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The Best Cafes in Carlton

From hole-in-the-wall cafes to open-air courtyard coffee houses, Carlton is renowned for its cafe culture. Whether it’s a takeaway caffeine hit on your way to uni, an afternoon latte to wind down after a long day or a Sunday morning hangover cure, you’ll find some of the north’s best cafes in Carlton.
With the scent of coffee wafting from every second door, there’s no wonder you’re overwhelmed with choice. From cold drip, cold brews, pour over, lattes, cappuccinos and espressos to sip on, there’s something for everyone. Some of the city’s best espresso bars are also in Carlton, serving up delicious paninis, piadinas and pasta to munch on. There’s so much going on in this comprehensive guide to eating, drinking and brewing in the heart of Melbourne’s Little Italy.

The Comprehensive Carlton Café Guide

If strolling down Melbourne’s Little Italy, the Carlton end of Lygon Street sends you into a frenzy of where to begin, teeming with speciality coffee hubs and all things Italian. From classic Melbourne establishments to funky up and coming openings; and old-fashioned hidden gems and Lygon Street legacies to modern, rustic trailblazers, you’ll never be disappointed by the huge range of cafes that Carlton has to offer. So take a look at this list of must-visit cafes, with plenty of options to satisfy any caffeinated coffee craze. One thing is for sure: Carlton’s repertoire of cafes is far from lacking.

Keep us in the loop with your go-to Carlton cafes

If Carlton’s cuisine has left you wanting more, check out similar guides for other coffee fuelled adventures around Melbourne. If we’ve left off your favourite Carlton cafe, let us know! We’re always on the lookout for the next up and coming hotspot. You can reach us at smudge@smudgepub.com.au