I love Melbourne for many reasons. Other than it being the place I call home, Melbourne has by far, the best cafe and breakfast scene than any other city (biased opinion, I know!). For easily-excited foodies like me, Melbourne produces the goods, so I’m going to share my top cafe/breakfast locations across the city and suburbs! (in no order)
1. Top Paddock
Pictured above: Grilled broccolini & sugar snap with avocado, toasted almonds, poached eggs & heidi raclette (cheese) on toast in front. Blueberry and ricotta hotcake with berries, organic maple, seeds & double cream.
Top Paddock has got to be one of my favourite cafes in Melbourne. I’ve been countless times and it continues to exceed my expectations every time! Impeccable service, fast and fresh food and a beautiful interior are just some of the features that make this institute stand out from the others. This has got to be one of the most ‘instagrammed’ cafes in Melbourne too and for good reason..
Mon – Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat – Sun: 8am-4pm
658 Church St, Richmond
2. Tall Timber
Tall Timber was opened by the same people that started Coin Laundry (Armadale), Station Street (Port Melbourne) and now Touchwood (Richmond) so it’s no wonder that it has become another one of Melbourne’s most loved and talked about cafes.
Focusing on healthy and fresh dishes, this cafe serves up a constantly rotating menu of original and unique dishes. Think kale, asparagus and poached eggs on a toasted quinoa loaf, pink rose-water and poached pear bircher muesli and funky quinoa salads. The chef here always keeps customers guessing and wondering what is going to be next on the butcher-papered specials board!
Above: Poached eggs, kale, asparagus, beans, goats cheese and dukkah on quinoa toast.
60 Commercial Road Prahran, VIC
The brains behind one of Richmond’s newest cafe’s Touchwood is nevertheless the same people that brought us Tall Timber (see above). Another standout cafe serving similar dishes to its older ‘sister’ in Prahan in a much bigger location. Think bright, spacious, white interior with light colour timber, tall ceilings and an outdoor courtyard for those days when Melbourne decides to grace us with some sun – unlikely, I know.
Many on-trend dishes pop up, your quinoa and grain salads, wholewheat waffles, green and cold pressed juices served in glass bottles etc etc. However, the choices provide that extra sparkle that a lot of cafes lack – chai soaked raisins, burnt lime and sumac salt are just to name a few.
Staff, service and overall experience is quick, efficient and friendly, 3 things many brunch goers would claim vital for a good breakfast or lunch experience.
Above: Avocado toast option #1 with sumac salt, pickled onions, burnt lime, seeds and beetroot relish (with an optional poached egg). Behind in wholewheat waffle with blueberries, banana, cream and pink sugar!
480 Bridge Rd
Richmond VIC 3121
4. Merchants Guild
I wouldn’t be lying when I say this is possibly the first decent cafe to pop up in Bentleigh’s Centre Road and it sure does well with the locals. I’ve been told you can wait up to half an hour to get a table on the weekends at this new south east suburban gem.
I’ve strategically only visited on weekdays and have been highly impressed on multiple occasions. Try the sardines on rye dish and get back to me.
5. Monk Bodhi Dharma
Don’t let the bizarre location of this place lead you to think that it is a secret little cafe that no one knows of. Unfortunately, it is quite the opposite and it can be quite a problem getting a table any day of the week and all for good reason.
Monk Bodhi Dharma is a vegetarian and vegan foodies haven, specialising in high quality, inventive and tasty plant bases meals and treats. As well as delicious food, Monks has an outstanding selection of coffee and tea blends to try! I stick to the house blend whenever I’m there but don’t be afraid to ask the very friendly waiters for some advice on what beans to have in your coffee!
Oh and don’t forget to try the Unami mushroom dish, seriously!
6. Dukes Coffee Roasters
Ahhh Dukes! This cafe is foolproof. Consistent food, great coffee, innovative menu, lovely staff and a chilled atmosphere. It’s always busy and buzzing, but it’s never too hard to get a table as people are in and out as a result of the attentive service received from table to table.
Each time I’ve visited, I’ve been ‘wowed’ by the food. Their menu changes quite frequently, with some favourites holding their place for good reason. I highly recommend trying the avocado hummus toast with maple bacon, poached eggs, dukkah and watercress… Do I even have to explain why?
Dukes also has a coffee-only cafe in Flinders Lane in Melbourne’s CBD serving great coffee and something sweet to dine in or take away. Limited seats but heaps of character – definitely worth checking out!
Above: that avocado hummus toast thang I was talking about earlier. ^
Dukes Coffee Roasters
169 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181
Dukes – CBD
247 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Monday – Friday (7-4.30), Saturday (9-5), Sunday (CLOSED)
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