There is nothing like a lovely, leisurely brunch, especially in a city like Melbourne, that is blessed with so many wonderful cafes. Whether you are dining on your own with a good book or catching up on all the latest gossip with friends, here are some of the best brunch spots in Melbourne to check out.
The Hardware Société
An institution in Melbourne, The Hardware Société, is on a mission to redefine what brunch can be.
Located in the laneways of the CBD, this rustic-chic café boasts a congenial vibe and excellent service.
Their menu features a range of classic dishes like French toast, eggs benedict and croissants that are cooked with an impressive mix of love and perfection.
For those feeling a little more adventurous, some of their more innovative creations like gin cured salmon with buckwheat blinis and croquet madams with pork rillettes and apple sauce, may well catch your eye.
Address: 10 Katherine Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
If you like to take lots of photos of your food to post on Instagram then Brighton Soul is the brunch spot for you.
Found on Church Street in the vibrant heart of Brighton’s café and restaurant scene, this venue offers up some of Melbourne’s most visually appealing culinary delights.
You’ll find Japanese Salmon Sashimi and Mexican Tiger Prawn tacos on their international menu. As well as seafood laksa and lobster tail. All of which features vibrant colours that are beautifully presented in creative ways.
Contained within a relaxed, yet unassuming exposed brick interior setting, the café has a drinks list, that includes the equally eye-catching, and innovative, blue algae cold brew.
Address: 129 Church St, Brighton VIC 3186
If you like to enjoy your brunch in a beautiful setting then Higher Ground offers that and plenty more.
Located on Little Bourke Street, in the centre of the Melbourne CBD, this stylish café is housed in a stunning, heritage-listed, former power station.
It features exposed-brick walls, which is beautifully contrasted by lush greenery, to form a pleasant setting in which to dine.
Radiating somewhat of a churchy feel, with high ceilings and multi-level dining, Higher Ground specialises in offering a range of upscale bites.
Dishes like ricotta hotcakes and crab eggs benedict are among their most popular offerings. While their coffee is widely acknowledged as being exceptional.
Address: 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
One of the best fine dining examples of brunch in Melbourne can be found at the Prior Thornbury.
Situated in the centre of High Street Thornbury, about 15 minutes away from the Melbourne CBD, this refined neighbourhood cafe features a stylish contemporary interior that creates a relaxed dining experience.
The menu showcases the work of Nick Korceba who was previously the Head Chef at Maha.
It features a range of exquisite dishes like cheesy polenta, black tahini salmon and a nourish bowl that is out of this world.
But if you really fancy a decadent treat, the chocolate salted crumpets will bring a massive smile to your face.
Address: 637 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071
Operator25 is quite aptly named considering it is located in the old telephone exchange building – a gorgeous 1900s heritage listed property in the Melbourne CBD.
Specialising in brunch and excellent coffee, this funky venue has a sleek and modern interior with artsy décor that creates a very causal and relaxed vibe.
Close to the W Melbourne Hotel, it offers seasonal and temporary Asian inspired menus. Some of their dishes, like salmon aburi and roasted teriyaki mushrooms, often feature, along with other favourites like chia pudding and sweet potato waffles.
Whatever you choose to eat, the quality of the food is always excellent. Whilst the service is fast and very friendly.
Address: 25 Wills St, Melbourne VIC 3000