Cafes

Your 2022 Guide To The Best Breakfast In Melbourne

By Amanda Gunn
21st Apr 2022

A plate of pancakes with ice cream on top.

Melbourne is renowned for its rich coffee culture and top-tier breakfast spots. After all, our city would probably win the most variations on a smashed avo. While there is nothing wrong with our love for avocado, if you are looking to expand your breakfast horizons—keep scrolling. In a range of options that satisfy both sweet tooths and those wanting something healthy; we have included cafes serving anything from decadent pancakes to veggie-fuelled salads. 

With a different cafe on nearly every corner, this is where to find the best breakfast in Melbourne for 2022:

Higher Ground  

CBD 

Higher Ground is situated in a stunning heritage-listed building in Melbourne’s city centre. They are dishing up elevated cafe dining all day long with a breakfast menu that's a welcome sight for grumbling stomachs. With options like Biscoff waffles with gingerbread cream, there’s a reason they’ve got the rep for some of the best breakfast Melbourne has on offer. If you’re looking to up the anty on your morning beverage you can swap out your coffee for one of their many breakfast cocktails on offer.

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Faraday's Cage  

Fitzroy

Faraday's Cage is one of the North’s top cafes and artisan bakeries. You can expect their menu to be packed with Melburnian brunch faves; granola with co-yo, ricotta hotcakes, herby avocado on toast, the early burger and poke bowl. But it’s their handmade bread and pastries that are baked to golden perfection that has us coming back for more. Be sure to get a barista-made coffee using Proud Mary beans to wash down your flaky croissant.

Via Porta  

Mont Albert 

Via Porta is a part eatery, part deli and part wine bar that refuses to let you leave hungry or empty-handed. They know good food and you can bet they know breakfast. Their cinnamon brioche french toast with poached peaches, vanilla custard, strawberry compote and almond tuile is understandably a crowd-pleaser. But if you’re looking to opt for something more savoury look no further than their crispy eggs stacked with smoked ham hock, sweet potato puree, candied walnuts, mesclun salad, honey mustard vinaigrette, gouda cheese on sourdough toast.

Penta  

Elsternwick 

Penta has curated the perfect setting and menu for you and your mates to come together over breakfast. The most popular brunch items have to be their hokey-pokey hotcakes, Nutella panna cotta or the Brazillian acai bowl. But if you're keen to get started early or keep going from the night before, you can book in for their bottomless brunch. Nothing says Sunday breakfast quite like endless mimosas.

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Lux Foundry  

Brunswick 

Lux Foundry is a fave dog-friendly breakfast spot for northside locals. The cafe is located in a rustic converted warehouse and has been serving up innovative locally sourced dishes for the better part of a decade. Lux Foundry’s all-day breakfast menu has got something for everyone including the vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free inclined. But their soft shell crab chilli scrambled eggs and pulled pork eggs benedict are sure to go down well if you’re game.

West 48  

Footscray 

West 48 is located in the heart of Footscray and is not looking to reinvent the breakfast wheel. Their menu is packed with all the breakfast classics, so you know you’re guaranteed a good feed. You can expect to have your pick from a smoked salmon croissant, shakshuka, corn fritters and of course eggs benedict. Their decayed industrial interior and westside location make it the ultimate location for a Melbourne breakfast.

Lenny  

Albert Park 

Lenny’s Albert Park location makes it the perfect destination for a mid-week or weekend brunch. Their spicy prawn omelette and Okonomiyaki-inspired pancake are two of the most unique savoury options on the menu. But if you’re feeling adventurous why not give their renowned sardines on toast a try; the salty little fish are marinated in a house-made tomato sugo and served up on a toasted baguette before being topped with a poached egg, mayo, capers, chilli oil and almonds.

Hamptons Bakery  

Hampton 

Hamptons Bakery will transport you right to upstate New York. Their interior has a beachside vibe while keeping it sophisticated with their gold, marble and glass counter. You’ll come for the ambience but stay for the food. Their breakfast menu will satisfy all your cravings with offerings like cinnamon porridge, mixed mushroom bruschetta, buckwheat granola and beetroot cured salmon Gravadlax. So take us to the Hamptons, where the coffee is hot and the artisan pastries are sweet.

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Barry

Northcote 

Barry is easily one of the best breakfast spots in Melbourne’s north. It serves up dishes with a healthy twist, a concoction of colour and nutrients are showcased in each dish. Run by the team behind names like Pillar Of Salt, Touchwood, and Tall Timber you're in for a good feed with a visit to Barry. Tuck into the healthy goodies like their chilli-scramble eggs, sweet potato rosti or any of their bowls and salads. Trust us, it may be healthy, but it certainly isn’t boring.

Top Paddock 

Richmond

If you're planning on hitting up this one on the weekend, prepare for a bit of a wait. Top Paddock pumps out heaps of tasty dishes and the warm lit interior makes it a perfect spot to catch up with a friend. The cafe is famous for its blueberry and ricotta hotcake that still generates hype on the gram. Frankly, it's absolutely delicious—so we get why. If you are after something a little fresher, slurp up one of their smoothies or juices. For one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne that everyone raves about, give Top Paddock a shot. 

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Terror Twilight

Collingwood

One of the best breakfast spots in Melbourne is Terror Twilight. Serving a hearty brekkie and brunch menu as well as some seriously top-notch coffee. Try out one of their BYO bowls with either a broth or rice; top it off with some chicken, Angus beef, salmon and enough toppings to keep you hunger-free for the rest of the day. They cater for pretty much every dietary requirement too with a ton of vegan and gluten-free options.

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Lankan Tucker 

Brunswick West 

Lankan Tucker is a Sri Lankan-inspired cafe that is known for serving hearty portions filled with colour. Adding some variety to the brekkie scene, they are serving up exotic dishes like a coconut-topped breakfast curry and a south-east Asian fried chicken burger. Also, a big shoutout to their rich coffee blend—it’s a must-try. If you’re after a unique spot for your morning feed, Lankan Tucker is a contender for one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne.

Hardware Societe

CBD 

Hardware Societe is one of the best spots for breakfast in Melbourne CBD and it's absolutely delicious too. The baked eggs here are pretty stellar or have dessert for breakfast and try the chocolate-ginger porridge. With a sister store in France, all the dishes have a French influence and will leave you scraping every last bit on your plate.

Clubhouse 

Malvern 

If you’ve been to Tinker, Bentwood or Penta, it's the same crew that's behind Clubhouse. The Clubhouse team constantly changes up their menu to keep you on your toes and utilise seasonal produce. Their quinoa California salad will get in your daily veggie intake, but if salads aren’t your vibe—try the Blossom Hotcakes with salted caramel, vanilla mascarpone and dark chocolate.

Industry Beans

Fitzroy

Industry Beans is in a class all of its own, with an award-winning fit-out, premium coffee and some of Melbourne’s best breakfast dishes. The avo smash is delicious, but it’s the Porcini Nest— a porcini dusted egg atop a woven potato nest filled with mushroom and truffle, that tingles our taste buds. Their peanut butter brownies are also pretty damn good. 

Napier Quarter

Fitzroy

Dedicated to high-quality ingredients and traditional food with a Euro-feel, Napier Quarter knows how to serve a great breakfast. Celebrating the community, the cafe and wine bar has a warm feel to it and serves up comforting dishes like baguettes and tarts. Whether it’s a frittata, galette, salad or the now iconic anchovy and egg on sourdough toast—Napier has artisan cooking at the heart of every dish. For a traditional breakfast that is one of the best Melbourne has to offer, head over to Napier Quarter.

Monk Bodhi Dharma  

Balaclava 

Monk Bodhi Dharma is an inviting plant-based cafe, tucked away in a car park. While no dishes include eggs, their menu is far from boring. Try their Buddha Bowls or their famous Banana Dharma Pancakes with a dulce de leche ice cream. Whether you're a sweet tooth or looking to get in your veggies for the day, they have options to satisfy everyone. They also specialise in coffee and chai lattes, so grab one of these to elevate your meal to the next level.

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Proud Mary

Collingwood

Proud Mary has a cool, rockabilly vibe, great coffee and a smashing breakfast menu. Their miso caramel cauliflower is pretty epic, as is their cinnamon scroll oats. If you're after something a little more chill, just grab a coffee and one of their sandwiches or baked goods. They’re simple but go hard on great flavours.

Legacy Camberwell

CAMBERWELL 

Legacy Camberwell is run by a team of local legends. The geniuses in the kitchen serve up a combo of brekkie classics as well as more contemporary items like poké bowls, and crispy chicken bao. Don’t fret either, they have a hearty selection of sweet options too. For one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne’s southeast, head to Legacy Camberwell.

Rustica

CBD & SOUTH YARRA 

The Rustica empire is renowned for their baked, and well, rustic goods. With perfectly cooked croissants and sourdough that is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, it's a good spot to grab a coffee and something to go. Alternatively, dine in and go for something a little fancier like the spanner crab scramble or croissant french toast. Drooling? Well, rush over to Rustica for one of the best breakfasts Melbourne has to offer. 

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Babajan   

Carlton North  

Babajan is a Turkish and Middle Eastern love child that is dishing up some of Melbourne’s best breakfast. You’re not gonna find smashed avo here, but you will find a range of fresh salads, cakes, and pastries. Crowd favourites include their ground lamb Borek, Menemen Turkish baked egg or the Aleppo eggplant toastie which are all immaculate. For hearty dishes that will leave you with a full heart and a happy tummy, grab something sweet and savoury from Babajan.

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Archie’s All Day

FITZROY

As the name suggests, Archie's All Day serves up some of the best breakfast in Melbourne from 7.30am until 10pm. Located on Gertrude Street, it's the perfect fuel spot after wandering along the buzzing shopping strip. With so many options to choose from, we suggest trying the za’atar roasted cauliflower wedge, fried chicken & waffles or ricotta hotcakes. Heads up—their range of brekkie cocktails or mimosas are worth a taste and will level up your meal.

South Of Johnston

Collingwood 

South Of Johnston is the bomb for all things vegetarian. Try out their mushrooms, ladled with juicy cubes of beetroot and silky feta. They even have an open fire, so you can cosy up and drink your coffee in the chilly morn’. For one of the best vegetarian breakfasts in Melbourne, this is your spot.

Cibi 

COLLINGWOOD

This carefully curated warehouse space is home to two phenomenons; the stacked menu of breakfast options and the ultra-refined plant and homewares store. Cibi is an aesthetic-filled pleasure, with white-washed walls, plants all around, and Japanese-fused dishes like Miso-baked eggs that go down a treat.

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Kettle Black  

South Melbourne 

Housed in a classically restored Victorian-era style building, Kettle Black’s is the go-to destination in South Melbourne. Their menu houses traditional favourites like mushies on toast and salmon benedict but also has contemporary takes for those wanting something new. The prawn and pork Katsu Sando with furikake crisp—or the Gingerbread Waffle paired with a blackberry, mint, carrot and maple ice cream are both worth a try. With a variety of items sure to satisfy any palate, this is one you’ll see on all the best breakfast in Melbourne lists.

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Bentwood

Fitzroy

Bentwood in Napier Street serves up a sweet timber interior with ultra-mod influences. Their churros waffles, acai bowl, eggs benny or fried chicken burger is sure to make your stomach rumble. Head over there for fun twists on brekkie faves and great coffee.  

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Image credit: supplied (Terror Twilight) 

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