Melbourne is gaga for cafés and has the best coffee culture in Australia. You can walk through the city streets and laneways and find the kookiest, cosiest cafés that take pride in making the best coffee and eggs on toast within a 50m radius.
In no particular order, here are our favourite places for breakfast and coffee in Melbourne.
Annoying Brother Espresso + Kitchen
650 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy
A quiet little café with lots of fresh air and natural light. If you can’t decide what to get, order the Silly Eggs in a napoli and chorizo sauce with feta and sourdough toast.
268 Brunswick St, Fitzroy – http://www.atomicacoffee.com.au/
Atomica was the first café in the area to roast their coffee beans onsite and after 15 years of business, their delicious coffee is in high demand. For breakfast, we recommend the El Gringo Eggs – two poached eggs, ham and spicy chipotle hollandaise sauce on top of a block of smoky potato hash – amazeballs.
611 Gilbert Rd, Preston
A lively café in the northern suburbs that produces a smooth and creamy coffee, and the Jack’s breakfast is the most colourful meal you’ll ever eat!
Lady Bower Kitchen
1a Marchant Ave, Reservoir – http://ladybower.com.au/
Located 13km north of the city, this quaint and charming café brews a mighty fine coffee and their smashed avocado breakfast is to die for!
203 Carlisle St, St Kilda – http://www.laschicas.com.au/
Right next door to Balaclava Train Station, this busy café is open most days of the year and often has a waiting line for a table. Their breakfast menu is available all day and includes the SLAB with salsa, lettuce, aioli and bacon on a Turkish roll, the BBB (Bikini Blowout Benedict) with avocado, bacon and poached eggs on a bagel with hollandaise sauce, and the Brekky Burrito – scrambled eggs, bacon and aioli wrapped in a tortilla and topped with avocado and salsa. YUM!
Old Barber Shop Café
251 Church St, Richmond – http://oldbarbershop.com.au/
A beautiful little café in the heart of busy Richmond that makes fabulous coffee and a scrumptious Croque-Madame filled with béchamel and ham and topped with a fried egg.
Tin Pot Cafe
248 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
Located on the corner of St Georges Road and Scotchmer Street, this eclectic café is filled with mismatch furniture that you’d expect to find at your old nan’s house. They make yummy breakfast and their coffee hits the spot.
669 High Street, Thornbury
Perfect for both vegans and vegetarians, this café is fresh and friendly with Atomica brand coffee on tap.
583 Gilbert Road, West Preston
This inconspicuous café makes great coffee and you just have to try the caramelised onion scrambled eggs. It’s so good, you’ll want to park your camper out the front and never leave, just so you can eat it every day for breakfast.