Gone are the days of the long lunch ruling the roost when it comes to the ultimate catch-up session. Today, it’s all about the long brunch—a several-course group gathering where mates can come and go as they please, bringing everyone from their miniature pug to their super-cute mini-mes (there is always enough room for the Bugaboo!) along to the party.
So, where’s best to have these epic gatherings that take up the majority of your Saturday and provide you with enough goss to start your own OK mag? We’ve rounded up eight epic brunch spots that cover all the key elements for your weekly brunch-fest: A massive seating area, enough caffeine to launch a rocket ship, and a menu that’s to die for.
A newcomer to Melbourne’s brunch scene, District North’s ethos is simple: Yes, brunch can be fancy, but you should still be able to recognise what you’re eating, even if it is a chocolate-filled doughnut that’s topped with Maltesers. With street-side outdoor seating for groups that include four-legged friends and Bugaboos and tables big enough to have at least three generations of your family cruise by, it’s a sure-fire winner for your weekly catch-up.
Coco & Thyme
One of our favourite new openings of the past year, Coco & Thyme’s bright and airy café-restaurant hits the nail on the head when it comes to long brunch options. The menu includes everything from healthy salads to indulgent brunch boards, the coffee is some of the smoothest around, and there’s an ice-cream sandwich that’s one of the cutest sweet treats we’ve discovered in Melbourne. Book a table, message all your mates and get ready for a catch-up of epic proportions.
Brighton School House
With a massive outdoor area, stunning Insta-worthy architecture and a menu that’s a winner in the sweet and savoury stakes, Brighton School House is simply begging for a southside brunchathon. The menu includes Harry Potter inspired muesli, Ja’ime’s favourite private school pickings, and a sandwich named after none other than Kanye West (no, it’s not crammed full of fishsticks), we can guarantee you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you haven’t taken a stroll down Seddon’s main strip, you’ve been missing out. The suburb is one of our favourite hot-spots for a lazy Saturday (or any day, let’s be honest) wander, and we always end up at Common Galaxia. With an all-day brunch menu that includes gruyere scrambled eggs and a drool-worthy reuben sandwich, as well as gluten free and junior brunch-lovers’ options, how could we resist?!
Housed inside what was a 1930’s service station, Glovers Station is our #1 pick for one of the classiest long brunches around. Whether it’s birthdays, engagements, anniversaries or simply celebrating the fact that you’re about to tuck into some of the best eggs benedict of your life, this is one for lounging in style.
They say that money can’t buy happiness, but at Serotonin Eatery, it certainly can buy you a tonne of banana pancakes and raw treats, which is pretty much the same thing, right? This beautiful Burnley café has swings for seats, sprinkles smiley faces onto your drinks and serves some of the best raw and vegan food around. If your crew are #cleaneaters, lock in a brunch date here.
Part eatery, part veggie garden, Rudimentary is one of the most exciting café concepts to come out of Melbourne this side of the millennium. The café itself is housed in shipping containers, which can be picked up and moved whenever needs be, with cosy seating in the converted industrial structures and garden tables outside. Oh, and they’ll let you put a fried egg in the croquet monsieur if you ask nicely. Hellooooo dream sandwich.
Grub Food Van & Café
Brunch is better when it comes with a side of ping-pong, right? Hidden off Brunswick Street, Grub Food Van & Café, which is comprised of a permanent retro coffee van, a stunning low-key café space, and a full-size ping-pong table, is one of our top picks for a long brunch if you’re booking for a crowd. For those in need of hair of the dog, you’ll find a superb menu of spritzes and elixirs, and for the younger members of your crew (slash those who are still kids at heart), there’s a kids breakfast board that we’ve ordered ourselves on more than one occasion. And the team happily let you book your spot before the queues arrive. The ultimate Fitzroy find.
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