Cafes

Your 2024 Guide To The Best Breakfast In Melbourne

By Amanda Gunn
20th Feb 2024

Melbourne is renowned for its rich culinary culture—just take the city's best restaurants for example—and if you take a look at the best breakfast Melbourne has to offer in 2024, you'll see it stacks up. 

While there is nothing wrong with our love for avocado, if you are looking to expand your breakfast horizons—keep scrolling through Urban List's top breakfast picks in Melbourne/Naarm. In a range of options that satisfy both sweet tooths and those wanting something healthy, we've included cafes serving anything from decadent pancakes to veggie-fuelled salads. 

Convoy 

109 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds

A white brick fence surrounds a sprawling cafe in Moonee Ponds, serving one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne.
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A relative newcomer to the cafe scene, Convoy has started strong as a contender for the best breakfast in Melbourne. Helmed by the same team behind Terror Twilight and Tinker, here you'll find a staple range of brunch items like cinnamon scroll hotcakes, Turkish eggs with a beef Sujuk a hot red pepper butter, lemon yoghurt served up on sourdough and good ol' avocado toast. Perhaps one of the biggest drawcards however is the caramelised miso brioches which come with a decadent hazelnut mascarpone. 

Lorna

1053 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully

White cafe stands and umbrellas branded with the name 'lorna' at a cafe in Ferntree Gully serving one of the best breakfast in Melbourne.
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At the base of the Dandenong Ranges sits Lorna, an award-winning cafe in the humble suburb of Ferntree Gully. Taking out Good Food's Cafe of the Year, there are plenty of reasons to pay this spot a visit: from their crumpets with lemon curd—an intergenerational receipt—to more inventive brunch must-eats like the eggs benedict hot dog.

Lux Foundry  

21 Hope Street, Brunswick 

A person eating one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne at Lux FoundryImage credit: Lux Foundry | Brook James

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.

Higher Ground  

650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

A vibrant and colourful bowl of a hotcake, topped with fresh berries and mint—one of the best breakfast Melbourne has to offer at Higher GroundImage credit: Higher Ground | Supplied

Higher Ground is situated in a stunning heritage-listed building in Melbourne’s city centre. As a beloved breakfast and brunch spot, they're dishing up elevated cafe dining all day long with a breakfast menu that's a welcome sight for grumbling stomachs. With options like peanut butter waffles with chocolate and orange yoghurt mousse, 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.

West 48  

48 Essex Street, 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.

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Via Porta  

Various locations 

A shelf full of freshly baked croissants at Via Porta, a part cafe part bakery serving one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne
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Via Porta is a part bakery, cafe, and deli that refuses to let you leave hungry or empty-handed. They know good food and you can bet they know breakfast. Their poached pear French toast with caramel sauce 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.

Good Times Milk Bar 

83 Tucker Road, Bentleigh 

A woman holding a burger with her two hands—the burger is filled with lettuce, tomato, bacon, egg and cheese. The burger is served at Good Times Milk Bar, a cafe dishing up some of the best breakfasts in Melbourne
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Just as the name suggests this quaint little milk bar serves up some quality goods, with a super laid-back style and a hefty menu of brunch items—plus, it’s typically filled with a slew of devoted locals. From American-style burgers to pancakes, and a good old-fashioned eggs benedict Good Times serves up all the right stuff, cementing itself as one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne.

Lenny  

113 Victoria Avenue, 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. Also lining up the decadent array of brekky options is the sugary Banoffee pie french toast which is made from croissant loaf and topped with whipped vanilla mascarpone. 

Hamptons Bakery  

427 Hampton Street, Hampton

Hampton's poached egg over sauteed greens, one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne
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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.

Lankan Tucker 

486 Albion Street, 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 Buriyani Burrito with chicken curry and melted cheese wrapped in a house-made roti. 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.

Top Paddock 

658 Church Street, Richmond 

A white-tiled counter with people lining up to purchase a coffee at one of the best breakfast in Melbourne, Top Paddock in Richmond.
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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 which 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. 

All Are Welcome 

190 High Street, Northcote

Right at the entrance to High Street in Northcote, All Are Welcome is another delicious hybrid cafe bakery that seems to be all the rage in Melbourne at the moment. They’ve got seriously good coffee, organic bread, and a range of sweet pastries, sandwiches, and cakes that have propelled them to popularity within the region. Naturally, they've landed on our 'best breakfast Melbourne' list.

Levi

6 Railway Parade, Murrumbeena

A small one-story building painted completely in a navy blue paint. Levi is serving up one of the best breakfasts in MelbourneImage credit: Levi | Supplied

Hidden in the humble suburb of Murrumbeena is one of Melbourne's best breakfast spots, the mighty Levi. The menu nails breakfast fare, with a Beetroot & Gin Cured Salmon kicking off the lighter side of things, then on the other end of the spectrum is a hearty beef rib Benedict. Meanwhile, those who throw around the term breakfast loosely should head straight for the cheeseburger. It slaps.

The Terrace

Corner Alexandra Avenue And Anderson Street, South Yarra

A green plate with a slice of toast topped with scrambled eggs and chorizo, one of Melbourne's best breakfast dishesImage credit: The Terrace | Griffin Simm

Melbourne's leafy pride and joy, buried within its flora and fauna, is The Tan— a hallmark of the city. The garden's cafe, The Terrace, has been taken over by the Darling Group (Top PaddockKettle Black, Higher Ground). Inside you'll find familiar favourites, foremostly the blueberry and ricotta pancakes as well as brunch plates like an avocado Tarte Tatine, chilli-scrambled eggs, fresh-made baguettes and more.

Terror Twilight

11 – 13 Johnston Street, Collingwood

A mountain of chocolate fluffy pancakes topped with fresh fruit and nuts—one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne at Terror Twilight
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Serving up one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne is Terror Twilight. Dishing a hearty brekkie and brunch menu as well as some seriously top-notch coffee. Try out one of their BYO bowls with either 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've also got decadent options like the sweet potato pancakes with miso butterscotch, a touch healthier take on the breakfast staple. They cater for pretty much every dietary requirement too with a ton of vegan and gluten-free options.

Hardware Societe

123 Hardware Street, Melbourne 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.

Mile End Bagels

Various locations 

A thick salmon and tomato bagel with an orange juice, a best bagel Melbourne option.
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You could argue Melbourne’s demand for bread doesn’t have room for another bagel-specialised bakery, but owners Ben Vaughn and Michael Fee aren’t scared of a little competition. There are no shortcuts here: Mile End Bagels are baked in a wood-fired Canadian stonemason and boiled in honey water for a slightly sweeter aftertaste.

The options here are bountiful, the staple go-to is either their smoked salmon number with rich sliced tomato, zesty red onion, or their Brisket pastrami with a hot and sweet mustard and cream cheese. Now operating in Fitzroy, Brunswick and Richmond there are plenty of bagels for everyone. 

Clubhouse 

1290 – 1292 Malvern Road, Malvern  

If you’ve been to Tinker or Bentwood, 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 Beetroot grain salad will get in your daily veggie intake, but if veggies early in the morning aren’t your vibe—try the peanut butter granola bowl or the club ricotta hotcakes with yuzu curd. 

Industry Beans

Various locations 

A completely white-on-white cafe interior with minimalistic designs and touch of greenery at Industry Beans
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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. With cafes across Fitzroy, Melbourne CBD and Chadstone Shopping Centre, it's not hard to come by one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne at Industry Beans.

Napier Quarter

359 Napier Street, 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. It's breakfast from 9am Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 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  

Rear 202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava 

A cafe with exposed bricks and wooden tables, packed with people digging into one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne at Monk Bodhi Dharma.
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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.

Proud Mary

172 Oxford Street, Collingwood

Proud Mary has a cool, rockabilly vibe, great coffee and a smashing breakfast menu. Their tahini eggs with toasted sourdough Guindilla peppers and Zhoug absolutely slap, as does their morning granola. 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.

Rustica

Various locations 

A plate full of dukkah, poached eggs and greens from Rustica, one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne
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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. Tempted? Well, rush over to Rustica for one of the best breakfasts Melbourne has to offer. 

Legacy Camberwell

347 Camberwell Road, 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.

Cibi 

33 – 39 Keele Street, Collingwood

A light and bright cafe with the coffee machine in the centre, serving up a best breakfast Melbourne has to offer.
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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.

Archie’s All Day

189 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

As the name suggests, Archie's All Day serves up some of the best breakfast in Melbourne from 8am. 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 fried chicken waffles or ricotta hotcakes. Heads up—their range of brekkie cocktails or mimosas is worth a taste and will level up your meal.

Hifi

316 Smith Street, Collingwood

A golden, crunchy toastie with a cup of coffee—one of the best breakfasts in MelbourneImage credit: Hifi | Annika Kafcaloudis

A newcomer to what could unofficially be known as Melbourne's sandwich strip, Hifi know their thing or two around a sandwich as well as a shake and coffee for that fully-fledged breakfast. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu here, though you'd be silly to skip past those hefty AM toasties, or their fancy take on a fillet-o-fish.

The Kettle Black  

50 Albert Road, South Melbourne

Four people sitting at a coffee bar at Kettle Black, a cafe serving up some of the best breakfast dishes Melbourne has to offer
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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 brisket benedict but also has contemporary takes for those wanting something new. The roast lamb shoulder roll with whipped chilli fetta —or the Tiramisu waffles paired with Darling blend espresso syrup, cocoa nibs and raspberries 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.

South Of Johnston

48 Oxford Street, Collingwood 

South Of Johnston is the bomb for all things vegetarian. Try out their pan fried mushrooms with pumpkin hummus and crispy capers . 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.

Bentwood

237 Napier Street, Fitzroy

A stack of three pancakes topped with fresh strawberries, edible flowers and passionfruit at Bentwood—a cafe dishing up one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne
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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.  

Mammoth

736 Malvern Road, Armadale

A plate/bowl full of sautéed greens topped with a poached egg cut in half from MammothImage credit: Mammoth | Supplied

Run by a superstar team from Barry and Touchwood, new Melbourne cafe Mammoth brings delicious food and drinks to Armadale. The cafe's ethos focuses on freshly made food, high-quality coffee (as you would expect) all served in a beautiful space. Drop by for one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne, we guarantee it.

Florian

617 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

Northside's favourite all-day eatery, Florian, brings a European bent to its breakfast and brunch fare. Staples like the folded eggs are a must-eat, and it'd be rude not to swing past the pastry window on your way out—or in. On occasions, Florian also run an evening service with one-off menus and a considered wine list.  

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