Forget the big smoke this weekend and head 6km east from the CBD to the suburb of Hawthorn. Long a favourite suburb for families and university students studying at nearby Swinburne, this area has swiftly become a hot-bed for young and trendy small businesses ready to meet all your eating, drinking and shopping needs. Jump on a train or tram, or book your GoGet Melbourne carshare car, and get ready to tackle this 12 hour itinerary from our friends at Yelp.
Rise and shine! Opened in mid-2015, Bawa will help you start your day right with a light and healthy breakfast. Chia pudding with coconut, fruit, and pistachio or the cauliflower hash, beetroot relish, and pickled tomato will help you get your fruit and veg in for the day.
Let’s face it, nothing good ever came from trying to attempt a day of exploring without an appropriate amount of caffeine. Axil serves up their house roasted coffee to a large crowd of locals every day of the week. Grab a takeaway flatwhite (or a magic if you want to try the espresso to milk ratio preferred by baristas) and continue onwards.
Explore Glenferrie Road and don’t forget to peek down the arcades and alleys! There’s dozens of great homeware, gift and clothing stores featuring locally designed goodies ready to take home. Blackbird and Fox offers free gift wrapping and Tickle Your Brains has terrific kids toys that don’t come wrapped in layers of plastic.
A lunch of tacos at Fonda Mexican is sure to be a fun experience with their vibrant decor and music. The eatery’s friendly and fast service means you can be in and out in an hour.
Earn dessert by walking over to Sisko chocolate. Here you’ll find beautifully created chocolate treats that are made in-house by a team of expert chocolatiers. If walking isn’t your thing, head to the nearby Yochi to make your own froyo masterpiece.
The revamped Lido Cinema is the perfect place to take in a flick and soothe those feet for a couple of hours. You can rest assured that this isn’t your regular choc-top and popcorn cinema experience. Lido features a rooftop cinema in summer and has a hidden jazz room on Friday and Saturday nights.
Head to Small Patch for pre-dinner drinks. Specialising in craft beer and boutique wine, you can pick any bottle from the shelf and enjoy it in-house for a small corkage fee. Like what you try? Take a bottle (or case) home with you!
Finish your day in style with dinner on the rooftop of the brand new St Cloud, a hip and trendy Vietnamese eatery that features everything from traditional beef pho to turmeric and coconut pancakes with pork belly and herbs. If you like to keep things simple, go for the $55 banquet and leave the choices to the chef.
Time to head home and think about next weekend’s adventure.