Pull up a seat in the street that taught Melbourne how to eat. La dolce vita lives on in Carlton, the city’s traditional Italian heartland.

Like a freshly brewed espresso, Carlton packs a punch. Traditional Italian dining is this neighbourhood’s forte and you’re not likely to forget it. You might want to practice saying, “No, I don’t have any room for gelato”, before you take a walk down Lygon Street, Carlton’s famous dining strip. With a cosy cinema and old-fashioned pubs, Carlton has a community vibe that will keep you coming back for more.