Carlton Espresso is a cafe located on Lygon St and offers a great place to sit outside, have a coffee and take in the ambience of Lygon St. It’s a part of the same group that owns DOC Carlton, which is best known for their award winning artisan pizzas.

CE1                                                                                         Breakfast panini w/ wilted spinach, cheese and free range egg

Whilst waiting for a friend to arrive I took the opportunity to try something from their breakfast menu. Having been many times in the past for coffee, I had never tried any of their food.  Ordering is done from the bar and options are not just limited to coffee and breakfast. They offer light lunch options consisting of  focaccia’s, piadina’s, (similar to a focaccia but with italian flat bread) salads and pastas. I also noticed a great selection of sweets when walking inside.

CE4                                                                             Selection of sweets

I ordered a panino with wilted spinach, grated sardinian pecorino, and free range egg and the breakfast menu is available from 7am. When the breakfast panino arrived it was well… simple, a little on the small size, but for $7 who’s complaining. In fact D.O.C. Group’s philosophy is to make simple Italian food, with fresh ingredients, the old fashion way and they have delivered on that that. The coffee here is a standout, having tried coffee in many cafes in Lygon St, this place sits with the best of them, and is in fact my favourite.


If you find yourself in Lygon St and looking for a great coffee, make this your destination.

326 Lygon St, Carlton
Open 7 Days
Monday to Sunday 7:00 till late

Phone 03 9347 8482

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