1 Cook Street, Hawthorn
A collection of Mim Design crafted luxury residences in the heart of Hawthorn.
One of Melbourne’s most sought after suburbs.
Helm finds itself in the educational heartland of Melbourne, fortunately close to Scotch College, Xavier College, Methodist Ladies' College and Swinburne University. But when school is out and it’s time to change gears, Hawthorn delivers. Culture is at every corner, whether it's the freshly furbished Lido Cinemas or the abundance of leading cafes and restaurants that grace the suburb. For modern Vietnamese, head to St Cloud Eating House. Mexican?
Straight to Fonda. And for some Italian goodness, visit the Lido's slice of Venice – Vaporetto Bar and Eatery. Wine aficionados, you may want to introduce yourself to the knowledgeable team at Small Patch Wine Store, pure experts on all drops, local and international. Fine produce doesn't stop there – Hawthorn also hosts Cannings Free Range Butchers and Renaissance IGA, while Toscano's and Leo's Fine Food and Wine are found in neighbouring Kew.
- 01. The Kilburn
- 02. Fonda
- 03. BAWA
- 04. Hawthorn Common
- 05. St Cloud Eating House
- 06. Vaporetto Bar and Eatery
- 07. Tinto
CafEs, Bars & Dining
01 The Kilburn
The Kilburn’s bar wall hosts one of the largest whisky collections we have laid our eyes upon. Named after Edward George Kilburn, the architect who designed this building back in the 19th century, The Kilburn serves up everything from local craft beer to perfectly constructed cocktails. All tastes are met, whether you like getting your whisky whiskers on or not.
Located beside Glenferrie Station, Fonda is a modern, laidback Mexican taqueria made up of 200 seats and vibrant interiors. Playful yellow, green and blue furniture and the space’s many integrated plants reflect the freshness of the food. Be it a quesadilla, a burrito, a bowl of guacamole or just a margarita, this reliable joint is out to satisfy all Mexican cravings.
Geoffrey Bawa was a renowned Sri Lankan architect who was passionate about ‘tropical modernism’, That explains the abundance of greenery that fits out Hawthorn cafe BAWA – its jungle-like fit out and varied menu make it one of Hawthorn’s most popular locales.
04 Hawthorn Common
One of the area’s most trusted breakfast, lunch and coffee spots – Hawthorn Common sits extremely close to Helm. The establishment goes beyond other cafes, hosting a coffee roaster, flourmills, monstrous baking ovens that churn out fresh bread, and a luscious herb garden.
05 St Cloud Eating House
A bright space that mimics the contemporaneity of its food, this restaurant is a modern take on Vietnamese. James Klapanis (the former owner of Quaff in Toorak) is the man behind the restaurant, which serves up dishes such as barbecued scallops with lap xuong (Chinese sausage), and caramel chicken wings with cubes of sticky and pickled ginger.
Tinto is a reliable Spanish wine bar bringing the bright flavours of Barcelona to Hawthorn. One of Tinto’s most distinctive offerings is the jamonera – an area where jamón ibérico (Spanish air-dried ham) is sliced on an old-fashioned flywheel and stored. Pick up a plate of ham and pair it with some vino tinto (red wine) – snuggle up by the fireplace in winter, or revel out in the courtyard in summer.
- 08. Readings
- 09. Glenferrie Road
- 10. Rose St. Trading Co.
- 11. Troubadour Flowers
- 12. Cannings Free Range Butchers
- 13. Small Patch Wine Store
- 14. Renaissance IGA
There may not be a bookstore more in tune with the latest releases than Readings. Home to several book clubs – Readings Hawthorn is more than just another bookstore – it is a community hub. The store often hosts trivia nights and book launches for major authors. Readings Hawthorn can be a place of both gathering, and escape – get lost in every genre you could imagine.
08 Rose St. Trading Co.
Fashion, jewellery, accessories and more, Rose St. Trading Co. is easy to lose and afternoon in. The boutique also hosts a beautiful selection of homewares and furniture, making for an impressive store to find a gift in, or pick up a piece for your own home.
09 Troubadour Flowers
Everyone needs to know where their local, handy florist is. For Helm residents, it’s Troubadour flowers – which offers an impressive range of flowers, alongside indoor and outdoor plants. Troubadour even does floral delivery and wedding arrangements. It’s found in the Lido Cinema arcade – the perfect spot to pick up a bouquet before a movie date.
10 Cannings Free Range Butchers
Filling the fridges of Cannings Free Range Butchers are quality meats, heat and serve meals and ethically sourced seafood. Beyond the fridges is a collection of stocks, wine and a delectable range of sauces and condiments to suit whatever you're planning to cook.
12 Small Patch Wine Store
A considerable collection of local and imported bottles fills the walls that hold up the Small Patch Wine Store. There are labels for everyday, and for those occasions that are a little more special. Every product, impressively, goes through quality control of Small Patch’s knowledgeable staff; drops are tasted before they hit the shelves.
- 15. Glenferrie Station
- 16. St James Park
- 17. Lido Cinemas
- 18. Hawthorn Aquatic Centre
Amenity & TransporT
13 Grace Park
Historically, Hawthorn was densely wooded – the area as a whole was resultantly referred to as ‘Boroondara’, the Woiwurrung word for ‘where the ground is shaded’ as spoken by the Wurundjeri community. There’s something about Grace Park that beautifully reflects that language; mesmerising shade patterns are created as the sun shines through the leaves which hang on monstrous trees.
15 Glenferrie Station
Access every inch of the city from Helm – Glenferrie Station is only 350 metres away from the residences, hosting the Lilydale, Belgrave and Alamein lines. The city (Parliament Station) is a quick five stops away – making for a smooth commute to and from work, or back from a night out.
16 Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Let’s be honest, it is extremely difficult to effectively work out when your surrounds are uninspiring. The recently refurbished HALC is a top spot for Hawthorn residents to focus on their health and fitness. Work it out in a group body attack, boxing or yoga class, individually in the indoor or outdoor pool, or in the gym.
17 Lido Cinemas
Up a long, hidden staircase is a world of cinematic glamour. The Lido, which was revamped in 2015, is now home to eight cinemas, each of which are decorated in a different colour or theme – one entirely crimson, another a mix of green hues, and one on the rooftop. Still standing from the 1880s, the Lido today screens everything from commercial to foreign and independent films.
- 19. Xavier College
- 20. Grace Park
- 21. Methodist Ladies’ College
- 22. Swinburne University
18 Xavier College
Xavier College challenges its students to pursue excellence in all things within and beyond the classroom. Alongside VCE, this Catholic boys’ school offers VET and International Baccalaureate learning avenues. Xavier College is considered as one of Melbourne’s top private schools, only a six-minute drive from Helm in nearby Kew.
19 Swinburne University
Swinburne boasts over 50,000 students, spread across the faculties of business, health, science, design and technology. It is quite the attendance jump from 1909, when there were only 80 men studying. Students are treated with state-of-the-art facilities and a number of cafes to go to on campus.
20 Methodist Ladies’ College
Methodist Ladies’ College is one of Australia’s leading independent girls’ schools, internationally renowned for its extensive curriculum choice and varied learning experiences. The non-selective school offers education from early learning to Year 12, with personal development programs tailored to meet the unique needs of each age and stage of learning.
Mim Design is an award-winning Melbourne-based practice renowned for its sheer creativity and attention to detail. The multi-disciplinary firm’s portfolio exceeds 20 years and spans across high-end residential, retail, hospitality and corporate projects.
More recently the studio, lead by founder Miriam Fanning, has expanded into hotels, custom multi-residential interiors, external design and furnishings. Projects include the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, Abbotsford cafe, AU79 & Luminary Apartments, Hawthorn.
Simon Stokes founded his architectural practice in 2006 and has since overseen the evolution of many, highly detailed residential, commercial and industrial developments – committed to elevating the level of design in response to a client’s vision.
Simon has over 20 years’ experience with some of the country’s leading firms including Bates Smart, Hayball and Elenberg Fraser. Recent projects include Hawthorn’s Maple apartments and Luton Lane.