The Best Things To Do In Mount Hawthorn
Header Image: Pogo Restaurant via Facebook.
Right up the top of Oxford Street where it winds into the eastern section of Scarborough Beach Rd lies the unassuming little suburb of Mount Hawthorn. Once a quiet little nook with a corner pub and a couple of cafes, in recent times the Mount Hawthorn strip has become a hive of exciting new restaurants, bright and bubbly cafes and trendy little shops. If you’ve not paid a visit recently, may we humbly suggest you hop on your bike ASAP to check out some of the following:
EAT & DRINK
What it says on the tin! Down a lane behind an IGA in Mount Hawthorn, Neighbourhood Pizza is the perfect place for getting together with pals. Their pizzas can be simple or covered in a variety of unique flavours (sweet potato with maple syrup, anyone?), cater to most dietary requirements and most importantly, are bloody tasty! Plus they do BYO for just $2/head – beer, wine and cider only.
7 Anvil Lane, Mount Hawthorn
Humblebee Coffee Roasters
Tucked around the corner on Coogee St, Humblebee‘s passion for coffee is reflected in the patronage of people who really give a double-shot about their beans. They’ll make you a bag of freshly roasted beans to order, don’t mess around with too many milk flavours, and don’t mind adding a cheeky sweet treat to the mix if you feel so inclined.
77 Coogee St, Mount Hawthorn
La Madonna Nera
La Madonna Nera is a relatively new addition the Mount Hawthorn small bar family. Just across the road from another gem, Spritz Spizzecheria, you can expect impeccable Italian combined with a top shelf vino selection. If you’re a fan of carefully curated, Italian-sourced wines then you’ll find plenty of friends here, and they’ll be happy to take you for a journey all over the boot-shaped peninsula.
1/155 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Taking up residence on the strip before it was cool, Spritz Spizzicheria not only offer fantastic Italian food and wine, but they do so in delightful alfresco surrounds and always with a friendly smile. Owners Mario Tolardo and Franco Tambasco have been in the game a long time, and the repeat customers are testament to an all round winning vibe. Plus if you love a spritz, this is where to get the best.
148 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
The airy, bright open interiors and modern design of Lupo Lab will lure you in, but it’s their roasted-on-site coffee bans and expansive all-day breakfast menu that’ll keep you coming back. Their Rome-inspired brekky, lunch and dinner menus all really fun and unique, making it a great spot no matter who’s coming – families, groups or couples.
151-153 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Fields Of Vincent
At Fields Of Vincent it’s all about the bagels baby – not only are they some of the best in Perth, they have a crazy number to choose from. From ragin’ Cajun Chicken to beaut Bacon & Egg, they’ve got ’em all, even with some gluten free and vego options. Of course with good bagels must come great coffee, and Fields have you covered there too.
135 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Mount Hawthorn’s Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired Pogo is fast becoming a weekend hotspot, particularly on lazy Sunday afternoons when the place really hums thanks to the lush green surrounds of the Garden Bar.
1/148 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
For one of the finest Japanese dining experiences in Perth it’s hard to go past Tsukaya. It’s also a little different thanks to the unusual addition of tacos to the menu, but trust us – it really, beautifully, deliciously works. Plus it’s BYO! Outside of the tacos and fresh-as-heck sashimi, their fried chicken is…*chef’s kiss*.
167 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
For whatever reason, they like to do Japanese differently in Mount Hawthorn and Ha-Lu dabbles in tasty Japanese-style tapas that’s proved incredibly popular. The menu is MASSIVE, and no matter how large and diverse your dining group, there’s bound to be something anyone can enjoy. Our tip – the wagyu beef tataki with edamame and fried onions.
4/401 Oxford St, Mount Hawthorn
Drasko’s Hot Chicken
A very new addition to Mount Hawthorn, Drasko’s Hot Chicken has become an instant favourite with lines out the door from open til close every day they’re open! Chef Drasko Jankovic’s take on Nashville-inspired hot chicken out of the US has been hard to get your lips around, but oh so worth it for those who have so far.
48 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
This large, Bali-inspired corner cafe may just have one of the most luscious courtyards you’ll get to enjoy brunch anywhere in Perth. If you need more pluses, it’s recently come under new management (and has been scoring nothing but rave reviews since), doggos are absolutely allowed to join you, and if you’re real nice they might even let you feed the fish in one of the many glorious water features.
193 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Bites By D
Those in the know when it comes to High Tea around Perth will regularly shout out Bites By D as the place to be. They run High Teas Tuesday to Sunday with morning and arvo sessions that go for two hours, you just bring the gang and some champagne if you’re in the mood for some serious fun.
147 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
The Cabin Small Bar
The Cabin Small Bar is a cosy upstairs wine bar along Scarborough Beach Rd, which you might miss if you blink! Nailing some incredible share plates with a diverse wine list, you gotta stop by in winter and cosy up next to the fire amidst the warm, wooden décor. Alternatively the balcony dining area is just as great in the warmer months.
174 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mt Hawthorn
Paddington Ale House
It’d be remiss of us not too mention The Paddo, an institution around which a bustling eating and drinking strip has since thrived. One of the last remaining old school corner pubs left in Perth, you can knock a few pool balls around, catch sport on the tele, enjoy ice cold pints and honest pub fare without pretension. All things that are getting harder and harder to find these days! Their parmy lowkey might be one of Perth’s too – but you didn’t hear it from us ;).
141 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Leaf & Bean
One of the most popular breakfast joints in Mount Hawthorn, a sneaky pro-tip is to make sure you check out the back garden of Leaf & Bean for a nice shady spot to sit (and some toys for the kids). They’ve got some very tempting cakes to go with a seasonal menu, in which the Cheesy Chilli Scramble and Eggs Benny (featuring house made hollandaise) are a couple of highlights.
178A Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
If Spritz is a little busy and you’re feeling something a little more intimate, why not visit the delightful Egidio Squillace at his authentic Italian restaurant, Birraz. He brings a lifetime of experience to the warm and buzzy spot, featuring an irresistible selection of tapas options. But if you want our hot tip, go for Edigio’s special Seafood Selection Menu and thank us later.
406 Oxford St, Mount Hawthorn
While it might be overlooking the beach like its flagship location, Yelo has mingled into the burbs with aplomb and is the perfect spot if you’re in hurry. Wraps, bagels, rolls, paninis, yoghurt, granola, smoothies, milkshakes… You name it, they prepare it daily and you grab and go.
402 Oxford St, Mount Hawthorn
We’re gonna stretch the Mount Hawthorn boundaries a little include a couple of great pubs, the first being another institution – the Oxford Hotel. While it’s over a hundred years old, they’ve managed to keep it fresh over the years without losing any rustic charm, and their alfresco area is second-to-none. Plus they’ve got some of the best daily pub specials you’ll find in Perth.
368 Oxford St, Leederville
Sailing across the border of Mount Hawthorn into Joondanna you’ll find a treasure chest of a neighbourhood pub – the Pirate Bar. A modern pub that doesn’t feel all whitewashed and boring as they tend to do, Pirate Bar packs in plenty of personality, excellent food, a healthy and rotating selection of craft beers on tap and a casual, welcoming atmosphere.
25 Green St, Mount Hawthorn
We tend to get a little cinni scroll mad around these parts (this is one of our most popular articles), and Spirals Cinnamon has been doing them justice since opening in 2004. They bake the classic scroll, as well as a range of delicious flavours; salted butterscotch pecan, raspberry cream cheese, chocolate fudge, cream cheese pretzel and more. The hard part for you is picking one, and getting there in time before they sell out!
21 Green St, Mount Hawthorn WA
SEE & DO
The Jazz Cellar
One of Perth’s best (or is it worst?) kept secrets, The Jazz Cellar lies underneath an un-missable red phone box in Mount Hawthorn, and is the home of jazzy good times. Booking ahead is essential, they’ll provide the live jazz entertainment and you just need to bring some booze and food (it’s BYO)!
139 Buxton St, Mount Hawthorn
Diabolik Books & Records
Diabolik has an amazing, curated selection of books covering everything from new release to non-fiction, as well as a nifty record and gift section. However, their best offering is probably their service – with staff always at the ready to offer a helping hand. If you’re struggling to figure out a gift for someone no matter what the occasion, we guarantee you’ll find it here.
149 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn
Down the road a little on Oxford St you’ll find this absolute winner indoor plant shop. With some of the best prices going around, be wary that you still don’t end up spending a fortune thanks to their huge range of plants and pots. They’re a favourite amongst the Perth indoor plant-loving community for a reason.
379 Oxford St, Mount Hawthorn
This community art space regularly host cool art and craft workshops, along with being a gift shop that stocks local artists. Check their Facebook Page for upcoming events, including awesome stuff like indoor plant swaps and workshops, drawing classes and heaps more.
191 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
One of our favourite Nature Playgrounds in Perth, Braithwaite Park was designed with input from kids at the local Primary School and features cubby pods, tunnels, forts and water play. It’s fully fenced, and while the nature play zone is designed with bigger kids in mind (7-10years) there is plenty for little ones to do and another play zone just moments away. Good luck getting the kids to come home from that one.
Photo via Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
197 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Hair Care Everywhere!
Alright we’re cheating a little, but we’ve got to keep these lists to a somewhat reasonable length, and it’s just a fact that Mount Hawthorn has a plethora of haircare options for everybody – all within walking distance of each other. You’ve got *takes deep breath*: Stanford Barbers, Bo’s Barbershop, Small Batch Hair, HER On Oxford, Winter Grace, Fox Hair Salon, Andrea-Rose, Highlight Hair Salon, Saffy’s Barber and Top Guys, with still more we haven’t mentioned. Do a bit of research, and hey if it goes wrong just walk 20m up the road to someone else!
Various, Mount Hawthorn
Pears On Pottery
Another excellent community space, Pears On Pottery regularly host fun Friday night BYO events where you can meet some lovely neighbours over a few drinks, while painting pots. You can also make them and pick them up a couple of weeks once they’ve been fired in the kiln!
73 Coogee St, Mount Hawthorn
A great spot for the budding artist or someone who just wants to learn, you can partake in sculptural clay classes, draw live models and heaps more. They offer a variety of different classes that sometimes run for a few weeks, or you can just pop in for fun one-offs like their Clay & Chardonnay nights.
176 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Bodhi Tree Bookstore Cafe
If you’re the type of person who loves curling up at a cafe with coffee and/or breakfast while reading a book, set your compass for Bodhi Tree! An independent book store and cafe, they serve fair-trade organic coffee and most of the gifts you’ll find are ethically-sourced from all over the world.
1/416-418 Oxford St, Mount Hawthorn
Op Shop ‘Til You Drop
Similar to above, you’ve got a couple of great op shop options (op shoptions?) around Mount Hawthorn. You’ve got a Vinnies, Salvos and Red Cross all within walking distance, and if you’re really on the hunt there’s a Save The Children Op Shop right on the suburb’s northern border.
Various, Mount Hawthorn
Hawaiian’s Mezz is a nice little hub to get anything and everything done, whether it’s shopping for the week, coffee with a friend or keeping the kids busy on the playground. The alfresco laneway forms a nice home base for a bunch of boutique retailers along with great food joints like Drasko’s, Mokaffe, Gourmet Seafood, Fumi Sushi, and Sammy’s glorious toasties.
148 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
If you’re looking for a gym that’s filled with friendly and helpful faces, Aspen Coaching is one of the best in Perth. In fact they don’t even really like the word gym, with a group of knowledgable and dedicated coaches that come at health and fitness from a more wholistic standpoint, offering private coaching and classes, along with special events that cover the full spectrum of mind and body improvement.
116 Hobart St, Mount Hawthorn
Once you’ve inhaled that Humblebee Coffee pop next door to Yogahub, offering Ashtanga, Yin, Iyengar and Vinyasa Yoga. Their session times are super reasonable and easy to get amongst, and of course the vibe is incredibly relaxing while still going deep into yoga proper.
75 Coogee St, Mount Hawthorn
And last but certainly not least, for a slice of suburban history why not visit ANZAC Cottage – built in one day in February of 1916 (making it 105 years old!) as a memorial to the soldiers who fought in Gallipoli and a home for a returned soldier and his family. They host viewings on Sunday afternoons, and also run private tours and more, head to the Friends Of ANZAC Cottage website for details.
38 Kalgoorlie St, Mount Hawthorn