Pretty Hawthorn East has an old-world charm. It boasts the very best that Melbourne has to offer, with an array of trendy cafes, unrivalled fashion boutiques, and a lively night scene. With its Victorian and Edwardian architecture, tree-lined streets, abundant parklands and Melbourne CBD views, Hawthorn East is an inner-city sanctuary that’s sought after by families and singles alike. You really can find everything you need in this vibrant suburb.
Start your day right at Shanklin Cafe. Named after the converted heritage-listed terrace house it lies within, Shanklin serves up Instagram-worthy dishes that taste as good as they look. With an impressive all-day breakfast menu, be sure to get in early on the weekends to avoid the queue for this Hawthorn East favourite.
The culinary delights continue over at Blood Orange Foodstore. It’s a one-stop-shop to fuel your body with the very best local produce on offer, and has thought of everything from take-home meals (lovingly prepared on site), all-day breakfasts, housemade preserves, groceries, and the eat-in crowd with its own cafe. Take away, sit down in the contemporary dining area or enjoy soaking up some vitamin D in the sun-drenched courtyard – this food store is good for the body as well as the soul.
For an evening out, there’s no need to travel far – St Cloud Eating House on Burwood Road is an impressive rooftop bar that can’t be missed. Set over two levels, this Vietnamese eating house interweaves traditional Vietnamese cooking with new techniques. The result? Honest, fresh and delicious food. Enjoy a contemporary play on Vietnamese classics, like caramel pork belly, coconut braised lamb, and Vietnamese slaw – preferably with a Saigon sour or Ho Chi gin to hand.
While Hawthorn East is brimming with eateries, there’s plenty to offer the fashion-conscious crowd. Kandis is a beloved destination for exquisite fashion pieces, and has been dressing locals since 1993. With a focus on sourcing ethically-driven, slow fashion labels, Kandis stocks merino and silk scarves, timeless linen and cotton pieces, and detailed hand-embroidered pashminas.
Another local fashion haunt is the Scarlet Jones clothing store, housed in an immaculately styled warehouse in Auburn Village. Owned by Lyn Clay, who carefully sources the eclectic range – with a definite nod to the past. Lyn’s focus on high-quality fabrics, timelessness and durability makes Scarlet Jones a style destination that is worth a visit.
It can’t be denied, Hawthorn East is a good looking suburb – from its shops to its picturesque properties. Original Victorian cottages sit side-by-side with Edwardian mansions, all lovingly cared for by owners past. Sleek, modern apartment blocks entice professional singles to the suburb, proving something for everybody in this diverse inner-city refuge. With the convenience factor being high – located a mere 15 minutes from the city and neighbouring suburbs – Hawthorn East is a suburb that you’ll never want to move away from.