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Melbourne in Victoria is famous for its food scene, and Carlton restaurants are some of Melbourne's best - well a lot of them anyway.
Carlton is Melbourne's 'Little Italy'. Arguably where Melbourne's love of food began, Carlton's Lygon Street boasts generations of restaurateurs and baristas serving up a slice of the Mediterranean in a bustling avenue of gastronomy.
Restaurants lively with waiters and diners, exciting food everywhere and the possibility of finding the marinara of a lifetime, Lygon Street restaurants are a Melbourne-must.
Popular choices include Brunetti (the marinara and the patisserie are favourites), Tiamo (a relaxed Melburnian favourite) or Donnini's (legendary for homemade pasta).
Other cuisines are stunningly represented in Carlton with highlights being: Three One Two (modern Australian and Australian Gourmet Traveller 2007 award winner); Toofeys Seafood Restaurant (said to be Melbourne's best) and Inkari Latin American Café (a dynamic cultural experience from the food to displayed crafts, latin dance and Spanish lessons).
More impressive restaurants in Melbourne's Carlton include Shakahari Vegetarian Restaurant (legend has it Australia's oldest vegetarian restaurant featuring modern Asian inspired food), the wacky Ying Thai 2 (Thai with a stir fry focus) and for the cheapest meal in Carlton, don't go past Threshermans Bakehouse.
Carlton is a stone's throw from the Queen Street produce markets known as 'Queen Victoria Markets'. So for a complete culinary experience wander down the road and visit these markets.
Melbourne weather is renowned for being unpredictable, but like the food it's always a memorable experience. A Melbourne map will provide directions to Carlton, but the area is in central Melbourne, easily accessible and public transport is great.