Restaurants

  • Striped awnings and wicker chairs give this corner spot big Parisian vibes. But it’s not strictly French. Alongside bistro favourites find sophisticated European dishes (and classically French desserts).

  • We recommend you make a booking at this bustling modern-Japanese restaurant. Even though Ocha opened back in 2011, it's still to this day a difficult task to get a walk-in table here on a weekend.

  • A seriously supreme ramen shop.

  • Modern Indian cuisine from the cousins behind St Kilda’s Babu Ji.

  • Authentic Italian and a three-storey view of Glenferrie Road.

Cafes

  • 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.

  • A pint-sized panini bar slinging Italian-style deli rolls (and house party vibes). Fresh, pillowy focaccias are packed with house-crumbed chicken cotoletta with pickled onions, mortadella with Stracciatella, and more.

  • 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.

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

  • A retired AFL player joined forces with his former barista – and a few of his old Collingwood teammates – to open this retro sandwich and bagel joint. Look for the curvy, converted milk bar with the red and white branding.

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

  • A hole-in-the-wall cafe with doughnuts and discounts for students and police.

  • The first serious coffee destination in Hawthorn.

  • Small in size but big in heart.

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

  • Where the menu appeals to everyone, even kids.

  • A beautiful spot inspired by a family navy tradition.

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

  • Feels like breakfast at a mate’s place.

Bars

  • Go for globally inspired beers, from a West Coast IPA to a French-inspired saison, at this brewery in a converted mechanics’ warehouse. Choose from 12 house taps, or something from the mostly Victorian wine list. Also on the menu are loaded American-inspired burgers, toasties and burrito bowls.

  • A Venetian-style wine bar beneath Lido Cinemas.

  • Step in and sample more than 600 whiskies.

Shops

  • At this coral-coloured ice-creamery, an ex-Coda chef serves Japanese-inspired flavours that really run the gamut. There’s tart fuji apple, creamy matcha pistachio and interesting savoury options like nori and sweet potato.

  • Find the local institution’s Hawthorn outlet in a Federation-era shopfront inside an old bank. There’s a dedicated history reading nook, a mural-fronted children’s bookstore and a courtyard garden full of native plants. Plus, more than 25,000 titles to peruse.

  • With secret family recipes dating back over 100 years, Piccolina Gelateria does fresh and simple Italian gelato made the old-fashioned way.

  • A classic Asian grocer with a focus on Southeast Asian products and produce. (But there's also a surprisingly deep line-up of Latin American products, too.)

  • A smart, feminine boutique in Hawthorn, peppered with statement pieces, accessories and causal wear.

  • A fragrance fantasyland.

  • A most comprehensive swimwear boutique.

  • A touch of whimsy in Hawthorn.

  • From organic wine to Japanese ginger ale, this bottleshop and bar has something weird and wonderful to delight you.

  • A multi-faceted boutique stocking Australian fashion, homewares and tea.

  • A men's streetwear store stocking the established and the yet-to-be.

  • From a travelling juice van to bustling shop.

  • Come for the coffee, stay for the vinyl.