Considered the most important meal of the day, we have sky-high standards for breakfast. From eggs over easy and crispy bacon to smashed avo and freshly squeezed orange juice, there’s nothing more satisfying than a proper café breakfast, where soggy cereal and burnt toast don’t exist.
Whether you live in the CBD, commute there for work, or spend your weekends shopping up a storm, every Melbournian needs a go-to brekky spot in the heart of the city. On your next breakfast expedition, venture to one of Melbourne CBD’s best cafés. Some are tiny takeaway counters, and some are sit-down spots, but they’ll all satisfy your brunch cravings. These Melbourne breakfasts are worth the wake-up (and in some cases, the wait).
Prepare to see the humble crumpet in a whole new light thanks to this new CBD café that’s devoted to the good stuff. Fluffy and flavourful, this sweet little eatery’s sourdough crumpets are equal parts warming and delicious. Whether you like to play it simple with a slathering of orange blossom honey or go big with smoked butter and grilled taleggio, there is pretty much no better way to start the morning.
5 Little La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Chic in style, Liminal is a vision of curved leather couches, marble tabletops and brass detailing. As expected, the menu elevates café fare to restaurant levels of sophistication: avocado toast is topped with furikake and finger lime, and where else could you expect toasted pumpkin brioche with buffalo curd, honey and bay leaf oil? If that wasn’t enough, the sprawling space also boasts a wine shop, deli, produce store and event space. So, once you finish brekky you can stock up for lunch and dinner.
161 Collins Street, Melbourne
Melbourne institution Hardware Société has a decade’s worth of local brunch knowledge. Lush with salmon pinks, deep greens and marble pendant lights, the decadent interiors set the scene for a French-infused breakfast to remember. From rich croque madame to satisfying eggs benedict, you will never want to eat breakfast at home again.
10 Katherine Place, Melbourne
A firm favourite with the express brekky crowd, Bobby’s pocket-sized bagel shop is the stuff of cream-cheese filled dreams. For strong coffee and bouncy bagels, this is the place to go, with a plethora of delectable toppers to please sweet tooths and savoury mavens alike. Whether you prefer a shmear of cream cheese or an overindulgent lathering of Nutella, you can either pull up a pew and while the day away, or get your bagel on-the-run to the office.
Rear 53-57 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Keeping it real with their fun approach to traditional baking, Weirdoughs provides the morning pick-me-up you didn’t know you needed. The team behind the quirky bakery-cum-café are dedicated to the art of traditional French techniques but only use plant-based products. Everything from their flaky croissants to their fluffy doughnuts is 100% vegan-friendly, yet still, taste incredible.
241 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Higher Ground’s refined industrial digs are home to specialty coffee and fresh modern plates, to be enjoyed all day in any of their many dining spots to suit your mood. For breakfast, you can’t go past the chorizo Bolognese toastie with mozzarella, rocket, sherry dressing and guindillas- equal parts indulgent and satisfying. For something lighter, try the kale and cauliflowers salad with miso, almond hummus, avocado, poached egg and puffed rice. You will feel lighter than air, ready to start your day.
650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
For charity with a side of breakfast, Kinfolk is the local community café with heart. A welcoming venue fuelled by volunteers, it’s loved for its thoughtful and creative meals, small-batch coffee and strong social conscience. Giving back the majority of its profits, this neighbourhood café delivers seriously good brunch favourites ̶ from avocado and pea smash to macadamia granola ̶ that has the locals coming back for more, and even signing up to volunteer.
673 Bourke Street, Melbourne
For a caffeine-rich, liquid breakfast, go straight to the source. Wholesalers by trade, Dukes' flagship store on Flinders Lane generates new loyal customers daily. Coffee enthusiasts, Dukes Coffee Roasters, are renowned for their high-quality roasting, selling their products in-store to take home with your takeaway coffee and fresh sweet treats.
247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
A light-filled contemporary eating house serving up an award-winning fare, Cumulus Inc is well-loved within the Melbourne foodie scene. Acclaimed chef Andrew McConnell is a jack of all trades, plating up everything from simple breakfasts and wholesome modern lunch to decadent dinners. When it comes to the most important meal of the day, Cumulus takes their inspiration from abroad. From shakshuka and the full English to croque monsieur and house-made crumpets, you will have a very difficult time just choosing one dish.
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne