Lively Carlton is the traditional home of Melbourne’s Italian community. Visitors and locals flock to the suburb for the atmospheric Italian restaurants and cafes that spill on to bustling Lygon Street.

Growing from its traditional Italian roots, these days Carlton has a greater proportion of residents from Eastern Asia, South-eastern Asia and the United Kingdom. Carlton has the second largest population in the municipality. It comprises a large population of local and international students who attend the nearby University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

Virtually all of Carlton falls within the municipality’s boundaries. Besides Lygon Street, this area includes the historic Melbourne General Cemetery, Princes Park (home to the Carlton Football Club) and the beautiful Carlton Gardens. The Gardens contain the striking, contemporary Melbourne Museum and the domed 19th century Royal Exhibition Building.

Carlton is one of the most dynamic and diverse suburbs in the municipality. Entertainment, cultural and leisure activities can be found side by side with its educational, business, retail and residential facilities.


What we love in Carlton

Baker D Chirico– 178 Faraday Street.  Beautiful bread, amazing shop design.

Brunettis– 380 Lygon Street. Amazing Italian experience, specialty cakes. 

D.O.C Carlton– 295 Drummond Street. Superb pizzas.

Tiamo– 303 Lygon. Authentic, delicious Italian cuisine. Great value. 

Readings– 309 Lygon Street. Knowledgeable staff in the fields of books, music and film. Exceptional customer service. 

King and Godfree– A celebration of Italian culture and cuisine. The building hosts a deli, bistro, espresso bar and a rooftop bar with stunning views of the Melbourne city skyline. 

Postcode: 3053
Population: 18,535 (ABS 2016)
Municipality: City of Melbourne