Brunch is good, brunch is love, and Melbourne’s Bayside has some of the best places around. These neighborhoods might not be your local, but it’s high time you paid them a visit.
Tucked away in Hampton, this little corner cafe continuously pulls all the locals. Even though it has been through a number a changes, Cornerstone & Co. is sticking around. You’ll be greeted with an upbeat ‘Hey there!’, as the staff at Cornerstone are as wonderful as their food. The dishes are plated on designer crockery and in such a beautiful way, that you don’t want to ruin it. The Cornerstone offers all the favorites alongside their specialties like the okonomiyaki fritters. To wash it down, be sure to try their coffee, raved about by the locals, or one of their daily smoothies — yum.
Into Highett, and off the main shopping strip, The Little Elephant prides itself on its fool-proof variety and daily specials. Signature dishes like ‘Son-In-Law Eggs’ and weekend specials like their grilled halloumi and chorizo are surefire ways to get your day going. With coffee that does not disappoint, The Little Elephant is a safe bet for even the most fanatic coffee lovers. If you are en route to the beach driving from the city, make this a priority pit stop and fuel up on some seriously good food.
The Little Elephant, 23 Spring Road, Highett, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9555 4369
Down in picturesque Sandringham, right by the sea, is where you will find Cuppa Cottage, an ultimate sweet-tooth dream to brunch. Now, before everyone freaks out, they do offer a variety of savory options too — homemade soups and tarts are made daily and a favorite particularly in the winter — but if your idea of brunch is more like a freshly baked muffin, cupcake or a mouthwatering gluten-free chocolate trifle, then you will be right at home in this cottage.
Cuppa Cottage, 88 Station Street, Sandringham, ViC, Australia, +61 3 9598 9334
For a more refined brunch menu, try out Brighton’s Pantry. This brunch venue is expensive. However, for a special occasion, the Pantry will be sure to impress. Home of The Miele Pantry Cooking Show and Masterclass series, the Pantry’s kitchen is nothing but professional. Their menu reflects this, serving breakfast options till 4pm. You can take your time musing over the menu, enjoying the warm interior and checking out their deli for speciality products sold only at the Pantry.
Pantry, 1 Church Street, Brighton, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9591 0393
Set in the heart of Beaumaris, you will find The Parlor, which is out of the city but it’s worth the travel to get there. A family-run cafe, The Parlor has built up a reputation with the locals, and they love it. It has stylish interiors, friendly staff and a simple menu featuring all the staple favorites, each with a Parlor twist. This cafe is an ideal brunch place for families, kids and young couples alike.