Breakfast In Style: Trendiest Places For A Bite In Hawthorn, Australia

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If you find yourself in Hawthorn on a beautiful Saturday morning and you’re looking for the best places to eat, look no further than this article.

Hawthorn is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The home of Hawthorn Football Club of AFL, it is situated just 6 km (3.7 miles) east of the Melbourne central business district.

It’s a very safe area with upper-middle-class families who live in big and beautiful houses, private schools, and the home of Swinburne University. Glenferrie Road is the main shopping area, which is also the main area where most of the cool cafes are located.

Hawthorn is the ultimate breakfast area and a place to be seen in Melbourne, especially for youngsters. Whether you’re catching up with your friends, hungover or hungry, you will be spoiled with choices for your morning meals.

So, why don’t you try some trendy cafes in Hawthorn that offer delicious breakfast?

1. Breakfast philosophy at Hawthorn Common

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Editors’ Note: Establishment Permanently Closed as of this update [1/6/2020]

In this huge, glistening white tiled café, the bread is being baked, coffee is being roasted, and kale is being blitzed into verdant green smoothies.

Each platter has its own philosophy of freshness, put into action by the chef. How about a party platter of carrots? It’s a fresh and peppy mountain of purple haze and sweet little Dutch numbers, which have been pureed, pickled, shaved into ribbons or fried, fronds and all, in a thick batter. It makes them more like veg-stuffed churros than the tempura batons they’re billed as, but they are tasty mouthfuls of crunch, nonetheless.

Or try the zesty grain salad that combines nutty wild rice, quinoa and a full hiker’s lunchbox worth of pepitas, sunflower seeds and raisins with black tomatoes so acid-sweet it’s like a whole new species of the fruit. Add a green smoothie, with grapes, kiwi, apple and kale if you really want to exfoliate your insides.

If you like an energizing morning in your weekend, every Saturday, a yoga class takes place between the garden beds on the deck at 7.30am.

Hawthorn Common

Address: 302 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia

Price: from 15 AUD (12 USD)

Opening Hours: 8am - 4pm.

Access: Hawthorn Common is a 10 minute drive from Melbourne CBD

Contact: +61 3 9819 2200

Website: Hawthorn Common

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2. Get energized at Axil Coffee Roasters

Axil Coffee Roasters serves all-day breakfast with a selection of specialty coffees and teas. It gained its title of “Best Coffee” in the 2013 Melbourne Good Café guide.

If you are into traditional breakfast with eggs and bread, Axil is definitely your place. Try their smashed avocado on toast with sides of scrambled eggs and salmon pastrami. It’s delicious and very energizing.

If you like a great long black coffee, try the Ethiopia or Colombia brew, which will give you an experience of great coffee. Or you can order the seasonal blend or the decaf Magic, which are exceptional choices for your morning coffee.

Weekend morning is a very busy time at Axil Coffee Roasters. Be ready to wait for a table.

Axil Coffee Roasters

Address: 322 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia

Price: from 16 AUD (12.30 USD)

Opening Hours: 7am - 4pm.

Access: Axil Coffee Roasters Hawthorn is 10 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD

Contact: +61 3 9819 0091

Website: Axil Coffee Roasters

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3. Surprise, surprise at Liar Liar

Liar Liar is the perfect cafe for those who like variety in their breakfast menu. With an extensive coffee, tea, smoothie and juice menu, it is the perfect place to go for a morning drink and a chat. The variety of the all day breakfast is complimented by the stylish interior décor and the upbeat music.

Try the Pants on Fire, if you’re feeling experimental for breakfast. With baked eggs, chorizo, Turkish bread and lots of zingy spices, the food will surprise you and set your taste buds alight. Another suggestion is the Liar Liar Hash or the house made beans, which are delicious until the last bite.

If you need some morning booze to energize your weekend, try the Guatemalan espresso shot. You will be ready for everything after this drink.

Liar Liar

Address: 90 Kinkora Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia

Price: from 10 AUD (7.70 USD)

Opening Hours: 8am - 4.30pm.

Access: Liar Liar is a 10 minute drive to the inner eastern suburb of Hawthorn from Melbourne CBD

Contact: +61 3 9818 8864

Website: Liar Liar

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4. Cute, like my coffee at Crabapple Kitchen

Hawthorn’s Crabapple Kitchen is a Glenferrie Road favourite. With its cutesy interior, come for the great service, lovely food and charming decor. Enjoy the sounds of cool eighties music blaring, with a set list heavily influenced by Queen, this is a different way of enjoying breakfast in Hawthorn.

The menu features different dishes - Crabapple Kitchen has a strong Mediterranean influence with a travel inspired section on each menu, featuring the highlights of the chef’s travels. The avocado on olive toast with Meredith Dairy feta, chili and mint is a standout on an impressive breakfast menu.

Crabapple Kitchen

Address: 659 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia

Price: from 17.50 AUD (13.50 USD)

Opening Hours: 7am - 5pm.

Access: Crabapple Kitchen is a 10 minute drive from Melbourne CBD

Contact: +61 3 9078 5492

Website: Crabapple Kitchen

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5. Breakfast to die for at Muharam Café

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The famous “to die for” pick at the Muharam Café is none other than the Red Velvet pancakes. The trio of pancakes are served on a wooden board and topped beautifully with berries and cream cheese. The pancakes are well complemented by the smooth cream cheese. Combined with the slight sourness of the strawberries, pouring the rich chocolate sauce onto these edible works of art only added to their deliciousness.

Muharam Café is a cute little café situated at the corner of Burwood Rd. and Power St. in Hawthorn. The rustic interior, cute antique chairs and tables, cool music and cozy atmosphere, both inside and in the courtyard outside, are so inviting.

Order the Coffee Supreme latte to accompany your breakfast. It has just the right consistency, temperature and strength. Or you can order a Flat White, if you prefer less milk in your coffee.

For other options, the Mexican Bowl makes for a hearty and healthy feed. Filled to the brim with a variety of fresh and wholesome ingredients, hidden underneath the beautifully presented bowl is a generous amount of black, squid-ink rice. With complementary flavours like sweet potato and avocado, coupled with light ricotta, it’s such a comfort breakfast food.

Muharam Cafe

Address: 97 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia

Price: from 17 AUD (13 USD)

Opening Hours: 8.30am - 3.30pm.

Access: Muharam Cafe is a 10 minute drive from Melbourne CBD

Contact: +61 3 9818 7722

Website: Muharam Cafe

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6. Breakfast with a twist at Café Blac and the Reading Room

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Café Blac is located at 707 Glenferrie Road, right near Glenferrie train station. They do an interesting twist on classic brunch dishes. Café Blac has a casual and relaxed vibe; an exotic, timber-laden interior will ensure a cozy and comfortable place for you to enjoy your breakfast.

Be sure to try the Swiss-style Potato Croquette with Crispy Prosciutto for your breakfast. The perfectly poached eggs are just right and the potato croquette filling is delicious and creamy, yet crispy and goes beautifully with the horseradish crème fraiche. Definitely recommended.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the upstairs dining area, affectionately referred to as the “Reading Room”, and soak up some knowledge under a whimsical ceiling of fanned books. It open to the public during the day and can be booked for small events.

Cafe Blac

Address: 707 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia

Price: from 14.50 AUD (11 USD)

Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm.

Access: Cafe Blac can be found at the famous Glenferrie Rd., a 10 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD

Contact: +61 3 9818 8965

Website: Cafe Blac

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7. Hearty breakfast at Blood Orange Foodstore

Is it a grocer? Is it a café? Or is it a cool neighborhood hangout hybrid?

Blood Orange Foodstore is all of the above. It’s a green grocer with a café that offers all day breakfast, lunch, and healthy takeaway meals. All products are guaranteed freshn and gluten free.

The coffee has a hint of bitterness that hits you in the back of the throat - it’s the morning slap you need to start the day. The breakfast menu is filled with gloriously fresh and gourmet options. The avocado and Red Hill goat’s cheese on toast with a poached egg and slow roasted tomato looks like a small portion, but it is guaranteed to fill you up for the rest of your morning. Or if you feel very hungry, the Big Breakfast, which includes bacon, mushrooms, tomato, eggs, avocado, potato rosti, chorizo, sourdough toast and homemade relish can be a great option.

Blood Orange Foodstore

Address: 659 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn East VIC 3123, Australia

Price: from 16 AUD (12.30 USD)

Opening Hours: 7am - 3pm.

Access: Blood Orange Foodstore is a 10 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD

Contact: +61 3 9813 0060

Website: Blood Orange Foodstore

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8. Go traditional at Who’s Harry Café

Who’s Harry describes itself as ‘an ambient and friendly cafe in Hawthorn serving all day breakfast and lunch as well as the distinctive blend of di Manfredi coffees’. Formerly known as “Liquido Café”, it has gone through a rebranding by the same owner.

This is a breakfast option for those who like a traditional egg breakfast and excellent coffee. From scrambled eggs with avocado and bacon sides to creamy dill and chive scramble with smoked salmon, the food has enough portions to give energy for your morning activities.

Who's Harry Cafe

Address: 81-83 Church St, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia

Price: from 13 AUD (10 USD)

Opening Hours: 8am - 3pm.

Access: Who’s Harry is a 10 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD

Contact: +61 3 9077 6066

Website: Who’s Harry Cafe

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Hearty and healthy breakfast: a perfect start to the day!

Make your choice and head out to Hawthorn for a hearty and healthy breakfast. Don’t forget your trendy outfit and sunglasses. After all, Hawthorn is a place to be seen at cool cafes and restaurants.

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