New apartment blocks are going up at a furious rate in South Yarra. Consequently, there's a lot of stylish-looking cafes moving in on the ground floors.

These spots cater to a diverse crowd, from the activewear set to downsizing Baby Boomers and late-rising club kids who know every dance floor on Chapel Street.

So whatever type of breakfast you're after – a smoothie bowl, simple avo toast, fried chicken or waffles with popping candy – it's easy to find. Here's where to look.

Related pages:
A Guide to South Yarra
Best Cafes in Richmond
Best Cafes in Prahran
Best Cafes in Windsor

Ned’s Bake

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is much more than a bakery.

134 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Abacus Bar & Kitchen

An all-day eatery worth visiting for the interior alone.

383 Chapel Street, South Yarra
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Bayano the Rebel

Vegan food and superb coffee from the team at Monk Bodhi Dharma and Admiral Cheng-Ho.

41 Ellis Street, South Yarra

Gilson

A day-to-night eatery with a refined, European feel.

171 Domain Road, South Yarra
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Q le Baker

French-born baker Quentin Berthonneau has trained at Vue de Monde and Chez Dre, and wants good bread to be as accessible as good coffee in Melbourne.

Shop 709 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Lawson Grove Shop

Eat breakfast, then take lunch or a litre of milk home.

1 Lawson Grove, South Yarra

Market Lane Coffee Prahran Market

A cafe and roasting operation with a strong focus on education.

Shop 13, Prahran Market 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Einstein’s Relative

A cousin to Caulfield’s Einstein 251 with the same winning formula of great coffee and food with a Middle Eastern twist.

1/9 Yarra Street, South Yarra

House of Lulu White

Drinking is encouraged at this Barbie-pink daytime disco.

4 Yarra Street, South Yarra

Darling Cafe

Whether you like raw greens or dessert for breakfast, this spot has it covered.

2 Darling Road, South Yarra
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The Final Step

A tiny, friendly coffee shop with a charitable streak.

1C Murphy Street, South Yarra

Drugstore Espresso

A specialist US-inspired cafe with a focus on quality coffee.

194 Toorak Road , South Yarra
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Kanteen

It's an indoor-outdoor cafe experience on a bend of the Yarra River.

150 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra

Two Birds One Stone

A sophisticated but down-to-earth spot, with plenty of warmth.

12 Claremont Street, South Yarra
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The Pound

A rustic spot specialising in more than 15 types of pide.

5/566 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Husband

Having a local barista is very much like having another husband.

377 Malvern Road, South Yarra

Picnic

A down-to-earth locals' haunt providing relief from busy Toorak Road.

60 Toorak Road, South Yarra

SOS Cafe (Save Our Souls)

Fresh organic meals that taste as good as they look.

5/177 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Urban Provedore

Whether it’s for breakfast at three in the afternoon or picking up dinner on the way home from work, Urban Provedore is here to remind us that local is still best.

231 Toorak Road, South Yarra
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Lucky Penny

This Chapel Street cafe caters to the health conscious and health careless alike.

481 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Tom Dick & Harry

There’s something to suit everyone at this health-conscious cafe.

1/ 242 Toorak Road , South Yarra

The Stables of Como

A nostalgic garden cafe in South Yarra’s historic Como House.

Corner Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra
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