Most people have heard of the wonders of the Yarra Valley for wine, but less have heard about this region’s breakfast. Healesville particularly, is booming with breakfast goers, all wanting to enjoy Yarra Valley’s finest brunch spots. Add these ten venues to your breakfast bucket list.
Mocha and Lime
Mocha and Lime is the perfect place for brunch, catering to adults and kids. This family-run small business is booming with visitors, having heard the wonders of Mocha and Lime through word of mouth. A winning dish is the parmesan scrambled eggs where you receive three fluffy scrambled eggs straight from the Yarra Valley on organic sourdough with homemade red pesto. Another favourite is the bacon and egg toastie, which can brighten up any morning.
Giant Steps is a vineyard with a cellar door and restaurant, plus a private dining option seating up to 22 people. Most of the dishes are gluten-free and are organically made. If you are looking for a place that is all class, undeniably picturesque and somewhere you can enjoy a wine tasting after, consider Giant Steps. The five-star winery, according to James Halliday, is reaping in plenty of accolades, including being named Top 100 Wineries in the World by Wine and Spirits Magazine 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Harvest brings the best of the Yarra Valley to its café. From 8am-11am seven days a week, locals and tourists can enjoy free range eggs, ‘Bill’s’ bacon and wonderfully brewed Genovese & Sons coffee, Brazilian style. Eggs are always fluffy, while the bacon is juicy and tasty. Start the day with a freshly baked muffin and a freshly squeezed orange juice to get your breakfast vibes buzzing. With seating both inside and outside, it can be enjoyed all year round.
If you are looking for wholesome food, then look no further than Wombat’s Chai. Absolutely every ingredient is made from scratch and is catered to people who are intolerant to certain foods. Their free range eggs come from Tom’s Paddock Eggs, a local who keeps his chooks roaming free all day on pasture. Their iconic ‘The Chai Tent’ chai is brewed on premise and is as close to perfection as you can get. Not only can you enjoy affordable and wholesome dishes, but they also sell many of their homemade ingredients on shelves, creating the ultimate miniature health food shop.
This small café is doing something right. Eludae is situated on the main street in Healesville and serves delightful coffee and a full range of breakfast. Start off by enjoying free-range eggs on toast and end with some of their homemade muffins and treats. This is the place for the entire family to enjoy, with the luxury of outdoor seating or inside where it is warm and cosy. Eludae’s leading lady Julie is helping to make Yarra Valley the number one destination for breakfast.
Church and Main is as traditional as it sounds, but adding in their own dynamic flair. This is the place for your eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine. By popular demand, Church and Main now have breakfast serving until 4pm with the option of takeaway. Indulge in something sweet or perhaps on the healthier side like granola. Catering to vegetarians, vegans and intolerances, Church and Main has got breakfast options for everyone.
Essenza is Yarra Valley’s first Italian-styled espresso bar, and also a wonderful place for brunch. Their philosophy is to create fresh produce by sprinkling some Italian love into all their dishes. This is the ideal place for a perfectly baked muffin and exceptionally brewed coffee. From 8am, this flagship store lights up with people from far and wide coming to enjoy what Essenza has to offer. Stay a little longer and delight in a toasted panini, one of their renowned specialities.
In the tiny town of Seville, Carriage Cafe brings the best bits of the old-style town into the 21st century. Inspired by the ancient Melbournian railway system, Carriage has set up a café to look and feel like a train, sending you back through time. This long and thin structured café is the perfect destination for the nearby trail users coming to enjoy a wholesome breakfast after their hard work.
In a soft wooden, glossy-floored setting, Hutch and Co is the one-stop destination in Lilydale for breakfast. Specialising in classic free-range eggs with ‘extras’, there is something here for every breakfast goer. As you walk in, your eyes are fixed on the fluffy muffins and glorious treats at the front counter. With beer-shaped water bottles and modern décor, this buzzing café is always full of people with a smile on their faces.
The Old Bullock Dray Cafe Bar and Grill is serving up a storm in Healesville. Come down and enjoy eggs Benedict or Florentine accompanied by a wonderful cup of coffee. This humble café brings only the freshest local produce to their dishes. Despite first impressions of the name, it is ever-young inside with a modern menu and cultural-inspired dishes. The owners have worked exceptionally hard to make your dining experience here the best one yet.