A bowl of oats with bright berries and fruit sitting on a table


Where to breakfast in Melbourne

Published March 31st, 2016

Jam drops on waffles, and sprinkles of salmon roe, bright runny egg yolks and warm buttered sourdough, brown paper packages filled with croissants, these are a few of my favourite breakfast things... It might not be as catchy as the original song but I think even Julie Andrews would agree that you can’t beat a delicious breakfast, and that certain cities just do it better than others, especially Melbourne.

After years of extensive breakfast eating research I have come to the conclusion that Melbourne is one of the best cities in the world to have an awesome breakfast experience. And don't think I've been lackadaisical in my many years of research. I have had the exhaustive task of eating the equivalent of a sumo wrestling team's body weight in breakfast goods to come to this conclusion. With something for everyone scattered throughout Melbourne's inner-city haunts, every member of the Von Trapp family would be able to find a breakfast that is their cup of tea.

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The scumdiddliumptious coconut yoghurt at The Kettle Black. (Image: Odette Des Forges)


The Kettle Black, South Melbourne

Relatively new to the Melbourne breakfast scene, this light and airy cafe in South Melbourne is well worth a visit. Their menu offers interesting twists on standard breakfast fare, with hits including the snapper in a brioche roll with green papaya salad, and a lime and chilli jam; and the much talked about chilli scrambled eggs with house-cured kangaroo, feta and leaves. So make sure to make your way there with a hop, skip and a jump.

Getting there:

From the city, it’s a 30-minute walk down St Kilda road past Southbank, or catch the number 3, 5, 6 or 8 tram from stop 10 at the intersection of the Bourke Street Mall and Swanston Street, and get off at stop 20 at the Domain Interchange.  

Hardware Société, CBD

Nestled away in Hardware Lane, this is the perfect spot for a tasty city centre breakfast, with a side of people watching. Other than their cabinet filled with yummy sweet and savoury freshly made treats, the French-inspired cafe offers a delicious assortment on its breakfast menu.  Top picks are the lobster Benedict, the salmon millefeuille, and the croque Madame. All I can say is “Oui oui”!

Getting there:

A short five-minute walk from Bourke Street Mall; turn right on Elizabeth Street at the end of the mall, then left onto Lonsdale Street, and it’s the first right onto Hardware Street.

Little Henri, Thornbury

Housed inside an old bank, Little Henri is the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning, whatever the unpredictable Melbourne weather may bring. Either bunker down in the large, bright space inside when the rain is falling, or while away the time sunning in the courtyard. You can also grab yourself a jug of Pimms if the mood so takes you. If hair of the dog is a bit of a stretch, then munch away your hangover on coconut pancakes with caramelised bananas and berries, or try Henri's baked beans with haloumi and gremolata.

Getting there:

From the city, it’s a 30-minute journey via tram. Catch the number 86 tram from stop 5 at the intersection of Elizabeth and Bourke Street, and get off at stop 42 at the intersection of Miller Street and High Street.

The drool-worthy almond criossant at Lune Criossanterie. (Image: Odette Des Forges)


Lune Croissanterie, Fitzroy

A whole place devoted to the perfect construction of the croissant. This is like a beautiful dream for those whose minds melt like buttery goodness at the mere whiff of pastry. Lune is more like a croissant production line than a cafe, so it's not really a place to sit around enjoying a long lengthy breakfast, though there are a few scattered seats and a bar. However, it's ideal if you want to grab yourself a selection of croissants and a decent coffee on the run. Even the plain croissant is prepared over three days so you can only imagine the care they take to make the ham and gruyere, or the apple pie croissant. They are so good by the time you finish, your blood-butter reading will be through the roof.

Getting there:

From the city, it’s a 20-minute journey via tram. Catch the number 86 tram from stop 5 at the intersection of Elizabeth and Bourke Street, and get off at stop 20 at the intersection of Rose Street and Smith Street.

Odette (right) and friends enjoy stacks for brekky at The St Kilda Dispensary. (Image: Odette Des Forges)


The St Kilda Dispensary, St Kilda

This cute-as-pie cafe keeps to the theme of its namesake, serving up the milk and sugar in medical beakers, with vintage nursing posters lining the walls. The theme works well, but, more importantly, so does the menu. Along with freshly baked goods and aromatic coffee, you can also try something off the delicious breakfast menu. Definitely worth ordering is the grilled figs, ricotta and honey on date and apricot fruit loaf, and the corn fritters with smashed avocado. Simply divine.

Getting there:

From the CBD, it’s a 30-minute journey via tram. Catch the number 3 tram from stop 10 at the intersection of Bourke Street Mall and Swanston Street, and get off at stop 35 at the intersection of St Kilda Road and Carlisle Street.

Fifty Acres, Richmond

Situated in the popular shopping precinct off Chapel Street, this is the ultimate place to drop by to fuel up before hitting the shops. With guest roasters changing weekly, this place is no coffee slouch so you won't need to worry about a bad brew here. The menu changes with the seasons (it did get a little hard to change the menu four times a day, so now they just stick to the traditional seasons), but you will always find something heart-warming and hearty on their menu.

Getting there:

From the city, it’s a 20-minute journey via tram. Catch the number 75 tram from stop 4 at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street, and get off at stop 15 at the intersection of Epworth Hospital and Bridge Road.

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Odette Des Forges

I am a travel nut that is always looking for the next big adventure, and the next cheap cocktail. Once the plane hits the landing strip on a return journey, I’ve already mapped out an upcoming trip in my mind. And in my mind it is miraculously free somehow, which helps as travel makes me chronically broke.