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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Napier Quarter

The anchovy on toast is a rightful classic.

359 Napier Street, Fitzroy


Cacio e pepe eggs. Enough said.

1 York Street, Fitzroy North

The Kettle Black

Where else do breakfast dishes contain ingredients such as black sesame brittle and crustacean oil?

50 Albert Road, South Melbourne


Sustainability, simplicity and even transportability are the guiding principles of this Footscray cafe.

16-20 Leeds Street, Footscray


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


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

Port of Call

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

7 Bay Road, Sandringham

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 Egg Basket – a tomato and bean base and a woven French fry "basket" containing two oozing Scotch eggs.

38 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East

Code Black Coffee Brunswick

One of the most ambitious menus in town.

15-17 Weston Street, Brunswick


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

155 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

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

Wide Open Road

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

274 Barkly Street, Brunswick

Monk Bodhi Dharma

A tiny space pumping out hearty vegetarian dishes.

Rear 202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava