Do you feel that welcoming warmth in the air? Can you smell the sweet fragrance of newly blossoming flowers? That’s right dear readers, summer is finally on its way.
And what better way to celebrate the sun’s arrival than to bask in its warmth on a rooftop or courtyard? We’ve compiled a collection of our favourite summer retreats to give you the lowdown on Hawthorn’s hidden gems.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today at Chaplain’s Office, a beautifully converted 1800s church, to enjoy the divine and blissful service and food offered by head Chef Amy Peck. You may have passed by without seeing it before, but that’s how it earns its reputation as a hidden gem; this beautiful church is tucked in amongst silver birches and shady trees, just waiting to be discovered. Why not explore the dedicated communal vegetable garden? The chefs are out there every morning, picking fresh cabbage, carrots, lettuce, lemon balm, thyme and basil, and the beautiful edible flowers for the new summer menu.
One of the most impressive rooftops in Melbourne’s east, this gourmet pizzeria is the place to go if you want to see or be seen. Brimming with beauty, from the hip clientele to the dazzling panoramic vista of iconic Glenferrie Road, this three-floor restaurant is perfect for watching the sunset and sipping Campari with friends or with that special someone.
The Hawthorn Common offers a unique and stylish setting. The light-filled interior has floor to ceiling windows and doors, providing a seamless transition to the vast, beautiful sun-drenched deck surrounded by natural flora, overlooking the treetops and streetscape of Hawthorn. The lavender on your plate is grown on their deck. The lemon in your drink comes straight from their lemon tree. It’s all there this summer: Hawthorn Common hosts Christmas functions, birthday parties, and weddings - so come along and join in this summer!
Quick – it’s a beautiful summer’s day, and you’re searching for brunch in Hawthorn. Where do you go? There are so many places to choose from... We’ll have to draw a short straw! Pardon the pun; we’re going to Short Straw. And despite the name, you certainly won’t be drawing a short straw by paying a visit. The interior is beautiful, with an industrial mix of white painted brick walls and wooden beams, an almost conservatory feel to the end room with its hanging plants and hexagonal metal and ivy wall feature. The summer menu is ready and waiting for you to taste its delicious offerings; Executive Chef Lasse Povlsen has put together a menu that’ll genuinely tantalise your taste buds.