03 9347 2142

University Cafe : 257 Lygon Street, Carlton, 3053

Welcome to University Cafe

For over 60 years, the University Café has been delighting diners with its excellent Italian cooking.

Today, the restaurant's is still as popular, and locals, academics and tourists alike flock here to enjoy a delicious bowl of pasta or risotto accompanied by an excellent cup of coffee. Some of them come just for the food, and others frequent bustling University Café regularly to enjoy the atmosphere and a chat over a good cup of caffeine.

Located in the heart of Lygon Street, the Café, which was one of Melbourne's first espresso bars, has an eclectic clientele. The home-style Italian fare and the varied menu are both big drawcards and the helpings are as generous as they are tasty.

Diners can sit inside or enjoy great food or a coffee al fresco outside anytime of day, as University Café is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

Favourite dishes include the mushroom risotto, or spaghetti that tastes as if it was made by an Italian Mama. Desserts are also delicious and traditional and the the Tiramisu is a popular favourite.

Function room

The restaurant seats up to 130 people downstairs which includes the popular alfresco area. For a more private arrangement, there are also two function rooms for special occasions or company meetings with a capacity for 75 seated.

How to find us:

Lygon Street is well served by both city bus service and the famous Melbourne tram system.

University Cafe is listed on Google Maps. Click HERE , enter your location and method of transport and download directions to get straight to our door.


Street parking or public car parks located a short walk away.

Opening Hours:

Open every day except Monday. Please click HERE to find our opening hours and to make a reservation

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