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The first wave of Italian immigrants arrived in Melbourne in the mid-20th century and settled in the suburb of Carlton. One of the first things they did was open restaurants that served their favourite dishes, made just the way they were made back home. Toto’s Pizza House was the first pizzeria in Australia, and was followed by other cafés and restaurants on Carlton’s main thoroughfare of Lygon Street. The area is now firmly established as Australia’s “Little Italy” and has become a favourite haunt of foodies from all corners of the globe.
The stretch of Lygon Street between Victoria and Elgin streets, just north of Melbourne city centre, is where you’ll find all the most popular dining establishments. Start your day with an invigorating espresso, munch on a panino flavoured with garlic and fresh herbs at lunchtime, or wallow in nostalgia for the old country over a steaming bowl of pasta and a bottle of fruity red wine as darkness falls, leaving just enough room for a refreshing late-night gelato.
Every October the street is transformed by the Lygon Street Fiesta, a traditional Italian-style street festival which has been drawing the crowds since 1978. Other nearby entertainment options include the arthouse Cinema Nova and the legendary La Mama Theatre, while the Museo Italiano chronicles the legacy of the Italian community in Carlton and its impact on Australian life and culture.
Lygon Street also has a smattering of restaurants serving equally delicious non-Italian cuisine, including Indian and Thai, as well as an eclectic mix of fashion boutiques, bookshops and galleries – plenty to browse the hours away in this bohemian quarter of the city. It’s an easy walk from central Melbourne, but if you want to save your energy for a thorough exploration of your destination, jump on a tram. There is street parking nearby but it can be in high demand, so public transport is usually a safer bet.
When we reminisce over our travels, we usually remember experiences rather than the size of our hotel room and its view of the sea. Are you ready to start making some new vacation memories?
This place has a wide range of activities. Here are some suggestions to kick off your trip to Lygon Street:
For more things to do, head to our Lygon Street things to do page.
Good location, handy having the restaurant and bar downstairs, and very reasonably priced. Clean room, and comfy bed. We were staying for 4 nights, the rooms were not serviced. No extra toilet paper in the bathroom, and no extra garbage bags for kitchen and bathroom. These are little things but can ...
Nice and clean Good walking distance to city and restaurant Onsite parking reasonable price per day
Very clean and tidy accomondation and very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent location in the heart of Melbourne
You can't really do better than this, in Melbourne. Amazing value for the apartment. It was clean, spacious, comfortable and had a beautiful view. The building is well-located, with restaurants and a supermarket nearby. The staff were friendly and professional. Highly, highly recommended.
This was one of the best Melbourne city stays I've had. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Room was clean and excellent value. We had a veiw of the city which was breathtaking. Highly recommend
Everything was perfect considering I was there for a business trip. Very cosy apartments for them short trips, made me feel like I didn’t travel at all !
Location and helpful staff. I had an upgrade due to the faulty aircon of the first room. After I relocated, the staff on duty followed up before he finishing his shift. Amazing service !