Let’s face it, we all snap a picture of our food before we eat it right? I personally have 0 shame standing up at a café to get the perfect shot. Here I pay tribute to the best-looking brunches in Melbourne, except I promise you everything on this list taste just as good as it looks. You will have an amazing feed and your Instagram feed will thank you for it.
24 Acacia Place, Abbotsford
Recommended Dish: Chilli eggs.
Hidden away in an apartment complex facing the scenic Yarra River lies a café of your Scandi dreams. Kitty Burns has a gorgeous open feel with a cubby and forest green interior, there is really no surprise that the cafe was 2016’s ‘Best Café Design’ award winner. The menu changes regularly but there is always bound to be something equally delicious and instaworthy each menu.
235 High Street, Northcote
Recommended Dish: Orange Blossom Hotcakes
Located in the heart of Northcote on High St, Tinker dishes are filled with pretty plates of food, bursting with colour. For the healthy eater, there is acai bowls, breakfast bowls and kale salads. If you want to Treat Yo Self, there is hotcakes and fried chicken burgers.
The Stables of Como
Corner Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra
Recommended Dish: Slow Baked Eggs & the Hot Chocolate
The Stables of Como is located in the former stable buildings at Heritage listed Como House. The Stables blend an elegant fusion of past and present, both in the menu and the converted stables architecture. Best of all, you can also book a beautiful high tea and even a picnic to enjoy in the stables.
The Kettle Black
50 Albert rd. South Melbourne
Recommended Dish: Ricotta Hotcakes
If you’re looking for Instagrammable food and an Instagrammable backdrop, the Kettle Black is the perfect place for you. From polenta porridge, King Island crayfish rolls and of course the Ricotta Hotcakes, the menu is anything from usual. The coolest thing about Kettle Black has got to be the architecture. One half of the café occupies the ground floor of a Victorian style townhouse, the other the base of a modern build and somehow, these two elements look incredible.
678 – 680 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
Recommended Dish: Pandan Pancakes
District North is far more than a spot for avo on toast. The colourful menu includes everything from granola, waffles, breakfast gnocchi, burgers and big breakfast. However, it’s the milkshakes, muffins and doughnuts that you will want to leave room for. A bonus is that District North has an open space, a sleek scandi style interior and a small enclosed courtyard.
28 Riddell Parade,Elsternwick
Recommended Dish: Nutella Pancotta
From the same crew who bought you Tinker, these guys sure know how to make a beautiful café and a delicious menu. Penta’s menu features an array of healthy and colourful eats but also includes Nutella and salted caramel milkshakes. Whether you prefer healthy or something a little cheeky, Penta has you covered.
208 Mount Alexander Rd, Travancore
Recommended Dish: Baked Eggs
Phat Milk brings a Middle Eastern twist to Melbourne’s breakfast scene. On Phat Milk’s menu, you’ll find plenty of colour, pancakes with Turkish fairy floss, Pumpkin Kale Loaf, Breakfast Boards and Baked eggs. The homely interior features spray-painted images for a pop of colour and a chalkboard wall if you’re feeling creative.
2 Darling St, South Yarra
Recommended Dish: French Toast
Darling Café is a beautifully decorated Scandinavian and industrial décor. The menu is bursting with an abundance of sweet and savour options with an unusual twist. Think smoothies in light bulb glasses and coffee in an ice cream cone. The colourful eats with a crisp light fitout is all very instaworthy and the food is equally amazing.
72A Acland Street, St Kilda
Recommended Dish: Matcha Pancakes
Matcha Mylkbar is a Vegan Café selling, specialising in plant-based dining. You’ll see a lot of matcha throughout the menu from their green burgers, matcha lattes, matcha bao buns and more. If you usually shy away from Vegan eating venues, I would give Matcha Mylkbar a shot. There are colourful acai and breakfast bowls, pasta options and a great selection of smoothie options, served in a skull-shaped glass.
Melbourne’s breakfast have never looked prettier! What are your favourite cafes?