Lygon Street is one of the great food precincts of Melbourne. It has its origins in the early immigration of Italian migrants to Melbourne and, in particular, to Carlton. It has the biggest selection of Italian restaurants and cafes of anywhere in Australia, and was the first suburb in Melbourne to promote eating outdoors with tables and chairs on footpaths. Lygon Street is a great place to spend a warm summer’s evening with a group of friends, especially if you’re sitting in the garden cafe of one of the terraces that line the street.
Literally just a five minute stroll away, Rathdowne Village is a great local area shopping strip featuring numerous cafés, restaurants, small fashion boutiques and bookshops. Take time out and explore all the different tastes and styles, it's a wonderful place to hang out with the locals.
A lively suburb with a bohemian reputation, Fitzroy’s eclectic bars and restaurants are popular with students, weekenders and young professionals. Street art covers the narrow backstreets, where small galleries sit alongside corner pubs and terrace houses. Brunswick Street is a trendy retail and nightlife strip, while Gertrude Street is known for its design and art-supply stores, wine bars and buzzy eateries.