With the new Brett's Wharf ferry terminal open, opposite Racecourse Road, it is the perfect excuse to take a trip across the river and have a leisurely stroll along the leafy metropolitan café and dining precinct.
The boutique boulevard spanning Hamilton and Ascot has something for everyone, with more than 28 coffee spots, delis, cafes, restaurants, hotels, bars and caterers.
With so much to take in, we’ve put together a suggestion of where to go for everyday of the week:
MONDAY - Breakfast on the go
To survive Monday one must first drink good coffee! Fonzie Abbott Espresso Bar source, buy, blend and roast high grade and unique coffees from around the world for your drinking pleasure. They also offer quick breakfasts on the go, including ham and cheese croissants, banana bread, bagels and brekky wraps – Yum!
1/30 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton
P 3268 4293
TUESDAY - Cheap Tuesday Trivia
What’s the useless information you’ve retained about the name for the lint at the bottom of your pockets, the largest bone in your body or what ‘http’ stands for for, if you can’t use it to totally own at Trivia night (answers below for those playing at home)? Hamilton Hotel host a trivia night every Tuesday and for those who like to fuel up for further brain-power, they offer 15% off menu items when registered for Trivia.
(Answers: Gnurr, Femur and Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
Cnr Racecourse Rd and Kingsford Smith Dr, Hamilton
P 3268 7500
WEDNESDAY - Hump Day treats
When you hit that mid-week slump, what better way to perk you up than homemade Italian gelato and sorbet? At Caffe e Gelato Milany there are more than 25 flavours to choose from, as well as delicious menu items to share (or spoon-hog to yourself), like their banana split, fruit cocktail or tiramisu delight.
4/53 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton
P 3268 2082
THURSDAY - Dinner Date
Avoid a lacklustre date night by having a delicious authentic Italian dining experience at Trattoria Italiana. You can choose an intimate table indoors or a relaxed al fresco dining experience, with each dish prepared using traditional cooking and preparation methods. They also offer BYO wine, if you feel like bringing something a little special or personalised to the table.
67 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton
P 3868 3728
FRIDAY - Drinks and share plates
Looking for your next Friday knock-off location? The Stables is quickly becoming Ascot’s new favourite hangout, with a large selection of Australian craft beers on tap and a fine selection of share plates to create a warm ambience for ending the working week and welcoming the weekend. Their share plates include Wagyu beef sliders, bourbon glazed pork belly paddle pops and a cured meats and fine cheese board, to name a few.
121 Racecourse Rd, Ascot
SATURDAY - Brunch
Eat on your own time on Saturdays, whether you’re craving breakfast, brunch or want to skip straight to lunch- no judgements! Tassels Café is open until 2.30pm and allows you to order off their breakfast menu all day! The menu includes brekky favourites, such as smashed avo on sourdough, brioche French toast, omelettes and eggs benedict and, for the more adventurous, breakfast burritos, acai bowls, corn fritters and lambs fry with bacon, mushroom, onion jam and gravy on toast.
68 Racecourse Rd, Ascot
P 3868 1677
SUNDAY - Local Produce
If you’re up on a Sunday before 12.30pm, the Eagle Farm Markets are the place to be. The markets, found at the top of Racecourse Road, have over 100 stalls stocked with gourmet goodies, delicious treats and fresh produce to take home. Whether you’re after a coffee and a quick bite to eat while listening to the live entertainment, or a healthy alternative to the weekly grocery shop, a walk in the sunshine won’t do you harm.
Cnr Racecourse Rd and Lancaster Rd, Ascot
P 3915 4277
For all of this and so much more, visit Racecourse Road!