Brunch has become a staple part of my social life at home in London, but the Australians really nailed it first. I’m not a smashed avo on toast cliché, but early mornings aren’t my thing either so this new tradition means a lie-in followed by coffee and carbs, and the people of Melbourne sure do know how to start the day off right.
Addict Food & Coffee
In a beautiful, sun-drenched corner of Fitzroy, we sat at the window of Addict and started the impossible decision-process of what to eat. I love this area of Melbourne, famous for its street art and vintage shops and on my first morning back in the city since 2014, I was in my element. I had a wonderful, sharp cold brew coffee to cool me down, alongside fresh crumpets and homemade chocolate spread, reminding me just how much I’d missed Melbourne.
Addict Food & Coffee, 240 Johnston Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Based in Melbourne and Paris, Hardware Société had a queue for miles, but being dedicated brekkie hunters, my Aussie-based pal and I waited it out. Sat outside, we woke ourselves up with strong coffees in primary-coloured cups and plumped for that weekend’s special: a thick slice of bacon, two poached eggs, toasted slices of baguette and a juicy, lightly sautéed scallop. It was so good that on my recent visit to Paris, I couldn’t contain my excitement in finding their European sister just two streets away from my Air BnB in Montmartre!
Hardware Société, 120 Hardware Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Going for something a little different, Manchester Press specialises in bagels, and on a morning that was a little on the chilly side, we went straight in for something to warm our bones. Their peanut butter hot chocolate had my friend grinning with sheer glee, but I stuck to coffee because nowhere does it like Melbourne. I had the ultimate in sweet and savoury indulgence with a toasted blueberry bagel topped with bacon, mascarpone, sliced banana and maple syrup, confirming everything I know to be holy and pure about the sacred act of brunching.
Manchester Press, 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
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