Chow Down at the Best Brunches in Melbourne

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Brunch is one thing but brunch in Melbourne - now you're talking! Renowned for its cafe culture and coffee scene, Melbourne is a hotbed of vibrant and quirky eateries serving up some of the best brunches in the business.

With the most competitive cafe scene in the country, the best brunch in Melbourne is a hotly-contested topic but here are our top picks.

Chow Down at the Best Brunches in Melbourne

1. Pillar of Salt

Brunch in Melbourne
We love the look of these waffles from Pillar of Salt!

A true pillar of the Melbourne brunch scene (see what we did there?), Pillar of Salt's brunch offering is a popular one city-wide.

The Richmond cafe has all the usual suspects like eggs, pancakes and an array of sides, alongside quirkier offerings like salads, red chilli scrambled eggs and some fun-sounding smoothies. The kids' menu boasts pancakes, eggs, chips and chicken tenders—so really, what more could you want?! 

Location: 541 Church St, Richmond 

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2. Higher Ground

Higher Ground
Brunch in Melbournedoesn't get much better than Higher Ground!

Situated in a heritage-listed powerhouse, Higher Ground on the fringe of Melbourne's CBD really bridges the gap between cafe and restaurant.

The menu is quirky but with plenty of widespread appeal - with delights like burrata toast, a biscoff waffle, chilli scrambled eggs with lobster, avocado pretzel and more gracing the page. For a memorable Melbourne brunch, Higher Ground is a popular and safe bet. 

Location: 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

3. Lenny 3206

Brunch in Melbourne
Brimming with both unique choices and the usual suspects, Lenny 3206 is a gorgeous spot for a Melbourne brunch.

For brunch in Melbourne as Instagrammable as they come, look no further than Lenny 3206.

Situated in Albert Park, Lenny's interiors are nothing short of picture-perfect, and the menu's pretty epic, too. Sardines on toast, a spicy prawn omelette and an okonomiyaki-style pancake are some of the more unique offerings, but you can rest assured that smashed avo, eggs bene and bircher muesli make themselves known as well.

There is a good range of kids' choices too—from eggs and pancakes to granola and toasties. Basically, everyone (and your Instagram feed) will be happy. Winner! 

Location: 113 Victoria Ave, Albert Park

4. Port of Call

Port of Call Sandringham
Port of Call.

Port of Call is a Sandringham gem that promises a laid-back setting, great coffee and delicious food.

The all-day brunch menu is to die for, and if you've got a sweet tooth, the golden gay time French toast is a sure-fire winner. For savoury lovers, the pulled pork benedict on sourdough is a drool-worthy treat. 

Location: 7 Bay Rd, Sandringham

5. Proud Mary

Proud Mary

A cafe iteration of the much-loved coffee brand, Proud Mary's in Collingwood is a staple on the Melbourne brunch scene.

The menu is brimming with delights, and the cool, hipster vibe makes it an attractive option for those looking for a quintessential Melbourne brunch experience. 

Location: 172 Oxford St, Collingwood 

6. Seven Seeds

Seven Seeds Carlton
Seven Seeds, Carlton

Rumoured to be a strong contender for Melbourne's best coffee purveyor, Seven Seeds in Carlton is a must-visit for a cup (or three) of the good stuff for tired parents.

The all-day brunch menu is the perfect accompaniment to their seasonal list of coffee, valuing local produce wherever possible. Our pick is the spiced lamb, served on a warm tortilla with shredded wombok, pickled onions and pomegranate sauce. Yum!

Location: 114 Berkeley St, Carlton

7. Top Paddock

Top Paddock
Top Paddock is a true experience from start to finish—with a gorgeous setting and delicious menu to match

Establishing itself as a leading brunch in Melbourne pick if you're in the city, Top Paddock is located on Richmond’s bustling Church Street.

Enjoy a mouth-watering, produce-driven menu that changes with the seasons in a vibrant, yet relaxed atmosphere, showcasing delicious flavours and unique ingredients. One for the brunch bucket list for sure!

Location: 658 Church St, Richmond

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