Breakfast is the closest thing we have to a national cuisine. Here we pay tribute to Melbourne’s best; places shaping the very definition of the pre-midday meal. Others we’ve selected for consistent performance – they’ve nailed the classics and learnt how to handle the crowds that follow.

Some are big, some are small. Some are secluded neighbourhood prizes, others pull customers from across the city. But they all have one thing in common: they represent the best morning dining Melbourne has to offer.

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Port of Call

A bright and breezy new daytime diner from the team behind Left Field, Plain Sailing and Tall Timber.

7 Bay Road, Sandringham

Cibi

“Cibi” is Japanese for “little one”. But this cafe and homewares store is not so little anymore.

31-39 Keele Street, Collingwood

Arepa Days

An arepa cafe serving the Colombian flatbread snack with spiced hot chocolate, sugarcane juice and Aussie-style coffee.

25 Preston Street, Preston

The Kettle Black

Where else do breakfast dishes contain ingredients such as kelp salt or a wasabi emulsion?

50 Albert Road, South Melbourne

Rudimentary

As at The Kettle Black, the food here almost feels more suited to a restaurant.

16-20 Leeds Street, Footscray

Moby

Breakfasts inspired by Ottolenghi. Of course it's good.

1150 High Street, Armadale

Ascot Food Store

The inventiveness stretches through to the drinks as well. Try the salted cashew smoothie.

320 Ascot Vale Road, Moonee Ponds

Lenny

A beachy brunch and lunch spot from the duo that brought us Moby 3143.

113 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park

Plain Sailing

Generous brunches by the beach from the team behind Left Field and Tall Timber.

144 Ormond Road, Elwood
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Ned’s Bake

A bakery reaching well beyond what that word evokes.

134 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Lights in the Attic

The killer dish is the Bird Nest – a tomato and bean base and a woven French fry "nest" containing two oozing Scotch eggs.

38 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East

Code Black Coffee Brunswick

One of the largest, most ambitious menus in town.

15-17 Weston Street, Brunswick

Fitzrovia

Chef Paul Jewson worked in some of London's top restaurants. You can just about taste his experience.

155 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
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Grub Fitzroy

If you like your breakfasts plain and classic, this isn't the spot for you. Smashed avocado gets benched for a far more interesting smashed pea dish.

87-89 Moor Street, Fitzroy

Auction Rooms

More than just outstanding coffee.

103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne

Industry Beans

From fresh fruits to fried chicken burgers.

Warehouse 3 62 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Babajan

Rustic Turkish fare that stands out among the same-y menus across town.

713 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
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Reunion and Co

It’s designed to feel like your lounge room. But you could never make food this good at home.

472 Bridge Road, Richmond

Wide Open Road

For the sweet fans, the banana bread. For the savoury fans, the bacon sandwich.

274 Barkly Street, Brunswick

Touchwood

The classics amped up three levels.

480 Bridge Road, Richmond

Monk Bodhi Dharma

A tiny space pumping out hearty vegetarian dishes.

Rear 202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava