Grand Final eve may be a public holiday for most – but many awesome eateries will be open for a pre-parade brunch. Load up on your favourite fare before heading to the big event. Just make sure you’re wearing team colours so we know who you’re rooting for…
Here are our top places to brunch before the AFL Grand Final parade.
If you’re arriving into Southern Cross Station for the big day, Higher Ground will be your best bet for a delicious pre-parade brunch. The architecturally designed space isn’t all style over substance, though – their innovative menu sits somewhere between a cafe and a restaurant. The pretzel bagel with avocado, goats curd and a poached egg has our name all over it. Or go for the tried and true hotcakes.
KereKere Green is another great cafe spot to enjoy the spring weather just before the Grand Final parade. Hop off at Jolimont and walk through the gorgeous Fitzroy Gardens to the serene, open-space quarters of this pretty cafe set within the parklands. For a low-key start to an exciting day, consider booking a picnic 48hrs in advance – KereKere will put together a basket filled with goodies for you to enjoy within Fitzroy Gardens, along with blankets, cushions and utensils.
Simple fare, served extra fresh, 24-hours a day – that’s what’s up at Butchers Diner. While you might know them for their meat-loaded menu and iconic duck fat fries, they also do a mean breakfast service. The scrambled eggs on rye, pancakes with real maple syrup and the egg and maple bacon burger are all delicious, and all priced at $10. Get in before 11 for this hidden AM gem – and don’t skip the $2.50 coffee!
Arbory Bar and Eatery
If the sun gods have blessed us on Grand Final eve, there’s no better place to brunch than Arbory Bar and Eatery. Tucked in behind Flinders Street station, it’s an easy pit stop on the way to the parade – plus, the generous waterfront means that you’re almost guaranteed a good view from your table. Start the day healthy with a blue spirulina smoothie bowl, or go all out with the mushrooms, brioche, eggs, crumbed scamorza cheese, romesco sauce and truffle powder combo. You can even add a cheeky cheese kransky to your order.
Goldie Asian Canteen
What better way to kick off Grand Final eve than with $25 all-you-can-eat dumplings? Goldie Asian Canteen in Little Lonsdale Street will be open from 7.30am-2pm with this delectable offer that is sure to fill you up before a long day of football festivities ahead. Or, try their brekkie bao, with Peking duck, scrambled egg, spring onion, and hoi sin for an excellent twist on a classic bacon and egg roll.
Soak up the September weather at Riverland‘s outdoor beer garden, which opens at 9am on Grand Final eve this year. Grab a bacon and egg roll, with classic footy fare being offered all throughout the day. If you’re still looking for some food following the game on Grand Final Day, don’t miss the official Grand Final After Party. It kicks off after the last siren, with a DJ spinning the decks and Riverland’s famous pig on a spit serving up onion gravy and apple slaw pork rolls.
A Queen Vic Market mainstay, Pickett’s Deli is one of our favourite places to brunch – and luckily, they’re open on Grand Final eve. The deli menu showcases the very best of Victorian produce with dishes including its signature Mr P’s bacon & egg roll. Plus, you can pop into Queen Vic Market to pick up some goodies for Grand Final Day – the market is open from 8am, and Pickett’s Deli is open from 7am until 3 pm.