Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Carlton & Brunswick

D.O.C. Espresso

Run by third-generation Italian Australians, authentic D.O.C. has breathed new life into Lygon St. The espresso bar features homemade pasta specials, Italian microbrewery beers and aperitivo time (4pm to 7pm), when …
Top Choice Pizza in Carlton & Brunswick

D.O.C. Pizza & Mozzarella Bar

D.O.C. has jumped on the Milanese-led mozzarella-bar trend and serves up the milky-white balls – your choice of local cow or imported buffala – as entrees, in salads or atop fabulous pizzas. Pizza toppings include b…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Carlton & Brunswick

Rumi

A fabulously well-considered place that serves up a mix of traditional Lebanese cooking and contemporary interpretations of old Persian dishes. The sigara boregi (cheese and pine-nut pastries) are a local institutio…
Pizza in Carlton & Brunswick

400 Gradi

Named after the temperature the wood-fired oven gets cranked up to, 400 Gradi rolls out some of the best pizzas in the city. It's headed by pizzaiolo Johnny Di Francesco, whose family hails from Naples. Johnny train…
Italian in Carlton & Brunswick

Heartattack and Vine

Heartattack and Vine is a relaxed space with a neighbourhood feel all centred on a long wooden bar. Drop in for a coffee morning or night, prop up at the bar for an Aperol spritz or glass of wine, grab a brekky past…
European in Carlton & Brunswick

Milk the Cow

When a cheese craving strikes, head to licensed fromagerie Milk the Cow for baked camembert with a crusty baguette or a farmer's board of country-style bites. The electric milking chandeliers are a talking point, as…
Felafel in Carlton & Brunswick

Very Good Falafel

They started off selling dips at markets and now Louisa and Shuki have set up permanent shop here. Their backgrounds combine perfectly: Shuki grew up on Middle Eastern home cooking in Israel, while Louisa's family h…
Turkish in Carlton & Brunswick

Babajan

For a small corner cafe, Babajan whips up some big Turkish flavours. Kirsty Chiaplias, who runs the show, has culinary cred going back years from working with noteworthy chefs such as Gordon Ramsay. Drop in for a de…
Cafe in Carlton & Brunswick

Ray

Its graffitied facade makes it look like an abandoned house…before opening up to reveal the cafe as an inviting space with exposed brick and friendly service. The inspired menu reflects Brunswick by mixing Middle Ea…
European in Carlton & Brunswick

Epocha

Set within a grand Victorian double-storey terrace dating from 1884, elegant Epocha creates an interesting mix of Greek- and English-inspired dishes that's reflective of each of the co-owners' successes in previous …