Need a reason (or ten) to get out of bed on cold wintry morning when its less than 5 degrees outside? No worries—we’ve hit the streets to track down Melbourne’s best breakfasts for winter! Whether you need slow cooked beans and a piping hot latte to get out of bed, or an indulgent serve of Nutella crepes, these trusty Melbourne cafes will have you sorted out and warmed up in a flash! You’re welcome.
Sitting pretty in trendy Prahran is none other than popular industry stalwart, St Edmonds. Not shy of dishing up a fantastic menu in its time, it’s no surprise these guys have made it to the shortlist. Rug up and head on over to enjoy the delicious Brekkie Greens featuring a dressed mix of raw broccoli, shredded kale and yummy avocado, topped with buckwheat kernels, pistachios, fresh chilli and poached eggs. Whoa! Add a serve of smoked ocean trout to make this baby even more delicious and kick start your winter day the right way. It’s fresh, it’s green and above all, it’s healthy.
Online & home delivery
Good food on the go is hard to come by, but healthy home delivery company Youfoodz have nailed the perfect breakfast pancake! These zesty blueberry baked pancakes come with a delicious topping of lightly sweetened ricotta, making them a great accompaniment to your morning coffee (or a tasty afternoon snack—guilty as charged…). They’re also gluten free, instead packed full of almond meal and a healthy protein powder…just heat them up, crack open the ricotta and get chowing down!
For something that takes inspiration from Asia, try the tamarind blue swimmer crab with crispy prawn larb tod, lychees, green apple and tamarind omelette at killer Melbourne cafe Industry Beans. While crab for breakfast might be a little unorthodox, this incredible dish is perfect balanced thanks to the sweetness of the lychees and a refreshing squeeze of lime. Do yourself a favour and suggest this awesome dish to your buds for instant foodie street cred—wash it down with one of the Melbourne coffee roaster’s signature long blacks for extra kudos!
We’ve heard a lot about these guys in the last few months and it seems they too have their brekkie menu head screwed on right this winter. While there’s so much to choose from on the new Chez Dré menu, we just can’t go past the Chorizo & Smashed Peas. This little delight is definitely one to ‘gram, with generous serves of mint and parsley leaves sprinkled over perfectly poached eggs, chevre, smashed peas and spicy chorizo—all piled on crispy sourdough bread. Make sure you get a little of each ingredient on your fork to really grasp the flavours. Need we say more?
Got a craving for comfort food this winter? We don’t blame you. In fact nothing says “I get it” more than a warm jaffle oozing with cheese. Enter Dr Morse’s Grandmother ham and gruyere jaffle. Not only does this little guy have lashings of cheese and mouth-watering ham but it’s laced with mustard to really wake you up. Wash it down with your coffee of choice and you’re ready to go! That is, unless you want another one? Go on, we won’t tell anyone.
Just one bite of Journeyman’s slow cooked beans with a rich tomato-based sauce and you’ll realise you made the right decision to get out of your dressing gown. Sprinkled with Yarra Valley feta and served with a side of sourdough, this simple yet superb Melbourne breakfast dish is one of our faves. It’s super filling on its own but to really drive the flavour home and get your protein fix, why not add a poached egg?
Brighton School House
A tribute to the Melbourne athletic clique, the Lululemon athletic porridge at Brighton School House definitely gets a tick from us! Featuring poached rhubarb and toasted ginger bread, this buttermilk oat porridge is made even more special with rosewater yoghurt, freeze dried rhubarb, almonds and your choice of milk! Say goodbye to boring porridge once and for all this winter with this amazing concoction, and be sure to tell your yoga friends! Namaste.
Become one with your inner cave man with a trip to Patch Cafe, the city’s answer to delicious paleo food! Dive head first into the Cave Man brekkie and flex those muscles as you enjoy a paleo extravaganza of yummy eggs, streaky bacon, delicious tomato, succulent grass fed sirloin steak, sweet potato fritter, baby spinach AND kale with relish—get all that? It’s okay if you didn’t, just trust us when we say this brekkie dish is the bomb!
The Joinery in Elwood has more than enough to choose from when it comes to breakfast options, but the Potato Rosti caught our eye for all the right reasons! Picture crispy fried rosti alongside chorizo sausages, sautéed greens, mini bell peppers, a poached egg and smoked tomato relish! Sure, this menu showstopper is rather large in comparison to a slice of toast with vegemite, but it will definitely get you through the day. That’s a promise.
There you have it—our pick of the best breakfasts in Melbourne this winter. Enjoy!
Imaeg credit: Industry Beans