Going out for weekend brunch is one of Australia’s most essential rituals. At the moment, the best you can do is make your own elaborate breakfast at home. But even if you know how to make a cafe-quality coffee, there’s something about mashing your own avocado that just doesn’t feel the same.

Thankfully, in addition to keeping their espresso machines running, many of Melbourne’s best cafes are still doing brunch to take away – although it looks a little different to what you’re used to. But while some dishes have been tweaked for practicality, and others may require a bit of additional assembly, it’s still recognisably brunch. And ordering a meal from one of these places is a useful way to start making weekends special again.

St Ali

In between forays into the hand sanitiser game, one of the biggest players in Melbourne’s coffee scene has been quietly dispatching some of the best takeaway brunches around. There’re a few options, but it’s hard to go past the simple breakfast box. $55 gets you free-range eggs, small-batch bacon, Riverina milk and a loaf of bread from Ned’s Bake. Plus, 250 grams of coffee beans with a mug to drink it from. Order it here.

12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

Fancy Hank’s

These days, all bets are off. So why can’t a barbeque spot join in on boozy brunches? Fancy Hank’s and its upstairs rooftop bar Good Heavens have collaborated on a brunch deal that’s available exclusively on weekends. There’re two options: a heat-at-home pack featuring two Cubanos, pickles, potato salad and cornbread; and a “warm pack” starring smoked chicken wings, two sandwiches of choice and barbeque fries. Drinks include fancy Mimosas, Negronis and Daiquiris. Place your orders here.

Level 1 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Terror Twilight

Following a brief hiatus, Terror Twilight – and its well-loved healthful bowls – has reopened. There’s a range of breakfast-y bowls, or you can build your own with a bone broth pack (there’s a vegan option too). Terror Twilight’s $10 avocado toast and coffee takeaway deal is also back. If you live within 10 kilometres of the Collingwood cafe, delivery is available too. More information.

11-13 Johnston Street, Collingwood

5 & Dime

This bagelry and cafe in Katherine Place is open for curbside pick-up, and owner Zev Forman is also doing contactless local deliveries. Order online the day before, and your brekkie will be delivered between 6am and 11am the following day. The online menu includes breakfast packs; a variety of bagels (from the classic everything, to jalapeno and cheddar); schmears (including vegan cream cheese, and bacon maple chipotle); deli sandwiches; and coffees. Bagels are also sold at farmers markets around Melbourne every week – follow 5 & Dime on Instagram for updates.

16 Katherine Place, Melbourne

Wide Open Road

Wide Open Road’s Plate of Emergency menu is stacked with toasties, cafe classics (anyone else missed the chilli scrambled eggs?) and produce boxes. Delivery is sometimes available, but pick up is your best bet.

274 Barkly Street, Brunswick

Porgie & Mr Jones

Open daily for your takeaway needs, with essentials like bread, eggs and milk sold in store. Call for pick-up orders. Delivery is available on all the major platforms as well as the cafe’s own platform, Hungry Hungry.

291 Auburn Road, Hawthorn

Short Round

Short Round has a comprehensive takeaway brunch menu. We have our eyes on the brioche sliders with bacon and cheese scramble. Check out the full menu here.

731 High Street, Thornbury

Otto

Almost the entire menu is available to pick up and take away at this Japanese-inspired cafe, including its poke bowl, hotcakes and Wagyu soba noodle salad. Call 9428 8929 or order via Uber Eats. See the menu here.

3 189 Bridge Road, Richmond

Mayday

Takeaway coffee, sandwiches and sweets are available alongside a small à la carte menu. You can call ahead to order and pick up, or delivery is available through Uber Eats. Breakfast kits can be picked up or delivered on Tuesdays and Saturdays. More information here.

410 Bridge Road, Richmond

Monk Bodhi Dharma

This Balaclava favourite is still going, serving takeaway coffees alongside a range of favourites from the old menu. Stay posted here.

Rear 202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava