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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