Carlton North is a bit more reserved than bustling Carlton proper. Still, there are plenty of great cafes to be found here. The most prominent are cited on Nicholson Street, with easy tram access. Explore the wide, quiet side streets if you're looking for somewhere with a slower, more local flavour.

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The volunteer-run sister cafe to the CBD’s Kinfolk has a mostly vegetarian menu that uses produce from friends’ farms, and it donates 100 per cent of its profits to charity.

611 Nicholson Street, Carlton North



The Carlton North cafe is now takeaway-only, serving Turkish-style fried chicken sandwiches, more varieties of flaky borek than ever before, and syrupy choc-hazelnut baklava.

713 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

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A versatile Rathdowne Village favourite. Stop by for a coffee and pastry in the mornings, or opt for a bowl of pasta over lunch. On your way out be sure to grab a bottle of Italian vino from the shelves.

623 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

North Carlton Canteen


A welcome oasis for coffee lovers in North Carlton.

1008 Lygon Street, Carlton North



Old-school Italian coffee making gets a second wind at this Carlton cafe.

100 Leicester Street, Carlton



A consistent neighbourhood favourite.

717 Rathdowne St, Carlton North