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Diners outside the front exterior at North Carlton Canteen
Photograph: Graham DenholmNorth Carlton Canteen

Carlton North area guide

The best restaurants, bars, shops and events in Carlton North

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Carlton North is the most charming of suburbs, with leafy roads, cafes and grocers with top-notch produce, and some great old-fashioned boozers. It's in stark contrast to the frantic hustle of Lygon Street in Carlton itself.

The best restaurants in Carlton North

Babajan

Babajan

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

The modern Turkish café locals want to keep to themselves

Florian Eatery

Florian Eatery

With its uber German name, Florian is the latest café to call Carlton North's Rathdowne Village home. The brainchild of owners and friends Dom...

Henry Sugar

Henry Sugar

  • 3 out of 5 stars

Henry Sugar is the dessert bar turned restaurant/bar that is winning over Melbourne’s northside, one serve of parmesan ice-cream at a time

Natural Tucker Bakery

Natural Tucker Bakery

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

Hop off the Capitol City (bike) Trail to refuel at the Natural Tucker Bakery

The best bars in Carlton North

Gerald's Bar

Gerald's Bar

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Wine bars might be appearing on all fronts right now, but Gerald’s is the true battle-tested, five-star general

Great Northern Hotel

Great Northern Hotel

  • 4 out of 5 stars

It plays with heart for the footy and craft beer fans of the North

Little Andorra

Little Andorra

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Much like the principality it’s named after, this casual wine bar is occupies a space between France and Spain and is gorgeous to visit

The Brandon Hotel

The Brandon Hotel

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

This hidden gem is so inconspicuous it’s not apparent even when you’re inside the building

Other great venues in Carlton North

Princes Park

Princes Park

Home to the Carlton Football Club, Princes Park has tennis courts, soccer fields and a stack of exercise stations around a 3.2 km long running track.

Art Stems

Art Stems

Art Stems has been providing flowers to the people of the northern suburbs since 1988. They pride themselves on quality arrangements with a variety of...

The Little Bookroom (Carlton)

The Little Bookroom (Carlton)

Bookshops are magical places, and the Little Bookroom is a fine example of providing that magic to adults and children alike. Stocking everything from...