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Now Open: Hawthorne Coffee Is Riding Road's New Go-To for Gourmet Toasties and a Top-Notch Caffeine Fix

Tuck into garlic thyme truffled mushroom toasted sandwiches over a Bancroft Coffee Roasters brew at the latest addition to Brisbane's inner east.
By Sarah Ward
June 09, 2023
By Sarah Ward
June 09, 2023

Bulimba's Oxford Street might be the cafe capital of Brisbane's inner east, but it isn't the only place to grab a daytime bite and a caffeinated brew on that side of town. For breakfast, brunch and lunch over a coffee, Riding Road is no slouch — and, in the street's Fifth Avenue precinct, it's exactly where newcomer Hawthorne Coffee has set up.

Every cafe wants to be known for its cuppas, and this one is no different. Brisbane's own Bancroft Roasters is behind its beans, which get a workout in the usual coffee lineup. The eatery's beverage range also spans other daytime standards such as iced and hot chocolates, tea, milkshakes, acai smoothies and cold-pressed juice, but it's just as much of a go-to for its toastie-heavy food selection.


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Welcoming customers into its light-filled corner space in since late May — so, just in time for winter — Hawthorne Coffee knows the magic of a hot drink paired with a hot-toasted sandwich. Its food menu levels up the humble toastie with gourmet fillings, including garlic thyme truffled mushroom; basil pesto chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella; and a breakfast option with two eggs and streaky bacon. The classic ham-and-cheese combo still has a place, of course, and so does the simple gooey goodness of two types of cheese between warmed-up bread.

Hawthorne Coffee also prides itself on its house-made muffins, which range in flavour from staples like raspberry and white chocolate and blueberry lemon curd through to whatever seasonal produce inspires.

"We are thrilled to bring Hawthorne Coffee to the vibrant Hawthorne neighbourhood," says founder and owner Tom Wilcock.

"Our mission is to serve exceptional Bancroft Coffee, delightful house-made muffins, and gourmet toasties that will elevate the coffee shop experience in Brisbane. We can't wait to welcome coffee enthusiasts, food lovers, and friends from the community to our fresh and inviting space."

Find Hawthorne Coffee at 85 Riding Road, Hawthorne — open 5.30am–3pm Monday–Friday and 6am–12pm Saturday–Sunday.

Published on June 09, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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