Pizza, pasta and a handful of non-Italian options.
Where it all started.
Find them up and down Nicholson Street, and in the wide, quiet side streets.
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Carlton's shyest roastery and cafe is hidden down a laneway.
A pasta and focaccia bar of venerable mention on Lygon Street in Carlton.
A strong contender for Melbourne's best coffee (with a menu to match).
Take away toasties and sit-down cafe classics burnished with African flavours, made with produce from the kitchen gardens.
A lively brunch spot that takes inspiration from Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Vietnamese-influenced dishes are just one of this cafe’s many tricks.
Four ex-soldiers are behind this cafe, which sells coffee direct from Timor.
Dench pastries, Coffee Supreme lattes and al fresco dining, all in a former power substation.
The Melbourne outpost of one of Sydney's biggest coffee roasters.
This Japanese-Australian eatery embraces “ugly vegetables” and local art and design.
A casual neighbourhood gem in Carlton.
A coffee house near Melbourne University with bottomless filter coffee.
A honeymoon-worthy cafe.
This eatery is all red terrazzo, tan leather and natural light, with the occasional retro nod. It’s serving simple eggs on toast, generous vegan salads, house-made pies and old-fashioned Cherry Ripe milkshakes.
A small espresso bar beside Assembly in Carlton.
Market Lane Coffee partners with the local artisan baker in a classically Carlton coffee shop.
Old-school Italian coffee making gets a second wind at this Carlton cafe.
Tea and filter coffee specialist store.