2.5KM from Melbourne

A location that’s literally close to our hearts, Carlton is bustling with the best of art, culture, boutique retail and some of the most incredible dining experiences in Melbourne (we’re not biased, we promise).

Whether you’re looking for the perfect espresso, authentic Italian eateries, or a gelato worth lining up for, - once you get a taste of ‘little Italy’, you’ll be back for more.

  • Grab a bite D.O.C Pizza & Mozzarella Bar
    D.O.C is renowned equally for its charisma as it is for delicious, authentic wood-fired pizzas. Expect fluent Italian waitstaff, perfectly thin bases and only the freshest ingredients. Try the ruccola salad with Sardinian pecorino and honey dressing [*chef’s kiss*].

    295 Drummond St, Carlton 3053

  • Quench your thirst Heart Attack & Vine
    Want a real Melbourne-grade coffee or a cheeky glass of chardonnay? Take a seat at Heart Attack & Vine. This European café and bar is open daily for breakfast and lunch, or tapas-style snacks and cocktails into the late evening.

    329 Lygon St, Carlton 3053

  • Stretch your legs Carlton Gardens Difficulty level: EASY
    Need a break from the bustling city streets? Carlton Garden’s is the perfect refuge. This World Heritage Listed site is a local favourite for picnics, barbeques and get-togethers. Great for families, or a day of lazing and grazing with friends.

    1-111 Carlton St, Carlton 3053

  • Fill a shopping bag Readings
    This Lygon Street flagship began as a small stand alone shop in 1969. Now over 50 years later, it remains a safe-haven for book, film and music lovers alike, you’ll lose yourself in the store’s eclectic selection as you meander through the stacks.

    309 Lygon St, Carlton 3053

  • Snap a selfie Johnny’s Green Room
    This may just be the best view in Carlton. Perched on top of the recently refurbished King & Godfree, Johnny’s is the perfect rooftop bar to soak up the sun and sip down a few Aperols. Our tip: take the stairs up, and take the lift down.

    Level 2/293-297 Lygon St, Carlton 3053

  • Spend quality time Cinema Nova
    A cornerstone in the Carlton cultural and entertainment scene, Cinema Nova is your ticket to the widest selection of arthouse and international cinema in Melbourne. If popcorn and gourmet choc-tops aren’t your thing, order from the stylish Nova cocktail bar instead. And yes, you can take your drink into the theatre.

    380 Lygon St, Carlton 3053

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