Breakfast is serious business in Melbourne. The ‘where to go’ weekly weekend brunch dilemma can split families, tear apart friendships…OK, so we’re being a tad dramatic, but it is a considerable conundrum for many a Melburnian. There are countless cafés waiting for you to try the most important meal of the day. So, like the good guys we are, we’ve scoured the city to provide you with the pick of the bunch!
Start Your Brekkie Travels at Journeyman, Prahan Journeyman is the rebranded Dukes Coffee Roasters (the actual roaster having moved off-site) and is, just as Dukes before it, swiftly becoming a Chapel Street icon. The effortlessly cool barista team swan gracefully behind the counter pumping out top class coffees like there’s no tomorrow. Weekend brunch time is busy, so expect to wait a little while for a table – but trust us, it’s so, so worth it. The smashed avocado on toast is creamy and inviting and the Eggs Benedict is in a class of its own.
169 Chapel St, Windsor
Big Flavors Are On Offer at Little Sunflower Café, Elwood This little suburban delight is only a stone’s throw from the beach and its healthy, nutrition-focused menu will ensure you’ll start your day off right, no matter what the night before entailed. Plump for the breakfast salad with avocado, spinach, bacon and homemade chia and hazelnut dukkah, eggs any way you want them or try the lemon, turmeric and quinoa pancakes. All washed down with one of their supercharged smoothies, our favorite is the ‘Cool as a’ – you’ve guessed it, cucumber, spirulina, mango, kale, ginger, lemon and coconut water…yes, please! There’s top class coffee and a fine tea selection so don’t rush, have a lazy morning, hit the beach and stroll back for lunch. Their big Buddha bowls are absolutely packed with tasty goodies for your body and your belly.
16 Ormond Road, Elwood
Calling All Pots, Head to The Kettle Black, South Melbourne Breakfast for grownups! Blow that hangover out the water with a Wasabi Bloody Mary or sashay smoothly into your Saturday with an SQ1 Espresso Martini. Ahhh…that’s better. Now that you’re back in the land of the living, The Kettle Black serves up all your breakfast faves with quirky tweaks. Plump for the coconut-set chia pudding with citrus sorbet or eggs any way you like ‘em with house-cured kangaroo; a team that with a Five Senses house blend coffee and you’ll be ready for round two in no time. Get there early to beat the crowds.
50 Albert Road, South Melbourne
Image credit: @TheKettleBlack
These Guys Are Just Killing It, Two Birds One Stone, South Yarra The white tiled walls of this cavernous café give the place and clean, crisp feel. The two birds team make everything they can in-house, including all the delicious bread and tasty relishes. Big hitters include the sumptuous ricotta pancakes served with a homemade rhubarb and raspberry compote and a dollop of vanilla mascarpone, or the oven-baked smoked salmon omelet smothered with salsa verde and pickled beetroot…lush!
12 Claremont St, South Yarra
Image credit: @twobirdsonestone
Chop Away At Your Hunger at Tall Timber, Prahan A hip, friendly café with an outdoor courtyard for al fresco breakfasting and long communal tables inside. Kick off your day with the sautéed cauliflower with kale, feta, and pomegranate or go all out with the smoked ham hock eggs benny smothered in apple cider hollandaise. The coffee is roasted in-house and each dish is adorned with little unique touches adding flair and intrigue. Cool vibes and a buzzing atmosphere mean this place gets pretty busy on the weekends!
60 Commercial Road, Prahran
Load Up On a Lavish Morning Meal at The Grain Store – Melbourne CBD Tucked away on Flinders Lane in the heart of the non-stop CBD and named in honor of the holding stores which the building used to house, The Grain Store champions fresh produce and draws influence from European cuisine, making it an absolute Melbourne must-do to tick off on your bucket list. Lose yourself in the sweet miso pork and potato hash topped with a fried egg and tangy carrot jam or get a kick start on your five-a-day with the orange and almond bircher paired with juicy poached pears and candied cranberries. We love the feel of this spacious café and are pretty sure you will too.
517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD
All Aboard at The Galleon Café, St Kilda Laid back local favorite The Galleon is full of funky mismatched furniture and heaps of charm. The menu is packed full of carb-tasty offerings to soak up your sins from the previous night, including sweet potato, basil and feta hash browns served with an oozing poached egg and spicy chutney. Just a stone’s throw from Luna Park, it gets super busy but the staff is quick and on the ball and there’s never too much of a wait to get seated – plus the coffee is consistently excellent.
9 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Prepare For a Beaming Breakfast at Proud Mary, Collingwood Last but most certainly not least is this chic Collingwood café run by the coffee roasters of the same name. And this certainly is coffee to be proud of! On offer are a vast array of Proud Mary’s own blends and single origins. Widely thought of as pioneers of the specialty coffee industry, Proud Mary a solid reputation for supporting coffee farmers. Big hitters on the food menu are the Jumping Monkey (banana and rye bread with espresso salted caramel), the decedent crab and potato omelet or beer poached chicken with buttermilk biscuits swimming in sumptuous gravy and topped with fermented chilli…mmmm!
172 Oxford Street, Collingwood
Image credit: @ProudMaryCoffee