Melbourne's Top Brunch Spots

Make the most of warmer days and earlier sunrises at one of these excellent brunch spots. With sunny courtyards, airy interiors and abundant greenery, it’s almost like they were tailor-made for summer.

Grub Food Van

Boasting garden greenhouse vibes your plant-loving Nanna would approve of, this delicious café is perfect for sunny summer mornings. The menu focuses on items grown on-site and throws them together into super enticing flavour combinations, like the crumpets with earl grey poached prunes, goats curd and quandong puree. Yes please.

Pillar of Salt

Big old courtyard? Check. Impeccable baked goods? Yes, siree. Adorable café dog called Henry? Also present. Need we say more?

Jardin Tan

Shannon Bennet answers all our summer day desires with his French-Vietnamese café in the middle of South Yarra’s beautiful botanic gardens. Opt for something more mainstream with the coconut porridge or go all out adventurous with the bahn xeo – a turmeric, mung bean and coconut pancake served with pork and prawn.

Top Paddock

This Richmond café is famous for two things: the chilli scrambled eggs and the impossibly fluffy blueberry and ricotta hotcakes. Take a friend, share both and soak up the Melbourne sunshine at one of the coveted outdoor tables.

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Ideally situated on the banks of the Yarra, this little café is the perfect pit stop on your morning walk. The menu constantly changes to make the most of seasonal ingredients so expect all sorts of combinations that you wish you’d discovered sooner, like sweet potato and pulled pork hash or wood roasted salmon with poached eggs and dill mustard sauce.

The Kettle Black

This is the terrace house café of your dreams: bright, airy and serving up food and drink that’s as pretty as it is tasty. If you’re in the mood, kick things off with a Wasabi Bloody Mary or a Gin and Green Juice before moving on to your morning’s solids.

Cowderoy’s Dairy

If you’re looking for a casual brunch spot you can roll into with the kids, dog and unruly bed hair, this is it. It’s next to Jacoby Reserve in St Kilda West, provides plenty of sunny outdoor tables and serves up good honest food all morning long.

Rustica Canteen

Tucked into an inner city laneway, this gem of a place boasts impressively tall ceilings and giant picture windows, creating excellent outdoor vibes while simultaneously plying you with air-conditioning. In other words, it’s perfect for those really hot summer days. These guys bake all their amazing breads themselves (mm nom nom) so you can rest assured the thick sourdough under your eggs is going to be delicious. They also do some incredible things with sugar, like the wholemeal waffle with chai poached apples, salted caramel mascarpone and flaked almonds.

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