Melbourne’s 5 Top Breakfasts

In Australia, Melbourne has long been associated with iconic food, and certainly has no shortage of wonderful breakfast options! Melbourne’s chef’s are coming up with more and more imaginative breakfast menus, featuring many non-traditional breakfast fares including fish, ramen and charcuterie! We have put together 5 of Melbourne’s best breakfasts that must be tried on your next trip! But be prepared, these places are so popular you may need to expect a wait for a table at some of them - even in the early hours of the weekend!


Hammer and Tong

412 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

Owners Dennis Ferreira and chef Simon Warr’s wealth of hospitality experience from fine dining venues such as the Vue de Monde are evident throughout the cuisine and presentation at Hammer and Tong. Serving up classics with a twist, Hammer and Tong has a loyal following in Melbourne, with eager diners lining up on weekends. And it’s no wonder, with popular dishes like Duck egg with oyster mushrooms, truffle butter, snowpea tendrils served with the decadent fontina-crusted briont (a brioche-croissant hybrid) soldiers, its famed Breakfast ramen and house-made creations such as the turkish delight soda on its menu. Drop in to Hammer and Tong to experience its inventive menu for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Breakfast Ramen - 62 degree hens egg, bacon, mushroom, spring onion w bacon dashi.



Top Paddock

658 Church St , Richmond.

Top Paddock is another favourite of the Melbourne breakfast scene, with a focus on matching coffee with food. The light interior filled with floor to ceiling windows offers a huge space with many seating options available, including bar seating where you can watch the baristas at work. Chef Jesse McTavish has created a unique menu with generous servings, including favourites such as Kingfish with chilli fried egg, avocado salsa, and lime and blue corn tortillas and Blueberry & ricotta hotcakes with berries, organic maple, seeds & double cream. With the same menu running all day and open late on Friday nights, there are many opportunities for you to enjoy one of the crowd favourites at Top Paddock.

Blueberry & ricotta hotcakes with berries, organic maple, seeds & double cream.


Hardware Societe

118 Hardware St, City.


Known as one of Melbourne’s worst kept secrets, the Hardware Societe is often home to a crowd of eager diners waiting outside for entry. A neat outdoor herb garden hints at the locally sourced fare used in its French and Spanish inspired menu, which boasts a range of creative fare, including Baked eggs with chorizo sausage, piquillo pimientos sauce, crunchy almonds, queso de cabra goats milk cheese, or Breakfast charcuterie coddled eggs - cured meats, house smoked sardines, fromage du jour.  Its location in cosy Hardware Lane makes it a perfect spot to escape the bustle of the city streets to enjoy a delicious breakfast with elements of foreign cuisine.

Breakfast Charcuterie Coddled Eggs.


Three Bags Full

60 Nicholson St, Abbotsford

Situated in a hat factory now converted to an industrial chic cafe, with queues out the door on weekends, Three Bags Full won’t be hard to find. Their coffee is supplied by iconic roasters: Five Senses and their baristas serve it in a range of brewing techniques;  espresso, filtered, Aeropress or pour over methods. The menu features imaginative dishes including Eggs in Hell - grilled polenta, spicy chorizo ragu, two poached eggs, fior de latte & basil and Beetroot Cured Salmon - pea/feta/corn fritter, avocado, rocket, dill sour cream & lemon. Their core philosophy is having each flavour of every ingredient complementing each other beautifully. Serving breakfast and lunch every day, visit Three Bags Full to see what all the fuss is all about!

Beetroot Cured Salmon


St Ali

12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

Hidden in the backstreets of South Melbourne, St Ali is best known for its coffee - and they take their coffee very seriously. Situated in an old warehouse, St Ali is wide and spacious with an industrial vibe and buzzing atmosphere. Executive chef Andy Gale has created an inspired hybrid restaurant-cafe menu featuring punny names and exciting combinations: My Mexican Cousin - secret recipe corn fritters w poached eggs, grilled haloumi, tomato salsa, tomato relish & green salad, and Roe Roe Roe Your Boat - scrambled eggs, Yarra Valley brook trout, spanner crab, pipis, chives, chili, roe & toast. St Ali is a great place to enjoy top coffee and food at one of Melbourne’s famous breakfast cafes.

My Mexican Cousin: Secret recipe corn fritters w poached eggs, grilled halloumi, tomato salsa, tomato relish & green salad


By Stuart Stratton at 19 Jan 2015, 16:32 PM