In my experience, people who order pancakes (or similar) are committed to the sweet breakfast cause and ALWAYS order pancakes, hotcakes or waffles for breakfast. In fact, they refuse to dine at cafes that don’t have a sweet, fluffy, buttery offering. There are some pretty stellar pancake options in Melbourne, so we’ve rounded the best of the best, and slipped in a few savoury options for good measure.
Here are Melbourne’s best pancakes and waffles.
This is one that’s worth travelling for! The Hong Kong egg waffles with vanilla custard, berry compote, green tea ice cream and pistachio praline at Baba Sus are an ode to the chef’s childhood. They’re completely delicious and one of the prettiest breakfasts we ever did see.
St Kilda and Hawthorn
One of our favourite all-day venues, Rococo really knows how to do pancakes. Their buttermilk pancakes with berry compote, fresh strawberries, whipped mascarpone, maple syrup and pistachios is the perfect balance between a fresh breakfast and complete and utter decadence.
Known for whipping up healthier breakfasts chock full of superfoods and paleo approved ingredients, Melbourne café Patch has really hit the nail on the head with its waffle offering—pumpkin, banana, coconut flour and almond butter waffles served with maple candied bacon ice cream, house-made paleo Anzac crumble, seasonal berries and fruit, all drizzled with maple syrup. You had us at candied bacon.
They don’t really need any introduction as you’ve probably seen these hotcakes in your Insta feed, but there’s no way we could leave out the blueberry and ricotta hot cakes served with berries, organic maple, seeds and double cream, that you’ll find at Top Paddock. These Melbourne pancakes are worth the wait, trust us.
North side hot spot, Barry is dishing up hotcakes with an ultra refreshing twist. The ricotta hotcake come with citrus fruits and mint crème, an interesting combination that we just keep going back for.
F.A.T Fried & Tasty
You’ll feel like ‘treat yo self’ has a whole new meaning when you tuck in to waffles at F.A.T Fried & Tasty. The buttermilk waffles with vanilla ice cream, two pieces of F.A.T Fried chicken and Canadian maple syrup are all kinds of extreme. If you’re a little sceptical about the fried chicken / ice cream combo, don’t be. It’s a match made in heaven, just don’t tell your cardiologist.
South Of Johnston
South of Johnston has so many menu wins on offer, but if you’re a perpetual pancake orderer and even if you’re not, you’ll be so down for this bad boy. The pancakes come with either poached strawberries, macadamia and coconut crumble and vanilla ice cream, or red gum smoked bacon with real maple syrup. Good luck choosing.
Grand Trailer Park Taverna
If it’s waffle stack you’re after, it’s waffle stack you’ll get. The fresh, house made waffle stack at Grand Trailer Park comes filled with peanut butter parfait, freshly whipped cream, fresh strawberries and drizzled with caramel sauce. Take a friend, there’s plenty for two!
Pancakes don’t have to be sweet and they don’t have to just be a breakfast dish—the offering at Cumulus Up well and truly proves this! Buckweat waffles served duck, fois gras and prunes are one of our favourite waffle offerings around.
A South East Asian fusion restaurant in Brunswick, Tom Phat whips up a brilliant and surprising roti pancake that comes with banana and coconut jam and ice cream. It really is an any-time-of-day dish.
It’s pretty AND delicious, what more could you want from any meal? The rosewater and ricotta hotcakes at Colonel’s Son are served with wild berries, pistachio, fig mascarpone and Canadian maple syrup.
Anything that combines chocolate and fruit has us hooked. Throw in a hotcake and we’re committed for life. The ricotta hotcakes at 5 Lire do just that—they come with vanilla mascarpone, poached pear, dark chocolate and roasted hazelnuts, and are some of the best dang pancakes in Melbourne.
Another dish that’s firmly in the Instgramable camp is the hot cakes at Prahran stalwart, Hobba. The hotcakes are fluffy and are served with seasonal berries, whipped mascarpone, honeycomb, vanilla bean and house spiced maple syrup.
Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White for The Urban List