Take a staycation in Melbourne’s east and enjoy cocktails with a view, colourful brunches, picnics in the park and shopping along some of Melbourne’s most charming streets.
Start your weekend by checking into your home away from home at Quest Hawthorn [616 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn]. In your spacious room that looks out over the city skyline, you’ll have everything you need for a fun-filled weekend away. Settle in, unpack and get ready for your first evening in Melbourne’s east. Everything is within walking distance tonight so you’re in for a relaxing evening that will have the busy week behind you.
Take a 15-minute walk to St Cloud Eating House [644 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East] for a delectable Vietnamese dinner. This modern two-story Vietnamese restaurant has been serving tasty eats since 2015 and is a favourite among locals. Everything is delicious, and the menu is designed for sharing so you can try as many meals as you please. Make sure you try the house specialty: caramel pork belly with pickled chill, spring onion, black pepper and crackling — it’ll blow you away. Pair your dinner with a Saigon Sour to get your weekend off to the right start.
Once you’ve had your fill, wander back to Glenferrie Road for something a little different. Head to Lido Cinema [675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn] where, within one of the theatres and down a narrow staircase, you’ll find the Lido Jazz Room. This intimate and hidden bar plays jazz every Friday and Saturday night, harking back to the Manhattan jazz bars of the 1980s. Sit back, relax and enjoy the musical stylings of local artists inside this hidden gem. These jazz nights are so popular they often sell out. Our tip? Book ahead.
To cap off your evening, walk up to Piccolina Gelateria [675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn] for a late-night treat. The gelato at Piccolina is made from scratch using natural, raw ingredients and it offers gluten free and vegan options. Go for a double scoop of peanut butter and dark chocolate in a waffle cone — you won’t regret it. When you’re ready to call it a night, it’s an easy 10-minute walk back to your hotel.
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After a sleep in, it’s time for a tasty brunch. Take a short train ride from Glenferrie Station to Canterbury Station and make your way to Chapter Three Espresso and Bar [133–137 Maling Road, Canterbury] for brunch. Order a coffee, then browse the comprehensive menu with all your brekkie favourites. If you’re having trouble deciding, the salmon rosti is hard to pass up featuring smoked salmon, rosti, baby spinach, asparagus, salsa verde, poached eggs and house-made hollandaise sauce.
Meandering past the Edwardian buildings and charming boutiques of Maling Road is like stepping back in time. There’s an array of stores selling locally-made clothes and beautiful homewares. Pop into The Ark to browse the Australian-made and ethically-accredited dresses, find a new outfit in Inzagi or check out the lifestyle concept store Coco and Chloe and find a new perfume, handbag or silk scarf. It’s not just the shopping that will keep you occupied though — down some of the side streets of Maling Road you’ll also find unique murals depicting scenes from the area’s history. If you’re starting to get a bit peckish, head to Xocolatl Chocolates and Cafe and treat yourself to a hot chocolate and chocolate muffin or mango vanilla tort.
Once you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, visit the Melbourne Tram Museum [8 Wallan Road, Hawthorn] which houses 20 fully-restored Melbourne trams. Admission is by gold coin donation and it’s open on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. The oldest tram here is one of the first electric V-class trams and dates back to 1906. You’ll also find W-class (City Circle Tram), X-class trams which operated from the 1920s to 1950s and Z-class trams which are currently being phased out but still operate on many tram routes today. It’s perfect way to get to know a bit more about this classic Melbourne mode of transport.
It’s a 20-minute walk to cocktail and whiskey bar The Kilburn [348 Burwood Road, Hawthorn] for a pre-dinner drink. Order a spritz or an espresso martini then add a Ploughman’s Platter of charcuterie, cheese, and fresh locally-made bread. If you like whiskey, why not try one of the whiskey flights? The Australian flight includes Timboon Christies Cut, Bakery Hill Classic Cask, Limeburners Port Cask, and Overeem Sherry Cask Matured whiskey.
For dinner, make your way up to Vaporetto [681 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn] for an Italian feast. To start, order a glass of Sangiovese with the grilled calamari with zucchini, asparagus, white beans to start. For your main meal, try the potato gnocchi with lamb shoulder ragu, leek, cloves, porcini mushrooms, and truffled pecorino, and pair it with a carafe of Yarra Valley pinot noir.
The last stop of the evening is for drinks and city views at East of Everything [Level 3, 72 Auburn Parade, Camberwell]. To get there you just need to jump on the train from Glenferrie Station to Camberwell Station then it’s a short two-minute walk to the door. Don’t worry if you can’t spot it at first, it’s located above BarNone — just look for the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ sign. Once you’ve found your way inside, check out the selection of regularly rotating craft beers on tap. For the wine and cocktail lovers, there’s an extensive drinks list so everyone will find something to enjoy.
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You’ve got an early start today so check out of your room and beat the crowds with breakfast at My Other Brother [586 Burke Road, Camberwell]. Located right by the Camberwell Sunday Market [Market Place, Camberwell] and an easy train ride from your apartment, this Insta-worthy brunch spot is the perfect way to start the morning. The savoury lovers should go for the breakfast bowl of cashew pesto, quinoa, kale, cherry tomatoes, halloumi, poached egg, yoghurt, and pita chips. Or, if you’re a sweet tooth, you can’t go past the Nutella Hong Kong waffles with vanilla mascarpone, strawberries, blueberries, banana brulee, pistachios and raspberry puree — delicious!
The Camberwell Sunday Market is a Sunday staple for treasure hunters and op shoppers. Wander by stalls selling antique trinkets, handmade jewellery, books, art and plants while you listen to live music by the local buskers dotted throughout the market. You’re bound to find a new outfit in the stalls of clothing, offering everything from homemade vintage fashion to brands like Gorman and Cue, all at bargain prices. It’ll be hard to pull yourself away from this treasure haven so allow a few of hours to get the most out of it.
You’re probably starting to feel peckish now, so it’s time for a picnic in the park. Take the train back to your apartment, grab your car then make your way to McCoppins Food and Wine [498 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East] for lunch supplies. This gourmet supermarket has everything you need for a top-notch picnic lunch. Pick up a fresh baguette, cheese, cured meats, roasted pumpkin and chilli dip. Don’t forget to choose some pastries and strawberries for dessert.
Make your way to Studley Park Boathouse [1 Boathouse Road, Kew], set up lunch on one of the picnic tables by the boathouse and enjoy your food with sweeping views of the Yarra River. Let the boaters, rowers, and kayakers on the water, as well as the local wildlife pass you by as you tuck into lunch. Then, take a stroll along the picturesque river or hire a rowboat to see the river from a new angle to cap off your weekend.
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