Hawthorn Common is a cafe which is all about living sustainably so everything is made from scratch on site and any food waste is processed to compost.
The spacious dining area, particularly the sun-dappled and umbrella-shaded deck, is a popular place to take kids. There’s pram access from the street via a lift, plentiful high chairs and menu suitable for kids as well as two specific children’s options – egg on toast or single pancake (each $5).
The deck provides enough space for toddlers to move around and investigate the greenery too.
The menu is focused on local and seasonal ingredients. I try the spanner crab omelette ($20) a fluffy eggy plate studded with chunks of crab. It’s adorned by snow peas and wild, bitter sprouts picked straight from the garden which are a bit tough and weedy for my liking.
The two pavlova pancakes ($16) are wholemeal and thus denser than an American-style hotcake. It comes with passionfruit curd, fresh fruit and shards of meringue. It’s a gorgeous dish, both to look at and to eat.
At Hawthorn Common they make their own bread and roast their own coffee on site so you’re able to take them home.
The early morning weekend crowd at Hawthorn Common is full of youthful healthy people in active wear and yummy mummies/parents. Obviously they’re drawn to the cafe’s health conscious, sustainable ethos and the stylish and relaxed environment – and you should be too!
- Pram access from street level via lift, easily access within dining area;
- High chairs;
- Standard menu suitable for kids;
- Children’s menu; and
- Limited street parking.
Hawthorn Common, Level 1, 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn (03) 98192200
Monday — Friday 7am — 4pm
Saturday — Sunday 8am — 4pm