While Carlton's best known for its restaurants, the inner north suburb is actually a decent spot for some retail therapy. From the classic Readings bookstore, to the very niche Lord Uke ukelele store, there's plenty to places to drop a few dollars. We've picked out some of our favourite shops below.
The best shops in Carlton
Among some of Lygon Street's oldest red-sauce-and-pasta joints, French deli La Parisienne Pâtés by charcutier Stephane Langlois stands out. This deli is a cheese and charcuterie haven where the best French pantry staples like fleur de sel salt and Bonne Maman jams are aplenty.
The place to go if you’re serious about your skin care, cosmetics and hair care. Get cult beauty products by Nars, Sunday Riley, Stila, and French classic La Mer. Not so sure what to get? The friendly staff are always on hand to help you out with their encyclopaedic knowledge on all things beauty.
Readings' Carlton outpost is the bookstore chain's first shop to open in Melbourne. Opening in 1969, the bookstore has stayed on Lygon Street since its inception. Get anything from fiction book, cookbooks, coffee table tomes, children's book, to CDs, vinyls, and gifts from this Lygon Street institution.