Melbourne is known around the world for its cafe culture, and Carlton is arguably where it all started. In the '60s and '70s, Lygon Street was filled with communal, European-style cafes run by Italians and other post-war immigrants, who also brought then-novel espresso machines with them. It's thanks to these people that we have polished operations such as Seven Seeds and Market Lane today.

European cafe culture has since spread to the rest of the city (and the country) and morphed into something uniquely Australian, but Carlton's original spirit remains. Here are our favourite spots for coffee and food.

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Get a taste of Turkish breakfast.

713 Nicholson Street
Carlton North VIC 3054

Birdie Num Nums

A relaxed family destination.

745 Nicholson St
Carlton North VIC

Depot de Pain

A modern, French-style bakery.

693 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North VIC

Tre Bichierri

Old school, still cool.

623 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North VIC