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Barry Coffee and Food

Barry sports enough frozen smoothies and kale to keep a health retreat happy, but they also do a wagyu beef burger with fries to satisfy the carnivores. We would be remiss not to mention their Mörk hot chocolate and peanut butter concoction. Northcote.

Ora Speciality Coffee

The mix of specialist coffee and their super popular and exotic breaky choices makes Ora a winner – check out their spice tiffin egg and prawn toast with sesame avo whip. Kew.

The Farm Café

The Collingwood Children's Farm is one of our favourite places. Pat a goat and then head to the Farm Café to sate your fresh-air appetite. We fancy their brioche French toast with strawberry mint salad, pure maple syrup and vanilla labneh. Abbotsford.

Grub Food Van

Grub Food Van operates out of a '60s Airstream van from Iowa (we have camper van envy). Add this to a choice selection of beers, spirits, ploughman's lunch boards, amazing cakes, fountains and ping pong and you've got a spot of genius. Fitzroy.

Hammer and Tong 412

This is one of the prettiest brunch places on Brunswick Street. Admittedly, we lean towards French toast, but how could you pass it up when it comes with lavender yoghurt custard, strawberry and pineapple gel, berries and lychee? They also do a Bloody Mary that'll curl your lashes. Fitzroy.

Hawthorn Common

We're tickled by the whole concept of Hawthorn Common. Go for a well-rounded experience by trying out their early morning yoga on the deck, followed up by coffee and a pick from the super varied menu at the organic and environmentally conscious bakery and café. Hawthorn.

Hobba Coffee and Kitchen

Malvern Road's coming into it's own – it's not just for getting your fender fixed anymore. Hobba's single origins and sweet garage conversion have helped make the street a new landmark on your brunching horizon. Prahran.

Middle Fish

These guys are gold: they made a special Massaman pie to celebrate Australia Day. We fancy their Thai inspired breakies, especially after doing the vegies at the Queen Vic. Banana breaky roti and purple rice pudding sounds like a good way to kick off a Saturday to us. Happily, they'll be opening for dinner as of March. Carlton.


Chapel Street inherited an all-singing, all-dancing super café when Jason Chan, the man behind breakfast legend Batch, came to town. We're quite partial to their Charcuterie boards and a negroni or two. Windsor.

Stables Café

Como House, one of Melbourne’s oldest colonial estates, is nestled away in the heart of a fairly ritzy bit of South Yarra and boasts one of Melbourne's fanciest gardens. Take a stroll, play some croquet and head into the Stables Café once you've worked up a genteel sheen. They do picnic baskets too – lemonade scones and Bonne Maman jam and cream is the order of the day. South Yarra.

Twenty and Six Espresso

Twenty and Six Espresso has impressed the pants off North Melbourne’s breaky set. Sod healthy and go straight for the decadent bread'n'butter pudding French toast with strawberries, white chocolate ice cream, almond praline and lavender yoghurt. North Melbourne.

Young Bloods Diner

This is Adam and Christian Ferrante’s place. They’re the bros behind Rose Street Market and Hell of the North. We're chuffed they've added to their stable with a diner that's shaking up breakfast with curried rice and coddled eggs. Their website describes their summer menu as "like eating a unicorn jumping through a rainbow." While we're not pro unicorn eaters, it's intriguing right? Fitzroy.

Updated on 24 Mar 2015.

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