisine for Melburnian’s.  

At Lygon street’s southern end you will still find the original style Italian eateries with their F1 paraphernalia and the eateries spruikers to strike a deal.

Like everything, change is inevitable and at Lygon Street northern end it is most noticeable. Local institutions like Jimmy Watson’s share street space with newcomers. Now you can wander beyond Lygon Street to discover plenty more and It’s transforming at an amazing rate.

There will be no problem getting a good coffee in this neighbourhood. Carlton is acknowledged as the birthplace of Melbourne’s cafe culture.

For a guaranteed cup of goodness visit roastery like Seven Seeds and Virtue Coffee Rosters.

For sweet treats, try and get a table at Brunetti or a gelateria at Lygon Street’s many excellent gelaterias.

Arthouse and limited-release films to see at Cinema Nova,Independent theatre to applaud at La Mama Books to browse at Readings. Catch live music at the John Curtin Hotel and gigs of all kinds at Trades Hall.

For the family

Explore kid-friendly displays at Melbourne Museum. At the Carlton Gardens enjoy apicnic and the little ones can play.Or amaze them at the IMAX cinema.


The heritage-listed Trades Hall building, the oldest trades hall building in Australia still used for its original purpose. 

admire the elegant Royal Exhibition Building, home to Australia’s first parliament and one of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition pavilions.

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