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Best breakfast cbd

They have one of my favorite and MOST “Melbourne” things I’ve ever heard of: the ‘Kinfolk Boilermaker.” This is where you get coffee two ways, one flat white and one espresso shot, so you can truly taste the difference!

Of course, I’m not going to list all 1000 here, but I will surely tell you all the best brunch and breakfast Melbourne CBD options. And trust me, I have tried all of them (which is definitely where my paycheck went, but like…. priorities). Melbourne is the king of trendy cafe culture, and you’ll have a ball exploring it. Most of these are also laptop-friendly!

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Kinfolk Cafe

Axil Coffee Roasters actually has 3 or 4 restaurants in the CBD, all of which will have AMAZING coffee (they roast their own beans which are sold all over the city). Some of the smaller Axil’s (i.e. the one off Bourke and Russell) serve delicious jaffles and more.

But, my favorite is their full restaurant, which is tucked into a corporate building on William (off Bourke). This Axil has a full Melbourne CBD breakfast menu which is great to impress a friend – presentation is everything here! I loved the fritters.

My Top 10 Breakfast + Brunch Melbourne CBD

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Hash Specialty Coffee does AMAZING coffee, but their food menu is definitely up to tack. They do some classics such as smashed avo, but my personal favorite is their ‘duffle’ – duck waffle. It’s art.

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Jenna Fahey White (Higher Ground)

Annika Kafcaloudis (Lune)
Thomas McCammon (Brother Baba Budan)

Brother Baba is still one of our favourite spaces in the whole city. It often makes its way onto best cafes Melbourne CBD lists, and for good reason—this place just screams Melbourne. Drop by in the morning when the espresso machine is buzzing and there's a line out the door. If you can snag a spot on the communal table you're doing well. It's best to keep things simple here: a strong coffee and one of their epic ham and cheese croissants.

The wonderfully designed Vacation had originally focussed on speciality coffee, but after initially seeing their spacious corner on Exhibition Street, the team decided to install a small kitchen. Everything on the menu has gluten-free options, and a decent amount of their dishes are vegan. Exhibit A: one of their most popular orders, toast with avocado, lemon, seeds, sprouts, and EVOO dressing. Or try their bircher muesli with yoghurt and seasonal fruit for a sweet but healthy morning bite.

Growing out of their former spot on their namesake Hardware Lane the new Katherine Place located cafe has all the previously loved components, just in a bigger more accommodating space. Yes, they still have their signature baked eggs as well as a raft of other heavy-hitters including a lobster benedict, just magnificent.


Melbourne's CBD is not usually the first suburb to roll off the tongue when you're looking for a great brunch spot, but don't discount it, some of Melbourne's OG brunch spots were born on the cobble laneways of the Hoddle Grid.

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Stay on the line with Operator 25 —they’re worth the wait. We recommended the Bubble Waffle for the brunch-venturous, a Hong-Kong style waffle served with white chocolate sauce, poached peach, berries, and matcha sauce. Proudly boasting innovative brunch options, skip the smashed avo on your next outing and try out one of Melbourne CBD's best cafes.

Manchester Press

Manchester Press is your classic Melbourne laneway gem, tucked down Rankins Ln just near Elizabeth St. This place gets busy every morning for a reason—perfect toasted bagels (go the mixed berry bagel with mascarpone, and pistachio on a blueberry bagel, it's nuts) plus some cheeky salads and a decadent takeaway counter. The coffee's by Ona , or there's frosty Liberty kombucha if you're feeling virtuous.

Baking legends and cafe royalty, Rustica , have got everything that you’d ever want for a morning fix, even when considering the rigorous standard of Melburnians in 2021. Their Melbourne central cafe stocks their top-shelf lineup of bread and baked goods, with First Love coffee, along with a menu of visually stunning dine-in options. A go-to is their avocado toast, one of the prettiest things you’ll ever see on a plate with Meredith feta and pickled salad.