Italian men playing cards outside a café might all feel a bit Sopranos if you're unfamiliar with this vibrant area, but there is nothing to fear in Carlton except for eating too much gelato. Catch a boundary-pushing performance at La Mama theatre, and D.O.C. will give you the authentic post-show pizza. In agreeable weather, a picnic in the Carlton Gardens is a treat. You can learn something new at Melbourne Museum, or just take a stroll on the leafy, terrace-lined Drummond and Rathdowne Streets. Little Italy, with a Melbourne twist, awaits you.
The best restaurants in Carlton
The best bars in Carlton
More great venues in Carlton
Ian Potter Museum of Art
Located on the boundary of the University of Melbourne, the Potter is considered one of the leading university art museums in the country and has been...
The Clyde Hotel
Located a stone's throw from Melbourne Uni's Swanston Street campus, Clyde Hotel is a perfect student hang-out after a hard day's learning. Featuring a...
Museo Italiano is a partnership between the Italian Historical Society and CoAsit, an organisation that provides welfare to Italian immigrants. Together they...
What's on in Carlton
The Big Design Market
Make sure you check in at one of the year's best shopping events
Carlton Farmers' Market
When's the last time you purchased locally grown, farm-fresh food from the producers themselves?