Time Out's pick of essential summer cafés
You can go your own way at Barry's. There's enough big, frozen, healthy smoothies and kale to keep a health retreat happy, but they also do a full fat korean chicken sub and an omelette stuffed with tallegio. They put peanut butter in your hot chocolate too. Northcote.
Hiding out in Kew is a café doing great coffee - you can take some home for later if you like - and delicious edibles like orange scented strawberry pancakes with brown sugar labne and almond shortcake crumble. Plus they have a big garden out the back with herbs for the kitchen. Kew.
Part of the Community Environmental Park and managed by David Major, you can order free-range bacon with your eggs but when they are offering an Indonesian eggs breakfast with brown rice, chilli sambal, corriander, mint, green onion, roast peanuts and tamari, we say go meat free! Brunswick East.
The café doesn’t boast a huge menu, but what they do have gets a million brownie points for using produce they can reach from the kitchen door. Plus it's hard to beat a seat in the sun with peacocks and chickens scratching at your feet and bushland in front of you. Abbotsford.
This silver bullet of a caravan doles out quality spirits and beers, ploughman's lunch boards and amazing cakes. Plus on a sunny day there's nothing better than pulling up a chair beneath the hanging plants by the fountains and treating yourself to a friendly game of ping pong. Fitzroy.
Head to the prettiest place to brunch on Brunswick Street for French toast with peanut butter, raspberry yoghurt ice cream, banana carame or a yabbie tail omelette set to the tune of some Caribbean beats. Plus they do a Bloody Mary that has the power to singe the lashes. Fitzroy.
Burwood roads new addition promises to be an organic and environmentally conscious bakery and café. Danny Colls (ex-enviro-friendly café, Silo) will be taking the reins here, where organic waste dehydration and an on-site fermenting is the order of the day. Hawthorn.
Unless you live along Malvern Road or need your muffler buffed it’s probably not a street that’s on your radar, but with Hobba's single origins, sweet garage conversion, and chef Josh Powell at the stove, it’s about to become a landmark on your brunching horizon. Prahran.
Big and breezy is key in summer so here is another big open warehouse just up the road from the Queen Vic Markets, making it a good place to recharge with a Thai breakfasts of som tum or and banana roti after doing battle with the shopping crowds. Carlton.
Chapel Street, you've just inherited an all-singing, all-dancing new super café courtesy of Jason Chan – the man behind Carlisle Street breakfast legend Batch, and a partner in West Winds gin. The plan is to start with breakfast and work up to dinners and Bloody Marys once the liquor license comes through. Windsor.
In the heart of South Yarra is Como House, one of Melbourne’s oldest colonial estates where you can play a sound of croquet before turning in for crumpets and quiche Lorraine, or taking a picnic basket out onto the expansive lawns. South Yarra.
The room is a clean-lined space in eggshell blue, with a pretty charcuterie cabinet, leafy pot-plants and Little Golden Books. With the crowd spilling out the bay windows onto the lawns, it’s a pretty inviting-looking pit stop if you’ve been peddling your sorry carcass along the adjacent Capital City Trail. Brunswick East.
Twenty and Six does breakfast that’s already impressing North Melbourne’s pants clear off. Order up the vegan and gluten free Dee’s Nuts is a banana and brown rice pudding with salted coconut, toasted nuts, puffed wild rice, raisins and Canadian maple syrup for a hearty breakfast in the courtyard. North Melbourne.
This is Adam and Christian Ferrante’s place. They’re the brothers behind Hell of the North – the wine bar where midnight cassoulet is a delicious possibility – and now they’ve opened a diner to shake up breakfast with curried rice and coddled eggs. Fitzroy.