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What Are The Best Melbourne Cafes To Have Breakfast At?

If you are looking for the best breakfast in Melbourne CBD or the best brunch in Melbourne CBD, you can’t miss these 20+ incredible and unique cafes to breakfast at. Many of these cafes are laptop-friendly, so you can even get some work done while you are there (if you wish, that is!)

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for some of us it is even more of an enjoyable outing to do with friends or on a date than dinner – as many people say breakfast is becoming the new dinner!!

With a very wide variety of funky cute cafes in Melbourne which are instagrammable, there is never a shortage of fun and interesting cafes for breakfast in Melbourne, so you’ll seriously never have to visit the same cafe twice.

Why Melbourne is also a great spot for breakfast is the best coffee in Australia is most likely found in Melbourne. That is because many Italian and European settlers chose Melbourne as their new home and brought their amazing coffee and baking skills with them, so thanks to them, we don’t even need an expensive flight to Europe for good coffee!

cafes to have breakfast

The Best Cafes To Have Breakfast At In Melbourne

There’s an unwritten rule of being Melbournian that you must love any meal served before midday and marked up by at least 60%. That's just city pride right there. If it comes with nuclear strength, coffee and some exposed brick and succulents, so much the better.

Thankfully, the dozens and dozens of cafés all over Melbs are more than a match for our breakfast cravings. Whatever little city pocket you come from, you can rest assured that your bacon will be crispy and your avo smashed.

Krimper Cafe

Located down one of Melbourne’s iconic laneways (which are worth checking out in their own right – maybe as a fun Melbourne date idea?) is Krimper Cafe, one of the best breakfast spots in Melbourne CBD.

Though by many as one of Melbourne’s best-hidden gems, it is, after all, kind of hard to find, it is worth a visit. If you are into seriously good coffee where the barista’s know really how to hit the spot and fresh breakfast options suitable for the whole family, you really can’t go wrong with this bustling Melbourne cafe located in the heart of Melbs.

Hash Specialty Coffee

If you are looking for a unique breakfast spot in Melbourne with incredible coffee and food to match – don’t miss Hash Speciality.

What you like about this place is their food is not just stock standard eggs on toast, but they have gone the extra mile to make dining a unique and interesting experience

While they have classic Aussie favourites such as smashed avo on toast, they also have unique items on the menu such as fairy floss coffee and duck waffles – a must-try in Melbourne.

White Mojo

Why have one breakfasted when you can have TWO?! If you are still hungry after visiting Hash, you can visit White Mojo as it is located right next door.

We love this place as it is another one of Melbourne’s cafes which have gone above and beyond to make dining a really interesting experience. Try the Avo on Toast – it is seriously a party in your mouth. Oh, and the coffee is pretty good too. If you are lucky, the barista will handcraft you an epic design for the ‘gram.

Higher Ground

Talk. About. Hipster cafes in Melbourne – if you are a hipster – Higher Ground is the place to go. It is certainly one of the most trendy breakfast spots in Melbourne.

Built-in a reconstructed warehouse with plants galore, this breakfast spot does not just have pizazz but a menu to match. While you can dine at Higher Ground all day, it is a must-visit for an early morning snack as they make incredible coffee. Tip: The cheese scones are particularly delicious.

While you are there for breakfast, you may want to note down the happy hour of the day as they are known for offering wicked specials, depending on the day.

Manchester Press

Here’s another hidden gem in Melbourne for you. If you are interested in exploring more of Melbourne’s great laneways, we would highly recommend a trip to Manchester Press. The laneway the breakfast bar is located on is worth visiting in its own right as it is filled with interesting street art.

The interior of Manchester is designed to match its outside surroundings as it is just as creative. Oh, and if you are a fan of bagels, you should make a trip here, and it is their total specialty. The presentation and coffee are pretty favourable too.

Kinfolk Cafe

Kinfolk Cafe is one of the most popular cafes in Melbourne due to its unique vibe. Located nearby Southern Cross station, many Melbournites choose to support this business because they offer a lot of positive initiatives to the community – some of the profits of the cafe go towards helping local communities.

If you need a unique gift idea, you can also purchase beautiful gift hampers with fresh produce, including fresh bread, cheese and meat. If you want a nice hamper, keep in mind that hamper deliveries are made on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The Hardware Societé

If you are all about delicious and beautiful food, we highly recommend a trip to The Hardware Societe, a french style cafe located in the heart of Melbourne CBD.

Don’t miss trying some of the most unique Melbourne CBD breakfast dishes, including something for those with a sweet tooth like the strawberry cheesecake (perhaps a better brunch option). Wash it all down with a handcrafted matcha latte. Yummo!

30 Block Place: Kaikey’s Lane

If you are a fan of Melbourne’s cute laneways, we would highly recommend a morning breakfast at 30 Block Place, another of Melbourne’s best-hidden gems and one of the best places for brunch in Melbourne.

While there are a few cafes on Kaikey’s Lane, 30 Block Place is one of the best. Partly, this is due to the excellent training of the baristas that work there, which make absolutely unbelievable handcrafted beverages. If you aren’t a morning person, you can also visit this awesome restaurant for lunch or dinner, serving amazing pizza.

Amble Cafe

Located on Flinder’s Lane, Amble Cafe is one of the cutest and quaintest cafes in Melbourne, with some of the freshest and most delicious food in the city.

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you will also love this cafe. It has a wide range of delicious vegetarian options, including beetroot hummus, quinoa, avocado, fermented carrot, grilled mushrooms and snow peas. If you love a good, tasty coffee, this is also a great place for you with some of the tastiest coffees in Melbs.

Cafe Segovia

Feel like a trip to Europe but just can’t right now? Cafe Segovia is the next best thing. Located in Melbourne’s best laneways, this cafe has a European vibe with insanely good Italian coffee and delicious food to match. This cafe is also a prime spot for people watching – have you ever noticed there are some seriously interesting characters in Melbourne?

Axil Coffee Roasters

axil coffee roasters

If you are interested in getting a great smoothie bowl in Melbourne, Axil Coffee Roasters is a great choice with a wide range of breakfast options and seriously good coffee.

Axil is one of the most hipster breakfast spots in Melbourne, with multiple locations to choose from. The cafe specialises in jaffles, an Aussie breakfast and lunch favourite. If you want an aesthetically appealing, cute breakfast spot in Melbourne, this is a great choice for a first date.

Cafe Andiamo

With a feeling like you have been transported straight to Paris, located in Melbourne's iconic Paris laneway, Cafe Andiamo certainly is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.

While this cafe is also an option for lunch and dinner, we would highly recommend a trip for breakfast where they serve a range of totally delicious options, including Avo Smash, New York Bagel and BLT. If you are a people watcher, there are some seats on/near the terrace so you can observe the hustle and bustle of early morning Melbourne pass by.

Tulk Cafe

Mr Tulk is one of Melbourne’s favourite breakfast spots as it is located in the State Library of Victoria. Serving up a range of totally delicious options, you seriously can’t go wrong dining here. If you need a healthy breakfast option, don’t miss the range of freshly squeezed juices available at Mr Tulk, including Beetroot, Lemon and Carrot.

Another of the most popular breakfast items on the menu is the Bravo Avocado, including Avocado on toasted sourdough with Yarra Valley feta and two poached eggs. A popular option with students in Melbs.

The Journal Cafe

Another of the best places to visit in Melbourne is the Journal Cafe – part of the Melbourne City Library. If you are planning a reading or study sesh in Melbourne CBD – this is a great place to go to break up the day.

The good news is that, unlike many library cafes, the food and coffee here is good. The cafe has a pretty cool vibe, too, with high ceilings, suspended bookshelves and retro furniture.

Grain Store

If you appreciate good food and coffee, another cute breakfast spot in Melbourne is the Grain Store, located in the heart of Melbourne CBD. If you are with a large group, this is a good place to go as there is sure to be a meal choice to suit all palates. The service is fast and friendly here too, which is always a plus!

5 and Dime Bagels

Another top option in Melbourne CBD to get in your breakfast fix is 5 and Dime Bagels. As the name suggests, if you are a fan of bagels, you will LOVE this place – they have bagels good enough to challenge the best you can find in New York. Oh, the coffee is pretty top-notch too!

The outside of the store may not be all that much to look at, but damn, do the bagels make up for it! A foodie, not an Instagrammer delight.

Chapter House Coffee

With one of the best locations, if you are near the heart of Melbourne CBD, Chapter House Coffee could not be a better choice, located nearby Federation Square. As the name suggests, this “house” specialises in a seriously good cup of coffee and boy, oh boy, do they do that well. You always know a good coffee shop when the Melbourne workers are lining up outside to get their fix!

Aside from coffee, you will find a wide range of really delicious food here – both takeaway and dine-in options. If you want a mouthwatering breakfast dish here, try the Buttermilk pancakes with butterscotch sauce – thank me later.

The Fair Trader

On Exhibition Street, you will find another fabulous choice for breakfast in Melbourne – The Fair Trader – which has an interior to compete with the most desirable cafes in Melbs.

The Fair Trader prides itself on being the proud originators of Moringa Latte. They also serve some seriously delicious other food such as healthy smoothie options and health food bowls—a great place to meet up with a friend for a good gossip session.

Switchboard Cafe

We love this cute breakfast bar in Melbourne, not only because they serve up delicious coffee and seriously good food but also because it is located where the old switchboard used to be – hence the name – The SwitchBoard Cafe

If you want to explore the city for a day, you can get the friendly staff to whip you up a seriously good sandwich to take away or choose to dine in and soak up the atmosphere – the choice is yours!

Don’t miss The Turmeric Latte – gold for your soul and your body!

Cuff Food + Wine

If you are looking for some yummy food, don’t miss the Cuff Food + Wine. While this place is open for lunch and dinner too (so if you miss breakky, never fear), they have some great breakfast options, including totally amazing Acai Bowls. Their muffins have a bit of a vibe, too—all-around a great place to enjoy the start of the day in Melbourne’s Flinders Lane.

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Industry Beans

Whether you are only after a takeaway coffee or the full sit down brekky extravaganza, Industry Beans is the place for you. This coffee shop is a seriously popular spot in Melbourne CBD among locals.

If you love things pleasing to the eye, you will love this shop. Not to mention, they do serve up a pretty wide range of yummy meal options to enjoy with your caffeinated beverage, both sweet and savoury. If you miss this shop in Melbourne, they have a chain in Sydney and Brisbane!

Cafe E Torta

Rounding off the list, let’s finish with Cafe E Torta – another cafe that will transfer you right back to Europe as it is an Italian cafe that specialises in legit Italian coffee. Due to its true authenticity, this cafe has even been featured in places such as the New York Times, so it is a “must visit” in Melbourne.

If you aren’t quite up in time for breakfast, we would recommend visiting this darling cafe for lunch as they serve up some of the best pasta in Melbourne – as good as nonna could make! Don’t miss their signature dish – slow-cooked Tagliatelle Beef Ragu, a fourth-generation family recipe that will not disappoint.

  • Top Paddock (Richmond): The queues for this one are a good indication of the breakfast awesomeness within. Gorgeous design meets delicious food, with a focus on quality local produce. I love the classic blueberry & ricotta hotcakes. 
  • The Stables of Como (South Yarra): A gorgeous spot to take out of towners for a Melbourne breakfast to remember. They can't go past their retro prawn toast. Try and capture a seat in the courtyard. 
  • Mixed Business (Clifton Hill): Clifton Hill’s best breakfast spot. We love the sunny garden setting here. The ploughman’s brekkie is delicious—Ham hock terrine with smoked potato aioli, with boiled egg, rye bread, vintage cheddar, tomato and pickle.
  • Porgie + Mr Jones (Hawthorn): One of Melbourne's OG cafes, and still the best spot for breakfast on Auburn Road. The smashed av' with mushrooms have been keeping Hawthorn happy for decades. 
  • Three Bags Full (Abbotsford): This industrial, exposed brick warehouse space in Abbotsford is always full, and for a good reason. The coffee is top-notch, and the smashed avo with Meredith feta, grilled corn and quinoa salsa is one of the prettiest and tastiest breakfasts in Melbourne. 
  • Footscray Milking Station (Footscray): A former milk bar and a top spot for breakfast. We always order the veggie breakfast. 
  • Auction Rooms (North Melbourne): Head to Errol Street for one of Melbourne’s most loved and lauded cafes. The coffee is as good as it gets, and we’re still obsessed with the buttermilk griddle cakes. 
  • Cowderoy’s Dairy (St Kilda West): This cosy Melbourne cafe/milk bar makes a roaring trade with families, as it’s situated smack bang on a park. The breakfast fare is good, wholesome and filling, with porridge, muffins and old-school milkshakes.  
  • The Kettle Black (South Melbourne): This relative newcomer from the Top Paddock Crew plates up some of the gorgeous looking breakfasts in Melbourne. Think coconut chia with mandarin sorbet, toasted coconut and citrus powders sprinkled with edible flowers. 

FAQs About Melbourne Cafes

Breakfast is often called 'the most important meal of the day, and for a good reason. As the name suggests, breakfast breaks the overnight fasting period. It replenishes your supply of glucose to boost your energy levels and alertness while also providing other essential nutrients required for good health.

Breakfast foods have some of the most inexpensive ingredients around. And traffic at breakfast restaurants has increased over the past several years. This means that opening a restaurant that focuses primarily on breakfast food can be very profitable.

  • Learn the cafe industry quick stats. 
  • Bring together your concept and design. 
  • Find a location for your cafe. 
  • Apply for licenses and permits you need to start a cafe. 
  • Obtain equipment for your cafe. 
  • Find a POS system for your cafe. 
  • Choose suppliers. 
  • Market your cafe.

The 12 Best Foods to Eat in the Morning

  • Eggs. Eggs make a simple, nutritious breakfast choice. 
  • Greek yogurt. A Greek yogurt is a great option if you're looking for a quick breakfast. 
  • Coffee. Aside from water, coffee is the world's most popular beverage. 
  • Oatmeal. 
  • Chia seeds. 
  • Berries. 
  • Cottage cheese. 
  • Whole wheat toast.

It should include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy and nuts to take care of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, fibre and probiotics. * Eat right: Have a healthy breakfast. This is the time when your muscles are depleted and hungry after a 10-hour fast since dinner.

Conclusion

There are endless breakfast options in Melbourne, but which cafes are the best for a delicious and satisfying meal? Here is a list of some great cafes to try out when you're in the mood for breakfast. 

Whether you're looking for something traditional or something more unique, these places will surely satisfy your cravings. So get ready to start your day with a fantastic breakfast at one of these terrific Melbourne cafes!

Resources:

Our 7 Best Breakfast Spots In Melbourne

The Best Cafes To Have Breakfast At In Melbourne

20+ Best Breakfast Melbourne CBD + Brunch Places!

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