One hundred Melbourne cafes and 5 years of a food Instagram later, I’ve finally curated a long overdue list of my personal favourite Melbourne brunch cafes! After riding the insurmountable wave of brunch cafes that have been taking over Melbourne (and even globally) over the past few years, safe to say it definitely takes quite a lot of ingenuity for a brunch cafe to surprise me and leave me with a truly lasting impression… so a standard smashed avo probably won’t cut it :P!
The Melbourne brunch scene is one of the most competitive in the world, and whilst you will rarely be left disappointed, it’s still quite a feat for a Melbourne cafe to 100% execute both sweet and savoury dishes, along with serving up a beautiful ambience that leaves you wanting to sit and chat for hours on end.
It was REALLY difficult to select just a few of my favourite Melbourne cafes to keep this list worthwhile, but I’ve added a link to each cafe’s respective blog post and suggested a signature dish from each (or my favourite dish!)
BEST MELBOURNE CBD BRUNCH CAFES
Bentwood, Fitzroy (Read): Butterfly Blue Tea Chia Pudding ($17.5), Grilled Salmon Zoodles ($22.0), Mango Chicken Salad ($18.0)
Barlog Espresso, Docklands (Read): Prawn Croissant ($19.5), Sticky Date French Toast ($18.5)
Sir Charles, Fitzroy (Read): Beef Short Ribs ($20.0), Sir Charles Benedict ($20.0)
BEST SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE BRUNCH CAFES
- Any of their dessert brunch dishes: Chia Pudding ($17.5), French Toast ($19.0), Panna Cotta ($18.5)
- + Everything! (I’m also in love with their salads)
Shanklin Cafe, Hawthorn East (Read): Nutella Pancake ($26.0), Portobello Mushroom ($25.0)
Miss Frank, Camberwell (Read): French Toast ($19.0), Smashed Avo ($19.0 – that’s right, the only place I will recommend or order the smashed avo…)
BEST NORTH WEST MELBOURNE BRUNCH CAFES
St Rose, Essendon (Read): Sushi Bowl ($19.5), Superfood Salad ($17.5)
Tinker, Northcote (Read): Mango Saffron Panna Cotta ($17.5)
No. 19 Society, Ascot Vale (Read): Broken Rice Bowl ($19.0), any of their sweet brunches!
So there you have it. If you have any thoughts please leave a comment!
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2wofatgirls would like to note that despite being invited to these cafes, our opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration. Please note that some blog posts are also from a few years back and the menu will likely have changed since then.