If there’s one thing Melbourne knows how to do well, it’s café culture. Throughout the city, you’ll find hundreds of quaint coffee shops serving rich selections of hot drinks and delicious all-day breakfasts set against a stylish backdrop of hardwood, colourful splashes, and lots of steel.
Yes, Melbourne is a coffee-lover’s paradise, where you could literally spend all day hopping from one hotspot to the next, slurping every type of coffee under the sun, and tasting brunches from all over the world. The vast majority of Melbourne Tours touch on this integral part of the city’s lifestyle, so get stuck in with these great offerings.
1. Auction Rooms
Boasting the popular warehouse-style décor with high ceilings and plenty of light oozing in, the Auction Rooms are a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike (so much so, that there’s often a long queue). As well as a spacious backdrop and coffee that’s to die for, the Auction Rooms serve a menu of mouth-watering dishes, including Brulee French Toast and their signature recipe of Pressed Pork Shoulder.
2. Breakfast Thieves
Laid out in a similar vein as the Auction Rooms, Breakfast Thieves boasts bright lighting and a spacious atmosphere perfect for people watching. Here, you can snap up a delicious, organic coffee, and a brunch that’s centred around fresh, local ingredients. The communal tables make it sociable place to hang out with friends, or for solo travellers looking to feel like a part of the action.
3. Crabapple Kitchen
If a hearty breakfast is on your to-do list, head straight to the Crabapple Kitchen, where the dishes are influenced by the fresh ingredients of the Mediterranean. The seasonal menu changes throughout the year, reflecting international trends and recipes picked up from the kitchen teams’ travels. Try the exotic Shrimp and Coconut Curry for a tropical kick, or tuck into the bestselling Crab Apple Sliders, which are stuffed with spanner crab and mustard cress.
4. Chez Dre + Bibelot
Located near the South Melbourne Market, this French-focused café serves sweet and savoury all day breakfasts to keep you full. Alternatively, grab a coffee and a cake for a tasty afternoon snack.
5. Dead Man Espresso
This café had an espresso blend made especially for them by Seven Seeds, so you can tell it’s going to do coffee well. Along with high-end hot drinks, you can also grab a scrumptious breakfast, which includes things like slow cooked pork belly bun and toast with vegemite.