It’s the dilemma all Melbourne coffee-lovers face: where to get your caffeine fix on the first, and quietest, day of the Easter weekend. We’ve done the research and these fine establishments are ready to answer the call – even on Good Friday.
If there was a cafe ‘King of the North’, you can be assured it would be Auction Rooms. A consistent number one in Melbourne’s best coffee lists, it’s also housed in a stunning, industrial-designed space. The brunch menu is just as beautifully designed. You’ll find plates of corned beef hash and their famous brioche French toast. All of which are well worth challenging the Lannisters for. They’re open from 7:30am.
Butchers Diner is ready to satisfy your coffee craving – not matter what time it comes. Open 24 hours a day, every day, it’s the ideal place for post-big night breakfast, with a hearty menu offering everything from steak and eggs to vegan American hash. All-day dining options include Japanese fried chicken, top notch burgers and Creole salmon cutlets. Don’t forget to check out the daily specials – think 18-hour beef brisket burger with kohlrabi slaw, house pickles and mustard on Tuesdays.
Arbory Bar and Eatery
Kick back in a stunning riverside location, with delicious brunch menu to match, at Arbory Bar and Eatery. Or stay a bit later for a cheeky wine and a mouth-watering New England lobster roll. They’re open from 7:30am.
Overlooking the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens, Gilson is a local osteria offering everything from cocktails and coffee to pizza and pasta. Their morning brew paired with delicious baked eggs or tallegio omelette is a tasty way to start your day. They’re open from 7am.
Time Out café
Soak up the sunshine in the heart of the city at Time Out Cafe in Federation Square. Serving breakfast until 3pm daily, its versatile menu contains a mixture of contemporary Mediterranean and international cuisine, as well as traditional cafe favourites. Another bonus: the Yarra walking tracks, the NGV and Flinders Street station are just minutes away. Open from 7:30am.