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Carlton

Enjoy la dolce vita in village-like Carlton. Revisit student life with the uni kids, discuss the Il Globo headlines over espresso with the Italian stalwarts, take in a slice of Federation history, and eat till you're fit to burst.

Food and wine

Lygon Street and its neighbours are going through a revival, and with new bars and eateries opening quicker than you can toss pizza dough, there's plenty to discover, both old-school and new.

At the southern end of Lygon Street, old-school Italian eateries decked out in F1 paraphernalia serve up more pizza and pasta than you can wave a flag at. Run the gauntlet of spruikers to strike a deal for a family meal (expect a warm welcome for bambinos) and park yourself under the umbrellas.

At the northern end, local institutions Ti Amo, Jimmy Watson's and Trotters share street space with newcomers Heart Attack and Vine, Milk the Cow and Wolf's Lair.  Wander beyond Lygon Street to discover plenty more: Epocha and The Town Mouse, both hatted in The Age Good Food Guide, and Faraday Street's Carlton Wine Room and D.O.C. Turn the corner to explore Elgin Street. It's transforming at an amazing rate.

Caffeine and sweet treats

Getting good coffee is a safe bet in the neighbourhood credited with being the birthplace of Melbourne's cafe culture. For a guaranteed cup of goodness visit roastery Seven Seeds. For accompanying sweet treats, try for a table Lygon Court's shiny sugar emporium Brunetti or jostle with the crowds at one of Lygon Street's many excellent gelaterias.

After dinner entertainment

It's not (quite) all about the food in Carlton. There are arthouse and limited-release films to see at Cinema Nova, independent theatre to applaud at La Mama and books to browse at Readings. For something more active, catch live music at the John Curtin Hotel and fortnightly DJ sets at Trades Hall.

Family fun

If you have bambinos in tow, explore kid-friendly displays at Melbourne Museum, let little legs run wild in the Carlton Gardens or send them wide-eyed at the IMAX cinema. Just beyond Carlton, take the kids to explore Melbourne Zoo and spooky Old Melbourne Gaol.

History and heritage

Use your get out of gaol free card to wander from the Old Melbourne Gaol up to the heritage-listed Trades Hall building. Absorb the history of the oldest trades hall building in Australia still used for its original purpose. Across at the Carlton Gardens, admire the elegant Royal Exhibition Building, home to Australia's first parliament and one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions.

How to get there

By tram: Number 1 or 8 heading north from Swanston Street.
By bus: Number 200, 201, 203, 205, 207 or 253 from Melbourne Central.

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Brunetti

Lift your jaw off the floor after entering Brunetti's shiny marble and brass Lygon Court emporium.

D.O.C Espresso

Grab a table on Lygon Street and settle in for premium antipasti, pasta specials and foccacias.

The Beaufort

Down a rum and munch on deep fried pickles at this self-proclaimed nautical dive bar in Carlton.

Middle Fish

Load up early on chilli at Middle Fish, with breakfasts of spicy soups and noodles a revelation.

5 Points Deli

Sandwiches, soups and salads. It sounds so simple, but so well done at Carlton's 5 Points Deli.

La Mama

See a show at the theatre that launched the careers of some of Australia's finest theatrical talent.

Cinema Nova

Get your arthouse fix from this popular Carlton cinema's program of new releases and special events.

Markov

Kick off with a pre-movie tipple or settle in for a night of top shelf pub grub and craft brews.

Seven Seeds

Peep at the mini coffee bean plantation to get greater pleasure from your daily dose of caffeine.

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