Explore Hawthorn

Hawthorn restaurants and cafés cover almost every cuisine you can imagine to satisfy all tastes, vibes, and budgets. Besides the cafes on uni campus, here are some of our recommendations for where to eat and drink nearby.
 

Cheap eats

Looking for a cheap meal? The dining options in Hawthorn on Glenferrie Road and surrounding streets and laneways offer a wide variety of tasty, inexpensive meals right near campus. All of the popular takeaway chains are here – as are a load of independent restaurants that cater to students via discounts, lunch specials and daily deals.

Where to shop

If you’re looking to reward yourself for acing an exam, or simply keen to kill some time, the bustling Glenferrie Road has you covered for shopping in Hawthorn.
Stores include supermarkets, local grocers, boutique stores selling the latest fashion, bookstores, travel agents and more. Take a wander and you’ll quickly discover all the gems this one-stop shopping strip has to offer.

Where to relax

If you’re looking for things to do in Hawthorn when you are craving a break from the books, you’ll be spoilt for choice.  For instance, you can unwind by watching an eclectic mix of the latest blockbusters, foreign flicks, indie productions and classics at Lido Cinemas. Students are eligible for discount tickets on Wednesdays. Plus, there’s a sweet rooftop bar too!

Students enjoy time out in Hawthorn's Central Gardens.

If immersing yourself in Mother Nature is more your thing, head around the corner to Central Gardens. Lush lawns, abundant trees and barbecue facilities are all available – so soak up some sunshine and kick your feet up for a few hours. 

Sports and recreation activities

As an enrolled student, you can swim free at nearby Boroondara aquatic and leisure facilities, including:

Swim free at the Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

You can also use the gym and personal training facilities at discounted rates thanks to Swinburne Student Life. Indoor and outdoor pools, gym facilities, group fitness classes and a health clinic are all available.
Swinburne Student Life also sponsors a free learn to swim program at HALC. For information about this program, contact Swinburne Student Life Sport at sport@swinburne.edu.au. Visit the Swinburne Student Life portal to discover our other sport offerings. 

Where to eat and drink in Hawthorn

  • Friends having a cup of coffee at a cafe

    RD | Axil Coffee Roasters

    If you’re serious about coffee, you’re in luck, as Axil Coffee Roasters has built a reputation for delivering a deliciously good brew.

  • Beautiful young couple sitting in a cafe, having breakfast. Love, dating, food, lifestyle concept

    RD | Beer DeLuxe

    As the name suggests, beer is kind of a big deal here. Craft beer, live music, burgers and bar snacks are all on offer.

  • Young people in a club having drink and snack

    RD | Glenferrie Hotel

    Trivia nights, lunch specials and a beer garden combine to make Glenferrie Hotel a charming old-style pub.

  • Young people eating pizza at party

    RD | Santoni Pizza

    Pizza. Like, seriously good pizza. Rooftop bar. Drinks. That’s all you really need to know about this authentic Italian restaurant.

  • Rooftop bar with picnic tables, umbrellas and large building in the background

    RD | The Hawthorn Hotel

    Traditional pub meets chic bar at this Hawthorn institution which is popular with locals and students alike. 

Getting to Hawthorn campus

Our Hawthorn campus is easy to get to with public transport, on-campus parking and cycling options available.
 

Plan your journey