This week for You’re Melbourne finds we took a step hop out of the city to explore the nearby suburb of Hawthorn. With a perfect mixture of cafe’s with a conscience and shopping that defy’s the mediocre mainstream we’ve wrapped up our favourite finds for the perfect day out for you. As always we start the day with breakfast and with it’s bold monochromatic style you can’t go past Hawthorn Common. With it’s ethos around the closed loop concept Hawthorn Common ticks all the boxes for those seeking a wholefood lifestyle with an environmental conscience. The highlight is the beautiful outdoor terrace complete with string lights and Basil bang striped umbrellas. The best bit is that the service matched the outstanding food and coffee and if you haven’t got time to stop by for breakfast you can still enjoy the ambiance by grabbing takeaway coffee from the coffee booth downstairs.
A must visit in Hawthorn is Lido. Owned by Eddie and Lindy Tamir (also of The Classic in Elsternwick and The Cameo in Belgrave), the Tamir’s passion lies in restoring old cinemas to their former glory. Lido has been restored to include a breathtaking rooftop cinema and a jazz lounge. The once tired Lido Arcade that it sits in has also been given a face life and includes some great stores including niche menswear store 1st Product, Troubadour Flowers and The Brow Bar. The arcade is flanked by Yochi and Huxtaburger so it’s a complete experience in itself.
Directly across he road is the Don Arcade, which takes you through to Glenferrie Station. It juxtaposes Lido with its quaint old world vibes and cosy cafes. At the station entrance is Little Tuckshop Café, which once you step inside its narrow walls feels like you’ve stepped straight into Soho New York. Zane coffee is brewing and for the soy lovers they use BonSoy, which is a big high five in our books. Little Tuckshop prides itself on being one of the cheapest cafes in the hood without compromising on quality.
10 minutes up the road (by car or tram) will take you to Church Street where you’ll find Home by Tribal. Once only online, storeowner Isabelle (pictured below) decided she needed to bring to life her online store in this picturesque bricks and motor store. Isabelle has nailed the boho vibe and the white painted floors and walls layered with big pieces of tribal art and artefacts which she has sources from around the world have me wanting to pain my floors white – pronto! This place is a visual delight and for those looking for something a little less mainstream you are bound to find a treasure (if not two or three) here.
Cross the road and again you’ll find a complete contrast in style when you step into The Woodsfolk. Bombarded with colour it’s hard not to have a smile on your face as your eyes dart around the store at all the fun and quirky home wears and kids toys. Gone are the days when kids rooms meant exclusively pastel pink and blue fluffy animals, here you’ll find all the elements to create a kids room that is as appealing to us ‘big kids’ as it is to your little one.
Hawthorn makes for a great full day out with a range of great places to eat, good coffee, unique shops and activities such as the Lido cinemas. Got a favourite place in Hawthorn? We’d love to see a snap, share it using the hashtag #showusyouremelbourne so we can add it to our list to try too!
I’ve teamed up with Sandy & Penny of You’re Melbourne to share with you You’re Melbourne Finds , a collection of Melbourne and surrounding suburbs best bits, the secrets, the hidden gems and the spots you can’t forget about. Pocket guides of where to eat and drink, where to shop and what to do when you keep coming back to this place we call home. You can download the You’re Melbourne finds guide to Hawthorn below, and check out our other finds here
You’re Melbourne could be called a ‘tour’, but it’s truly an experience. Whether you’re in Melbourne for a day or you call this beauty your home, let You’re Melbourne show you their favourite finds and best kept secrets and you’ll walk away with not only the memories but with photos too.