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HOT: Park Street, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

park street north carlton

Park Street in North Carlton is the revamped version of the beloved Green Park. There cafe and restaurant has new owners, a new look and a new menu, while still offering one of the best family-friendly cafe experiences in Melbourne.

Our cycling-loving family love the big windows facing out onto the Capital City trail bike path and the adjacent playground which has also had an upgrade.

park street north carlton

The interior is light and bright, with a long leather banquette along one wall, numerous communal tables and a bar area with stools and cosy booths for singles or groups (though they tend not to seat families there).

park street north carlton

The venue is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The daytime menu is split between all day breakfast and a lunch menu 11-3pm.

My waffles with PX braised beef cheek, cavolo nero and fried egg is a solid and satisfying dish, with melting slabs of meat atop a crispy waffle ($19). The Park Street pie changes daily and comes with salad – it's good without being particularly remarkable ($16).

park street north carlton

The prettiest dish and the one most fought over are the coconut hotcakes, topped with roasted pineapple and a lime mascarpone ($18).  The pancake is particularly fluffy and perfect slathered with the creamy sweetness of the accompaniments.

park street north carlton

The kids menu features five items – waffles, egg and soldiers, toastie, chicken burger and pasta ($8-$9). The toastie I request on sourdough and is substantial.

park street north carlton

The only downer is that during our weekend visit the service and food is very slow. Might have been just-opened teething issues but fortunately the kids discover the shelf with picture books and toys.

park street north carlton

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The playground next door is also a drawcard – particularly as you can still sit at the cafe while the kids play. The playground is more suited for toddlers, with lots of low-rise and fairly gentle equipment. Nevertheless Baby 2.0 and Lady AB still enjoy themselves.

park street north carlton

park street north carlton

Park Street has all the makings of a lively, friendly, neighbourhood hub where you can grab a coffee or settle in for a classy dinner. It is very popular with local families and well worth a special trip from across town too.

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HOT Tips:

  • pram access;
  • numerous high chairs;
  • kids menu;
  • kid-friendly standard menu;
  • change table in disabled toilets;
  • toys and books;
  • next to playground;
  • short walk to The Little Bookroom children's bookstore and other stores in Nicholson St;
  • free 1 hour parking on Park Street and Nicholson St;
  • walking distance to #96 tram; and
  • next to Capital City bike trail.

Park Street, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North (03) 9380 5455



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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. I tried it for dinner with 2 adults, a 9 year old and a six year old and it was an odd and disappointing experience.

    The cafe section that looks out onto the playground closes and they draw a heavy curtain and seat you in the booths. That means that if the kids wanted to play outside we couldn’t see them. I asked if we could sit in the cafe area for this reason but they said no. They also closed the coffee machine and said we could have filter coffee but not espresso. The food was quite expensive and the menu limited. There were only 3 mains and one of these was unavailable on the night. This left my friend, who is coeliac, with few options. My meal was nice but I won’t go back. For me, the attraction was to have an early dinner with a friend in an environment that also had something to offer the kids. As it was they seemed to deliberately prevent this, so I can only assume that they don’t want families to eat dinner there.

    It looks like it could be good for brunch but there are plenty of places that offer that. I was hoping for a family friendly dinner venue but it certainly doesn’t offer that.

    1. Thanks Jennifer, have you passed on your comments to Park St directly? I’m sure they’d be interested in the feedback as I know they are hoping to cater to the local community, which has a high proportion of young families.

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