Enjoy la dolce vita in village-like Carlton. Revisit student life with the uni students, 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 there's plenty to discover, both old-school and new.
At the southern end of Lygon Street, traditional Italian eateries fronted by ardent spruikers serve up pizza and pasta in family-friendly volumes. At the northern end, local institutions Tiamo and Jimmy Watson's share street space with newcomers Milk the Cow and Heartattack and Vine. The revamped King & Godfree empire includes pasta-loving wine bar Agostino and rooftop affair Johnny's Green Room.
Wander just beyond Lygon Street to discover plenty more: elegant dining room Epocha, sleek Carlton Wine Room and pizza aficionado D.O.C.
Caffeine and sweet treats
Getting good coffee is a safe bet in the neighbourhood credited as the birthplace of Melbourne's cafe culture. For a guaranteed cup of goodness, visit roastery Seven Seeds. For accompanying sweet treats, try shiny sugar emporium Brunetti Classico or one of Lygon Street's many excellent gelaterias.