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What’s Hood: Hawthorn Edition

What’s Hood: Hawthorn Edition

The notorious inner east… well known for its Private Schools, leafy green streets and traffic, there’s more to be discovered on this side of the CBD especially with an ever-expanding student presence bringing a hugely diverse culinary offering, and beautiful parks. Hawthorn just keeps getting better by the year!

This edition of ‘What’s Hood?’ will take you through the brown and yellow ‘burbs, Hawthorn and Hawthorn East – go the Hawks!


With high calibre coffee options on every corner, it’s hard to know where to begin as you stroll through the tree-lined streets in search of your morning caffeine hit, but we’ll give you a head start! 

Juliette Coffee & Bread: Hot off the press, and out of the oven. Hidden neatly behind the tram sheds is Hawthorn East’s newest and most exciting cafe addition. Serving up fresh pastries and steaming coffee, this is one not to be missed. 

Sonny Ray: The toastie extraordinaire with a great coffee to boot. Enjoy the outdoor courtyard and clever prints on the walls while you dig into a Confit Duck Toastie and Cappuccino – heaven!

Axil: As serious cafes go, this is pretty close to perfect. Owned by two-time Australian barista champion Dave Makin, and his partner Zoe (of equal coffee nous), look no further if you are a serious coffee lover. And if you’re in a rush? They have a hole in the wall spot around the corner that makes a killer egg and bacon jaffle. 

Light Years: The answer to your icy morning walks – a hot coffee from Light Years will be sure to take the edge off. Conveniently situated a stone’s throw from Fritsch Holzer Park, Light Years is an incredible space with wonderful staff, and tasty food to boot. 

Liar Liar: We couldn’t talk about Hawthorn cafes without including Liar Liar, the first serious coffee destination we were blessed with on the Glenferrie Road strip. Despite a change of owners in 2015, Liar Liar still serves up magic with their Proud Mary beans.


Hawthorn is bustling with culinary delights, with a diverse offering thanks to the ever-growing international student population. On Glenferrie Road alone you can choose between Italian, Chinese, Greek, Malaysian, Mexican, Thai, Korean and Japanese to name a few.

My favourites? There’s too many! But here are a couple of really special ones.

Italy 1:  The ultimate ‘special dinner’ destination tucked away behind a beautiful classic Italian entrance on Burke Road (the Hawthorn East side, so it counts!) The linguine marinara gods poured a lot of their blessings into this place, but everything on the menu is divine and it’s a memorable dining experience.

Hibiki: Although I only discovered this amazing cafe since restrictions took over our lives, their teriyaki chicken jaffle has hit the spot time after time – I think I’m up to my 5th order for a workday lunch! The menu is exquisite, a fusion of Australian cafe food with Japanese hits – This is one I can’t wait to visit soon. Tinto AND Lulo: The two Spanish hotspots (are we still allowed to say hotspot?) that have won my heart. Tinto, a more traditional Spanish restaurant, has everything you could need to transport yourself to Madrid for the night. Just hope that it’s Padron Pepper season when you visit. And Lulo – the tapas bar from our dreams, need I say more, you won’t be disappointed.

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