11 Brunch Spots Totally Worth The Wait

By Emily St John - 01 Sep 2018

Securing a table for brunch on the weekend is a bittersweet challenge. You’ve never felt searing envy like arriving hungry at your favourite spot only to put your name down on a 30-minute waitlist.

Luckily, we understand brunch with your mates isn’t just a weekend treat – it’s a necessity. That's why we’ve partnered up with ANZ who have just introduced the cutting edge ANZ BladePay™ device which together with the right POS vendor app can make splitting bills simple so you spend less time queuing and more time soaking up the full brunch experience.

To celebrate, we at The Urban List have rounded up 11 of the most popular brunch spots across Australia that no matter the wait, we’ll be ready and drooling…

Wish your brunch experience ran this smoothly? Well it could with ANZ BladePay™.


Posted by The Urban List on Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kin + Co


Kin + Co is one of our favourite places to do breakfast, lunch, brunch, a coffee on the go—whatever! Stop by for their epic croissants and a takeaway coffee from their outdoor window, or dine-in in their plant-filled, Scandi-inspired dining room for delicious eats, like their pea pancake. Get here stat. 



Industrial chic at its best, Journeyman is renowned for its specialty coffee in a warm and buzzing Chapel St location. With rarely a lull from opening to closing, it’s best to get in early to peruse the extensive all-day menu. Each dish has its own signature twist from eggs benedict with crispy pork belly to breakfast ramen topped with a perfected 62-degree egg. But back to the caffeine; you can choose between the in-house roasted hot and cold drink cards. Then again, maybe don’t and have both.

Faraday's Cage


This one's for the foodie Instagrammers! Opened by husband and wife duo, John and Kim Petrou back in 2015, Faraday's Cage is a café and artisan bakery based inside an old warehouse in Fitzroy's leafy backstreets. While the pastries, bread, tarts and vegan sausage rolls are baked fresh, in-house every day, the real MVP is the breakfast board with smashed avocado, beetroot hummus, a poached egg, sourdough, granola, a sweet potato & corn fritter, a croissant and house-pressed orange juice. For brunch, don't miss the smoked salmon fritters and ricotta pancakes with carammelised white chocolate and broken meringue. You can thank us later. 

Ruby’s Diner


Healthy brunch may sound like an oxymoron, but there’s something about Ruby’s Diner in Waverley that side steps the elitist trends for wholesome dishes in an open plan setting. Think fresh coconut quinoa bircher, citrus cured trout with poached eggs and matcha lattes. But if you do feel like a sweet treat, indulge in their take on the much-loved cronut (half-croissant, half-doughnut). The disappointment is REAL if you miss out, trust us.  



Sometimes all you want is something different to tantalise your tastebuds. South Brisbane’s Gauge delivers with an ever-changing seasonal brunch menu that celebrates the best of local produce. No wonder it’s a cult favourite of the area. The sleek décor sets the scene for modern dishes like their pork bolognese, brioche and fried eggs. If you’re salivating for sweetness, their sourdough waffles paired with hazelnut ricotta and lemon sorbet is perfectly balanced. No one visit to Gauge is like any other.



All your brunch favourites are available from hotcakes to smashed avo. But that’s where the familiarities stop. Located in Prahran, Hobba caters to the curious diner who is intrigued by saffron poached pear on their granola, slow cooked ham hock with their eggs benedict and French toast paired with asparagus and pickled jalapenos. Throw out your comfort zone because there are no menu alterations allowed—but you honestly won’t want to.

ATLAS food+coffee


If you enjoy ‘gramming your brunch almost as much as eating it, ATLAS offers picture perfect, colour-laden dishes that taste just as good. As a destination for speciality coffee as well as being vegan-friendly, this West Perth cafe boasts friendly staff and a light-filled ambience to relieve the stress of a work week. Plus, one dish ‘til we die? The Morning Burger with pulled pork, fried egg, avocado, potato nugget, tomato relish and caramelised onion.

The Grounds of Alexandria


It’s safe to say this brunch spot is no secret to literally anyone across Australia, which is why The Grounds has made the heartbreak of waiting for a table easy to swallow. Put your name down, grab a buzzer and order a takeaway coffee while you sit in the open botanical courtyard. There are also market stalls to peruse that alternate weekly including bakers, florists and crafters. Next, visit their friendly farm animals and soon enough your buzzer rings. Did you even wait that long at all?

The Jam Pantry


This Greenslopes mainstay is comfort eating at its all-time best. The Jam Pantry heroes local produce through a mixture of fermenting, pickling, salt preserves and smoking. You can even take a jar home with you! While the ‘Classics’ menu is adored, the ‘Flipping Boards’ are where things get interesting with alternating specials that make every visit fresh and inviting. 

Bread in Common


There’s nothing like the smell of rising bread. With all their dishes designed to be shared and topped with fresh slices from their bakery, this homely restaurant strikes to the heart of dining with friends and family. Never fear, gluten-free and vegan dishes are available at Bread in Common, as is the brunch menu until 4pm for any of you that like to sleep in. Who doesn’t?!

Three Blue Ducks

Sydney, Byron Bay and Brisbane (From 1 June 2018) 

Now in four locations, this favoured haunt never fails to attract a horde of weekenders with its signature dishes. Three Blue Ducks serves up sustainable ethical produce and superior coffee well worth the Sunday morning rush. We don’t like to play favourites, but it’s hard to go past the mouth-watering corn fritters with a Boulevard Spritz to wash it all down. It’s midday (10am) somewhere…

Top Paddock


Located on the river, Top Paddock boasts all your traditional favourites with moreish sides and an extensive drinks menu including all-day cocktails. Say no more—but we will. With cooler weather coming our picks would be the porridge topped with poached stone fruit, honey and pistachios or the blueberry and ricotta hotcake paired with seasonal berries and drizzled with strawberry eucalyptus syrup.

Tre Bicchieri


One of our favourite low-key brunch spots in Carlton's leafy Rathdowne street is Tre Bicchieri. This year it's seen new ownership bringing in fresh eats and new coffee roasters. Serving classic Italian paninis and a brunch menu boasting some of the best baked eggs in the city (sprinkled with Lebanese za’atar and feta, of course), don't miss the freshly baked bread from ‘Pane e Pizzico’ Artisan Bakery, and the gluten-free cakes from Biscotteria.

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