Cafes

84 Melbourne Cafes You Should Have Had Breakfast At

By Kate Bartels - 05 Dec 2017

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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.

Here we go guys. 82 of the very best Melbourne cafes you should have had breakfast at if you call this city home. 

  1. Barry (Northcote): One of our favourite northside breakfast haunts, with a healthy twist. Defs order the chilli scrambled eggs. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Pillar of Salt (Richmond): Another Church St gem. We love the sunny courtyard and have just spotted mushroom & arancini fritters on the menu. This weekend’s order sorted.  
  4. Street Organics (Malvern): We love this clean eating café and grocery store on High Street. And when it comes to clean eating, nothing beats their famous acai bowl.
  5. Pavlov's Duck (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, and topped with a boiled egg.
  6. Pope Joan (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. God bless you, Matt Wilkinson. 
  7. Monk Bodhi Dharma (Balaclava): Order the Bodhi Bircher at this healthy vego Melbourne café for a fighting fit start to the day. 
  8. Combi (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 heaps more. 
  9. Small Victories (Carlton): Repeat after me: toasted waffle, fresh fruit, maple syrup, mixed berries, vanilla custard and ice-cream. Their famous mixed grill is also a Melbourne breakfast staple.
  10. Miss Marmalade (Brunswick): Their eggs benedict are among Melbourne’s best. Worry about the calories tomorrow.
  11. Ora (Kew): This award-winning little café in Kew is worth a drive across town. The breakfast menu is an out-of-the-box treat. Exhibit A: the spiced tiffin egg. Trust us. 
  12. Brighton Schoolhouse (Brighton): Popular with the Brighton Lululemon set, this Melbourne café specialises in yum brekkies with fabulous names, like the Unicorn Waffles.
  13. 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. 
  14. Tall Timber (Prahran): Light and airy, this cracker Melbourne café does a super yum Breaky Board for the indecisive AM eater. 
  15. Two Birds One Stone (South Yarra): This beautifully designed, light and airy South Yarra café is another of the city’s must-visits. Brioche. French. Toast. 
  16. Crabapple Kitchen (Hawthorn): We love this homely, travel-inspired Glenferrie Road café, and are somewhat obsessed with open toasties with leg ham, cheese and Dijon mustard.
  17. Golden Child (Glen Iris): A cute, cosy little suburban Melbourne café with interesting brekkie options, including pumpkin bread with poached pear, ginger crumb, cinnamon meringue and vanilla mousse.
  18. Patch (Richmond): Melbourne’s first Paleo café, Patch, is a hit with the clean eating set. The 'Planet of the Crepes' includes hazelnut butter, fresh berries and banana wrapped in wafer-thin crepes.
  19. Rococo (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.
  20. Liar Liar (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.
  21. Cru (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.
  22. 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.
  23. The Grain Store (Melbourne CBD): This chic Melbourne CBD café has a French farmhouse feel, and a wonderful breakfast menu. The green apple bircher muesli is perfection.
  24. 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. 
  25. 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. 
  26. Porgie + Mr Jones (Hawthorn): One of Melbourne's OG cafes, and still the best spot to breakfast on Auburn Road. The smashed av' with mushrooms have been keeping Hawthorn happy for decades. 
  27. Snow Pony (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 av'. 
  28. Mina-no-ie (Collingwood): A streamlined warehouse space in Collingwood, this spot has a Japanese aesthetic and wicked menu to boot. Tuck into some miso-baked eggs, then browse the Cibi homewares. 
  29. 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. 
  30. Crowded House (Williamstown): A popular spot for breakfast on the westside, we recommend the buttermilk hotcakes with lemon curd and raspberry jam for a sweet brekky treat. 
  31. Footscray Milking Station (Footscray): A former milk bar and a top spot for breakfast in Footscray. We always order the veggie breakfast. 
  32. St Ali (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. 
  33. 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. 
  34. 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.  
  35. Touchwood (Richmond): A big, bustling space on Bridge Road, Touchwood is a super popular café with Richmond breakfasters. The morning grain salad’s a tasty, healthy option. 
  36. Friends of Mine (Richmond): With a rustic, homely vibe, this one’s earned its chops, and it's still as popular as ever. The breakfast board includes dukkah and hummus eggs and has cured many a tender TUL head. 
  37. Addict Food & Coffee (Fitzroy): This is our new addiction. A sun-drenched corner café where you’ll find some of Melbourne’s best breakfasts, like sweet potato fritters, epic pancakes, and potato hash.
  38. Brunswick Street Alimentari (Fitzroy): An authentic Fitzroy deli-café, Alimentari hits all the right notes. For a late breakfast, the meatball wrap is ballin’.
  39. 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. 
  40. Station Street Trading Co. (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. 
  41. 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.  
  42. The Pour Kids (Malvern): The cool kid of Malvern cafés. 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. 
  43. 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. 
  44. 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. 
  45. Café Gaia (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 Jamon potato rosti. 
  46. 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. 
  47. 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…
  48. Union St Brewers (Brunswick): This cute little white-tiled, blue seated café in Brunswick has great coffee and a concise, revolving breakfast menu. Try the baked rainbow trout, if you’re game.
  49. Glovers Station (Elsternwick): This stunning Melbourne café in Elsternwick lives in a refurbed heritage building and is one of the most exciting places to eat in our books. The dishes include porridge and baked beans, but with a sophisticated twist. 
  50. Journeyman (Prahran): Dukes has been rebranded, but the menu remains the same. Wash down the waffles with berries and double cream with some of the best coffee in Melbourne.
  51. 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 poachies.
  52. 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. 
  53. Axil Coffee Roasters (Hawthorn): This roastery and café is housed in a huge, industrial-style space on Burwood Road and always attracts a hungry crowd. Gotta go the red velvet pancakes, right? 
  54. 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.
  55. Kanteen (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. 
  56. Il Fornaio (St Kilda): Popular St Kilda café, Il Fornaio, is a breakfast fave here at TUL. They bake their own bread, and make some of the best smoothies going around. We’ll take a Channing Tatum please. 
  57. Speakeasy (South Yarra): We love this Chapel Street spot with its sunny courtyard for a boozy Melbourne brunch. The zucchini fritters—boom!
  58. Penny Farthing Espresso (Northcote): Serving up Industry Beans brews, this Penny Farthing in Northcote is a Melbourne café worth jumping on your bike for. Three-egg omelette with pickled cauliflower and pumpkin bread is pretty speccy. 
  59. 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. 
  60. The Farm Café (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 Field Breakfast is our pick. Poached eggs, smashed avocado, baked beans and potatoes. Go ahead and add the bacon. 
  61. Wide Open Road (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 house-baked banana bread with caramelised banana, ricotta spring berries and oat crumble. 
  62. 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.
  63. Bad Love Club (Footscray): A boozy jaffle bar and cafe that's open from the wee hours. The cake menu changes regularly, so ask what's baking today (pray for cheesecake). 
  64. Light Years (Hawthorn): The cafe that brought us pixelated avocado. The fit-out is sleek and spacey, and it's got some of the most Insta-worthy plating in town. 
  65. Proud Sprout (Collingwood): A Nepalese cafe on Smith St? Yep it does exist. Keep an eye out for Proud Sprout near the Gertrude St intersection. Their wild porridge with rhubarb and raspberry coulis is a killer winter warmer. 
  66. Good Egg (South Melbourne): Scotch eggs! Who would have thought? Take some pork and fennel meat, wrap it round an egg, then crumb and fry the hell of it. Bloody delish. 
  67. 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.
  68. STN Northcote (Northcote): Inspired by the Tube, but with a few SE Asian flourishes. We're going back for seconds of the Vietnamese cold drip with condensed milk. Serious wake-up fuel. 
  69. Fort Green (Northcote): A new cafe that's popped up in Northcote, and they're making health bowls you actually WANT to eat. Order the beef with quinoa and kimchi. Guilt-free and bloody delish. 
  70. 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. 
  71. 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.
  72. My Son, Joy (South Melbourne): One for all the vegans veggos, allergy sufferers and FODMAP searches out there, although we're quietly obsessed with their dense Euro-style sourdough. Slather on that butter. 
  73. Sloane Ranger (Cremorne): You could waste a lot of time searching for the best chilli scramble in Melbs, or you could just drop in at Sloane. Plenty of heat, and feta chunks the size of your fist.
  74. Egglab (Collingwood): The second egg-themed cafe to emerge this year. Egglab does breakfast burgers, and they do them amazingly well. Go the bacon and egg with relish, plus a side of potato gems. 
  75. White Mojo Plus+ (Glen Waverley): The wait was worth it. Dedicated toast bar, gorgeous outdoor courtyard, and an Insta-porn food collection that'll make your feed (and your pants) explode. Order the Mad Mojo Waffles and watch for food envy. 
  76. Buenos Dias (Carlton North): Definitely one of our new favourites in town. Funky South American beats, house-made dolce de leche, and the greatest brekky bowl of all: the mighty Calentao Rolo. 
  77. History Cafe (Essendon): Set beneath a nondescript block of apartments, you wouldn't expect the greatest mushroom dish in Melbourne. Pickled wild mushrooms, and a mushroom emulsion. It's pretty nuts. 
  78. 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. 
  79. Murray’s Food Store (Prahran): God damn we love this place. Jeremy and India have built something really special at Murray's, a cute neighbourhood milk bar. Mac n cheese pies go down pretty smooth too. 
  80. Big Dog’s Deli (Richmond): Another sandwich-bar-cum-cafe. This time just off Swan St in Richmond. Step up to the counter and order the Big Dog: 36-month prosciutto, salami, pickled peppers, spicy nduja and aioli, all wrapped in crusty ciabatta.
  81. Lillie Espresso (Prahran): One of the greatest sweet breakfasts we've ever put in our gob. Fluffy Dr Marty crumpets topped with blueberry compote, vanilla mascarpone and honey. Out of this world.
  82. 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.
  83. Uncle Drew (Clifton Hill): Everything a good suburban cafe should be. Quiet, cosy and cute, with a hot chocolate the size of your face (they whack a brownie on top, just coz).
  84. 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.

Image Credit: Jenna Fahey-White | Egglab 

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