The 15 Best Breakfasts In Melbourne

Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. Whether that’s to soak up the hangover blues or provide bursts of energy to complete the day’s tasks, we need our brekkie.

It’s a fact that the brain functions better when you have consumed a hearty breakfast. Not only that, but those who start the day with a meal have been proven to live longer and happier lives.

Your body is your temple and you need to look after it. This means the essential fuel of a nutrient enriched breakfast to relieve your stress levels and propel you towards your full potential.

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Mushroom and spinach Frittata - best breakfasts in Melbourne

Melbourne is renowned for its incredible food options. Luckily, breakfast is just as much of a foodie’s dream in the Victorian capital as other meals. In fact, the options outlined below will be sure to leave you feeling more than satisfied.

Read on to find the top 15 best breakfasts in Melbourne.

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Higher Ground

Location: 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 8899 6219

If you are a fan of beautiful architecture to accompany your breakfast then this restaurant offers just that. This stunning venue looks like an old church with it’s high ceilings and dining across multi-levels. In actual fact, it was once a power station.

You’ll find every style of egg alongside sourdough, salmon, granola and their justly famous ricotta hotcakes.

A quick heads up. The team at Higher Ground also run a dinner service from Thursday to Saturday. And take it from us, the duck breast with Brussel sprouts, kale, kaiserflesh & Whisky is a real winter-warmer.

Feel like rustling up an easy brekkie at home? See our Healthy Breakfast Bowl Recipes.

Also, see our review of Hazel. An elegant dinner venue from the team who originally set up Higher Ground

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (8am-4pm)
Thursday-Saturday (5pm-10pm)

Via Porta Eatery Deli

Location: 677 Whitehorse Rd, Mont Albert, VIC 3127 Ph: (03) 8256 4866

This deli is an ideal spot to catch up with loved ones over a delicious breakfast. Here, the awe-inspiring menu boasts a range of wonderful, Italian bites. Our favourite is their omelette with whipped feta, but the eggs served in arrabbiata is also a stand-out. In addition, this spot has arguably the best coffee in the whole of Melbourne.

The Italian’s are well-known as experts in the art of making breakfast and this deli is evidence of this. 

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Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (7am-3pm)
Sunday (8am-2:30pm)

Prior Thornbury

Location: 637 High St, Thornbury, VIC 3071 Ph: (03) 9042 6074

Next on our list of the best breakfasts in Melbourne is Prior Thornberry.

If you feel like a fancy kind of breakfast, then this is the spot for you. This restaurant has a modern, chic and relaxed interior and is the ideal location for perfectly served dishes including chocolate crumpets and a mouth-watering steak-sandwich.

Whilst a steak sandwich may not seem like a ‘breakfast option’, in this instance, it definitely is. Why not give it a try and see if you become a convert?

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Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm) 
Saturday-Sunday (8am-4pm)

Dish & Spoon Cafe

Location: 122 Highfield Rd, Camberwell, VIC 3142 Ph: (03) 9836 6985

If you haven’t heard of the Dish & Spoon Cafe, good. Because the locals certainly know all about it and they are quite happy to keep it to themselves.

For a full and detailed review of Dish & Spoon Cafe, click here.

Tucked away on leafy Highfield Road in suburban Camberwell, this cafe is a genuine hidden jewel. The delicious food keeps coming all day long with the menu morphing seamlessly from a more Breakfast vibe to Lunchy-overtones. And whatever you choose, it’ll arrive with a little something to elevate from the humdrum.

Dish & Spoon Cafe - Front Counter & Window - best breakfasts in Melbourne

Our pick? It’s hard to ignore the many attractions of the Breakfast Mezza ($24). This bountiful delight includes Blackcurrant Poached Pear, Turkish Delight Infused Strawberries, Orange Braised Rhubarb on Cereal Infused Custard, Housemade Coconut Raspberry Yoghurt, & LSA. And then there’s Sourdough Bruschetta, Avo Smash & Poached Egg. Want more? You can supplement with Bacon for a few dollars more.

Honestly, if that doesn’t read like one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne, I don’t know what does.

Are you nipping down to the Bass Strait Coast and wondering where to eat? Read our post on the Best Restaurants in Inverloch for inspiration.

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm)

Saturday – Sunday (8am-4pm)


Location: 1 York St, Fitzroy North, VIC 3068 Ph: (03) 9005 1953

This Italian-style breakfast menu at the wonderfully stylish Lagotta is definitely work bracing the hangover for.

Their pork and fennel sausage with avocado, fried eggs, yoghurt pannacotta and braised greens is absolutely stunning and will be sure to have you coming back time and time again.

The food is as chic as the service and this is definitely a restaurant that takes pride in serving food as attractive as it tastes.

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Opening Hours: Saturday (8:30am-11pm) 
Sunday (9am-4pm)

The Kettle Black

Location: 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Ph: (03) 9088 0721

Next up we have a much-loved destination for one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne.

This historic dining space is half-contained within one of the last terraced houses on Albert Road. This old-school setting gives a quaint twist to the breakfast dining experience.

And the food is similarly interesting. Their chilli crab scrambled egg will tantalise your palate and don’t miss the irresistible ricotta hotcakes.

Undoubtedly the combination of the unique location and delicious food make this one of the best breakfast spots in Melbourne.

Incidentally, this is part of the Darling Group and a sister cafe to Higher Ground – name dropped above.

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Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm) 
Saturday-Sunday (8am-4pm)


Location: 1150 High St, Armadale, VIC 3143 Ph: (03) 9509 2710

On a sunny morning, what could be nicer than breakfast outside Moby on the corner of High St and Seymour St?

Moby Cafe - Best Breakfasts in Melbourne

This restaurant has a wonderful familial atmosphere and is the perfect spot for breakfast and brunch. Excitingly, there are three levels of dining and you can even enjoy your breakfast in the sun by dining on the rooftop.

Their menu boasts mouthwatering options including spicy prawn and chilli omelettes, buttermilk pancakes and home made sourdough. Not surprisingly, this is venue is popular for family reunions and to spend time with close friends and loved ones.

If you feel like sampling ‘the best croissants in the world’ nip down the road to Lune Croissanterie.

And if you don’t fancy a sit down meal (more fool you!) you can always grab a breakfast wrap or a tempting sandwich from the kiosk window at the front.

What’s more, the team offer a ‘Brunch Boxes’ which can be ordered online, along with their popular ‘Moby At Home’ catering service.

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Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (6:30am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (7:30am-4pm) 

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Rustica Sourdough

Location: 501 Chapel St, South Yarra, VIC 3141 Ph: (03) 9121 0500 See Website For Further Locations

It’s all about the fresh baked sourdough at this breakfast venue. ‘Not surprising really, as their expert baking skills and luxurious pastries are undoubtedly to die for!

Treat yourself to the lush lobster and prawn Benedict and take home an Australian Vegemite pastry. You will not be disappointed.

If baked goods float your boat, Rustica Sourdough offers some of the best breakfasts in Melbourne.

And it’s worth noting that they have now spread their net further with 4 additional locations across Melbourne.

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Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (8am-5pm)

Plain Sailing

Location: 144 Ormond Rd, Elwood, VIC 3184 Ph: (03) 9537 7060

Although you’ll probably have to queue at this popular breakfast spot on a Saturday morning, don’t fret. It is well worth the wait and its popularity is testament to the high quality of the food that is available.

Here, the breakfast options are also authentically unique, with a Moroccan spiced cauliflower fry up or a slow-cooked pulled pork Benedict to choose from. It really is plain sailing at this restaurant and you’ll be riding the wave of food-sensation until your next visit.

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Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (7:30am-4pm)

Ivy Lane Camberwell

Location: 1420 Toorak Rd, Camberwell, VIC 3124 Ph: (03) 7013 9836

Ivy Lane Camberwell is a light, bright, summery new eatery in the old Zouz Cafe spot on Toorak Road.

The menu features a great selection of breakfast/brunch options which the kitchen are happy to rustle up all day long. For the savoury-minded, we recommend the Thick Cut Bacon ($24). The smoky slab of cured meat is perfect with its accompanying Gruyere Cheese Potato Cake, Beetroot Relish, Chipotle Mayo, Poached Eggs and Rocket. If you need a sugar hit, then the Caramelised French Toast ($22) is a stand-out. It comes with Poached Pear, Cheesecake Cream & Almond Frangipani and is as pretty as a picture.

Ivy Lane Camberwell - French Toast - best breakfasts in Melbourne

However, if you’re already had your cereal and want something more lunch-focussed, there are additional tempting dishes from 11.30am. Amongst our favourites is the Chicken Schnitzel Sub ($22) with Spinach, Tomato, Flor De Latte, Basil Mayo & Fries.

All this and excellent coffee too? No wonder Ivy Lane Camberwell makes our rundown of the top breakfasts in Melbourne.

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (8am-3.30pm)

Saturday-Sunday (8am-4pm)

Lenny 3206

Location: 113 Victoria Ave, Albert Park, VIC 3206 Ph: (03) 9699 8543

Lenny 3206 is the best spot for a weekend brunch and it’s light and bright interior will be sure to enhance those summery, morning highs.

You’ll find classic options like smashed avocado and eggs Benedict. But there is also an incredible herb and cheese cornbread and a spicy prawn omelette to satisfy a more experimental palate. 

Pop it on your best breakfast in Melbourne list for when you are next in Albert Park.

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Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (6:30am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (7:30am-4pm)

The Penny Drop 

Location: 913 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill, VIC 3128 Ph: (03) 99077 7455

This large restaurant serves up hearty breakfasts for the masses every morning. Thankfully, the menu has something for everyone with options like beetroot and sweet corn croquettes or forest mushrooms with eggs and ciabatta.

The reviews are outstanding and once the penny drops, you’ll definitely be returning to this breakfast spot! 

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Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-3pm) 
Saturday-Sunday (8am-3pm)

Port Of Call

Location: 7 Bay Rd, Sandringham, VIC 3191 Ph: (03) 9533 4657

This breakfast spot is ideal for an all-day brunch. They serve hearty options like waffles and eggs Benedict whilst also including quirkier alternatives such as the chickpea fritters and sautéed salad.

The beach is only a short walk away and offers the perfect, scenic end to a luxurious brunch.

Does talk of the beach make you hungry for fish? See our guide to the Best Seafood Restaurants in Melbourne.

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-3pm)
Saturday-Sunday (7:30am-3pm)

Golden Child Cafe

Location: 1-3 Bardolph St, Glen Iris, VIC 3146 Ph: (03) 9889 6969

Nestled in a strip of small businesses and suburban homes just across fromBurwood Station, Golden Child Cafe is a well-kept local secret.

With superb coffee and delightful staff, the food that comes out of such a tiny kitchen is bordering on miraculous.

Golden Child - Rosti - best breakfasts in Melbourne

From the rosti Benedict (see above) to the flower-strewn bircher muesli with spiced pears and the addictive fried Brussel sprouts with chorizo – everything is as good to eat as it is to look at.

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Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (7am-3pm)


Location: 25 Wills St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9670 3278

Personally, we love the quirkiness of this addition to the best breakfasts in Melbourne.

Operator25 is located in the listed telephone exchange building. It’s wonderful heritage is coupled with delicious traditional breakfasts that incorporates Asian influences.

The menu includes authentic dishes like chia pudding, salmon aburi and teriyaki mushrooms that are beautifully roasted.

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Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (8am-4pm)

The Hardware Société

Location: 10 Katherine Pl, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9621 2100

This restaurant is one of the most famous breakfast spots in the whole of Melbourne. The menu includes classic options cooked to complete and utter perfection, including eggs Benedict and a variety of scrambled egg concoctions.

However, their stand out dishes included the gin cured salmon and buckwheat blinis along with the coquet madams with pork rillettes and a luxurious apple sauce. This is truly a fine-dining, breakfast experience. 

Come here once and you’ll come again for one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne.

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (8am-3pm)

Ned’s Bake Cafe And Restaurant also known as Ned’s Bake

Location: 134 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, VIC 3141 Ph: (03) 9867 2457 See Website For Further Locations

What began as a simple bakery is now a 4 store-strong cafe and bakery empire.

Neds Bake Armadale - best breakfasts in Melbourne

Whichever Neds Bake you visit, it is impossible to walk past without stepping inside. You’ll find its warm and cosy atmosphere combined with its beautifully nuanced and delicate menu will keep you coming back, repeatedly.

The smoked salmon frittata is delicately plated and the goat’s cheese soufflé will have you salivating for days on end. This restaurant is not to be overlooked. It does one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne, and some pretty stunning lunches too.

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Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (7am-6pm)


Location: 27/29 Nicholson St, Abbotsford, VIC 3067 Ph: 0434 031 258 See Website For Further Locations

Au79 is not just a breakfast venue, it also hosts a bakery and patisserie that make the best pastries in Melbourne. Well, we think so anyway.

What’s more, the coffee is roasted in house.

Au70 Chadstone - best breakfasts in Melbourne

On the diner’s menu, there is a choice of unique options such as the mango waffles, confit duck and prawn Benedict.

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Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (8am-4pm)

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Of course, you could always invest in your own swanky coffee machine. This Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker makes cafe quality espresso and will save you money in the long run.

Mr Hendricks (BONUS)

Location: 469 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, VIC 3103 Ph: (03) 9304 3601

Though Mr Hendricks’ website describes their food as a marriage of French and Australian influences, last time we visited, we detected a strong hint of Asia.

So their Earl Grey hot cake comes with via Japan with whipped yuzu mascarpone. Rather than a dull old eggs benedict, they rustle up a version that includes teriyaki eel, edamame and miso hollandaise. And if you’re feeling more lunch-minded, they do a fantastic ebi katsu sando which is built around a prawn patty. Personally, we love their mushroom scramble with its feta and hint of chilli.

mushroom scramble - Mr Hendricks - best breakfasts in Melbourne

What’s more, they make a good coffee and a wonderful courtyard out the back which is a sun-trap on a summer’s day.

Click here for our review of Mr Hendricks and see why we feel its serves some of the best breakfasts in Melbourne.

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7.30am-3pm)

Saturday-Sunday (8am-3pm)


To conclude, Melbourne contains many wonderful breakfast restaurants serving a variety of drool-inspiring treats that will be sure to cure any hangover and ensure that you remain energised and prepared for the day ahead. Whether you are working on a weekday or lounging around and watching Netflix on a day off, you will feel twenty times better after visiting one of these elite breakfast spots.

If you are someone who likes a traditional breakfast, there is somewhere for you on the list above. However, if quirky and experimental is your thing, we have options to satisfy your palate.

Melbourne is one of the best cities globally for food and its breakfast venues are testament to the level of culinary expertise that is contained within the parameters of this city.

Whether it is breakfast or brunch that you are looking for, Melbourne has a spot that will be ideal for you and your loved ones.

Here you can enjoy breathtaking views and absorb the sun on roof terraces whilst nibbling avo on toast. Alternatively, you can immerse yourself in the older architecture of the city whilst sipping a morning coffee.

This city has a reputation for producing some of the world’s best food for a reason and you will realise this once you have sampled these energising and heartwarming dishes.

Enjoy working your way through our top breakfasts in Melbourne.


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