Best Cafes in Hawthorn

Updated 2 weeks ago


It's been a decade since Hawthorn got its first serious cafe, Liar Liar. Owners Nathan Toleman and Nolan Hirte may have sold up and gone on to found Higher Ground and Proud Mary in Portland, USA respectively, but the seed they planted has well and truly bloomed.

There are now two specialty coffee roasters here – Axil (established in 2011) and Methodist (September 2017). Then there's a cafe run by a former Michelin-starred chef; another that specialises in Japanese breakfasts; and Rustica Canteen, with its bounty of fresh bread, croissants and doughnuts. It's a diverse bunch, which is exactly what you'd expect given Hawthorn's mix of affluent families and resident Swinburne students.

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  • A cafe collaboration by a bunch of the best, doing more than your average flat white.

  • The first serious coffee destination in Hawthorn.

  • A cafe and roastery by a couple with serious coffee credentials, including an Australian barista championship.

  • A beautiful spot inspired by a family navy tradition.

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  • Where the menu appeals to everyone, even kids.

  • Don't be fooled by the diminutive shopfront. It opens up into a bustling, multi-roomed cafe.

  • Small in size but big in heart.

  • Something for everyone, from superfoods to southern fried chicken.

  • Feels like breakfast at a mate’s place.

  • This sleek sandwich deli brings the bustle of Manhattan to a sleepy suburban street (without annoying the locals). Stop by for Italian-inspired sangas, handmade bagels and coffee.

  • This bagel-slinging food truck makes great use of an old car park. Come for Montreal-style bagels filled with all the fan favourites – like smoked salmon, dill and caper cream cheese, chicken salad and brisket pastrami.