Catch up over coffee and carbs with bottomless brunch, Japanese breakfast sets, Sunday brunch and more.
Workshop Bros Southbank
Sip matcha latte art, feast on beef cheek croissant sandwiches and indulge in sticky date banana bread at Workshop Brothers. This light and airy riverside spot specialises in hearty (but chic!) brunch food, bagels, sweet treats and iced coffee. Catch the morning glow in their sun-drenched slice of Southbank paradise.
Korean aesthetics are taking over town, and Palette's got the vibe on lock. Their signature street toast (gigeori-toast) starts with buttery brioche, fluffy omelette and hash brown. Where you take it next is up to you – but candied bacon is a must. Pair with the official drink of Seoul (iced americano) or a pleasingly pastel soda.
Have a Wes Anderson moment at Instagram fave The Budapest Café. The immaculate space is decorated with pastel pink Mendl's boxes for the full movie treatment. Sweet options include tiramisu croffles, matcha ice cream pancakes and custard puffs. Or try mentaiko udon – that's thick noodles seasoned with kimchi, spicy cod roe and onsen egg.
Bottomless Brunch at George on Collins
Feast on sensational Asian fusion cuisine in the historic George on Collins. For $79 you can enjoy three sharing dishes and two hours of unlimited drinks and good vibes. Book a Boozy Brunch 12.30pm or 2.30pm sesh and feast on steamed dumplings, or a fermented tea leaf salad, while you sip on a cocktail. Try a mimosa or an Aperol spritz. There’s also prosecco and house beer on the menu.
Fancy a spot of people watching? Experience Degraves Street from the centre of the action, dining in the middle of the iconic lane. Settle in under the sun shades at The Quarter for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the crispy pork belly tacos or wake up early for matcha hot cakes with Oreos. You'll be dreaming about them for weeks.
This cosy spot on Flinders Lane is known for its premium wine selection, but Greta brings the goods all-day with brunchable sandwiches. The toastie is a bit fancier than your usual sanga, melting together gruyere, brie and sharp cheddar. Pickled onion and dijon mustard provide a tangy counterpart to cut through the richness. More treats to try include rare roast beef, mortadella rolls and porchetta delights.
Ima Project Cafe
Lucky Carlton locals have been dining on brunch sets from Ima Project all lockdown long. Now's your chance to pretend you're in Tokyo and try the bento-style plates of pickles and rice, miso soup, grilled fish and eggplant. Sandos and toasties round out the menu, along with matcha cupcakes and cheesecake. Drool over the full list of options on their website.
Maverick at 80 Collins
Maverick do incredible coffee and sophisticated takes on classic Melbourne brunch dishes. Fluffy chilli scrambled eggs, warm fruity waffles and even a cheeky espresso martini make the menu pop. And that's not thick cut bacon on your plate – the team makes perfectly juicy pastrami in-house for a decadent eggs benny.
Vertue Coffee Roasters
Coffee lovers rejoice! Vertue Coffee Roasters is back open for brunch business. They’re taking bookings so you can relax with a cup of their incredible coffee and take (a little bit) of time perusing the brunch menu. What will it be? The spicy lemon myrtle pannacotta? The fan-fave salmon rosti? Or will you celebrate your return with indulgent red velvet hotcakes? Book online or risk a walk-in.
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