OK, so no pictures from this blog post, but that’s because each of these places I went for brekky was just awesome, and to be honest, sometimes I just want to sit down and tuck in (actually confession: friends often need to remind me to take a picture as my fork is hovering above a dish). Anyway… to the breakfasts:
Actually before I start, let me say that only one of these places is in the CBD (sorry Melbourne visitors). However, I have posted instructions below on how to get to each of the non-CBD locations via public transport.
The European, CBD
The European just exudes old world charm and feels very ‘Melbourne’. One of my favourite brunch items is their Croque Monsieur ($15), which I recommend sharing if your appetite isn’t big. Yes it’s an expensive toasted sandwich but what’s not to love? A crispy fried white bread toastie filled with leg ham, gruyere cheese, bechamel (cheese) sauce and dijon mustard. My mouth is watering right now thinking about it.
Coffee is good, not a highlight of my trip to Melbourne but it’s hard to compete with some of the places below!
161 Spring Street
Streat, Flemington (formerly the Social Roasting Company)
Not only does Streat help out homeless and disadvantaged youth, but they serve an awesome brekky, and a 10/10 coffee. Sime said that he had the best single origin (i.e. coffee where the beans come from one location) ever at Streat, and that their house blend was also the best he had in Melbourne. Amazing crema and great depth of flavour.
To the food – I had a brekky with Poached egg, sourdough toast, a parsley and pine nut salad and preserved lemon yoghurt. It was so good I went back and had it again. Friends’ breakfasts looked similarly delicious. It’s a small cafe, so not much table room, but there is a large communal table which is great. Look for the red milk crates outside set up as a barrier.
307 Racecourse Road, Flemington (for non Melbournites, take the #57 tram and ask the driver to tell you when you’ve reached Racecourse Road shops, should take about 15-20 mins from CBD, still Zone 1)
The Premises, Kensington
I’ve blogged about these guys before and they didn’t disappoint again. Went back for the Hot Salt Beef Roll with Sauerkraut and Hot English Mustard and their awesome coffee. People next to me had the lamb salad which I’ve also had before and loved.
202 Bellair Street (for non Melbournites, take the Broadmeadows train from the City, stop at Kensington, you’ll see some shops with a florist on the corner, the Premises is an L shaped cafe that wraps around the florist shop. There’s also a couple of cool homeware stores to browse in Kensington. Trip takes about 10-15 mins on the train, depending on which way the city circle is going…).
Three Bags Full, Abbotsford
Another favourite of mine, extensive breakfast menu with sweet and savoury options and an amazing sounding special on the day we visited – Cauliflower and haloumi fritters with a pickled onion salad. I had the Smashed Avocado with Yarra Valley Persian Feta, Olive Oil & Pepitas ($14.5). Everyone at our table enjoyed their breakfast, perfectly poached eggs and quality ingredients.
Coffee is from Five Senses, a local Melbourne roaster who produces great quality beans. Again, couldn’t fault the coffee… sigh, Melbourne.
We also bought some organic sourdough from the cafe and had it later that night with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic. Yuuum.
60 Nicholson Street (non-Melbournites, try a tram that goes to Victoria Street Richmond, a great place to shop and eat for Asian food. Just checked and apparently trams 24, 42 and 109 all go there, best to ask if you’d like to know which is the most direct route. Get off at Lennox Street as it’s directly opposite Nicholson Street).
The Corner Shop, Yarraville
Yes I’ve been here before too, and I keep going back for the Baked eggs with Eggplant Kasundi (pickle) served with Feta and sourdough (mmm). Sime had the House made baked beans and said they were also great. Another good place to have coffee, their lunch menu is great, and they always have some yummy baked treats on display on the counter.
11 Ballarat Street (sorry non-Melbournites, this one’s a bit more out of the way, you’d have to take the Williamstown or Werribee line trains from the City to Yarraville Station. Again, a lovely suburb with a few groovy little stores to wander around. Not sure on journey duration for this one, sorry…).