Bread and Jam for Frances
Bread and Jam for Frances is the eastside sister to North Fitzroy’s Dench Bakers. It offers Hawthorn locals a seasonal menu built around Dench’s organic sourdough breads.
The cafe is named after a series of children’s books by author Russell Hoban, starring Frances, a food-obsessed badger who loves to eat nothing but bread and jam. It’s a fitting name, given the cafe is an extension of Hawthorn’s Readings bookstore.
The former local dance hall was reclaimed in 2009 and features large windows and high ceilings. For some it’s the perfect sanctuary to settle with a good book. Others find it a place to catch up with friends over a sweet treat or two.
The menu offers classic baguettes and cheese melts, through to more elaborate dishes with eggs stacked on toast. Muesli and porridge with seasonal fruits are also available for those taking a break from toast.
Coffee is supplied by Code Black and forms part of an extensive drinks list that includes organic sodas, milkshakes and smoothies, as well as beer, wine and cider. Once you’ve finished your meal, grab an organic sourdough or pastry to take home.