Melbourne’s brunch scene has becoming increasingly popular over the past few years, and it’s a given that weekends are all about brunching in the city. It can be quite overwhelming with new cafes popping up on every corner, so I thought I’d share 10 of my favourite places! Here’s some of the best brunch spots in Melbourne that you need to know about.
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 85 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
They cater to the gluten-free, vegan and health conscious, with delicious-and-nutritious dishes like their coconut sago pudding, Californian superfood salad and raw zucchini lasagna. All in a cool cafe with white brick walls. Their superfood salad sounds like a little blogger cliche but it is seriously amazing (and filling!) The only downside? I don’t think I’ve never not waited for a table.
2. Pillar of Salt
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 541 Church St Richmond 3121
Eclectic breakfasts served in a cafe with exposed-brick walls and a courtyard. The buttermilk pancakes are incredible, but there’s many healthy options including superfood salads and almond milk porridge (with sticky date and salted caramel sauce made from unprocessed coconut blossom sugar). To die for.
3. Top Paddock
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 658 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121
Probably one of the most well-known (and instagrammed) breakfast spots in Melbourne, but for good reason. Expect a wait on weekends, but the blueberry ricotta hotcakes are well worth it (and yes, those are edible flowers).
4. Tall Timber
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 60 Commercial Rd, Prahran VIC 3181
A vibrant cafe with excellent coffee and choices of food, this Melbourne cafe has quickly become hot-spot for brunch, and you’ll often see large groups of people waiting for a table. My favourite is the “Breaky board” which includes a poached egg on pumpkin loaf w/ hummus & smashed avocado.
5. Kettle Black
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205
A gourmet cafe fare, plus a food cart, in a chic terrace house with all white interiors and marble benches. A real instagramers dream. It’s the same people who run Top Paddock, so essentially the same menu. I’m going to say it again: the blueberry ricotta hotcake. You wont regret it.
6. Auction Rooms
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Buzzing, rustic-chic cafe with a sunny courtyard, for coffee of the day and inventive breakfasts. It doesn’t get more Melbourne than this. The french toast and seared ocean treat with sweet potato are a real treat.
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 140 Ormond Rd, Elwood VIC 3184
A petite cafe with hip decor, offering health-conscious smoothies and raw food. You can expect raw acai bowls, lemon & blueberry bircher muesli, chia seed pudding, & other superfood bowls. They also have matcha lattes, cold pressed juices and kombucha on top.
8. Stables of Como
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Cnr Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141
A quaint shed in the grounds of an upscale country mansion, offering pastries and premium cafe fare. There’s also my favourite hot banana bread with berry compote, and their famous Gardener’s Breakfast which is basically an upscale “big breakfast.”
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 480 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121
The minds behind Touchwood were also the ones behind Tall Timber and Pillar of Salt, so you can only expect great things. The cafe has a minimal design complete with white walls and hanging greens. The banana and blueberry wholemeal waffles are the standout: four waffles wedged between banana and blueberries, doused in organic maple syrup with creamy banana ricotta & sprinkled with strawberry dust.
10. Serotonin Eatery
[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] 52 Madden Grove, Burnley VIC 3121
Serotonin Eatery is a health-conscious cafe in a light-filled space with stylish, contemporary interior design. It aims to make people happy with foods that promote the release of serotonin. As you might expect, the menu is healthy and mostly plant-based. The menu includes colourful superfood bowls, deconstructed sushi bowls, and banana-flour pancakes. Don’t forget to try the tumeric “happy” lattes, too!