Any excuse will do for a splash of indulgence, and what better excuse is there than the weekend? Let’s have a bit of fun with dessert for breakfast and check out Melbourne’s finest.
From the moment you step through the wide doors and are greeted by the friend staff, Top Paddock feels like heaven. Especially when it comes to the Blueberry Ricotta Hotcakes, which come with maple syrup, seeds, a big old dollop of double cream and fresh berries (which makes it healthy, right?) The cold-pressed juice is a wonderfully refreshing accompaniment, and the coffee is sublime if you fancy a caffeine hit. Find out more
“A great place for some breakfast or brunch. Such a nice lovely cafe restaurant just outside the city in Richmond. Very busy on a Saturday morning. Great atmosphere. There were 5 of us so we made a booking in advance. All taking our time looking at the menu because there were plenty to pick from.” – pepperpots
The paleo-inspired menu at Patch shows that healthiness doesn’t have to be flavourless, and nothing proves it more than the fabulous ‘Showstopper’. It’s a glorious waffle-y creation of of pumpkin, banana, Anzac crumble, maple candied bacon ice cream (yep, you read that right), berries and much more, and goes down a treat with a fresh drinking coconut. Find out more
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For a lip-smacking dessert breakfast in Collingwood, South of Johnston’s pancakes are the way to go. They’re served with poached strawberries and macadamia and coconut crumble, with a dollop of ice cream thrown in for good measure. Add a mug of their special chai tea blend into the equation, and you’ve officially entered brekkie heaven. Find out more
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You’re probably familiar with brioche, but have you ever sampled coconut-frosted brioche? If not, then Industry Beans is your next breakfast destination. The brioche is joined by pineapple, crushed peanuts, lime curd and coffee caviar (yes), with the option of maple-glazed bacon for an extra fiver. It’s a true marvel of breakfastology, especially when washed down with a Jampit Estate espresso. Find out more
“What a brilliant little spot! Hidden away, I would have never found it with out being told about it. If you are in the area, you should certainly get on in and give it a try. A very modern, upcycled type of cafe with amazing coffee! And they roast their own beans there right in front of you :)” – TheMiddleIngredient
Merchant’s Guild is all about artisan cookery designed to blow your mind, and the Espresso-Infused French Toast with Nutella, vanilla bean mascarpone, banana, amaretti crumb and Bailey’s anglaise is the perfect demonstration. It’s all kinds of sweet with just a welcome hint of bitter, and it’s complemented splendidly by a blueberry and oatmeal smoothie. Mmmm. Find out more