Hawke & Hunter, Glen Eira Avenue, Ripponlea (next to the train station) +61 3 9523 0798 (see map)
New kid on the old Ripponlea block. Yeah, that neighborhood that is so often neglected. The brains and brawn behind The Little Ox in Brighton have conquered the bayside and taking it a step closer to the city suburbs with Hawk & Hunter. Great outfit with loads of greenery, a fresh menu and the coffee is outstanding.
Proud Mary, 172 Oxford Street, Collingwood +61 3 9417 5930 (see map)
Nestled in the backstreets of Collingwood off the beaten footpath of Smith Street, is the corner cafe bustling with action, rife with smell of coffee beans and bacon goods wafting the streets. Occasionally busy on weekends, it’s well worth the wait, try one of the many ways they can make a coffee taste good which is the clear winner, not to say the food isn’t good, it’s great. It’s just the coffee is outstanding!
Tin Pot Cafe, 248-250 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy, +61 3 9481 5312 (see map)
A casual eclectic mix of 50’s-60’s decor and a very typical north side Melbourne cafe. You think you’ve had a ham & cheese melt? Not til you try the one on this menu, it’s glorious. Great coffee and health options too.
Milkwood, 120 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East +61 3 9380 4062 (see map)
Up in the northern suburban corner, is the blink and you’ll miss it Milkwood. Go inside and you’ll see a Frankie magazine worth of cutesy architecture and cafe stylings that will have any hipster chick with a french scarf and two pugs losing their minds. The food and coffee however, impeccable. The menu starts off simple in your mind, but then you discover the DIY style extras that can be added to the stock standard poached eggs on toast. What you will get is a hangover crushing beast, the cheesy potato gems are legit! For the sober, sweet-teeth crowd, try the ricotta pancakes with banana and coconut. Upon exit, you will say in your head, “Well, that was splendid!”.
Captains of Industry, Level 1, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne +61 3 9670 4405 (see map)
If you weren’t told about Captains of Industry, you’d maybe never know it existed. Not the case, it is well documented. And rightfully so, where else can you eat breakfast/lunch, get a home-made fiery ginger beer, peruse some bespoke footwear and leather accessories, get a traditional barber style haircut and get fitted by a made to measure tailor? Only thing missing is maybe a sailor-period tattoo studio? Soon? Either way, breakfast and coffee does just fine.
Rita’s Pizza and Cafeteria, 239 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, Telephone +61 (3) 9419 8233 — See Map
As featured in our Dog Friendly Melbourne Eats, Rita’s Pizza and Cafeteria is a cafe by morning and day, and then transforms into a pizza/pasta restaurant-slash-bar at night. Rita’s sports a great breakfast, lunch and dinner menu worth of trying them all. Why not?
Hardware Societie, 120 Hardware Street, Melbourne +61 3 9078 5992 (see map)
Quiet city backstreet, busy backstreet cafe. Given how good it is, I guess that makes sense? The very attentive wait-staff are well versed in seat management, and every step of the wait (trust us, you will wait) they will keep you in tune with your impending ordering frenzy over the spanish/french inspired menu that feeds all levels of hunger. It really is the perfect brunch spot. A definite must!
Backstreet, 152 Kerr Street, Fitzroy +61 3 9417 1212 (see map)
First off, they have a room dedicated to drying smallgoods. Secondly, they’re from the makers of Birdman Eating (below). In the middle of Fitzroy’s suburban leafy backstreets, sits the brand new building with the well sorted basement establishment, getting rave reviews from the legions of Melbourne breakfast blogger posse’s. The menu is laden with smoked meats from the basement, and being that it’s cut from the same cloth as Birdman Eating, this is a brunch and dinner affair. Just go!
Birdman Eating, 238 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy +61 3 9416 4747 (see map)
Birdman Eating do many things, but they do one thing fucking great. Baked eggs. They have a revolving baked eggs menu that come out in a little iron griddle pan – all are great and you won’t be disappointed with any of the choices. Pair it with a Bloody Mary in exchange for a pocket lobster ($20), and you’re good to go.
New York Tomato, 24/2-6 New Street, Richmond, +61 3 9429 0505(see map)
Probably one of my favourite breakfast spots in Melbourne, maybe for nostalgia; it reminds me of certain things, but regardless, this little somewhat secret spot is hidden away on the corners of New and York streets, hence its crafty little title (see what they did there?) Yeah, you did. With a variety of specials, everything is always solid and generously portioned. Great outdoor setting and then upstairs, plenty of seating. Dogs welcome! Love this joint.
Mixed Business, 486 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill +61 3 9486 1606
Such a quaint little spot on the lazy side of Queens Parade; what was once a local general store is now a buzzing cafe that pumps out some great coffees and feeds. Try get a seat out back, it’s like having breakfast in your greek nan and pop’s backyard – great garden, perfect when sunny. Recommend everything. Dogs welcome!
Auction Rooms, 103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne +61 3 9326 7749
For when coffee is paramount. This place, as the name would suggest, was once an auctioning house. They have a selection of coffee beans on rotation, and when the ethiopian blends are effect, GO IN on it. Recommend the roasted pork belly, served on a corn crepe with coffee BBQ sauce, black cabbage slaw and fried/poached eggs (pictured)
Brunetti, 194 – 204 Faraday Street, Carlton
Whether you’re feeling a sweet or savoury vibe, Brunetti’s will fill that void missing in your morning life. Do what others do, and do both.
Wide Open Road, 274 Barkly street, Brunswick +61 3 9387 6079 (see map)
New baby from the minds behind the great backstreet Brunswick cafe A Minor Place, is this gem. These coffee roasting, breakfast/brunch serving legends have a solid reputation in creating cafes that work well and this one is no exception. Who hates a slab of bacon and greasy hangover destroying serving of chorizo and beans? Vegetarians maybe. But don’t worry, this is the suburb of Brunswick, so you can be sure there is something there for you vegetarian and vegans alike.
Cumulus Inc, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne +61 3 9650 1445
Perhaps one of my favourite dishes is pumped out by Cumulus Inc; the 60/60 eggs. Let me explain: two eggs. 60ºc for 60 minutes, on a bed of smoked salmon, grated apple, dill and baby capers. Seriously, amazing. Not open on Sunday, so if it’s a Saturday, then make sure it’s before 11:30am.
Outpost, 9 Yarra St, South Yarra +61 3 9827 8588
Situated right next to South Yarra station on a sleepy side street – blink and you’ll miss it. Coffee is how you’d expect it to be, seeing as it’s an offspring from the loins of St. Ali. I would thoroughly encourage you to have the French toast with bacon and maple syrup. (Bit sweet, but epic).
Marios, 303 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy +61 3 9417 3343
Perhaps having the most deepest history with Melbourne’s cafe scene (over 25 years), Mario’s has been a staple in Melburnians’ morning rituals, make it one of yours.
Three Bags Full, 60 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford +61 3 9421 2732
Very much a local to the residents of the whole suburb of Abbotsford, it can get very busy, seating can be a bitch, but don’t let that deter you. Coffee is legit and people will swear by it. Decor is pretty great too.
Pope Joan, 77 – 79 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick +61 3 9388 8858
On the other end of Melbourne in East Brunswick, sits Pope Joan, which does its own rendition of traditional English breakfasts. High quality small goods are also on offer. Bit of a destination breakfast trip, but well worth it.
The European, 161 Spring Street, Melbourne +61 3 9654 0811
While this place should not be confined to breakfast alone (see our Melbourne Eats list), you certainly wouldn’t be overdoing it by coming back in the morning post a European supper. It might just rival last night’s meal. Don’t let the high-end breakfast prices scare you; it’s well worth it. Ham hock, house made beans, goats cheese omelettes … you can’t go wrong. They also do brunch till 4pm on weekends.
Duke, 169 Chapel Street, Windsor +61 3 9521 4884
Here it is, my favourite breakfast dish in Melbourne. It’s a piece of multigrain bread with avocado, hummus, dukah spices, with two perfect eggs and candied bacon pieces dressed with watercress. They roast their own coffee beans, and if you look in the back of this fine establishment, you’ll see quite the operation of bean roasting. Dogs are welcome out front, which is a great spot for social spectating – watch the hilarious daywalking gurners make their way out of Revolver. Good times!