We all know Melbourne is the place to be for coffee, but what about brekkie? Well, we’re here to tell you that breakfast restaurants in Melbourne are damn hard to beat. Here’s 5 places to drop into for a weekend brunch, or a week-day bite to eat if you’re in need of an eggs benedict before the work grind starts.
Tucked away just off Lygon Street in Carlton, Vertue is an unbeatable spot for a unique and delicious breakfast experience. Alongside delivering the classics, Vertue also offers dishes like tamarind prawn toast, and even a fried chicken burger if the Monday blues are getting you down. As the cafe is first and foremost a coffee roastery, you can guarantee you’ll get a smooth coffee with your meal. Take a friend here and impress them with your unusual yet scrumptious taste for Melbourne cafes.
Recommendation: Poached eggs with a side of avocado, cashew cheese and beetroot dust.
St Ali is the go-to breakfast spot you didn’t know you needed. Again, you have to venture down a side street to find the old warehouse space, but once you’re there the open room beckons you in. Like Vertue, St Ali likes to push the boundaries of breakfast food, offering an all-day menu that includes Banh Mi, Mexican corn fritters, Japanese tofu and all-American pancakes. No need to book those overseas flights when St Ali gives you that worldwide experience.
Recommendation: “The Dirty Eggs” – poached eggs, roasted bull horn peppers, crispy fried potato gems, potato & smoked paprika mouse, crispy potato noodles, padron pepper sauce and chorizo.
Seven Seeds is a bustling, energetic cafe with an exciting menu to match. Melbourne University is only a block away and the constant stream of students lining up for brekkie and a coffee is a testament to Seven Seeds’ reputation. Whether you’re living healthily (charred broccolini salad or the wild mushrooms perhaps?) or indulging (beef brisket hash or wagyu burger), this is the place to be.
Recommendation: “Eggs and Waffle Benedict” – Smoked pulled pork and cheddar waffle, poached eggs and chipotle hollandaise.
Green Refectory is my go-to breakfast spot for a cheap and delicious feed. In a city that thrives on overpriced coffee, getting a piece of cake and a coffee for $3.50 is unheard of – except at this place. Its other major advantage is that it’s bloody massive. You can sit inside at a cute wooden table for one, at a bench for 6, or at a small table for 3. If you’re loving that summer breeze, the outside tables rest under sprouts of greenery and patches of sunlight. Drop in for a quick breakfast, or stay for an hour – no one will bother you either way.
Recommendation: Breakfast Stack with potato pattie, bacon, tomato, spinach, haloumi, basil and a poached egg (for just $12). Or try any delicious cake from the display…
If upon walking down Brunswick Street you feel overwhelmed by vintage stores and trendy cafes, pop into the Alimentari deli for a slice of old-fashioned tranquility. Open from 7am during the week, you are guaranteed a perfect rendition of all the classics – corn fritters, bircher muesli, as well as sneaky favourites avo & pea smash and Persian eggs. Feeling more of a brunch vibe? Grab a tasty rice and sultana salad from the display, or perhaps a panini. Alimentari is unassuming, and gorgeous to experience.
Recommendation: Rice bowl with chickpea, onion, coriander, dill and sultanas.
So there you have it, a few delicious cafes to indulge in before the 9-5 begins. I’ve incorporated a mix of classic dishes and ones that are more funky, so take your pick! (Or invite 3 friends and steal all their grub). Happy breakfasting!