Here’s our list of 9 Melbourne brunch ideas we have put together to help you find the best brunch spots and impress your friends. Brunch is a meal best shared with friends, and a Melbourne brunch is a truly magical thing. Whether you are partial to a classic eggs benedict for brunch or you prefer something more exciting – like a bottomless brunch cruise – Melbourne has so many different options.
1. Yarra River Cruises
It is far from a typical brunch spot, but for a truly unforgettable experience that will impress your friends, a bottomless brunch cruise down the Yarra River is perfect. Between the delicious brunch menu and the astounding views and wildlife, there really is no better way to spend your time together.
What’s more, bottomless brunch cruises are perfect for big or small groups, so if you have a large team of friends enjoying brunch together, this is ideal. If you are looking for something a little harder than coffee, there is even an outdoor deck with a beer garden for you to enjoy some alcoholic beverages.
2. Industry Beans
Located on the corner of Rose Street, Industry Beans has established itself as one of the most impressive places to grab a cup of coffee in Melbourne. They also have a fantastic brunch menu that is a blend of experimentation and classic culinary winners. Their ambitious roastery even features a cupping lab and coffee training facilities, so if you are looking to gain an education at brunch, this is the spot for you.
3. The Kettle Black
When you go for brunch at the Kettle Black, be prepared to experience food that goes beyond traditional brunch staples. Their brunch menu has been painstakingly crafted to complement each component on the plate, giving you a truly wondrous culinary experience.
Their showpiece is chilli scrambled eggs with cured Flinders Island wallaby, feta cheese and seasonal leaves as garnish. These dishes are truly inspired, and the cosy setting of the Kettle Black makes brunch here even more special.
4. Feast of Merit
If you like to enjoy your brunch with a side of sustainability, there is no better spot than Feast of Merit. This chic eatery prides itself on sustainable eating and living – with upcycled furniture made from salvaged timber and wholesome, elegant brunch offerings. Better yet, Feast of Merit is run as an initiative of YGAP, which means that it supports youth education and projects across developing nations like Rwanda, Bangladesh and Cambodia.
Easey’s offers a classic American dining experience for brunch, set in a very unique location. Enjoy burgers, hotdogs or wings with a milkshake-flavoured doughnut while perched on Easey’s rooftop in Collingwood. The decor is equally unique, using old Hitachi M-class train carriages for furnishing this classic American food joint.
6. The Smith Prahran
Beloved by locals, The Smith Prahran is a pilgrimage that most people from Melbourne make for brunch at one point. Their bottomless brunches in particular are the talk of the town – with the option of a gospel brunch or a drag brunch.
Gospel brunches include bottomless drinks for two hours and a choice of delicious brunch meals – accompanied by a performance from a gospel choir. The drag brunch is similar, but with drag queens and live entertainment instead of a gospel choir.
7. Pillar of Salt
Despite its brutalist exterior, Pillar of Salt is a warm and inviting destination for brunch with friends. Featuring a long, communal table as a centrepiece, Pillar of Salt is a perfect spot for meeting up with friends and enjoying a tasty brunch together. With a blend of contemporary and classic brunch options, it has a menu that suits all tastes. If you are looking for a truly unique culinary experience, we highly recommend their eggs royale.
8. Cafe Gaia
Cafe Gaia is another quaint brunch spot that is perfect if you are looking to impress your friends. Featuring a delicious all-day menu and warm, inviting decor – Cafe Gaia is a quintessential brunch destination. If you are looking to titillate the tastebuds, you will have to order their Jamon potato rosti.
9. The Grain Store
Although it is housed in an imposing concrete front, the interior of the Grain Store is bright, welcoming and contemporary. Expect nothing short of exceptional food to come from the kitchens of the Grain Store, but be sure to save room for dessert. This establishment has some of the best cakes and desserts Melbourne has to offer. The hard part is choosing what cake to go with!