When it's cold outside, there's nothing better than waking up late, throwing on five layers of clothes and heading out for brunch. We've rounded up the top brunch spots in Melbourne that have heating and delicious coffee.
Big old courtyard? Check. Impeccable baked goods? Yes, siree. Adorable café dog called Henry? Also present. Need we say more?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 heating. In other words, it’s perfect for those cold winter days. These guys bake all their amazing breads themselves 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.