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Our in-house cafe is named in honour of the Hawthorn Arts Centre’s iconic architectural heritage and offers a seven-days-a-week service with a focused breakfast and lunch menu. The menu features larger-sized breakfast dishes which include classics and dishes with a sense of occasion, alongside smaller-sized breakfast offerings.

Second Empire is licensed, there is seating inside for 40 guests, outside for 20, and take away is well accommodated. Coffee is Genovese Fair Trade and weekends see breakfast served all day.  We look forward to welcoming you for a delicious meal one day soon!  View the Second Empire menu online here.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-4pm, weekends 8am-4pm
For more information about the Second Empire Café phone (03) 9290 9400 (on weekdays only).

The perfect place to meet before the performance or at interval for a drink and a light snack.

Or indulge in a bite or beverage before or after your show at one of the many bars and cafe’s that Hawthorn has to offer. From Ramen to ribs, burritos to burgers, dumplings to donuts, you’ll find it all on our very own eat-street Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.



Kew Court House is nestled in quite the unassuming but fabulous food and wine destination. Before or after your show,  choose from a variety of casual and high end eateries and bars dotted along High Street and Cotham Road.

Kew Court House has a small tuck shop bar that boasts a lovely selection of refreshments and snacks. We cordially invite you and your friends to settle in pre-show and stick around afterwards to discuss all the best bits of the performance.