Take a sip of integral Melbourne history in Lygon Street, Carlton, the birthplace of the city's famous café culture. The arrival of Melbourne's first espresso machine at one of Lygon Street's Italian-owned cafés in the 1950s was a defining moment. These days 'Little Italy' is crammed with double-storey Victorian terraces featuring endless cafes and restaurants serving steaming bowls of pasta, espresso and delicious gelati. Old favourites like Tiamo and University Café are as warm and welcoming as they are traditionally tasty. Further down Lygon Street you'll find bookshops, galleries and plenty of shops selling the latest European and Australian fashions.