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Day 6: A very Carlton Christmas

Carlton is putting on a show this Christmas, with streets lined with decorations and the locals in a festive mood. If it’s been a while since your last visit, now is a great time to get reacquainted with this famous inner-city suburb.

Christmas decorations on a Carlton street

That’s “Merry Christmas” for those who don’t speak Italian.

The Corkman Irish Pub
Although it’s primarily known for its Italian heritage, Carlton is home to one of Melbourne’s great Irish pubs. The Corkman Irish Pub hosts live Irish music every week along with a student night on Thursdays. It’s closed weekends, but you can hire it out for a function and take advantage of this year’s tasty Christmas menu.
Bridget McDonnell Gallery
Celebrating its 30th year, Bridget McDonnell Gallery is a Carlton landmark, specialising in modern Australian art. Over the festive season the gallery is holding a special Christmas exhibition of over 100 works, covering an eclectic mix of local and international artists.
Paintings in a gallery

Just a small sample of the collection at Bridget McDonnell Gallery.

The Olive Jar Cafe
It wouldn’t be a Carlton Christmas if we didn’t include at least one great Italian restaurant offering Christmas lunch. The Olive Jar Cafe is off the main strip, located on a leafy section of Rathdowne Street. Their food is as authentic as it gets, with homemade pasta and a pizza base voted the best in Melbourne.
Grinders Coffee
Walk past another local institution, Grinders Coffee, and enjoy the smell of fresh coffee wafting out onto the street. Trading since the ’60s, Grinders stock coffee, tea and everything related, from KeepCups to traditional Bialetti cafetieres.
Christmas decorations in Grinders Coffee shop

Grinders celebrates another Christmas in the coffee business.

Found Sound
The unofficial music gear precinct along Elgin Street is home to Found Sound, a second-hand musical instrument store that specialises in vintage gear, equipment hire and repairs. Open three days a week, it’s the best kept secret of musicians all over Melbourne.
For more great Christmas news, stories and videos stay tuned to the 30 Days of Christmas blog.