Carlton - home of Melbourne University and the mighty, love ’em or hate ’em Blues - boasts the largest concentration of magnificent old Victorian homes in Melbourne.
These homes are complemented by tree-shaded streets and terraces that exude a singular, old-world charm.
Carlton’s social heart is Lygon Street, or Little Italy, where ranks of Italian restaurants and delicatessens draw browsers and gourmets from every point of the compass.
On Lygon you’ll also find Melbourne’s oldest and most distinctive wine bar, Jimmy Watson’s. The original Jimmy Watson was a great supporter of young Australian reds and the trophy and competition that bears his name was established by old friends in 1962 for the best one-year-old red wine in the land.
Once you have torn yourself from the wine bar, a stroll through the university campus brings you to Parkville, with another pocket of delightful terraces and the knockout Butterfly House in Royal Park.