BRUNCH IN MELBOURNE
Without a doubt, brunch is one of my favourite meals of the day. I love an amazing cooked breakfast or something that is a little more special than cereal, I also love to sleep in and for me, these two go hand in hand creating brunch. Not many cities do brunch quite as well as Melbourne does, and these cafes were my favourite finds, for breakfast, lunch or brunch.
The Kettle Black
Located in a Victorian terrace neatly nestled under surrounding high-rise buildings, The Kettle Black is a beautiful contrast of old and new. The historic building has been fitted out with a clean Nordic inspired interior, accented with green touches. The food is equally as Instagrammable as the location, owned by the same people who have Top Paddock, so you will see many favourites overlap, including the double-tap-Instagram-worthy Ricotta Hot Cakes (I’ll come back to those later on, as I ate them at Top Paddock). We visited at lunch time on this visit and I was really impressed by the Chilli Scrambled Eggs with Mooloolaba Crab, super delicious! As per the Melbourne standard, at peak times there is a bit of a wait (we waited 30 minutes for a table of 4) but luckily their trusty coffee cart out the front can keep you preoccupied while you wait.
Find it here: 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205
As mentioned above, Top Paddock is a part of the same family as The Kettle Black and although the menus have large crossovers, eating at one is not eating at the other. Each has their own vibe, their own look and their own feel. Top Paddock is just down right cool and my favourite café in Richmond – hands down. The café is large, bright and airy, with an outside decked area for when the weather is feeling a little friendlier. The menu ticks all of the boxes, not only is it visually appealing (and totally Instagram worthy) but the ingredients are also sourced from organic suppliers in Australia. Every time I visit I order the Ricotta Hotcake, it is just too hard to pass on the menu. The lovechild between a pancake and, well, a regular cake, the hotcake is baked in the bowl it is served in and coupled with ricotta, cream, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and sprinkled with seeds, nuts and colourful flowers. Be warned though, this meal is no small feat and best shared among friends. We opted to bring something more savoury into the mix with ‘The Top Paddock’ which is your standard big breakfast with bacon, sausage, peppers and greens on toast. Top Paddock is so good, it’s almost showing off, but I am so ok with that.
Find it here: 658 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121
Lunè has quite possibly changed how I will eat and enjoy croissants forever. Travelling through Paris and even the rest of the world I have eaten my fair share of croissants along the way. Nothing quite compared to this and I am yet to find another to stand up to the plate. So what is this magical croissanterie, I hear you ask? Inside a converted warehouse on a backstreet in Fitzroy Lunè is a bakery that’s sole purpose is to make croissants. Inside, smack bang in the middle of it all sits the Lunè Lab, which is a climate-controlled glass cube where the pastry chefs work, so you can see how all of the magic unfolds. One counter showcases all croissant variations on offer for the day, from there you can either takeaway or grab a seat on one of the surrounding benches for a quick bite. I add a large disclaimer to this recommendation, the line to enter Lunè is the most ridiculous I’ve ever seen. On the Sunday morning we arrived we queued for just over an hour - but good things do come to those who wait and to ease the time baristas work the line and deliver coffees to the croissant hungry crowd. People quickly move in and out, so even though the line wraps around the building they move through it quickly and efficiently. I recommend arriving as early as possible, as they only remain open until they sell out. So, if you’re committed to tasting the best croissant you might ever eat, jump in line.
Find it here: 119 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Hopetoun Tea Rooms
Purchased for just 18 pounds and serving high tea since 1892, Hopetoun Tea Rooms is the oldest tea room in the city. It feels like stepping back in time, with a sense of old-fashioned charm and Victorian green wallpaper, chandeliers and décor throughout. The perfect escape from the urban jungle outside, enjoy the extensive tea menu, but don’t let it distract you too much from the mouth-watering assortment of cakes, tarts and muffins in the window display. Arrive early, as this quaint tea room is very popular among tourists, looking to get their fix of English style sandwiches and sweet treats.
Find it here: The Block Arcade, 1-2/282 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Two Birds One Stone
A perfect home away from home in South Yarra, Two Birds One Stone has been a great pitstop for me for many years. The menu is delicious but still down to earth and they keep as much of the preparation in-house, smoking their own salmon and ham and baking all of their own pastries and cakes. For something a little more low key, this café is a must.
Find it here: 12 Claremont St, South Yarra VIC 3141
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