Packed to the gills with foodie spots and pretty shops, private school kids, pristine heritage homes and leafy spaces, Hawthorn satisfies both spirit and stomach. Anchor yourself on Glenferrie Road and explore from there. You’ll want to barrack for the Hawks in these part – Hawthorn's beloved AFL team.
Something for the spirit
Set your mind to creative, ethical or metaphysical matters. Try an introductory course at the School of Philosophy, and check out iconic Melbourne history at the Tram Museum. Feast your eyes with a film at Lido Cinemas – open-air on the rooftop if you like – and satisfy your ears with some live scats at the Lido Jazz Room.
And spirits …
Sample from Hawthorn’s extensive tasting paddle of pubs and bars. Slide into sleek Kilburn, where whiskey is the star attraction. Pay homage to Melbourne's Italian heritage with Aperol spritz and cicheti at Vaporetto – cin cin! For elegant libations, Luton Lane Wine Bar convinces with 100-plus bottles and a food menu that's almost as competitive.