Dawson is an all-day diner committed to quality – in their culinary skills, their beverages and their service. Boasting a sophisticated, industrial chic fit out, visit in the a.m. for specialty coffee and wild brunch creations like pina colada hotcakes, which share the menu with crowd pleasers like smashed avocado and eggs benedict. The eatery also caters to lunch, dinner and drinks, offering a comprehensive list of cocktails, craft beers and boutique wines.
A quaint little establishment on Denmark Street, Percy’s Aeroplane is the place to go when you’re in pursuit of homey brunch creations, comfort-inducing lunches and expert cups of coffee. Take a seat at one of the rustic table settings – where an antique model aeroplane hangs from the ceiling – and tuck into the likes of French toast, baked shakshuka and pumpkin soup. If you don’t have time to dine-in, procure a pastry, croissant or Butterbing from the cabinet.
Hiatus is a sunny café designed to evoke a level of Zen in those who visit, achieved via bright, airy interiors, an abundance of indoor greenery, high ceilings and impeccable service. With a focus on fresh produce and nourishing ingredients, the menu combines Japanese, European and Middle Eastern flavours, presenting them in dishes like the wild mushroom gnocchi and sashimi bowl. However, it’s the expertly brewed beans from boutique roaster Coffee Bird that will keep you coming back every weekend.
When it’s time to embark on your grocery run, Kew’s selection of food stores ensures this task is nothing less than inspiring. For daily essentials, deli goods, premium produce and much, much more, look no further than Leo’s Fine Food – a treasure chest of gourmet finds. Melbourne’s foremost fruiterer, Toscano’s is also situated in the junction, a greengrocer offering fresh fruit and vegetables, pre-made meals, European ingredients and old-world service.
Of all of Kew’s green retreats, Alexandra Gardens is undoubtedly the most idyllic. Meticulously manicured and unbelievably lush, escape here for moments immersed in natural beauty. From colourful flowers beds and historic trees to ornamental ponds and elegant lampposts, there is much to be admired as your wander leisurely around this serene oasis. Quaint picnic tables and a Victorian rotunda make for the perfect spots to decamp with loved ones on a sunny day.
Kew’s most renowned attribute is its prestigious list of scholarly offerings, arguably possessing the finest selection in the state. One of Melbourne’s most elite private schools for girls, Methodist Ladies College is just a 4-minute drive from Daracombe, where world-class facilities combine with a progressive curriculum. Less than a 2-minute walk away, Genazzano offers a nurturing, diverse and inspiring environment that will more than prepare your child what the world has instore. When you need to leave your verdant enclave, plentiful public transport ensures this can be done with ease. Tram No. 109 travels down Cotham Road, carrying passengers into Richmond, Fitzroy and East Melbourne before arriving in the CBD in under 40-minutes.