Defined by canopied streets, sprawling parklands and immaculately groomed gardens, Hawthorn is an urban oasis. The Yarra River runs up the suburb’s eastern boundary, bringing with it lush riverside reserves and scenic walking paths. No matter where you are in Hawthorn, a pocket of greenery is never more than a short walk away – gifting an inspiring outdoor lifestyle to those who call the suburb home.
An expansive sanctuary, St James Park is home to a lush off-leash area where your canine companion can burn offstream and mingle with local dogs. A scenic walking track meanders its way around the periphery of the park – perfect for brisk morning jogs or lazy afternoon strolls.
Just a stone’s throw from No.8 Grattan, Pridmore Park is a quiet retreat on the banks of the Yarra River. Shrouded by leafy trees, it presents a great place to unwind with a picnic or good book as you take in the ambient sounds of nature.
A recreational hub, Grace Park comprises a tennis club, sporting complex, basketball court and children’s playground. You’ll also find grassy lawns beneath tall palms and mature deciduous trees. Find a shady spot and while the day away amongst verdant surrounds.
A perfectly-manicured oasis, Central Gardens is one of Hawthorn’s most picturesque spots. Admire colourful flowerbeds and European trees as you stroll around the boundary, or take a seat at one of the antique picnic tables. The park is particularly stunning in autumn, covered in beautiful golden leaves.
If you’re an epicurean or coffee fanatic, Hawthorn’s hospitality scene will feel like a dream come true. The suburb is swept with dining spots, home to everything from bustling cafes and plentiful bakeries to stylish bars and fine dining institutions. As more and more restaurateurs make Hawthorn their location of choice, the suburb is evolving into one of Melbourne’s most quintessential foodie locations.
Housed within a converted milk bar, this European-style cafe pays homage to its former life while bringing a splash of culinary innovation to Hawthorn’s back streets. Within cosy interiors incorporating the building’s original heritage fittings, tuck into homemade treats, hearty brunch classics and their signature Affogato coffees.
As the name suggests, coffee is the main event at this neighbourhood brew bar. Whether you’re picking up beans for your at-home creations or grabbing a coffee to go, rest assured Maker’s are some of the best in Melbourne. If you’re peckish, the food menu offers a simple yet tasty selection of toasties.
A Hawthorn institution, Bawa is synonymous with beautiful design, creative brunches and impeccable coffee. Find a seat under the lush plant hangings and choose between dishes like pumpkin piadini, shakshuka eggs and wagyu beef burgers.
Another roastery-slash-cafe, Methodist Cafe occupies a stately heritage-listed building on Burwood Road. Bright, airy interiors with plush booth seating provide the perfect setting for weekend brunch dates. The menu is all about comfort food with options like mushroom brioche French toast and crumbed chicken burgers.
In addition to sublime greenery and fine food, Hawthorn abounds with coveted retail spots. Along one of the suburb’s teeming shopping strips, peruse high-end boutiques, contemporary interior design stores and one-of-a-kind gift emporiums. The selection is abundant yet refined, allowing you to procure your next treasure with ease.
Frey Homewares is a celebration of artistry, craftsmanship and beautiful objects. Within their immaculately arranged store, you’ll find captivating prints, handcrafted cushions, quality linen, exquisite marble products and more. Whether you’re styling your own abode or searching for the perfect gift, Frey has you covered.
Have you ever fallen in love with an item of clothing that didn’t quite fit you right? Tahlo is out to ensure that will never happen again. Using their gorgeous original prints, their team of tailors will customise your item of choice to fit you like a glove. You can also procure one of their timeless readymade garments in-store.
Eco.D is a one stop shop for all your favourite luxury clothing brands including the likes of Cable, Camilla and Marc, and St.Agni. Within the light-filled Glenferrie Road boutique, you’ll you’ll find pieces defined by modern sensibility, quality materials and timeless silhouettes.
A lifestyle hub, fashion boutique and furniture store all wrapped into one, Red Fox Runs is a local treasure. The expansive warehouse spaces brims with contemporary pieces for the home and wardrobe, and even has an onsite cafe for when you need to refuel.
Fostering a lifestyle of convenience and harmony, Hawthorn pairs the urban amenity of an inner-city postcode with the community charm of a suburban locale. Here, esteemed schools, sporting amenities, efficient transport and bike paths are all encompassed in a landscape of lush greenery.
Regarded as one of Melbourne’s finest schools for girls, Strathcona Girls’ Grammar is just 15 minute walk from 8 Grattan. Enrolling ELC to year 12 students, the school is known for its world-class facilities, progressive curriculum and exemplary co-curricular offering including an impressive arts program.
Hawthorn West Primary School is also just a stone’s throw from No.8 Grattan, a dynamic and vibrant learning environment where tradition and innovation are woven into the culture and practises of the school. With a focus on wellbeing, the school is dedicated to preparing its students not just for high school, but adult life too.
Whether you’re a competitive bowler or someone who loves a social game, Hawthorn Bowling Club caters to all events and skill levels. Established in 1880, the club boasts a vibrant community atmosphere and enviable amenity including a grand heritage club house and fully-stocked bar.
This local gem is not your average IGA store. In addition to all the grocery essentials, it is an oasis of imported boutique products, gourmet deli items and organic produce. With plentiful variety and first-rate customer service, residents of No.8 Grattan are bound to become regular shoppers at this fresh food emporium.