Breakfast and Brunch

Breakfast might be the closest thing Australia has to a national cuisine, and we take extra special pride in it here in Melbourne. Here are our top breakfast, brunch and coffee spots. 

Higher Ground
It’s classified as a cafe, but with dishes such as steamed market fish with Japanese broth, or roasted and pickled mushrooms on soft polenta with a hazelnut crumb on the menu, Higher Ground is so much more. It’s open at night from Thursday until Saturday, so it’s a good spot for a snack and a glass of wine or even dinner, too.

Higher Ground
650 Lt Bourke Street Melbourne

Hours
Mon to Wed, 7am-4pm
Thu to Fri, 7am-11pm 
Sat, 8am-11pm
Sun, 8am–4pm

Cumulus Inc. 
Andrew McConnell’s all-day diner is as great for breakfast as it is for lunch and dinner. Try the house-made crumpets with whipped ricotta and honey; or fuel up with the Full English: bacon, blood sausage, fried eggs, smoked tomato and toast.

Cumulus Inc.
45 Flinders Lane Melbourne

Hours
Mon to Fri from 7am
Sat & Sun from 8am

Lune Croissanterie
Even before the New York Times labelled Lune’s croissants the best in the world, its queues were hours’ long. But they’re worth lining up for. Kate Reid and her brother Cameron make the flaky pastries (classic, savoury and sweet) from a climate-controlled cube inside a converted Fitzroy warehouse Thursday to Monday, from early until sold out. Avoid the weekend for a quieter queue.

Lune Croissanterie
119 Rose Street Fitzroy

Hours
Thu, Fri & Mon from 7.30am
Sat & Sun from 8am

Marion
You’ll inevitably end up here at night, but it’s worth checking out for breakfast on the weekend, too. A simple but inspired menu includes dishes such as omelette with asparagus, tarragon and pecorino; and ricotta doughnuts with chocolate sauce. The coffee is great, and it also sells Lune croissants, if you don’t want to brave the bakery’s queues.

Marion
53 Gertrude St Fitzroy

Hours
Weekend breakfast, 8am-11.30am

Everyday Coffee
For the coffee addict, Everyday Coffee does what it says: makes great coffee, every day. The food menu is limited, but it has 5&Dime bagels with schmears, Butterbing cookies and house-made key lime pie.

Everyday Coffee
33 Johnston Street Collingwood

Hours
Mon to Sat, 7am-5pm
Sun, 8am-5pm

Tivoli Road Bakery
This bakery/cafe produces some of our city's best breads, pastries and tarts. Its croissants are an essential for breakfast time, as are its custard- or cream-stuffed doughnuts. For lunch, pick up a gourmet pie or sausage roll, or ready-made sandwich or salad.

Tivoli Road Bakery
3 Tivoli Rd, South Yarra

Hours
Daily, 7:30am-4pm

Kettle Black
Like Higher Ground, Kettle Black could be considered cafe fine dining. Its giant, fluffy ricotta hotcake, covered in edible flowers, is one of the most instagrammed dishes in Melbourne. Kangaroo is cured in-house as a side for eggs, and there’s Port Phillip snapper in brioche for lunch.

Kettle Black
50 Albert Road South Melbourne

Hours
Mon to Fri, 7am-4pm
Sat & Sun, 8am-4pm

Market Lane 
There are five locations across Melbourne, so you’re probably never too far away from a great cup of coffee. It doesn’t do skim milk or soy, so full-cream or black coffee drinks only.

Various locations