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Carlton

Take an inspiring journey through this exciting suburb, which features gorgeous parklands, heritage architecture and a supreme coffee culture along vibrant Lygon Street.

Spend a few days experiencing eclectic Carlton, which seamlessly blends heritage sights with youth-oriented culture. Located just north of Melbourne's central business district, this suburb is an easy and entertaining addition to any Melbourne sightseeing itinerary.

Begin your Carlton journey in its beating heart, the eclectic Lygon Street. Grab a morning coffee and a delectable pastry at Brunetti’s, a large-scale Italian cafe. The area's student population, owing to the neighbouring university, has supported a growing market of trendy book stores, artisanal shops and niche cafés along the main strip.

Walk east through streets lined with Victorian terrace cottages to the Carlton Gardens, one of Melbourne's finest inner-city parklands. Take the kids to the playground or picnic under sprawling Moreton Bay figs. In the gardens' centre, the huge Royal Exhibition Building cuts a photogenic figure. Next door, the Melbourne Museum, with its ultra-modern design, houses a range of entertaining and educational exhibits.

Venture to Carlton north to explore shady residential streets. Both Nicholson Street and Rathdowne Street feature charming “villages"; collections of intimate coffee houses, furniture stores and convenience shops.

Carlton's west is dominated by the massive Royal Park, a 72-hectare (181-acre) stretch of lawns, bushland and sporting fields. Take the kids to the Melbourne Zoo, which houses a collection of animals, birds and insects in the park's centre.

At dinner time, follow the crowds back to Lygon Street. Thanks to the suburb's rich Mediterranean heritage, this street features boundless options for Italian dining. Choose from excellent sit-down meals to late-night takeaway pizza. Other dining options include Vietnamese soups, Indian cuisine, French bistro-style meals and Turkish bakeries.

After a hearty meal, take a walk with ice cream or a frozen yoghurt treat; the street remains lively until well after dinner. The Nova Cinema is a great place to sit and relax after your meal, with cheap tickets to a range of art house movies.

Get into Carlton and navigate the suburb using efficient tram, bus or train services from most areas of the city.


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P4,969
Best Western Plus Travel Inn Hotel

Best Western Plus Travel Inn Hotel

Cnr Grattan and Drummond Streets, Carlton
3.8
of 5, from 113 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Melbourne, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum. University of Melbourne and RMIT University are also within 15 minutes.

P4,054
ibis Melbourne Swanston Street Hotel

ibis Melbourne Swanston Street Hotel

609 Swanston Street, Carlton
4.0
of 5, from 327 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Carlton, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Melbourne City Baths and RMIT University. Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Central are also within 15 minutes.

P5,332
Rydges on Swanston - Melbourne

Rydges on Swanston - Melbourne

701 Swanston Street, Carlton
3.6
of 5, from 143 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Carlton hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, and Royal Exhibition Building. RMIT University and Royal Melbourne Hospital are also within 15 minutes.

P5,054
Quest Carlton on Finlay

Quest Carlton on Finlay

2-9 Finlay Place, Carlton
3.9
of 5, from 17 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Melbourne, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Exhibition Building and RMIT University. Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Central are also within 15 minutes.

P3,853
Arrow on Swanston

Arrow on Swanston

488 Swanston Street, Carlton
3.6
of 5, from 112 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Melbourne, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Melbourne City Baths, RMIT University, and Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne Central and Bourke Street Mall are also within 15 minutes.

P4,710
Lygon Lodge

Lygon Lodge

220 Lygon Street, Carlton
4.1
of 5, from 59 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Melbourne, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum, and RMIT University. University of Melbourne and Melbourne Central are also within 1 mi (2 km).

P4,149
Plum Carlton Serviced Apartments

Plum Carlton Serviced Apartments

528 Swanston Street, Carlton
3.4
of 5, from 43 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Carlton, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Melbourne City Baths and RMIT University. Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Central are also within 15 minutes.

P5,131
Carlton Clocktower Apartments

Carlton Clocktower Apartments

255 Drummond Street, Carlton
3.8
of 5, from 16 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The Real Heart of Melbourne, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Exhibition Building and Ian Potter Museum of Art. Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens are also within 15 minutes.

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