Private school girls, the football team, ageing population and expensive real-estate are all terms you may have associated with the suburb of Hawthorn. How rude! There is so much more to this Eastern beauty. We spent a day there foraging for hidden treasures; here’s what we found.

Alley Tunes

660A Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn

Nestled between an antique bookshop and Glenferrie Station, Alley Tunes is the prime location for a much-needed caffeine pick-me-up. Catering to students with $2.50 take away coffees, this little guy is the ideal solution to your loose change. The aesthetics alone brings charm and intrigue to this delightful record, CD and coffee shop. The cafe plays tunes to every taste, boasts a prime location and offers authentic Belgian Waffles – need you need anything more? We don’t think so.

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The Bonsai Farm.

67 Church Street, Hawthorn

Rows upon rows of lush greenery and miniature trees, The Bonsai Farm is the thirty-year investment of Hawthorn local and owner, Lindsey. Step into a garden of perfectly manicured wonder and escape the world outside.

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Tana Café.

36 Church Steet, Hawthorn

Tana Cafe is an antique ridden, rustic but charismatic café that nestles in the heart of Hawthorn. The vege burger is what draws the locals in; with freshly baked bread hugging a home-made vegetable patty bread, you’ll leave Tana feeling light, fresh and full to the brim.

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The Woods Folk: A Family Store

39 Church Street, Hawthorn

Newly opened, this cute boutique is fully decked out with sentimental trinkets: from rabbit figurines and candles, to a moose head wrapped in colourful pompoms. The staff are friendly and happy to help, making this little Hawthornian gem an outstanding place to pick up that little knick-knack you’ve always wanted.

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Nevermind Bar

336 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Easily detectable by its walls filled with Lego Bricks,  Nevermind Bar has established itself as a relaxed hang out with a vibe that’s second to none. The ambiance is friendly, with mismatched furniture that make for comfortable seating, and they serve some of the finest Pimm’s you’ve ever tried. And with trivia and local bands as a weekly occurrence, this bar truly offers it all.

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Other places to check out:

Tony Le Pony
428 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Crabapple Kitchen
659 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

La Tropezienne
780 Glenferrie Road

Nord Living
632 Glenferrie Road

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