So this was a tough post to write!!! There are so many brunch options to choose from – to reduce this to the best brunch places Melbourne with only 6 options – well this could have nearly been 60 best brunches in Melbourne but you’ve got to stop somewhere! There are of course other places you can go and have a great brunch but these are my nominations for the best brunch places in Melbourne. I grew up in Melbourne and go back often so I have a fairly large sample size!
1. Best Brunch Places Melbourne – Fitzrovia in St Kilda
Have breakfast or brunch at Fitzrovia in St Kilda. Or really anything here – Fitzrovia is also open for dinner some evenings midweek. The food here is FANTASTIC! This is definitely my best brunch in St Kilda! I have tried most of the breakfast/brunch menu at Fitzrovia and there are no bad choices.
However, the classic bacon and eggs at Fitzrovia St Kilda are my absolute favourite –, particularly with their tomato relish. The quality of their ingredients is out of this world. The staff are fantastically friendly and Fitzrovia has a lovely atmosphere. They also do outstandingly good muffins and more amazing sweet things. And then there is the coffee. Even the decaf is brilliant here. I have been to Fitzrovia at least 10 times and it has never disappointed!
2/155 Fitzroy Street
Open 7 am on weekdays and 8 am on weekends, close 3pmish apart from Friday and Saturday nights when they are open till 8 pm.
2. Best Melbourne Brunch – Café Lafayette in Port Melbourne
Cafe Lafayette has a bit of history for me. I used to live around the corner – gosh nearly 20 years ago! – and this was my favourite brunch place in Melbourne at the time. I think it was under different ownership but the food was still fantastic. My favourite dish at the then incarnation of Cafe Lafayette was green eggs and ham – scrambled eggs with pesto. This was extremely edgy in the early 2000s!!!
I am sure it has changed owners at least once in the last 13 years but it remains a great location on Beach Street in Port Melbourne with lovely big views onto the bay. Café Lafayette Port Melbourne has great big windows so you can enjoy the view, Melbourne weather permitting. Brunch here starts with great coffee. I was a little weary the morning I visited so needed a banana smoothie which was also very good.
Breakfast was poached eggs on toast with a slice of fantastic smoked bacon. I also got the tomato relish because I remembered Cafe Lafayette used to have an amazing tomato relish. It was good but not as good as I remember… The brunch menu is a good long one. This is definitely one for the Port Melbourne brunch list!
55 Beach Street
Opens 10 am every morning, till 3 pm weekdays and 4 pm on weekends.
3. Brunch Places in Melbourne – Cornershop in Yarraville
So over the West Gate bridge now to super cute villagey Yarraville. Yarraville is quirky and edgy and filled with some great places to eat. One of my closest friends lives in this part of town and her favourite brunch spot is the Cornershop – so of course, it is now mine too! Cornershop is literally on a corner in Yarraville and sits opposite the fantastic Sun cinema on a pedestrianised strip.
There is seating out the back, out the front and inside. The staff at the Cornershop Yarraville are super friendly and of course, the coffee is excellent. I enjoyed the baked beans with battered eggs (like a scotch egg) and my friend enjoyed the classic smashed avocado on toast.
11 Ballarat Street
730 start on weekdays, 8 am on weekends, closes at 4 pm every day
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4. Best Brunch Places in Melbourne – My Sista Says in Port Melbourne
Back to Port Melbourne where there is another fantastic brunch spot tucked away off Bay Street on Bridge Road. My Sista Says is very cute – quite tiny inside but cosy – it was quite fun nearly sitting in the kitchen! And there is also outdoor seating. The coffee at My Sista Says Port Melbourne is AMAZING! I am very picky about my coffee and I can genuinely say this is one of the best coffees I have had.
I then went on to have the dukkah eggs which were a sensation. And the staff were so genuinely lovely and friendly! I went back to My Sista Says a couple more times as it was so good and it never disappointed.
118 Bridge Street
7 am to 3 pm
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5. Best Brunches in Melbourne – Alimentari in Fitzroy
Alimentari Fitzroy is so cute and coming in feels like you’ve gone to Europe. There are sort of three rooms but it feels small and bustling. The counter looked amazing – fab looking salads. I went for breakfast and had pumpkin toast with avocado and greens at Alimentari – delicious! My friend had the scrambled eggs and avocado for her brunch in Melbourne. And do I even need to say great coffee? I think it is nearly a given in this post!
251 Brunswick Street
7 am to 5 pm
6. Best Brunch Places Melbourne – Two Birds One Stone in South Yarra
I love this place! Two Birds One Stone is very cool and minimalist looking without any of the attitudes. Friendly staff serve some of the best coffee in Melbourne – definitely the best in South Yarra! Two Birds One Stone South Yarra is always very busy which is, of course, a good sign – but you never seem to have to wait long. They also have a fab breakfast menu and super yummy looking cakes. I have had the smashed avocado breakfast and it’s a 5 out of 5 avocado rating!
I have been here a few times and the quality is always outstanding. It is tucked away a bit off Toorak Road on Claremont Street.
12 Claremont Street
7 am to 3 pm weekdays
8 am to 3:30 pm weekends
Boutique Hotels in Melbourne
The Prince is a fantastic boutique hotel in St Kilda. It is well known for its fantastic spa and an amazing restaurant.
Another great area in inner-city Melbourne is South Melbourne. Coppersmith Hotel is a gorgeous boutique hotel that is on busy Clarendon street. It has a tram stop literally out the front which is super convenient. It also has a great pub and restaurant.
If you want to stay right in the heart of the centre of Melbourne you can’t do better than QT Melbourne. QT has a few boutique hotels in Australia and they are known for great style and fantastic bars and restaurants. They are so good that the locals go!
For a very luxurious boutique experience check out the Lyall. The Lyall is in one of Melbourne’s most upmarket inner-city suburbs South Yarra. This neighbourhood is filled with shopping and great restaurants. The Lyall is also a spa and has a small gym.
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Getting to Melbourne and Getting Around
Once in Melbourne, the best way to get around is to hire a car.
Melbourne has trains, trams and buses. The city centre or CBD has a free tram travel area. For payment, you will need to get a Myki card. Myki has an Explorer Pack designed for tourists.
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