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Hello Hawthorn

This leafy, inner-eastern suburb is known as the home of AFL three-peaters, the mighty Hawks, but bubbling under the surface there’s more to it. Here’s how to spend a day in Hawthorn.


From the city, catch any Belgrave or Lilydale Line train to Glenferrie Station. Head towards Axil Coffee Roasters [322 Burwood Road], where you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast from a menu that balances the tried-and-true breakfast items with more unique eats. You’ll also find arguably some of Melbourne’s best coffee, from a team led by roasting royalty Dave Makin and Zoe Delany.


After breakfast, meander down to Glenferrie Road and browse through the stores you stumble across. Readings [701 Glenferrie Road] is a popular haunt for bookworms, while Alley Tunes Records [660 Glenferrie Road] has musos covered. You’ll also come across some beautiful homewares stores like Homing Instincts [204 Glenferrie Road], as well as fun gift stores like Blackbird & Fox [673/681 Glenferrie Road]. Stop at Yo-Chi [206 Glenferrie Road] for some frozen yoghurt crowned with your choice of sweets, fruits or muesli from the topping buffet, while watching the commuters of Glenferrie Road pass you by. Then continue moseying through the array of stores on offer.


Head to Santoni Pizza & Bar [634 Glenferrie Road] for an early dinner and see if you can score a table on the rooftop. You’ll have a fantastic view of the neighbourhood and can watch the sun go down as you enjoy authentic Italian pizza. Continue the rooftop fun by booking in a movie on the rooftop at Lido Cinemas [675 Glenferrie Road]. Outdoor screenings run through the summer months, providing the perfect way to spend a balmy summer evening. After the flick, head down to Vaporetto [Rear 681 Glenferrie Road] and enjoy a glass of wine in the Venetian-style setting. If you’re visiting on a Friday or Saturday, grab a ticket to the Lido Jazz Room and let the live music entertain you.