If there is any top list in the world for the best places to do breakfast in, Melbourne has to be on that list. It’s not just the amount of choices you have, it’s the variety and quality of the food served that makes Melbourne breakfasts something special.
No matter what you feel like, no matter whether you are vegan or vegetarian or you need a gluten free breakfast, or just about any other dietary requirement, Melbourne has you covered.
Sure, you can get a great bacon and eggs for breakfast, but the variety on offer is truly staggering. You can find breakfasts from all over the world here and breakfast menus that you can literally find no where else in the world.
As you can tell, we love breakfasts in Melbourne, so without further ado, here is our list of what we think are the best places for the best breakfast’s in Melbourne!
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Our Top 39 Best Breakfasts (Including All Day And Buffet Breakfasts) In Melbourne & The CBD
• Twenty & Six. Where? North Melbourne. Not exactly a standard breakfast item we know, but you can’t go past their toasted corned beef sandwich with cabbage, swiss cheese, pickled onions with Russian dressing on Rye.
• Il Fornaio. Where? St Kilda. Yolo! Yup, that’s the name of this breakfast item and it’s not hard to see why with these ingredients! house cured salmon, pea, avocado + preserved lemon mousse, zucchini, potato fondant, gremolata, baby radish, two poached eggs.
• Barry. Where? Northcote. For those who love a good coffee and a good healthy breakfast. Why not try the Burnt onion, buffalo mozzarella and basil omelette with toast.
• Melba. Where? Southbank. An absolute institution when it comes to Melbourne Breakfast. Buffet breakfast? Yes please! Centrally located in Southbank, Melba offers everything you could want in a buffet breakfast selection. Hot food like bacon, eggs, rosti, baked beans, cold dishes, including many different types of fruit and deli meats. They also have an asian corner with pork buns and artisan cheeses and pancakes!
• The Farm Cafe. Where? Abbotsford. Looking for an all day breakfast menu that does vegetarian and glue free breakfasts in Melbourne? Can’t go past The Farm Cafe. Try their Swiss Brown Mushrooms…. Crispy Polenta with oven roasted swiss brown mushrooms, goat’s curd, sautéed silverbeet and poached eggs
• Touchwood Cafe. Where? Richmond. Another great all day breakfast for you here. Why come here? for their home made baked beans of course! House made baked beans with mushrooms, goats cheese, a poached egg, toast
• Pope Joan. Where? Brunswick East. Weird name, truly different breakfast options. Definitely not the cheapest option in our list, but if you are after breakfast with a twist, you’ve found it. For example, you could go for the Black pudding, chestnut polenta, fried egg, fennel & apple puree.
• Admiral Cheng-Ho. Where? Abbotsford. Looking for a vegan breakfast that also tries to source everything they serve locally and organically? Here you go! Try their vegan and gluten free African Baked Beans.
• The Grain Store. Where? Melbourne CBD. If you are looking for one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne’s CBD, look no further. We are quite fond of their Bacon steak & smokey borlotti beans.fried duck egg, carrot jam, apple slaw, snow pea shoots.
• Mixed Business. Where? Clifton Hill. I love a big breakfast, even for lunch. The ploughmans breakfast at Mixed Business fits the bill. free range pork belly rillette, boiled egg, rye, vintage cheddar,tomato, pickle.
• The Kettle Black. Where? South Melbourne. Want to try something a little different with a group of friends? The chefs table at The Kettle Black is definitely that. Up to 12 guests can enjoy a tasting plate of awesome breakfast dishes personally tailored by head chef Jesse Mctavish. Matching wines can be included for a small extra!
• Jardin Tan. Where? South Yarra. French-Vietnamese breakfast? Yes please! One of the great fusion cuisines of the world. Situated in the botanical gardens as well, so not a bad spot for a great breakfast indeed. You can’t go past their gluten free Bánh Xèo – crispy pancake with pork and shrimp.
• Auction Rooms. Where? North Melbourne. Reasonably priced all day breakfasts that offer something a little bit different than your standard bacon and eggs. That’s Auction Rooms in North Melbourne to a T. We recommend their First Crack breakfast, which is only available until 9.30am. Soft-boiled egg with rye soldiers and your choice of: Wholegrain bircher or Fresh fruit & yoghurt or Toasted granola & whole milk.
• Pillar Of Salt. Where? Richmond. Fresh seasonal and an ever rotating menu of awesome breakfasts. Something that wets our whistle is their Kimchi corn & sweet potato fritters with pink grapefruit, cured King fish, pineapple and wombok slaw, with sour cream & a house made Kimchi hot sauce! You can also add a poached egg for an extra something.
• Cumulus Inc. Where? Melbourne CBD. Looking for a big English breakfast? We’ve got you covered. Come to Cumulus Inc and experience their Full English – farmhouse slab bacon, blood sausage on toast, fried eggs & smoked tomato.
More Of The Best Places For Breakfast In Melbourne!
• Egg Unlimited. Where? Delivery. Breakfast delivery anyone? Don’t feel like leaving your apartment? No problems! Egg Unlimited to the rescue. Try their breakfast box number #1. Tub of fresh yoghurt with honey granola.Two mushroom and lemon thyme gallettes. Mini English muffin with egg and bacon. Two sweetcorn and chilli souffles. Freshly baked banana bread with vanilla mascarpone. Seasonal fresh fruit. They also do breakfast catering as well.
• Friends Of Mine. Where? Richmond. Another classic favourite for an all day breakfast in Melbourne. It’s also one of the cheaper breakfast spots in Melbourne as well. We’d definitely recommend their Croissant w/ ham off the bone, béchamel, emmental cheese + truss tomato.
• Dr Morse. Where? Abbotsford. Party too much Friday night? Need a good weekend breakfast spot to make you feel alive again? Dr Morse will do the trick. If you are after a vegetarian breakfast, we’d recommend their Zucchini & corn fritters w/ heirloom tomato salsa & poached egg.
• Thousand Pound Bend. Where? Melbourne CBD. Cheap breakfasts in Melbourne’s CBD aren’t hard to come by, but good ones tend to be. A cherry bagel with cream cheese will cost you only $7.50 here!
• Common Galaxia. Where? Seddon. We love a good crumpet and they do great handmade crumpets with honeycomb spread at Common Galaxia.
• Penny Farthing Espresso. Where? Northcote. We love fritters here at Ushop and Penny Farthing Espresso do them well! Crispy corn fritters topped with an almond capsicum relish, wood smoked bacon, poached egg, rocket & mayonnaise.
• Crown Conservatory. Where? Southbank. Who doesn’t love a good hotel buffet breakfast and Crown Conservatory are one of the best. Bacon, eggs, hash browns, danishes and a lot more!
• Small Victories Cafe. Where? Carlton North. This is the place for a hearty breakfast, especially if you are a breakfast eggs person. Breakfast tortillas are on the menu here. Fried eggs, spiced braised Berkshire pork belly, queso fresco, pickles, radish, peanuts, coriander.
• Cafenatics. Where? Melbourne CBD. Need a breakfast event catered? Cafenatics can handle that and more. Breakfast catering has become big business in Melbourne.
• Proud Mary Coffee. Where? Collingwood. Great coffee, amazing smoothies and a good selection of juices. We would also recommend you try their Potato hash with charred kale, double smoked bacon, organic poached egg, bagna cauda (traditional Italian dipping sauce made with anchovies).
• The European Restaurant. Where? Melbourne CBD. Caviar, soft boiled eggs, toasted brioche & blini. How’s that for a great way to start the day!
• Chez Dre. Where? South Melbourne. Sometimes you just feel like runny eggs for breakfast and you can get great runny eggs at this French inspired cafe. Coddled egg.spinach, leek & Parmesan, crème fraîche & toasted baguette.
• Top Paddock. Where? Richmond. It’s busy (especially on the weekends), but it’s busy because it’s damn good. Not feeling like breakfast for breakfast? That’s fine! Top Paddock’s all day menu has you covered. Why not get their Rangers Valley Wagyu Steak Sandwich? Wagyu steak, beetroot relish, tempura beetroot shoots, fresh horse radish and wasabi leaves. Add a fried egg if you so wish!
• Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder. Where? Richmond. A relaxed and casual environment perfect for a late breakfast. We’d recommend their Harissa eggs. scrambled eggs with crème fraiche, harissa, coriander and house made RHCL sausage and dukkah roasted tomato.
• South Of Johnston. Where Collingwood. Love a good fritter for breakfast? We sure do and they do a great version here at South Of Johnston. Zucchini and corn fritters. w homemade kassoundi, guacamole, sour cream, a poached egg & either smoked salmon or grilled bacon. A vegetarian option is available as well.
• Little Henri. Where? Thornbury. An absolute favourite with the locals for doing simple, affordable breakfasts, but doing them really freakin well. Why not try their croissant with smoked salmon and horse radish. At $11, it’s a relatively cheap way to start the day.
• Lolo And Wren. Where? Brunswick West. I have two words for you. Bacon Steak. Gamze Smokehouse thick cut bacon steak, cheese and onion hash browns and homemade piccalilli relish
• Stagger Lee’s. Where? Fitzroy. Their slogan is, ‘Simply & Sexy Comfort Food’. That sounds pretty good to me! If you are sick of the same ole breakfast foods, try their spanner crab and green pea omelette.
• Merchants Guild. Where? Bentleigh East. They have a breakfast item here that I would travel many many miles for. Doughnut French toast with Oreo mascarpone, strawberries and blackberry sauce.
• Hawthorn Common. Where? Hawthorn. Everything in their kitchen is made from scratch. They even mill their own flour! Try their Ricotta flan, with cured trout, beetroot relish and sour cream.
• The Petty Officer. Where? Albert Park. If you are after another great vegetarian breakfast option, we’d recommend The Petty Officers Spicy Vegetarian Baked Eggs with cannellini beans and fire grilled red capsicum, hazelnut dukkah & meredith fetta, sour dough toast.
• Hammer & Tong 412. Where? Fitzroy. Right in the shopping district, so it’s a perfect place to start your shopping day. There is so much good stuff here, we are going to give you two of our favourites! breakfast ramen – 62˚c hens egg, bacon, mushroom, spring onion w bacon dashi & or organic red rice cake, – pumpkin mousse, macadamia, 62c hens egg, kim chi cabbage wafers.
• Speakeasy Kitchen Bar. Where? South Yarra. Another extremely popular breakfast joint with the locals. We are always partial to a good Big Breakfast and the Speakeasy does a great one. Two eggs cooked your way, Sautéed Button Mushrooms, Pork and fennel Sausage, Roast tomato, Hash browns, Spinach, House made relish.
• Lil Boy Blue Kitchen & Bar. Where? Kew. Parmesan & panko crusted eggs, crispy bacon, chef’s selection of bread, hummus, crispy chickpeas & herb salad. Not a bad way to finish of this list if we do say so ourselves!
If you can’t find an amazing Melbourne breakfast from that list above, then I’m sorry, there is no pleasing you. We’ve covered everything from the standard bacon and eggs, to Vietnamese inspired breakfasts, to healthy and hearty meals.
We are always looking for other restaurants and cafes to add to this list, so if you are a regular somewhere or you have a special place just for breakfast, anywhere in Melbourne, let us know in the comments below and share it with the world!
All information & pricing above was correct at time of publishing.
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