Beat Places For Brunch In Hawthorn And Camberwell, Australia

Ellen Singleton

Nowadays, there seems to be a cafe on every corner in Melbourne. It can be a minefield trying to decide where to have your next relaxing breakfast on the weekend, so here are the best spots in Hawthorn and Camberwell.

Crabapple Kitchen

Georges Restaurant

For those in need of a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Camberwell Sunday Markets, Georges is the place to be. With plenty of space and easy access on Bourke Road, Georges caters for all groups. It easily can be the perfect space for a family gathering or a catch up with friends. The cafe offers a wide range of smoothie and coffee options. There are also plenty of old favorites and original breakfast choices. Try their ‘Upstream,’ a delicious medley of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and smashed avocado on toast. Alternatively, the brioche brekky roll with egg, bacon, cheese, caramelized onion and BBQ sauce will hit the spot.
Georges Restaurant, 819 Burke Rd, Camberwell Shopping Precinct, Camberwell, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9882 0777

Life on Mars

1. Life on Mars

Cafe, Australian, Coffee, Fast Food, Vegetarian

Prospect Espresso
© Ellen Singleton
A mix of rustic and modern, Life on Mars in Hawthorn is more than your typical Melbourne café. Endeavoring to use locally sourced ingredients where possible (including bread from Noisette and coffee from Allpress — both local suppliers), Life on Mars sets itself apart from the rest of the café scene. With a cozy and comfortable atmosphere, it is easy to sit back and relax with friends and family. The baked beans with goats cheese, paprika and poached eggs is a sure fire way to warm up on a cold winter’s day.

2. Prospect Espresso

Prospect Espresso

Though small on the inside, Prospect Espresso packs a punch with its take on classic breakfast fare. The stand out and most popular dish is their house-made rosti with smoked salmon, poached eggs, pickled beetroot and horseradish crème fraîche. Other delights include their warm coconut rice with pomegranate and lime air and panko-crumbed eggs with spiced beans, goat’s cheese and chorizo. If you’re looking for something different than the run-of-the-mill avocado on toast, Prospect Espresso has you covered.
Prospect Espresso, 2A Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell, VIC, Australia, + 61 3 9882 7359

3. Crabapple Kitchen

Crabapple Kitchen

A menu influenced by a chef’s love of traveling is a sure winner in Melbourne, and Crabapple Kitchen delivers time and time again with excellent service and amazing food. A well-known favorite for many Hawthorn locals, Crabapple is always bustling. As the menu changes with each season, the care and attention to detail for each dish is easy to see. Be sure to try their avocado on olive toast with Meredith Dairy soft feta, chili and mint. For those with more of a sweet tooth, their Myrtleford buttermilk pancakes will surely deliver.
Crabapple Kitchen, 659 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9078 5492

The Bakers Wife | © Ellen SingletonThe Bakers Wife | © Ellen Singleton

4. The Bakers Wife

Cafe, Restaurant, Australian, Vegetarian, Vegan

With tables filled to the brim every weekend, be prepared to compete with the locals for a spot at The Bakers Wife. There is a delicious array of inspired breakfast items, including a delicate French toast with tantalizing rhubarb and strawberry compote and spiced ricotta. The Bakers Wife will have you coming back again and again. Hanging plants, exposed brick and an amazing mural – this cafe pays true homage to all things Melbourne. If you’re just passing by, don’t worry as they also have a wide range of baked goods to choose from and delicious coffee to go.

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