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.

248 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Liar Liar


The first serious coffee destination in Hawthorn.

90 Kinkora Road, Hawthorn

Axil Coffee Roasters


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

322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Hello Sailor


A beautiful spot inspired by a family navy tradition.

89 Auburn Road, Hawthorn

Short Straw


Where the menu appeals to everyone, even kids.

734B Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Tana Cafe


For Japanese-influenced breakfasts.

36 Church Street, Hawthorn

Porgie & Mr Jones


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

291 Auburn Road, Hawthorn

The Counter


A family-friendly cafe you can count on.

96 Auburn Road, Hawthorn

Finders Keepers Cafe


Small in size but big in heart.

89 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn



Something for everyone, from superfoods to southern fried chicken.

111 Church Street, Hawthorn

Our Kitchenette


Feels like breakfast at a mate’s place.

217 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn

Knead Bakers


Grab an organic baguette to go, or stay for a full breakfast.

396 Burwood Road, Hawthorn