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Top 10 Breakfast And Brunch Spots In Melbourne's Central Business District
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Top 10 Breakfast And Brunch Spots In Melbourne's Central Business District

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Updated: 2 November 2016
It’s common knowledge that there are heaps of awesome restaurants in Melbourne CBD, but there are some wonderful breakfast and brunch places to be found too. We’ve picked the 10 best places at which to start your day.
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The Hardware Société

Quite possibly the most well-known brunch spot in Melbourne, this lively and cozy café serves up French-inspired brunch fare that will certainly hit the spot. Crowd favorites include the lobster benedict, baked eggs, the fried brioche, and the duck confit. There are also daily specials, and if you’re looking for a quick bite, there’s an array of pastries, muffins, croissants, and more at the counter.

The Hardware Société, 120 Hardware St, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9078 5992

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Dip In Cafe

Sure, you might’ve tried soup in a bread bowl, but have you tried a bread bowl that’s a meal in itself? Well, you can now, at Dip In. Their signature dishes are the bread bowls, and whether you choose one of the items on the menu, or personalize your own bread bowl, rest assured that the fillings are fresh and full of flavour.

Dip In Café, 20-22 McKillop St, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9670 5379

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La Petite Crêperie

La Petite Crêperie specializes in authentic, traditional, French crêpes and galettes. Housed in a quaint little café on Hardware Lane, this charming space has a strong Parisian vibe thanks to the décor, music, and French wait staff. You’ll find a vast range of savoury galettes and sweet crêpes, as well as other French favourites like baguettes, salads, and other breakfast items.

La Petite Crêperie, 32 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 466 406 404

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Located on Wills Street, a stone’s throw away from the Queen Victoria Market and the Flagstaff Gardens, Operator25 is a warm and inviting trendy space where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for a couple of hours. The menu reads well, and you’ll notice Asian flavours feature prominently. The menu changes seasonally, but their signature dish, the Balinese pork, has remained on the menu since they opened two years ago.

Operator25, 25 Wills St, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9670 3278

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At Supercharger, what you get is healthy, fresh, and tasty goodness, chock full of nutrients. What you do is either pick a pre-made meal or build-your-own bowl. There’s a wide array of options, which means you’ll never have to eat the same thing twice. The food combines Asian flavors with the usual clean eating food, they also offer a bunch of fruit-infused waters, juices, smoothies, and raw desserts on the side.

Supercharger, Emporium Melbourne, Level 3, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9020 4334

Interior shot of the Grain Store in Melbourne

Interior | Courtesy of The Grain Store, © Dean Schmideg

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The Grain Store

There’s no other word for The Grain Store except gorgeous because that’s just what it is. The décor is aesthetically pleasing, with marble-topped counters, wooden tables and chairs, and soft lighting. Food-wise, the menu puts a sophisticated spin on the usual breakfast and brunch favorites.

The Grain Store, 517 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9972 6993

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Manchester Press

Tucked away in a laneway is a little hole in the wall that serves up bagels all day err’day, as well as great coffee to boot. They’ve got savoury bagels, sweet bagels, as well as a couple of breakfasty options. If you’re going down the savoury route, try the NY Lox, chorizo, or MP club sandwich. For those who prefer a sweet start to their day, the mixed berry or Mel’s maple mayhem is sure to tick all the boxes.

Manchester Press, 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9600 4054

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Bowery to Williamsburg

Inspired by New York City, this café sure does emit a cool New York vibe, and it’s probably as close as a Melbournian can get to a New York-style deli. Owned by the passionate team behind Hardware Société, you know you’ll be getting some good grub while you’re here. There is a good variety of breakfast and lunch options, but you can’t go past the popular Reuben sandwich.

Bowery to Williamsburg, 16 Oliver Ln, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9077 0162


Salads | Courtesy of Hunters’ Roots/Facebook

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Hunters’ Roots

If you’re hankering for a breakfast or brunch that’s super healthy, delicious, and made using fresh and simple ingredients, you’ll find it at Hunters’ Roots. Almost everything on the menu is made in-house, from the juices and smoothies to the breakfast and lunch items. The breakfast menu is limited, but you’ll find a rotating selection of freshly made salads, sandwiches, and nori rolls for lunch.

Hunters’ Roots, 26 Katherine Place, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9629 9587

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Corner and Bench

Fancy a hearty, home-style meal reminiscent of your mum’s? You’ll get it at Corner and Bench. This bright and airy space serves up wonderful food paired with brilliant service. The menu is varied, so you’re bound to find something to your liking. If you’re short for time, grab one of their delectable muffins to go. Otherwise, nab a stool by the tall windows and soak up some sun!

Corner and Bench, 408 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9602 4777