Ten CBD breakfasts for any occasion

When life gets in the way of your morning cereal, there are plenty of options in the city centre to tide you over. Better yet, keep these in mind for your next morning breakfast meeting… and try to eat with your mouth closed.
The Instagram-lovers breakfast
Hash Speciality Coffee‘s all-day breakfast menu is impressive, until you spot some of the drinks paraded to other tables. The signature hot chocolate is poured over towering, sugary fairy floss while matchas hit the table with intricate latte art.

A small brown mug topped with fairy floss, and a woman pouring chocolate over it

Hash Specialty Coffee

The ultimate takeaway pit-stop
After you grab the last of the weekly groceries from Queen Victoria Market, stop by Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie. The all-day breakfast options include a selection of pastries, ricotta hotcakes or bircher muesli. If you’re unsure, order the Mr P’s thick-cut bacon and egg roll.
Best hump day treat
Inserted between a car park entrance and greying office buildings, Saluministi is casually serving some of the best sandwiches in Melbourne. The $8 breakfast ‘mortadella cornetto’ is made daily and available until sold out, along with plenty of other breakfast panini options. Our advice: get there bright and early.
For the traditionalists
On the corner of Elizabeth and Collins street, the Woodfrog Bakery kiosk has the perfect breakfast to grab on the go. Skip the frills and frivolity with a selection of crusty baguettes, 28-day fermented sourdough or typical French pastries.
The always-reliable
A classic gets a flawless makeover at Cumulus Inc. The Cumulus Inc. breakfast with a boiled egg, toast, preserves, yoghurt, organic orange juice and coffee or tea always satisfies. At $18, this is a great value option that will keep you going all morning.
A spread of boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt, juice and preserves


Next level Lebanese brunch
Fancy roasted cauliflower with zaatar, zmoked chermoula and eggplant dip? Tahini has it all from 9am, including vegetarian, takeaway-friendly morning meals and the ‘tahini iced coffee’ – a double shot of espresso with milk, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, topped with a momoul biscuit and smashed backlava! Delish.
A brunch you need to Thai to believe
There are endless modern, Thai-inspired breakfasts available at Magic Mountain Saloon. From coddled egg congee to almond butter roti and black sticky rice, this is a menu that demands repeats visits.
A place to lazily linger
A classic on Spring Street, The European is a proudly old-school brunch spot. Think the continental with brioche, croissant, toast, orange juice and coffee, or croque-monsieur. Plus, the team won’t give you any side-eye for overstaying.
Where the locals love
A hole-in-the-wall café with a nod to French Parisian design, you can’t misstep at Hardware Societe. Crowd-pleasing baked eggs with two options are a winner, or try the lobster benedict for a rich, mouth-watering brunch.
Venture further for a serious sugar hit
If you’re determined to get your favourite sugary cereal in before midday, Mork has something for you in North Melbourne. Their cereal and milk sundae is made with vanilla ice cream, chocolate milk, and crunchy house-made chocolate cereal. No, your mum probably won’t approve.
A bowl filled with fruit, chocolate flakes and cereal with chocolate milk poured over it