Melbourne is known for its love of food. With an abundance of laneways filled with cafes and restaurants, it can get a bit overwhelming when deciding where to eat. Not to mention, the time lost scrolling through the long list of ‘best brunch in Melbourne’ google search results. 

So to help you out, we’ve put together a list of our top 7 must-see & eat brunch spots in and around Melbourne! 

And remember, if you need help getting there – be sure to book a GoGet!

Melbourne Brunch spots

Hapsburg Empire

With its deliciously pink walls, Hapsburg Empire in Albert Park is a definite go-to if not for the food than for its instant ‘like’ acquiring abilities. With its big open plan design and communal dining table, it’s the perfect place to meet over a cup of coffee and enjoy a delicious fresh breakfast or lazy, late afternoon lunch.

Our pick – the shakshuka eggs baked in spiced tomato sauce, drizzled with yoghurt & a side of zaatar toast OR the pumpkin fritters with beetroot relish, avocado & sour cream.

Gilson

A vibrant all-day eatery located in South Yarra, Gilson caters to all. Whether it’s a catch up with the family, a first date or you’re in need of a bit of ‘me’ time – it’s the ideal spot. Enjoying breakfast up until 3pm, customers are then treated to a mix of antipasto plates, pasta, pizza and mouth-watering mix of mains as it turns into a wine bar.

Our pick – Taleggio omelette, herb salad & sourdough.

Kettle Black

Located in South Melbourne, Kettle Black is much more than a café. With its striking architecture the space offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere to meet with friends. Featuring a decadent menu with dishes such as, ‘coconut set chia’, ‘house-churned butter’ and ‘miso cured salmon’, it’s the perfect spot for those looking for something a little bit different for their weekend brunch. Not to mention, they offer a great range of breakfast Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s to kick-start the weekend festivities. 

Our pick – try the buttermilk fried chicken in a brioche roll kale & cashew slaw, sriracha mayonnaise, pickled chilli.

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Friends of Mine

Perched on a cute little corner in Richmond, the dog-friendly café by day, turned events space at night, is one that can’t be missed. Sprawling out onto the street al fresco style, Friends Of Mine offers all the essentials; chilli scrambled eggs, smashed avocado and vanilla pancakes, amongst a handful of all day lunch specials as well. They also cater to a huge range of gluten free and ‘super green’ options which is great for those looking for something a bit healthier.

Our pick – the smashed avocado with an egg and the Richmond refresher!

Stables of Como

Nicknamed ‘The Stables’, the café is located at the rear of one of Melbourne’s most elegant estates, Como House in South Yarra. With an outdoor courtyard overlooking the gardens, its light filled country-esque design makes you feel as if you’re not in Melbourne at all. Open until late each afternoon, guests enjoy a huge range of breakfast options all made with local produce. And if breakfast isn’t your thing, why not book a picnic for $120pp and sit in the gardens or indulge in a little high tea?

Our pick – the corn and courgette fritters (all ingredients are picked straight from their local kitchen garden) stacked with eggplant, avocado, tomato and chilli jam.

The Hardware Societe,

With two locations in Melbourne and one in France, Hardware Societe is renowned for its high standing place within the Melbourne brunch community. Celebrating their 10th year of business, the French inspired restaurant has a firm ‘no reservations’ policy so you’re best to get in early or be prepared to wait in line. Offering breakfast from 7.30am with a unique yet ever so delicious menu, (you won’t get ‘no egg on toast’ here…literally) they’ve also introduced a ‘Friday Knock-off’s’ series from 5pm.

Our pick –the lobster benedict, because when do you ever get the chance to try this?

South of Johnston

Located in Collingwood, South of Johnston is a community hub. Featuring local artists work along the walls, a dog-friendly courtyard and public herb garden out the back, they’re big on generosity and quality. Not to mention sustainability. Not only do they have over 40 solar panels installed (which generate around 60% of their electricity), they also choose to source a lot of their produce from local suppliers and are heavily involved in intensive recycling schemes & free-trade coffee. It’s a sure-fire winner in our books!

Our pick – the corn & zucchinni fritters or for lunch, the slow cooked lamb burger or salad!

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