The weather's getting cool and carb cravings are kicking in. Lucky for us, there's a whole stack of bakeries and cafes to slice into - even in lockdown. Opening hours may differ right now, so be sure to check with the business directly before visiting. Picking up IRL? Make sure venues are in your 5km travel radius before heading down.

Bakemono Bakers

Grab perfect shokupan, yuzu almond croissants and more at Bakemono Bakers. You’ll find it in a converted garage on Drewery Lane, just off Little Lonsdale in the CBD. They also do a range of Danishes, but the big hitter is the garlic bread. It’s buttery, garlicky shokupan dough filled with sweetened cream cheese. Drop in for takeaway, or pre-order by 9am for same day pick up.

A person cutting into a croissant waffle
Croffles at Bakemono

Fresh air pancake

More floaty faves come from Fresh Air, another soufflé pancake spot in the CBD. Order jiggly treats with pocky, soy mochi and black sesame fixings. Or try their take on dorayaki, a flat azuki filled pancake stack. These delights come in cute little tins and overflow with creamy toppings. Not convinced? Just look at the tiramisu flavour. Available for pick up and across major delivery platforms to consume at your convenience.

Budapest Café

Have a Wes Anderson moment delivered to your door from Instagram fave The Budapest Café. Sweet options include strawberry cream croissants, tiramisu croffles and matcha ice cream pancakes. But we can't skip the mentaiko udon - that's thick Japanese noodles seasoned with kimchi, spicy cod roe and a runny onsen egg. Pre-order for takeaway or find them on EASI for delivery.

A stack of pancakes with ice cream on top
The Budapest Cafe

Twenty and Six Espresso

Ease into the day with a grilled halloumi and avocado sandwich from Twenty and Six Espresso on Uber Eats. Have a rustic moment with their heirloom tomato smashed avo - complete with chorizo, feta and poached eggs. Other brunch besties include chilli scrambled eggs, black rice pudding and snickers smoothies.

Bread Club

Cult-status is an understatement for this club. And who wouldn't line up for baklava escargot and 'Tirami-choux'? Follow Bread Club's Instagram for the daily drop of menu items. Think brie pumpkin sourdough sando, pepperoni pizza, chewy choc chip cookies and loaded doughnuts. Takeaway only, so North Melb locals and their 5km radius neighbours have lucked out on this one.

Pastries and doughnuts on a wooden board
Bread Club


Insta-baker Raymond Tan’s Raya is hidden in a laneway off Little Collins Street. Hunt it down and you’ll find him baking South East Asian-influenced cakes and savouries. Try treats like spinach and olive oil sponge, or grab gigantic cookies flavoured with miso, pistachio, sour cherry and dark chocolate. There are cute boxes of mixed kueh too. Their online shop is being launched this week for delivery and takeaway pre-order.


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. Click and collect your lockdown pick-me-up via their website.

A sandwich with eggs and bacon
Palette (Photo by @SofiaKLevin for What's On)

Schmucks Bagels

Schmucks Bagels do it differently. The dough is 100% vegan, and steamed (not boiled) to perfection. The bacon, egg and tonkatsu bagel is a good place to start. Sweet cravings? An apple strudel cream cheese bagel is in order. Or try the virtuous Hippie Slicker, with grilled cauliflower, hummus and lemon-dressed watercress. Order on Deliveroo for 25% off the whole menu.

Le Bajo 

Hidden in a North Melbourne warehouse, Le Bajo Milkbar was started by one of the founders of Bali's Potato Head Beach Club. Go for the classic crispy katsu sando for a taste of Tokyo. Or try the trending cream sando, complete with perfectly uniform slices of fresh fruit. They get pretty busy, so we suggest ordering ahead to minimise your wait time.

Two cakes on a plate
Le Bajo (Photo by @SofiaKLevin for What's On)

Bowery to Williamsburg

Transport yourself to New York City with Bowery to Williamsburg’s classic bagels. Kickstart your day with a breakfast reuben, complete with Russian dressing and fried egg. Or spice up your schmear with maple smoked bacon and chipotle cream cheese. Don't forgot the latkes - crispy fried potato and zucchini fritters served with creme fresh, cured salmon and poached eggs. Hash browns could never.

More of the best brunch takeaway and delivery

Collins Coffee House

Enjoy high tea for two for $95, with 12 different items and a gluten-free option available.


Make your own milk tea at home with this bumper 10-serve kit, using real tea leaves and top quality boba.

4 Jun - 31 Aug

High Cheese

Order high tea at home in specially designed takeaway stands. Includes high cheese and kid's high tea.

Union Kiosk

Open 9am to 2pm during lockdown for takeaway and delivery. Call ahead for pick up 0413 402 331.

Last updated on Tue 27 Jul 2021

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