10 Cosy Cafes For Lip-Smacking Brunches In Melbourne

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Brunch meals (a word combination for breakfast and lunch) are now known as one of the prominent features in menus across the globe and Melbourne undoubtedly has its fair share to offer this culinary experience. Check out some of the best brunches that Melbourne has to offer in this list of ten comfortable cafes.

1. Glovers Station in Elsternwick

A quick search on the Internet reveals exceptional reviews for this cafe for its impeccable service and mouth-watering food. This 1930s service station was turned into a mechanic garage and subsequently turned into a modern cafe. At first glance, you might walk past thinking that it is a lovely old Tudor-style brick house that just happened to be nestled in between a row of shops. Since its establishment in 2015, this cafe has been dubbed as the ‘entrepreneur’s watering hole’ as it has become the go-to meeting place for Melbourne’s tech entrepreneurial community. Their all-day brunch menu consists of warm crumpets with honey ricotta, scrambled free range eggs on toast and even an exquisite coconut-soaked chia seeds dish.

Glovers Station, Melbourne

Address: 258 Glen Eira Rd, Elsternwick, VIC 3185, Australia

Contact: +61 395327765

Website: Glovers Station

2. Archie's All Day on Gertrude Street

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Craving for burgers even in the morning? Now anyone can stop by this dainty diner located in a rare bluestone building. This diner was opened in 2016 by Kiwi Anthony Brem, the man behind the Bluebird Espresso and Orange in Windsor. With creative names for their dishes, dig into their signature “Juicy Lucy” burger that comes with Wagyu beef and jalapeño-spiked Monterey Jack cheese, or try the Crumbed Rockling fillet burger to find out what their ‘slap ya mama’ seasoning tastes like.

Archie's All Day, Melbourne

Address: 189 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065, Australia

Contact: +61 394170066

Website: Archie's All Day

3. The Kettle Black on Albert Road

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From the gentlemen who brought Three Bags Full, Two Birds One Stone, and Top Paddock into the culinary scene, The Kettle Black has proven to be one of their best hobbyhorses yet. Owners Nathan Toleman, Ben Clark, Diamond Rozakeas and Sam Slattery incorporate exotic ingredients, such as house-fermented yoghurt, King Island crayfish, cured kangaroo meat and Flinders Island wallaby into their menu. The white terrace cafe is equipped with beach-like umbrellas and lush green plants and is accentuated with gold-lined furniture, a tiled floor, a marble bar, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Their signature bestseller is the hotcake dish served with ricotta, fresh blueberries, pure maple syrup, double cream, seeds and nuts and it looks like a vibrant colored dream. Do head there early if you want to get a bite of their exotic dishes as the dishes have been known to sell out by 10am!

The Kettle Black, Melbourne

Address: 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne, VIC 3205, Australia

Contact: +61 390880721

Website: The Kettle Black

4. Common Galaxia on Victoria Street

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Common Galaxia is a common Southern Hemisphere fish species, which the Fox family looks up to as a small reminder that nature triumphs over everything that humans build around them. The family of four; Paul, Julie, Samantha and Megan, and a team of passionate locals cook up a menu with locally sourced ingredients and surprising twists on each item. Their humble yet delectable all-day brunch menu offers a selection of baked goods such as free range poached eggs on rye toast, avocado and ruby grapefruit on sourdough, and a toasted Reuben sandwich.

Common Galaxia, Melbourne

Address: 3/130 Victoria St, Seddon, VIC 3011, Australia

Contact: +61 396890309

Website: Common Galaxia

5. Left Field in Carnegie

From a solid team that kick-started a chain of successful restaurants such as Tall Timber, Touchwood, Marquis of Lorne, and Short Straw, this cafe is their latest innovation with a Middle Eastern vibe to their menu. Savor the rich and creamy hummus with a barigoule of spring vegetables and goats curd or settle for a fattoush salad on crispy Lebanese bread. For a healthier alternative, give their signature sautéed Middle Eastern cauliflower dish a shot. This dish comes with a chickpea and kale hash atop a hummus base that complements very well with their spiced cauliflower florets.

Left Field, Melbourne

Address: 358 Koornang Rd, Carnegie, VIC 3163, Australia

Contact: +61 395782043

Facebook: Left Field

6. The Pour Kids on Winter Street

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This hip and colorful joint is the brainchild of owners David Ballenger and Ryan Storey. From the full spectrum of multi colored chairs, to the vivid green wall, to geometric tiles and pop art, this place won’t fail to bring out the child in your heart. Start your day with their whimsically named dishes such as A Knead Indeed (‘knead’ fruit toast with vanilla bean mascarpone) and Seeds the Day! (vanilla soaked chia seed pudding topped with yoghurt, toasted coconut, and mixed nuts and berries). You can even construct your own brunch with The Lego, also known as Build-a-Breaky, which consists of a base of two free range eggs on toasted bread, with the option to add an assortment of appendices such as hash browns, bacon, avocado, conserves, and chutney among others.

The Pour Kids, Melbourne

Address: 1E Winter St, Malvern, VIC 3144, Australia

Contact: +61 390773847

Facebook: The Pour Kids

7. Twenty & Six Espresso on Queensberry Street

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For a Nordic-inspired breakfast, head on to this shopfront which features a collection of vintage furnishings that highlights North Melbourne’s low skyline. Their sit-down menu comes with a Scandinavian twist such as smoked salmon with potato rosti, dill aioli, kale chips, a poached egg and horseradish dressed salmon on toasted rye. However, the black sticky rice pudding is their most famous dish that can be eaten at any time of the day. This staple popped wild rice dish comes with bananas, coconut cream, and passionfruit.

Twenty & Six Espresso, Melbourne

Address: 594 Queensberry St, North Melbourne, VIC 3051, Australia

Contact: +61 393290298

Website: Twenty & Six Espresso

8. Babajan in Carlton North

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Step right into this little corner cafe for rustic, handmade Turkish food with contemporary changes to the traditional recipes. Try a rice pudding dish that is spiced with rose and cardamom and topped with fresh Sennserrick strawberries, rhubarb, and raspberries, or gobble down a dish of grilled mushrooms with pickled beetroot, date butter, tahini yoghurt and drizzled with honey. For a heartier brunch, chomp on crab and halloumi omelette with cucumber, avocado, radicchio and kefalograviera dressing, or spiced slow-cooked ocean trout with avocado, fattoush crumbs, tahini and an Egyptian egg. For a quick bite, grab the circular bread, known as simit, which is encrusted in sesame seeds.

Babajan, Melbourne

Address: 13 Nicholson St, Carlton North, VIC 3054, Australia

Contact: +61 393889814

Website: Babajan

9. St Edmonds in Prahran

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This cool Melbourne cafe was converted from an old garage and is now complete with graffiti drawings on the outside and minimalist-inspired decor on the inside. Their staff’s denim chic aprons are inspired by the overalls worn by typical garage technicians. Their brunch menu offers a Korean spin to the dishes such as the slow braised pork with spring onion pancake, kimchi, egg, and caramelized chickpea purée.

St Edmonds, Melbourne

Address: 154 Greville St, Prahran, VIC 3181, Australia

Contact: +61 395250473

Facebook: St Edmonds

10. Pillar of Salt in Richmond

Eggs Benedict at Pillar of Salt in Richmond
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Taking a leaf out of the Biblical story of Lot’s wife, owner Kostas Zervoudakis did not look back and sets the bar high on healthy fast food with this busy local cafe. Interestingly, the interior of this cafe revolves around a very obstinate white-tiled pillar, that cannot be moved for structural reasons and serves as an appropriate gesture to the cafe’s name. Indulge in their hale and hearty menu items, such as the Californian Super Food Salad (tricolored quinoa, shredded red and green kale, wild organic rice, goji berries, lime and jalapeño vinaigrette) and Warm Green Brekkie Bowl (shaved garlic Chinese broccoli, purple kale, wild rice, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, and marinated tofu).

Pillar of Salt, Melbourne

Address: 541 Church St, Richmond, VIC 3121, Australia

Contact: +61 394211550

Website: Pillar of Salt

Tickle your taste buds in a gastronomical trip!

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The next time you’re in Melbourne, prep up your palate with the huge array of cuisines available from exotic Asian fares, to unique Middle Eastern delights, to Scandinavian specialties, or simply indulge in classic Australian food such as kangaroo meat, that should only be available in good ol’ Australia.

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Cheryl is a banker by profession, writer by passion, foodie / jet-setter by obsession. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur city in Malaysia, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English...Read more

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