There’s an unwritten rule of being Melbournian that you must love any meal served before midday and marked up by at least 60%. That's just city pride right there. If it comes with nuclear strength, coffee and some exposed brick and succulents, so much the better.
Thankfully, the dozens and dozens of cafés all over Melbs are more than a match for our breakfast cravings. Whatever little city pocket you come from, you can rest assured that your bacon will be crispy, and your avo smashed.
So, here we go. Here are the best cafes to get breakfast at in Melbourne.
- Top Paddock (Richmond): The queues for this one are a good indication of the breakfast awesomeness within. Gorgeous design meets scrumptious food, with a focus on quality local produce. Love the classic blueberry & ricotta hotcakes.
- The Stables of Como (South Yarra): A gorgeous spot to take out of towners for a Melbourne breakfast to remember. Can't go past their retro prawn toast. Try and nab a seat in the courtyard.
- Mixed Business (Clifton Hill): Clifton Hill’s best breakfast spot, we love the sunny garden setting here. The ploughman’s brekkie is delish—Ham hock terrine with smoked potato aioli, with boiled egg, rye bread, vintage cheddar, tomato and pickle.
- Manchester Press (Melbourne CBD): A cool, gritty laneway café in Melbourne CBD. The bagels here are the bomb. Loved the smoked salmon and smashed avo versions, too.
- Hardware Societe (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.
- Porgie + Mr Jones (Hawthorn): One of Melbourne's OG cafes, and still the best spot for breakfast on Auburn Road. The smashed av' with mushrooms have been keeping Hawthorn happy for decades.
- Three Bags Full (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 Meredith feta, grilled corn and quinoa salsa is one of the prettiest and tastiest breakfasts in Melbourne.
- Footscray Milking Station (Footscray): A former milk bar and a top spot for breakfast in Footscray. We always order the veggie breakfast.
- Auction Rooms (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 still obsessed with the buttermilk griddlecakes.
- Cowderoy’s Dairy (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.
- The Kettle Black (South Melbourne): This relative newcomer from the Top Paddock Crew plates up some of the most gorgeous looking breakfasts in Melbourne. Think coconut chia with mandarin sorbet, toasted coconut and citrus powders, sprinkled with edible flowers.
- Industry Beans (Fitzroy): This Fitzroy café and roastery 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 a staple, but it’s plates like Lemon myrtle pannacotta with bee pollen curd and wattleseed granola that really get us going.
- Fifty Acres (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.
- Little Big Sugar Salt (Abbotsford): Not only does this Abbotsford cafe work wonders with eggs, they're also a great one to hit up for advice on how to spend a Saturday in the area.
- Lucky Penny (South Yarra): Another great Melbourne café, Lucky Penny is a good spot to escape the Chapel Street crowds and chow down on yumminess like citrus cured salmon, potato and pea salad.
- Dr Morse (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 Dr Morse benedict. Particularly useful if you spent the previous night sampling the cocktail menu…
- Richmond Hill Café & Larder (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 poached eggs.
- Common Galaxia (Seddon): Featuring a gorgeous, sleek design, this is a Melbourne cafe worth crossing town for. The wild mushrooms on sourdough with chilli, garlic and Danish fetta are particularly drool-some.
- Jardin Tan (South Yarra): What better spot to have breakfast in Melbourne than in the Botanical Gardens?! French-Vietnamese dishes are a standout, but when in Rome we say try the Vietnamese fried eggs with pulled pork and nuoc mam cham.
- Seven Seeds (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 good morning breakfast burger with chorizo, fried eggs and chutney.
- Proud Mary (Collingwood): This Collingwood café has a cool, rockabilly vibe, great coffee and a smashing breakfast menu. Their Indian French toast with masala potato and mint chutney is pretty epic, Melbourne brunchers.
- Hector’s Deli (Richmond): Sandwich bar? Cafe? Who cares. They usually sell out their sangas before midday, so we think they qualify. Go the schnitzel or you're doing it wrong.
- Industry Beans (CBD): Our favourite roastery just opened a futuristic little cafe in the CBD, complete with an in-built Mod Bar. Let's just say it—the coffee is f*cking ace.
- AU79 (CBD): Probably the biggest and most ambitious cafe to open in the last 10 years. This place is a god damned brunch FACTORY. In-house roastery, patisserie and eco-system. No biggie.
- Terror Twilight (Collingwood): The old Bedford St may be gone, but good breakfasts are here to stay. Try the Sichuan-marinated tofu if you're in need of a vegetarian hangover cure.
- Millstone Patisserie (Malvern): Come for the ridiculously amazing looking desserts and pastries, stay for the Breakfast Roll and everything else that comes out the kitchen.
- Left Field (Carnegie): The fact that almost 18 months on Left Field still has queues out the door speaks wonders as to the great food they're serving up. Give the Oreo Doughnut Sliders a run if you dare.
For more tips on what to eat around Melbourne, head to our Food & Drink section.
Image credit: Millstone Patisserie | Jenna Fahey-White