We Melburnians LOVE to do breakfast, brunch and all things involving some combination of coffee, eggs and smashed avo. Thankfully, our many and diverse breakfasting needs are more than catered for by Melbourne’s best cafes. These glorious, shining beacons of breakfast delight fuel our bodies and feed our food-lovin’ souls, seven days a week. Here, my dear friends, are 65 of the very best Melbourne cafes you should have had breakfast at if you call this city home. (Editor's note: This list is in no particular order...that would be waaaaaay too hard!)
1. Barry in Northcote: One of our favourite northside breakfast haunts, with a healthy twist. Order the brekkie greens.
2. Top Paddock in Richmond: The queues for this one are a good indication of the breakfast awesomeness that abounds within. Gorgeous design meets scrumptious food with a focus on quality local produce. Love the eggs benny with ham hock.
3. Pillar of Salt in Richmond: Another Church Street gem, we love the sunny courtyard and have just spotted the kimchi, corn and sweet potato fritters on the menu. This weekend’s order sorted.
4. Street Organics in Malvern: We love this clean eating café and grocery store gem on High Street. And what else to order than an acai bowl? We’re besotted with their version.
5. Pavlov's Duck in Fitzroy: This Fitzroy breakfast secret has a quirky menu. Try the Lankan Frenchy—an organic croissant served with a coconut, hint of chilli, lemon and parsley salad, topped with a boiled egg.
6. Lil Boy Blue in Kew: This cosy, family-friendly Kew café has an eclectic breakfast menu with top dishes including parmesan and panko crusted eggs, and soft tacos with fried egg and ham.
7. Pope Joan in Brunswick: When we’re a bit worse for wear, we order the ‘kinda’ full English—David’s bacon, apple and cider sausage, scrambled eggs, and Joan’s baked beans.
8. Monk Bodhi Dharma in Balaclava: Order the Bodhi Bircher at this healthy vego Melbourne café for a fighting fit start to the day.
9. Combi in Elwood: Another popular healthy café in Melbourne, Elwood’s Combi does some of the best raw organic superfood smoothies you’ll ever sip. Plus acai bowls, cold pressed juice and more.
10. Small Victories in Carlton: Repeat after me: buttermilk waffles, fresh cherries, chocolate creme, coconut ice cream and cherry meringue… Their famous mixed grill is also a Melbourne breakfast victory.
11. Miss Marmalade in Brunswick: Their eggs benedict are among Melbourne’s best. Worry about the calories tomorrow.
12. Ora in Kew: This award-winning little café in Kew is worth a drive across town. The breakfast menu is out of the ordinary, and the spiced tiffin egg is a revelation.
13. Brighton Schoolhouse in Brighton: Popular with the Brighton lululemon-clad set, this Melbourne café specialises in super yum brekkies with witty names, like the Katut and Rhonda hot pot.
14. The Stables of Como in South Yarra: A gorgeous spot to take out of towners for a Melbourne breakfast to remember. The baked eggs with Napoli sauce, chorizo and goats cheese is a good option.
15. Tall Timber in Prahran: Light and airy, this cracker Melbourne café does a super yum Breaky Board for the indecisive AM eater.
16. Two Birds One Stone in South Yarra: This beautifully designed, light and airy South Yarra café is another of the city’s must-visits. Spanner. Crab. Omelette.
17. Crabapple Kitchen in Hawthorn: We love this homely, travel-inspired Glenferrie Road café and are somewhat obsessed with their smashed avo on olive toast with chilli, mint and Meredith Dairy feta.
18. Golden Child in Glen Iris: A cute, cosy little suburban Melbourne café with interesting brekkie options, including housemade crumpets with sweet corn, tomato salsa, thick cut bacon, poached eggs, parmesan and tobacco mousse.
19. Patch in Richmond: Melbourne’s first Paleo café, Patch, is a hit with the clean eating set. The Cave Man brekkie includes grass fed sirloin steak, eggs, bacon, tomato, sweet potato hash, silverbeet and kale. Yum!
20. Rococo in St Kilda: Bet you didn’t know this St Kilda Italian restaurant/ café also does a banging brekkie. The bircher muesli and fruit salad are winners.
21. Liar Liar in Hawthorn: This awesome corner Hawthorn café does some of Melbourne’s best breakfasts, like the house baked beans with fried saganaki, pesto and pide soldiers. Also does a cracking cup of Joe.
22. Cru in Kew: A café-wine bar hybrid in Kew, this is a classy little spot for a Sunday morning feed. The Stop 80’ is the perfect pick-up-and-go brekkie on the way to work—fried egg, bacon, tasty cheese and relish on a brioche bun.
23. Mixed Business in Clifton Hill: Clifton Hill’s best breakfast spot, we love the sunny garden setting here. The ploughman’s brekkie is delish—free range pork belly rillette, with boiled egg, rye bread, vintage cheddar, tomato and pickle.
24. The Grain Store in Melbourne CBD: This chic Melbourne CBD café has a French farmhouse feel, and a wonderful breakfast menu. The toasted granola parfait is par-fection.
25. Manchester Press in Melbourne CBD: A cool, gritty laneway café in Melbourne CBD, the bagels here are the bomb. Loved the smoked salmon and smashed avo versions.
26. Hardware Societe in Melbourne CBD: One of the best spots for breakfast in Melbourne CBD, the baked eggs here are pretty stellar, served in a little pot for one.
27. Porgie + Mr Jones in Hawthorn: The best spot to breakfast on Auburn Road, Porgie + Mr Jones is an oldie but a goodie. Their chilli scrambles are worth writing home about.
28. Snow Pony in Balwyn: Tucked away in leafy Balwyn, we love it ‘cos there’s an actual (plastic) pony on the roof, and Melbourne breakfast café classics like smashed avo.
29. Mina-no-ie in Collingwood: A streamlined warehouse space in Collingwood, this spot has a Japanese aesthetic and menu influence. Tuck into some miso baked eggs, then browse the Cibi homewares.
30. Three Bags Full in Abbotsford: This industrial, exposed brick warehouse space in Abbotsford is always full, and for good reason. The coffee is top notch, and the smashed avo with Yarra Valley feta, radish and black sesame is one of the prettiest and darn tastiest breakfasts in Melbourne.
31. Crowded House in Williamstown: A popular spot for breakfast on the westside, we recommend the buttermilk hotcakes with lemon curd and raspberry jam for a sweet brekkie treat.
32. Footscray Milking Station in Footscray: A former milk bar and a top spot for breakfast in Footscray, we always order the Cubano toastie.
33. St Ali in South Melbourne: Calm down, folks—we’d never forget this Melbourne café hero! Naturally, the coffee’s killer, and their corn fritters dish, My Mexican Cousin, is the stuff of legend.
34. Auction Rooms in North Melbourne: Head to Errol Street for one of Melbourne’s most loved and lauded cafes. The coffee is as good as it gets, and we’re obsessed with the brûlée French toast.
35. Cowderoy’s Dairy in St Kilda West: This cosy Melbourne cafe/milk bar does a roaring trade with families, as it’s situated smack bang on a park. The breakfast fare is good, wholesome and filling, with items like porridge, muffins and old school milkshakes.
36. Touchwood in Richmond: A big, bustling space on Bridge Road, Touchwood is a super popular Melbourne café with Richmond breakfasters. The morning grain salad’s a tasty, healthy option.
37. Friends of Mine in Richmond: With a rustic, homely vibe, this one’s earned its chops and is still as popular as ever. The hung over brekkie includes cheesy toast and has cured many a tender TUL head.
38. Addict Food & Coffee in Fitzroy: Fairly new to the Melbourne breakfast scene, this is our new addiction. A sun-drenched corner café where you’ll find some of Melbourne’s best breakfasts, like corn fritters with haloumi and kasundi, epic pancakes, and potato hash and mushroom duxelles.
39. Brunswick Street Alimentari in Fitzroy: An authentic Fitzroy deli-café, Alimentari hits all the right notes. For a late breakfast, the meatball wrap is ballin’.
40. The Kettle Black in South Melbourne: This relative newcomer from the Top Paddock Crew plates up some of the most gorgeous looking breakfasts in Melbourne. Think coconut yoghurt with grains, seeds and nuts, rhubarb, fruit and citrus powders, sprinkled with edible flowers.
41. Station Street Trading Co. in Port Melbourne: A lovely light-filled spot on, err, Station Street, head here for classic brekkie dishes like smashed avo, corn fritters and French toast. Nom.
42. Industry Beans in Fitzroy: This Fitzroy café and roastery is in a class all of its own, with an award-winning fitout, premium coffee and some of Melbourne’s best breakfast dishes. The avo smash is a staple, but it’s dishes like coconut crusted brioche with pineapple and coffee caviar that really excite.
43. The Pour Kids in Malvern: A cool kid of a Malvern café, the names of the breakfast dishes here deserve awards. The Clark Kent of Muesli and the We Need to Talk About Kevin (Bacon) are our personal faves.
44. Fifty Acres in Richmond: 3121 has more than its fair share of Melbourne’s best cafes, and here’s another. The coffee here is bang on and the balsamic mushrooms—zomg.
45. Little Big Sugar Salt in Abbotsford: Not only does this Abbortsford cafe work wonders with eggs, they are also a great one to hit up for advice on how to spend a Saturday in the area.
46. Café Gaia in South Yarra: A favourite among the glossy South Yarra posse, the stylish space features big, round marble-topped tables (which you should definitely not drop your OJ on…). Order the Egyptian eggs.
47. Lucky Penny in South Yarra: Another great Melbourne café, Lucky Penny is a good spot to escape the Chapel Street crowds and chow down on yumness like citrus cured salmon, potato and pea salad.
48. Dr Morse in Abbotsford: This restaurant-bar-cafe does it all so well. Head out to the courtyard-cum-beer garden of a weekend morning and munch on a bacon, bean and cheddar jaffle. Particularly useful if you spent the previous night sampling the cocktail menu…
49. Union St Brewers in Brunswick: This cute little white-tiled, blue seated café in Brunswick has great coffee and a concise, revolving breakfast menu. Try the shrimp and grits if you’re game…
50. Glovers Station in Elsternwick: This stunning new Melbourne café in Elsternwick lives in a refurbed heritage building and is one of the most exciting openings of 2015 in our books. The dishes include mushrooms on toast and baked beans, but with a sophisticated twist.
51. Journeyman in Prahran: Dukes gas been rebranded, but the menu remains the same. Wash down the pancakes with berries and vanilla bean cream with some of the best coffee in Melbourne.
52. Richmond Hill Café & Larder in Richmond: A Melbourne breakfast institution, this buzzy café up the top of Bridge Road is a favourite Sunday breakfast spot of ours. We love their potato and spring onion rosti with smoked salmon and poachies.
53. Common Galaxia in Seddon: Featuring a gorgeous, sleek design, this is a Melbourne cafe worth crossing town for. The wild mushrooms on sourdough with asparagus, haloumi and salsa verde are particularly drool-some.
54. Norma Loves Joe in Balwyn: We love to support a Melbourne café newbie, and we’re delighted to report this Balwyn breakfast spot’s a goodie. The fitout is fresh and fun and the all-day eats are delish. Norma’s red velvet waffles are pretty as a picture, heart shaped and drizzled with cream cheese sauce and berries.
55. Axil Coffee Roasters in Hawthorn: This roastery and café is housed in a huge, industrial style space on Burwood Road and always attracts a hungry crowd. The sweet corn and haloumi fritters always hit the spot.
56. Jardin Tan in South Yarra: What better spot to have breakfast in Melbourne than in the Botanical Gardens?! With Shannon Bennett in charge, you know you’re in for a meal to remember. French-Vietnamese dishes feature, alongside the more traditional, but when in Rome we say try the Vietnamese fried eggs with pulled pork and nuoc mam cham.
57. Kanteen in South Yarra: This gorgeous Yarra-side breakfast spot is the place to be on a summer’s day in Melbourne. Go the toasted avocado pide.
58. Il Fornaio in St Kilda: Popular St Kilda café, Il Fornaio, is a breakfast fave of The Urban List. They bake their own bread, and make some of the best smoothies around. We’ll take a Channing Tatum please.
59. Speakeasy in South Yarra: We love this Chapel Street spot with its sunny courtyard for a boozy Melbourne brunch. The zucchini fritters—boom!
60. Penny Farthing Espresso in Northcote: Serving up Industry Beans brews, this Penny Farthing in Northcote is a Melbourne café worth jumping on your bike for. The pea and sage bruschetta on pumpkin bread with smoked salmon is pretty speccy.
61. Seven Seeds in Carlton: No breakfast in Melbourne is complete without excellent coffee, and Seven Seeds are renowned for theirs. The breakfast fare is pretty darn good too, especially the green eggs and ham on English muffins with hollandaise. Mmm, hollandaise.
62. The Farm Café in Abbotsford: Located within the Collingwood Children’s Farm, The Farm Café is a lovely spot for some fresh air, animal ogling and a bite of brekkie. The Goat’s Toast is our personal fave— goat’s curd, house beetroot relish, avocado, a poached egg and herbs on toast. Go ahead and add the bacon.
63. Wide Open Road in Brunswick: Another Melbourne café you really should have had breakfast at by now is Wide Open Road. They roast their own coffee and serve deliciousness like housemade fig, apple and walnut bread with honey and labne.
64. Mastic in Kew: George Calombaris’s new clean eating café in Kew is a cool spot to hit up for a healthy breakfast. We like to polish off our bowl of goji berry granola, then play a few rounds of table tennis.
65. Proud Mary in Collingwood: This Collingwood café has a cool, rockabilly vibe, great coffee and a smashing breakfast menu. Their avo on seed and sprout toast with chilli ricotta, and quinoa tabouleh is pretty epic, Melbourne brunchers!
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