Lygon Street Italian precinct

Stroll along leafy Lygon Street in the heart of Carlton and discover Little Italy – the place where Melbourne's famous cafe culture was born.

Running from Queensberry Street in the south to Elgin Street in the north, this part of Lygon Street is crammed with Italian restaurants, ice-cream shops, boutiques and bars.

Eating and drinking

Jimmy Watson's

A piece of culinary history dating back to 1935, this could be Australia's first small wine bar.

Pidapipo Gelateria

Authentic, artisanal Italian-style gelato in the heart of Carlton's Lygon Street.

Johnny's Green Room

Johnny’s Green Room is a rooftop bar above King & Godfree.

Milk The Cow Licensed Fromagerie

A licensed cheese shop with over 180 cheeses from all over the world to choose from.

Heartattack and Vine

Heartattack and Vine is an Italian-style neighbourhood bar and specialty coffee establishment.

King & Godfree

Catch up for coffee or a meal, or shop for delicious deli items and wine.

Green Man's Arms

Green Man's Arms is an enchanting pub serving vegetarian and vegan cuisine with Israeli flavours.

DOC Delicatessen

Pick up top-quality Italian smallgoods and pantry staples.


Brunetti’s Carlton headquarters boasts one of Melbourne's biggest arrays of cakes and pastries.

DOC Espresso

Italian-style coffees, pastas and focaccias with great coffee to boot.

Lygon Street attractions

Cinema Nova

Cinema Nova is Melbourne's home of quality arthouse and contemporary cinema

Lygon Court Shopping Centre

A retail complex on Lygon Street housed within historical buildings built in 1871.

Readings Books & Music

Readings offers an outstanding range of products, from cutting-edge music and DVDs to classic texts.

Trades Hall

Australia’s oldest trades hall building, built in 1859.

Discover more

Queen Victoria Women's Centre

An iconic Melbourne landmark and centre for the advancement of women.

Carlton Gardens

A World Heritage Site known for its Victorian fountain and tree-lined avenues.

State Netball and Hockey Centre

Victoria’s leading netball and hockey facility.

Old Melbourne Gaol

Visit Melbourne’s oldest prison, where most of Australia’s infamous characters spent time.