Melbourne’s most Instagrammable breakfasts

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Especially on social media, where a hot shot in the AM can get the likes rolling in all day long. We’ve found your best bets for an IG breakfast boost.

Rustica’s lemon meringue pie waffles

Any time is a good time for dessert, including breakfast – especially when it’s these lemon meringue waffles. Rustica’s famous for their divine pastries and breads, but they have clearly also mastered one of America’s great morning treats. And added some zest with sensory pleasures like lemon curd, apple and blueberry chutney, shortbread crumb and pretty edible petals.

A waffle covered in syrup, merignue pieces, berries and edible flowers

Waffles at Rustica

Humble Rays’ French Toast Forever

There’s toast and then there’s toast. Head to Humble Rays for the really, really yummy kind that also looks amazing. Their French Toast Forever is stuffed with vanilla-bean cream cheese, but it’s what’s scattered on top that will get followers drooling. Boysenberry ice-cream, seasonal fruits and coulis, Persian fairy floss and a little nod to good health: walnut and almond oat crumble.

A piece of french toast on a plate topped with whipped cream and surrounded by colourful toppings

Humble Rays

Stovetop’s chocolate and espresso waffles

The contemporary decor at Carlton’s Stovetop cafe is a sleek backdrop for your foodie pics. It’s probably surplus to requirements when you’re snapping their chocolate and espresso waffles, though. Luscious dollops of Nutella and vanilla-bean ice-crema (yes, crema – this is a coffee temple!) between chocolatey brown peaks of waffle. A generous sprinkling of chunky hazelnut crumbs and fresh fruit. Snap, post, eat!

Code Black’s lamington French toast

Best known for their in-house roasted coffee, the folks at Code Black Howard Street also know what’s best to eat with caffeine. And what makes it grammable too. Take their lamington French toast. Blackberry-jam-filled brioche fried until golden brown, served with swirls of mascarpone, streaks of coconut custard, summer fruits and bitter chocolate soil. Ooh la la!

The Premises Espresso’s acai bowl

Can healthy also be tasty and beautiful? It’s a challenge that Kensington cafe The Premises Espresso has licked with their acai bowl. A parade of seasonal fruit is the photogenic topper of this goji berry granola, coconut yoghurt, honey and acai delight. If you’re feeling like something with more naughty-savoury visual appeal, try waffle specials like spiced pumpkin, crispy bacon and maple syrup.

White Mojo’s croissant burger

Hardware Street cafe White Mojo has long been on the Instagram trail, but their sweet breakfast dishes aren’t the only eye-catchers. The signature croissant burger, stuffed with soft-shell crab and fried eggs, is as delicious as it is photogenic. Yellow yolks and golden shades of brown contrast with fresh green coriander. Plus artful little dollops of chipotle mayo dotted around the plate. Like!

A croissant filled with fried eggs and soft shell crab on a black plate

The croissant burger from White Mojo

Twenty and Six Espresso’s grilled haloumi sandwich

Good things sometimes come in small packages, like this compact North Melbourne cafe that turns out great coffee and food. We especially love Twenty and Six Espresso’s open sandwich of nicely grilled haloumi. It’s topped with shades of green – smashed avo, dressed leaves and pumpkin seeds – and surrounded with fat purple smudges of beetroot relish. Add a $3 fried egg for a burst of morning sunshine.

The Hash rosa

They may be primarily about giving java junkies a quality fix, but Hash Specialty Coffee and Roasters also totally get tea. Not the kind grandma makes, but Instagram gold like the Hash rosa. A science lab beaker of peach and rosebud tea. A tall glass of chilled pineapple and creamy coconut milk topped with a cloud of fairy floss. Stunning side-by-side, but a delicious mess mixed together, so remember to take photos first.

A small glass bottle next to a large glass cup with fairy floss on top of it

The rosa at Hash

Magic Mountain Saloon’s sticky rice and granola

You’ve probably ended the day at Magic Mountain Saloon, but have you ever started there? This bar opens early in the morning, so it’s a top option for breakfast pics that include jealousy-inducing cocktails. Like a Bucks Fizz with the appealing mini mountain of black sticky rice, strawberries, banana, coconut yoghurt and dried mango granola. Yes, magic can happen at 7am.

Auction Rooms’ brioche French toast

We are totally sold on the breakfasts at North Melbourne’s Auction Rooms cafe. Especially the brioche French toast loaded with frosted pecans, raw cacao, caramelised bananas, whipped bourbon cream and maple syrup. What’s not to like? If you’re feeling those carnivore cravings, add some maple-glazed bacon.

Parco Canteen’s breakfast banh mi

Power up your mind, body and Instagram followers at Carlton’s tiny Parco Canteen, which used to be an electricity substation. Their breakfast banh mi is a colourful stack of scrumptiousness. Golden brioche bun stuffed with maple-glazed bacon, fried egg, pickled carrot, bright green coriander and miso mayo.

A burger on a white plate with a coffee beside it

Breakfast Banh Mi at Parco