Melbourne's CBD is not usually the first suburb to roll off the tongue when you're looking for a great brunch spot, but don't discount it, some of Melbourne's OG brunch spots were born on the cobble laneways of the Hoddle Grid.
Whether you're in the city to shop up a storm, or just looking for a quick stop during the 9-5 grind, here are the best spots in Melbourne's CBD to grab brunch at.
If you're looking for a venue that innovates on an epic scale, that place is Om Nom.
Aside from the mind-bending creations, Om Nom serves up delicious breakfast every day from 7am and includes the likes of the PB&J Waffle, or classics like the Smashed Avo of Eggs On Toast.
One of our favourite people-watching spots, cosy up next to the butterfly wall with your favourite type of baked eggs at Hardware Societe.
Reminiscent of a French Parisian café, you can’t have a bad day when your teapot comes wrapped in a hand-knitted cosy.
The wonderfully designed Vacation had originally focussed on speciality coffee, but after initially seeing their spacious corner on Exhibition Street, the team decided to install a small kitchen.
Everything on the menu has gluten-free options, and a decent amount of their dishes are vegan. Exhibit A: one of their most popular orders, toast with avocado, lemon, seeds, sprouts, and EVOO dressing. Or try their toasted muesli with yoghurt and seasonal fruit for a sweet but healthy morning crunch.
If you're not familiar with White Mojo, you're in for a treat.
Over the top brunch options abound at White Mojo, choose from classics their signature croissant burger, soft shell crab, chipotle mayo with fried eggs and a chorizo crumb is a definite must. Or dig into the Pork Benny, which is a classic eggs benedict with the addition of pulled pork and a chorizo crumb. The team have another outlet in Glen Waverley that does dinner, find out all about it here.
Making a strong case for Melbourne’s favourite CBD brunch spot, Cumulus Inc. serves refined, restrained brunch dishes inside a spacious interior. Enjoy the deliciously appetising bircher, or smoky shakshouka in a sleek, industrial space.
The Grain Store
For Melburnians wanting to ensure there’s room for lunch, head to The Grain Store. Expect fresh, seasonal dishes like the smoky chorizo beans with feta, poached eggs, dashi caramel, salsa verde and toasted croûte.
Stay on the line with Operator 25—they’re worth the wait. We recommended the Ube Waffle for the brunch-venturous, served with white chocolate sauce, poached peach, jack fruits, coconut and black sesame ice cream. Proudly boasting innovative brunch options, skip the smashed avo on your next outing.
Hash Speciality Coffee
Intimate, warm and very, very likeable, Hash Speciality Coffee is best known for their dark hot chocolate served with fairy-floss—why not. If you are feeling like something a little more substantial (than pure sugar), options like the truffled mushrooms, polenta crisp, spinach spread, brioche croutons, poached egg and pecorino await.
The Mess Hall
Offering a brunch menu inspired by Italian cuisine, The Mess Hall serves polished, unequivocally delicious dishes like the corn fritters with avocado, cream cheese a tomato relish and coriander. Featuring a rustic, smart interior, The Mess Hall is ideal for lovers of unpretentious brunch.
This pink six seater café on famous Degraves St is so cosy you’ll never want to leave. Tuck yourself in the corner and forget about life with a cup of coffee and a bowl of their delicious yoghurt and nutty muesli. Grab a cake or two while you're at it, definitely something you’ll regret if you don’t
Manchester Press is your classic Melbourne laneway gem, tucked down Rankins Ln just near Elizabeth St. This place gets busy every morning for a reason—perfect toasted bagels (go the blueberry bagel with bacon, maple and banana, it's nuts) plus some cheeky salads and a decadent takeaway counter. The coffee's by Ona, or there's frosty Liberty kombucha if you're feeling virtuous.
Brother Baba Budan
Brother Baba is still one of our favourite spaces in the whole city. This places just screams Melbourne. Drop by in the morning when the espresso machine is buzzing and there's a line out the door. If you can snag a spot on the communal table you're doing well. It's best to keep things simple here: a strong coffee and one of their epic ham and cheese croissants.
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Image credit: Vacation | Michelle Jarni