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Lygon Street, Melbourne

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Lygon Street is a street in inner northern Melbourne, Australia, and runs through the suburbs of Carlton, Carlton North, Brunswick East and Brunswick. Lygon Street's name has become synonymous with Italian restaurants and cafés located in the Carlton part of the street.

Geography

Lygon Street runs north-south through the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne. At its southernmost end, it connects to Russell Street in the Hoddle Grid; it then proceeds northward, through Carlton, Carlton North, and Brunswick East, to its intersection with Albion Street. Although the roadway itself continues, it is re-named Holmes Street at this point. North of Brunswick Road, the street numbers restart at 1.

Tram routes 1 and 8 run along Lygon Street north of Elgin Street.

Landmarks

The Italian restaurant precinct synonymous with Lygon Street occupies the few blocks between Victoria Street and Elgin Street, spilling over into the sidestreets as well. This area is heavily European in nature and is the home of the yearly Lygon Street Festa, one of Australia's largest outdoor street festivals. It also comes alive with Ferrari red and yellow banners during the Australian Grand Prix. The La Mama Theatre and Courthouse Theatre are in this area. Melbourne Trades Hall occupies the corner of Lygon Street and Victoria Street. Melbourne General Cemetery is situated on the western side of Lygon Street in North Carlton, between Cemetery Road and Macpherson Street.

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