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.

The 15 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

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.

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.

Location: 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (8am-4pm)
Thursday-Saturday (5pm-10pm)

Via Porta Eatery Deli

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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Location: 677 Whitehorse Rd, Mont Albert VIC 3127
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (7am-3pm)
Sunday (8am-2:30pm)

Prior Thornbury

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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Location: 637 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm) 
Saturday-Sunday (8am-4pm)

Lagotto

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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Location: 1 York St, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
Opening Hours: Saturday (8:30am-11pm) 
Sunday (9am-4pm)

The Kettle Black

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.

Location: 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm) 
Saturday-Sunday (8am-4pm)

Moby

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.

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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Location: 1150 High St, Armadale VIC 3143
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (6:30am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (7:30am-4pm) 

Rustica Sourdough

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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Location: 501 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (8am-5pm)

Plain Sailing

The 15 Best Breakfasts In Melbourne

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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Location: 144 Ormond Rd, Elwood VIC 3184
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (7:30am-4pm)

Lenny 3206

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. 

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Location: 113 Victoria Ave, Albert Park VIC 3206
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (6:30am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (7:30am-4pm)

The Penny Drop 

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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Location: 913 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill VIC 3128
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-3pm) 
Saturday-Sunday (8am-3pm)

Port Of Call

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.

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Location: 7 Bay Rd, Sandringham VIC 3191
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-3pm)
Saturday-Sunday (7:30am-3pm)

Operator25

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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Location: 25 Wills St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (8am-4pm)

The Hardware Société

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.

Location: 10 Katherine Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (8am-3pm)

Ned’s Bake Cafe And Restaurant

It is impossible to walk past this restaurant without stepping inside. It’s 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.

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Location: 134 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (7am-6pm)

Au79

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.

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

If only for the pastries and coffee put visit this entry for one of the best breakfasts in Melbourne.

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Location: 27/29 Nicholson St, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (7am-4pm)
Saturday-Sunday (8am-4pm)

Overall

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.

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