Breakfast might even be the closest thing we have to a national cuisine. Here we pay tribute to Melbourne’s best; places shaping the very definition of the pre-midday meal. Others we’ve selected for consistent performance – they’ve nailed the classics and learnt how to handle the crowds that follow.

Some are big, some are small. Some are secluded neighbourhood prizes, others pull customers from across the city. But they all have one thing in common: they represent the best morning dining Melbourne has to offer.

Archie’s All Day

How about a burger for breakfast?

189 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065


Sit back, enjoy the wholesome fare and high ceilings.

120 Nicholson Street
Brunswick East VIC 3057

Proud Mary

Come for the coffee, stay for the food.

172 Oxford Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

Pope Joan

Cafe by day, restaurant by night.

77-79 Nicholson Street
Brunswick East VIC

Small Victories

Challenging, creative, always brilliant.

617 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North VIC

Three Bags Full

Well-executed classics.

60 Nicholson St
Abbotsford VIC 3067

Twenty & Six Espresso

Roll in for Nordic-inspired breakfasts.

594 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne VIC


Stop in for rustic Turkish fare.

713 Nicholson Street
Carlton North VIC 3054

Wide Open Road

Delicious deli-style eats.

274 Barkly Street
Brunswick VIC 3056

St Edmonds

A menu with a Korean spin.

Rear 154 Greville Street
Prahran VIC

Left Field

Breakfasts with a Middle Eastern bent.

358 Koornang Road
Carnegie VIC 3163