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Take shelter from the storm (and/or work) at these well-equipped-for-winter cafés

The Breakfast Club

You can’t always carry your own blankets around, no matter how much you’d like to, so the Breakfast Club provides them for you. Cocoon yourself and get into hot stuff like the Ringwald – a French brie and quince paste melt on sourdough toast. Northcote.

The Hardware Societe

The sheer number of bodies trying to get at the cake-stacked counter will keep you warm, but for extra insulation go for boudin blanc, the best baked eggs in town – deep skillets holding ragu, cheese, beans and spicy chorizo – and giant bowls of hot chocolate. Melbourne.


Aeropress coffee, poured well. That’s reason enough for us to seek refuge here, but lowlands also offers a cosy little front room, and poached eggs amped up with sautéed mushrooms, chilli and fetta, and house-made rhubarb pop tarts. Hey, hey! Thornbury.

Slowpoke Espresso

How about an open fire and bowl of three-grain porridge? Made with rye, rice and oats and topped with berries, poached rhubarb and honey it’s the super-breakfast that might actually make you healthier. They do creamed corn and cheese on toast too. How about yes. Fitzroy.

Top Paddock

The Two Birds One Stone team were born to build cafés. Their new joint has a big fire flickering up the back and breakfast options that run to pulled pork and prunes on dark rye bread and big bowls of polenta porridge stuck with figs and sluiced with maple syrup. Richmond.

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Updated on 4 Mar 2014.

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