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.

Babajan

There are plenty of options to go with here, whether you’re after pantry staples or heat-and-eat dinners. But breakfast is still Babajan’s bread and butter. There are just two breakfast options at the moment, a rice pudding and a DIY Aleppo toastie pack that comes with a whole sourdough loaf. Order here.

713 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

There

Footscray’s There (formerly known as Gathered) has one of Melbourne’s most beautiful dining spaces. But There’s to-go menu is just as elegant and imaginative. Highlights include cacio e pepe risotto on toast with a poached egg; vegemite on toast zhooshed-up with some scamorza; and a poached chicken baguette topped with crispy chicken skin. The takeaway menu is pick-up only. View here. There also offers a new heat-and-eat dinner menu, which is available for delivery. More information here.

90 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray

Industry Beans

This Fitzroy classic is well known for its imaginative breakfast dishes, specialty coffee and unique coffee drinks (such as its bubble-tea style cold brew). All of the menu’s bestsellers – from the light evergreen omelette to the heavier-duty coffee-rubbed wagyu burger – are available for pick-up and delivery. Order via the Industry Beans app or on Door Dash.

Warehouse 3 62 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Good Times Milk Bar

You may not be able to enjoy Bloody Marys in Good Times’ sunny courtyard right now, but the crowd-pleasing all-day takeaway menu here translates well to at-home dining. For something lighter, opt for the mortadella roll or the trout bagel. If you have an appetite, the meatball sub or the hefty fried chicken sando will do the trick. Plus, Good Times delivers Mimosas for an at-home boozy brunch time. Order here.

83 Tucker Road, Bentleigh

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

Moby

The build-your-own brunch box is great value; it’s $50 for two people, and $100 for four. And that gets each person a coffee of their choice, a juice and one meal from the brunch menu (which includes buttermilk hotcakes and smashed avo). Add-ons include smoothies, kids’ breakfasts and Bloody Marys. View the menu and order here. More take-home meals from the menu are available here.

1150 High Street, Armadale

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, schmears, deli sandwiches, and coffees.

16 Katherine Place, Melbourne

Cibi

Collingwood’s favourite Japanese cafe has a concise takeaway menu. If you’re after something on the lighter side of things, a soba salad or bento box from Cibi is an excellent course of action. There’s also a range of pastries and viennoiseries. Order here. Order from the Cibi Grocery here.

31-39 Keele Street, Collingwood

Arepa Days

This cosy South American cafe has transformed into an online food shop, and is now delivering arepas, free-range eggs, milk, chorizo, morcilla, coffee, avocados, limes, pulled beef and Portuguese custard tarts. It's all enough to pull together a very tidy at-home brunch. Order online.

25 Preston Street, Preston

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. Pick-up only.

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

The Kettle Black

This South Melbourne classic is running a takeaway menu full of old favourites. Order pick-up or delivery here.

50 Albert Road, South Melbourne
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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 (03) 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

Higher Ground

The full menu from this popular CBD cafe, which includes eggs Benedict and ricotta hotcakes, is available for takeaway and delivery here.

650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Ima Project Cafe

There's a range of Japanese-influenced toasties, burgers and rolls to choose from on the takeaway menu. Plus, a clutch of different rice bowls to choose from, too. Order for takeaway or delivery here.

169 Elgin Street, Carlton
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Bawa

This Hawthorn staple is offering its full menu to takeaway, in addition to a number of generous brunch box options to choose from. View the menu here.

248 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Left Field

Left Field has launched a new takeaway menu. It includes classic dishes such as mueslis and porridges, alongside a killer lineup of toasties. View here.

358 Koornang Road, Carnegie

Mammoth Cafe

This takeaway menu is big on comfort. There are jaffles, soups, burgers. And a highly-customisable build your own brekkie option is will keep everyone happy.

736 Malvern Road, Armadale
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