We Melburnians LOVE to do breakfast, brunch and all things involving some combination of coffee, eggs and smashed avo. Thankfully our diverse breakfast appetites can be catered for right here in Fitzroy, home to same of Melbourne’s best cafes. These glorious, shining beacons of breakfast delight fuel our bodies and feed our food-lovin’ souls. Here are our top brunch stops!
276 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Coffee is king here, offering single origin coffee, in a distressed-brick space with chunky wooden tables and plentiful seating. Stagger Lee’s offers a concise but exciting menu. it’s hard to beat the Mexican: a couple of lovely runny-yolked fried eggs resting in soft tortillas with a mess of avocado, charred corn, crème fraiche and roasted tomatillo salsa. It doesn’t get much better than this and it’s only a stone’s throw from The Nunnery.
Monday -Friday 7am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am – 4pm
93 Moor St, Fitzroy
Set inside an old warehouse shed, this spacious offering serves up some Asian-infused delights that are perfect for brunch. The inside will also feature a revolving cast of excellent artwork to help inspire and infuse your morning coffee with something…well, more.
Monday -Sunday: 8am – 4pm
347 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
One of the oldest cafes in Fitzroy, it has stood the test of time due to high quality food and excellent coffee. Inventive brekkie and eclectic dishes in an established venue with a working fireplace and outdoor tables. Call in for a Sunday morning pick me up, or a Bloody Mary or two.
Monday- Friday: 7am – 9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 7am – 10pm
Belle’s Hot Chicken
150 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Belle’s chicken and waffles have been sent down from the heavens by the Gods of hangovers, here to soothe a sore head. It is truly the answer to all your Sunday morning prayers, and then some.
Monday -Sunday: 12pm – 10pm
Archie’s All Day
189 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Archie’s All Day, like the name suggests, is definitely a place you can hang out all day. The interior is as cute as a button: whitewashed walls, yellow tulips in brown glass bottles, green and pink pastel ceramics and kitsch ’70s artworks. The menu is experimental and wildly diverse, including coddled eggs with potato purée, and miso-cured salmon with poached eggs, pickled cucumber and seaweed butter. Definitely one to try if you’re feeling adventurous.
Monday and Tuesday: 7:30am – 4pm
Wednesday – Friday: 7:30 – 10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 10pm
108 Smith St, Collingwood
The wood paneled exterior may shout Ikea but this is no one-stop flat-pack furniture store, this is a top of the range café. The food is better than good, it’s great and will definitely make your taste buds explode with happiness. But if you’re looking for just coffee, then the expert baristas will cater to your every need. Bonus tip: There’s also a pool table in the basement which you can use for free!
Sunday – Friday: 8am – 11:30pm
Saturday: 8am – 1am
189 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Wordsmiths, foodies and coffee lovers will love this hangout. Stop 17’s menu is simple rather than modern with classic home comforts. The Writers Room upstairs is envisioned to be a space for creatives to gather, collaborate and be inspired plus there’s free Wi-Fi available for online research.
Sunday – Wednesday: 8am – 3pm
Thursday – Saturday: 8am – 11pm
401 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Pavlov’s offers a unique menu by introducing some elements of authentic Sri Lankan cooking to modern brunch, resulting in new flavours & distinct combinations. When the sun goes down it’s all Sri Lankan hawker food & you eat with your fingers just like on the streets of Lanka. Try the Lankan Frenchy — an organic croissant with coconut, hint of chilli, lemon and parsley salad topped with a boiled egg — and the ‘Pol’ Roti — house made coconut roti with onions, spiced red lentils and a boiled egg.
Monday – Wednesday: 7:15am – 4pm
Thursday and Friday: 7:15am – 10pm
Saturday: 8am – 10pm
Sunday: 8:30am – 10pm
251 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
304 Smith St, Collingwood
Look no further for ALL your foody needs. Alimentari serves some of the best coffee in Fitzroy, along with a huge range of salads, sandwiches and wraps from the deli AND even has a brunch menu, with all your favourite brunch meals. Alimentari has never put a foot wrong and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Monday – Sunday: 8am-6pm
3/62 Rose St, Fitzroy
No blog about brunch in Fitzroy can be complete without Industry Beans. It featured in the travel guide Lonely Planet’s “world’s best brunches” list, so it must be seriously good. The crew at Industry Beans take their coffee and brunch incredibly seriously, and it’s very hipster and therefore very Melbourne. The cafe is situated in a big shipping container and is permanently busy, so try going on a weekday rather than the weekends.