Aimee O'Keefe

26 Best Brunch Spots in Melbourne | Man of Many

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Best Brunch in Melbourne at a Glance

Those who love to go all out when it comes to brunch with a fine-dining affair should look no further than Prior Thornbury. The clean, minimalist space is the perfect backdrop to your slow Sunday morning, whether it be accompanied by their (to die for) french toast or their take on a classic eggs Benedict.  Plus, they serve up beer and bubbles – champagne breakfast, anyone? If the interior design isn’t enough to catch your eye, the amazing food will take things to the next level.

1. Prior Thornbury

Even if it’s just for the ambience of this homely cafe, nestled in what looks like an old church, Higher Ground isn’t just a pretty face. With a food menu stacked with options including brunch classics like eggs, bacon and plenty of fresh bread, the multi-level layout means you’re (almost) always able to find a seat. We can’t go past their crab eggs benedict – don’t judge until you try it!

2. Higher Ground

This deli is one of the best spots for brunch in Melbourne if you want to be catapulted straight into the villages of Southern Italy, without having to leave Melbourne. Via Porta offers up a delicious Italian-inspired menu full of delectable bites and we can’t go past their omelette with whipped feta, eggs in arrabbiata and of course, great coffee. Inspired by a love for brunch food and family, you can taste the passion that goes into every meal and the homely space is just what Mont Albert needs.

3. Via Porta Eatery Deli

Au79 is like a one-stop shop for breakfast and brunch in Melbourne. Not only is it a great place to get together on a Saturday morning for some eggs and salmon, but it’s also a bakery, patisserie, chocolatier, and coffee roaster. On the menu, you’ll find favourites of ours that include mango waffles, prawn Benedict, confit duck and more.

4. Au79

It’s all about the bread at Rustica Sourdough and their know-how in baking and pastries are what makes them a perfect spot for brunch in Melbourne. In each meal, the real winner is the bread that is handmade daily at their Chapel street bakery. Pop in for some of our favourites, including the lobster and prawn benedict in a soft bun or check the very Aussie Vegemite pastry.

5. Rustica Sourdough

No.19’s classic and elegant café has all the trademarks of a good brunch in Melbourne. Smashed avo, check. Out of this world coffee, check. Eggs benny, check. What more could you want? Well let us introduce you to the croffle, it combines two of the best breakfast foods, waffles and croissants served with cheesecake cream, caramel, white chocolate and citrus sorbet. It has to be one of the best hangover cures in Melbourne.

6. No.19

With chilli scrambled eggs that are simply life-changing, it’s hard to pass up a brunch at Sloane Ranger. The menu here is the definition of hearty, healthy and wholesome, perfect for those on a post-weekend cleanse. You can expect plenty of brekky bowls, salads, bircher muesli and of course, eggs.

7. Sloane Ranger

One of the best places for European vibes, Ned’s Bake Cafe and Restaurant does not disappoint. The artisan bakery meets buzzing Melbourne brunch spot is home to all your favourite pastries as well as some classic brunch options like smoked salmon frittata and goat’s cheese soufflé.

8. Ned’s Bake Cafe and Restaurant

Nestled in a heritage-listed, 1880s terrace house on Albert Street, The Kettle Black not only has some pretty serious street appeal but offers a je ne sais qua menu to match, featuring the finest local produce and options like a tiramisu croissant waffle and an unforgettable herbed mushroom toast. And, if you’re a coffee fiend, you will definitely need to try a cuppa here — we’ve heard they’re pretty good.

9. The Kettle Black

Housed in a converted bakehouse, this little cafe is all about healthy eating and living. With an extensive vegetarian menu and a bangin’ acai bowl to boot, there’s no better place for a simple, healthy brunch with mates.

10. Monk Bodhi Dharma

You can’t go wrong with a trip to Moby. With an impressive three levels of dining, choose to dine in or take a seat on the sunny rooftop (Melbourne weather depending, of course) before digging into a classic brunch menu with all your favourites including smashed avo and hotcakes. They also offer catering for events and work functions.

11. Moby

If you haven’t heard of Paddock, it’s safe to say you may have been living under a rock. True to its name, plate to the paddock is the mantra here, with only the freshest produce used. You can expect an all-day menu full of vibrant dishes that change seasonally — think decadent buttermilk waffles, fluffy ricotta hotcakes and slow-cooked bulgogi glazed beef brisket benedict on milk bread.

12. Top Paddock Cafe

Lenny 3206 is a great spot for a weekend breakfast in Melbourne and is perfectly light, modern and bright on the inside to give you those morning summery vibes. You’ll find the usual suspects on the menu, but there are also more exciting dishes to try like spicy prawn omelette and herb and cheese stuffed cornbread.

13. Lenny 3206

There’s the chance of a line on Saturday morning, but that’s just a sign of how popular Plain Sailing really is. Delicious flavour combinations are what they do best with dishes like Moroccan spiced cauliflower fry-up, smashed peas bruschetta with beetroot and slow-cooked pulled pork benedict on sourdough. One of the best brunch places in Melbourne? Definitely.

14. Plain Sailing

This 100-seater eatery is serving up breakfast and brunch for the bleary-eyed masses every morning of the week. The Penny Drop’s menu is equally as stylish as the interior with dishes like beetroot and sweet corn croquette, orange and fennel loaf with cultured butter, and forest mushroom with eggs and ciabatta.

15. The Penny Drop

Located in the old heritage-listed telephone exchange building, the aptly named Opereator25 offers delicious goodies for breakfast with an obvious Asian influence. A perfect place for a Saturday morning brunch in Melbourne, the menu includes treats like chia pudding, sweet potato waffles, salmon aburi and roasted teriyaki mushrooms.

16. Operator25

The Hardware Société is one of Melbourne’s most popular spots, with a menu filled with the usual suspects cooked to perfection, including eggs benedict, croissants and scrambled eggs. Our favourite brunch dishes extend to eye-catching combos like gin-cured salmon and buckwheat blinis and croquet madams with pork rillettes and apple sauce.

17. The Hardware Société

If you’re after one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne, check out Lights in the Attic Café’s delicious breakfast and brunch menu. Here you’ll find your favourite smashed avo with beetroot and hummus alongside buckwheat corn fritters and much more.

18. Lights in the Attic Cafe

Not your run-of-the-mill menu, Grain Store is chock full of expertly executed dishes such as blue swimmer crab chilli scramble, salmon omelette and the ox cheek and Portobello mushroom with potato hash and hazelnut hollandaise sauce.

19. Grain Store

Another Chapel Street winner, Abacus Bar & Kitchen will have you brunching like a king and coming back for dinner too. Spanner crab crumpets, crispy mortadella with pickled pineapples, pumpkin croquettes and chilli-folded eggs are what make this one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne.

20. Abacus Bar and Kitchen

If you’re ever in Melbourne’s famous Bayside suburb, and you’re looking for a bit of brunch then you’re in for a treat. Fitzrovia Restaurant & café is a neighbourhood gem where the coffee is flowing and the breakfasts are big. Menu standouts are the sweet potato and caramelised onion fritters or sizzling thick-cut bacon with gruyere potato cakes.

21. Fitzrovia

It’s breakfast in Melbourne with a Japanese-inspired menu, you’ll want to make Terror Twilight a part of your regular Saturday morning. The menu features an array of delicious breakfast dishes with a few Japanese flairs such as eggs Kurosawa that’s served with steamed sesame rice and pickled ginger. We can’t go past the Eri with slow-roasted kumara and crispy kale.

22. Terror Twilight

If you’re looking for a bite to eat for breakfast or brunch in Melbourne then Auction Rooms is one of the city’s finest. The popular brunch spot is full of natural light and even has an outdoor courtyard where you can soak up the morning sun while enjoying your brekky.

23. Auctions Rooms

Café Louis Fitzroy’s spacious café offers one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne with a great atmosphere and a tasty menu. Speaking of menus, this one has got it all. Vietnamese, European, Japanese, and Korean influences can be seen throughout with dishes like Matcha soufflé pancakes, Bibimbap bowl, Louis big breakfast and breakfast banh mi.

24. Cafe Louis Fitzroy

The Italian-inspired menu at the beautifully styled Lagotto is worth dragging your hungover self over to on a weekend morning.  The brunch food is so good you’ll want to have breakfast here every morning. Think pork and fennel sausage with fried eggs, avocado and braised greens, yogurt pannacotta, crispy pancetta and of course a bloody mary is just a hint of what this Melbourne brunch spot has to offer.

25. Lagotto

No cafe list is complete without a hidden gem serving some of the finest bagels in the area. Hank’s is your perfect New York-style bagel place you can tell your friends about. Think cream cheese, chives, cold cuts and heavenly bagels made with the ideal shot of Melbourne coffee. This place evolved from a hidden gem in the heart of Armadale to a powerhouse serving bagels, Malteser shakes and cookies just like a Brooklyn hangout. While you won’t find Spike Lee here, you’ll find one of the only bagel joints in the South East serving pastrami and mortadella bagels with fillings that will make your bagel dreams come true.

26. Hank’s Cafe And Bagelry

With an editorial team full of foodies, Man of Many has had the unique opportunity to directly sample and experience these Melbourne brunch spots. Based on our experience, in-depth research and reviews of brunch places in Melbourne by expert food journalist Aimee O’Keefe who guides people between competing products and services. Our editors have taken into account food, service and atmosphere while also making a concerted effort to highlight a few spots outside of the CBD. You can review our editorial policy here surrounding how we maintain our independence in our editorial reviews.

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