Hawthorn’s celebrated suburban lifestyle makes it one of Melbourne’s most sought-after locations. Close enough to the city, but far enough away so that coming home feels like a relaxing escape, this well-established area offers families everything they could desire. At the heart of this suburb is Glenferrie Road, a vibrant corridor for designer fashion, homewares and cheerful cafes. With it’s own aquatic centre, cinema, bowls and tennis clubs, Hawthorn offers the convenience of city living with a unique setting that’s hard to forget.
This part of Melbourne is expansive and affluent, perfect for families who are eager to provide the very best for their children regarding location, education and community. It’s where you’ll find Melbourne’s most prestigious educational institutions, including Scotch College, Swinburne University and Melbourne University’s Hawthorn campus. Hawthorn is well serviced by trams and trains alike, making the daily commute a breeze. With the Yarra River acting as one of its boundaries, Hawthorn has plenty of running trails and parks to keep your weekend active.
Start your day right at Short Straw, a café that brings the outdoors in. The light and airy space, hanging plants, communal tables and friendly staff give the café a strong sense of community. The menu makes brunch a work of art, from the handsome Garden of Eden eggs to the rainbow acai and goji berry granola bowl. But the real show stopper is the waffle stack, injected with wild strawberry coulis and topped with macaroons. Run, don’t walk.
As day turns to dusk, enjoy Melbourne’s version of Barcelona in full swing at Tinto Wine Bar & Food. Launched by the Triado sisters after exploring their northern Spanish roots, they bring the bright flavours and exhilarating atmosphere of Catalonia to Melbourne’s east. The menu reads like a greatest hits list of Spain, featuring traditional paella, patatas bravas and warming churros y chocolate; and 60 percent of the wines are from Spain. In the true spirit of Spanish bars, you will be welcomed with a smile, a space, and a glass of vino with a bite to eat.
The intoxicating smell of Peony Haute Parfumerie will draw you in from the street. The perfume emporium is home to an exquisite range of artisan scents, and is a pleasurable experience for all the senses – brimming with extravagant products from a bygone era, and an atmosphere that celebrates a time when shopping was an elegant experience.
Stray from the past into the woods at The Woodsfolk, a homewares store that hopes to make you smile. Hiding behind a bright teal door, the store is awash with imaginative goods for the whole family. Filled to the brim with quirky gifts, curated art and unique accessories, it has beautiful things for everyone: husbands, mothers, kids, grandmothers and even your furry family members.
Hawthorn is one of Melbourne’s oldest and grandest suburbs, and many prestigious properties boast of a proud and colourful history. With a diverse property market, you’ll find beautiful period homes on impressively large blocks of land, Victorian terraces with well-manicured gardens and stylish apartments. Rich with charm and character, this suburb provides an urban slice of sanctuary for families and professionals alike.