Breakfast in Melbourne is a serious business. I mean, we have so many wonderful options throughout this great city. You could write a book about breakfast in Melbourne, in fact I almost did write a book with a good friend of mine, Nicola. We used to dine out for breakfast every weekend. Rain, hail or hangover we would venture out for a breakfast dining experience in some corner of Melbourne. As part of the My Melbourne Series* (*for visitors to this beautiful city) I’m going to share five fab breakfast spots with you.
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A beautiful little French inspired cafe right on Brunswick St in Fitzroy. My friends and I would break our fast with the savoury goats cheese omelette or sweetcorn fritters and finish it with a glass or two of Brachetto d’ Acqui*. The pain au chocolat are delectable and highly sought after.
Location: Madame Sousou – 231 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Tel: 03 9417 0400
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I like to take my visitors to Carousel Cafe for breakfast. The vista from the balcony over the lake is spectacular on a bright sunny morning. They serve a delicious breakfast, my fav the Carousel breaky – scrambled eggs, toasted sourdough, pesto, sautéed mushrooms, spinach & crispy bacon. The wasabi bloody mary is a great pick me up on those shady mornings. After breakfast you can take your guests for a walk around the lake – beautiful.
Location: Carousel Cafe – 22 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park Tel: (03) 8646 6000
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A visit to the Convent Bakery could take you all morning! Start with a delicious breakfast at the bakery – enjoy a hot breakfast or a fresh roll made in the 100 year old wood fired masonry ovens. Following breakfast, take a stroll through the Collingwood Children’s Farm or wander the many artists studios and galleries at the old Abbotsford Convent. Finish your morning at Handsome Steve’s place with a glass of homemade lemonade. Sit on the balcony, and relax over the convent gardens. Note: it’s probably best to check if one of the many markets are being held in either venue. It gets quite busy.
Location: Convent Bakery – 1 Saint Helliers St, Abbotsford Tel: 1300 447 697
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This is a weekend haunt for my little family. Mart130 (Tram spelt backwards & stop 130) is housed inside the old stationmasters building on the light rail station at Middle Park. It’s a quaint and busy cafe that whips out breakfast in a frenzy of eggs, chorizo, mushrooms and fabulous coffee. We often eat breakfast here and then walk over to the Albert Park Community Playground (or as my daughter calls it – the wooden village) for a morning play.
Location: Mart130 – 107A Canterbury Road, Middle Park Tel: 03 9690 8831
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My dear friend Jennifer lives in Collingwood and this is one of her favourite hangouts (and not just because there is an Aseop store right next door). It’s at the Collingwood end of Gertrude St. and the perfect starting point for a bite and then some steady shopping in the area. The brunch menu is heavenly with options for the healthy light breakfast to the El Grando Cerdo – Black Pudding or Chilli Cheese Kransky with bubble & squeak, poached eggs, toast and pear & date chutney. Need I say more!
Location: Birdman Eating – 238 Gertrude St, Fitzroy Tel: 03 9416 4747
If you’d like some more inspiration, then check out BreakfastOut. They list a fairly comprehensive selection of venues with reviews. It’s one of my favourite breakfast blogs.
Note: Brachetto d’Aqui, a low alcohol, sweet, red sparkling wine, named for the Brachetto grape as well as the Acqui district near the town of Asti.
The My Melbourne Series is a collection of articles about my experiences in Melbourne. It’s intended as a guide for visitors you are looking for tips on where to eat, shop, dine or drink in this beautiful city that I call home.
Next up in the My Melbourne Series: Five Fab Cheap Eats