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Best Brunch in Melbourne: Your Essential Weekend Hitlist

From classic faves to inventive creations, start your weekend right with one of the best brunches in Melbourne.

Lights In The Attic
Lights In The Attic

There’s only one correct way to start the weekend, and that’s with brunch. Whether you’re healing a hellish hangover or refuelling after a Saturday morning yoga sesh, a perfect brew and a beautiful plate of food are some of the things Melbourne does best. From simple classics to elaborate, restaurant-worthy creations, these are the cafés plating up the best brunch in Melbourne right now.

Napier Quarter
Napier Quarter

Napier Quarter
Café by day, wine bar by night, Napier Quarter brings a touch of Europe to the option-rich neighbourhood of Fitzroy. Nab a coveted window seat and watch the world go by as you nurse an Allpress espresso, Mork hot choc or autumn bellini. When it comes to food, it’s all simplicity and sophistication: house made pastries and provisions, fried eggs and jamon on fresh baguettes, and their famed open toasts - the version with spanish anchovies, boiled egg and parsley has been a darling of food editors since time immemorial.
 
359 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Monk Bodhi Dharma
Monk Bodhi Dharma

Monk Bodhi Dharma
You don’t need to be a vegan to love the delicious, healing food at Balaclava mainstay Monk Bodhi Dharma. This specialty coffee house attracts locals and visitors from all over for their top-notch brews and plant-based (some have a vegetarian option) all day menu. Expect dishes like buckwheat banana pancakes with coffee and date ice cream, cauliflower souvlaki with coconut tzatziki and umami mushrooms on pumpkin polenta bread.Sporting a rustic, cosy charm, it’s a wonderful place to linger over multiple coffees, which they also roast in house.
 
Rear 202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava

Lights in the Attic
Lights in the Attic

Lights in the Attic

This Hawthorne East café comes from the folks behind luxe patisserie The Crux & Co, meaning there’s always gorgeously dainty cakes and pastries behind the counter. Spacious, bright and modern, it’s become a fast favourite with brunch-lovers for their Asian-inflected all-day menu. Truffle mushroom duxelles and buckwheat corn fritters sit alongside beef bulgogi sandwiches, offering a breadth of flavour that’ll keep you coming back.

38 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East


Archies All Day
Archies All Day

Archie’s All Day 
All day by name, all day by nature. Here you can get breakfast from open ‘til close, while the lunch menu starts bright and early at 10am. That means you can roll out of bed and straight into a double wagyu burger, or meander through your morning with killer dishes like hot smoked salmon with yuzu yoghurt, zjuzzed up ricotta hotcakes, or the hunger busting huevos sucios covered with tater tots and jalapeno-spiked monterey jack cheese. Did we mention they also have a full bar pouring wines and mixing up all your favourite brunch cocktails? One pink grapefruit mimosa, please!
 
189 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy 

Cumulus
Cumulus

Cumulus Inc
Andrew McConnell’s all-day “eating house” has been a longtime hit with the CBD crowd. You’ll see plenty of well-heeled locals and breakfast business meetings taking place over the kitchen’s simple yet sumptuous morning dishes. Here you can order everything from flawless Lune pastries to a full English breakfast, but it’s treats like their housemade crumpets with whipped ricotta and baked-to-order madeleines filled with lemon curd that have us coming back again and again. Wake yourself up with smooth Single O coffee or a freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, or get cheeky with a nip of whisky added to your oat and cumquat porridge.
 
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Small Graces
Small Graces

Small Graces 
Applying a country town attitude to an Inner City café, Small Graces is all about wholesome, delicious food made from sustainably grown produce. Minimal waste, locally sourced ingredients and eco-friendly practices are all part of the feel-good equation as you tuck into brunch plates like sourdough waffles with fresh fruit and housemade ice cream or sweet potato and coconut fritters with Thai-style slaw. There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, plus a wide-ranging drinks list that comprises coffee, tea, smoothies, wine and delicious brunch cocktails.
 
57 Byron Street, Footscray

Mabu Mabu
Mabu Mabu

Mabu Mabu 
Mabu Mabu is one of Melbourne’s most exciting places to eat. Torres Strait Islander chef and owner Nornie Bero is creating native ingredient magic in dishes like fried green tomatoes on pumpkin damper with saltbush chimichurri and emu bush tacos with succulent slaw - and that’s before you jazz up your plates with sides including yam crisps, lemon aspen fries and karkalla feta. This is a brunch spot that rewards a sense of adventure in spades and come summer, we can’t wait to cool down with their desert lime granita.
 
13 Anderson Street, Yarraville

Plain Sailing
Located just a few minutes from Elwood Beach, this glossy corner café heaves on weekends with locals and visitors. The kitchen is known for producing colourful dishes both photogenic and delicious, with picks including their indulgent twice-baked French toast with sticky date mascarpone, caramelised pear, figs, butterscotch sauce and honeycomb walnut crumble. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with sunshine, providing perfect lighting for a quick Instagram before you dive in.
 
144 Ormond Road, Elwood 

Two Birds One Stone
Two Birds One Stone

Two Birds One Stone
This well-loved café is a rustic dream with its white panelled walls, cosy booths and patchwork stained glass. They strive to make almost everything in-house - from smoking their own salmon and mixing their own relishes to baking their own pastries and cakes. The menu is full of familiar delights, done well - think chilli chorizo scrambles, spicy shakshuka and twice-cooked pork belly with soba. Everything is wholesome and filling, meaning you’re guaranteed to leave satiated and satisfied. 
 
12 Claremont Street, South Yarra

Hotel Jesus
Hotel Jesus

Hotel Jesus 
Hotel Jesus is one of our favourite places for a nighttime Mexican feast, but did you know it also does a killer brunch on weekends? Dig into hefty chilaquiles (a traditional dish of tortillas fried and layered with meat, beans, cheese and salsa), egg tacos, or cured melon ceviche. There’s expertly brewed Clarke Street Coffee on hand, but you’d be remiss not to get amongst it with horchata iced coffee or a brekky Bloody Maria.
 
174 Smith Street, Collingwood

Danish Nosh
Danish Nosh

Danish Nosh 
Since being taken over by Israeli chef Yaniv Rosen a few years ago, this beloved Caulfield bakery has transformed into a brunch big hitter. An expanded dining area draws crowds for potato latkes with smoked salmon and sour cream, cheese blintzes with berry compote, falafel pitas and the journey-worthy challah French toast. Don’t leave without a treat for later - chocolate rugelach, poppyseed rollcake and cherry strudel never go wrong.
 
983 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield

Wild Life Bakery
At this Brunswick East temple of bread, sourdough is the star of the show in tangy, crispy toasties oozing with comte and and jaw-stretching baguettes (our pick is the vegan roast cauliflower, chimichurri and chickpea mayo number). Bread also accompanies harissa-spiced shakshuka, daily soups and brioche French toast, all enjoyed alongside Market Lane coffee. Settle in and watch the bakers work their magic from behind the wide glass windows.
 
90 Albert Street, Brunswick East

Cibi
Cibi

Cibi 
Forget eggs and toast - traditional Japanese breakfasts are an elaborate affair composed of several components both nourishing and healthy. At Collingwood café Cibi you can get the full experience with their ‘asa gohan’ breakfast plates, on which you’ll find a grilled salmon fillet, tamagoyaki egg omelette, seasonal vegetables, potato salad, rice, pickles and hearty miso soup. Cibi also contains an adorable homewares store and grocer, so make sure you save time for a post-brekky browse.
 
33/39 Keele Street, Collingwood


Keen for the best brunch in Melbourne and don't have work tomorrow? Why not kick it up a notch with the best boozy brunches in town, because who doesn’t love a bottomless drinks package? Meanwhile, continue your foodie exploration of our great city with the best ramenburgersbakeries and KBBQ in Melbourne.