Where to have brunch in North Melbourne

Looking to break up your brunch routine? North Melbourne punches well above its weight in great brunch places. We’ve found some of the best spots there for the weekend’s most important meal.

Auction Rooms

We are totally sold on the brunch options at Auction Rooms, especially the brioche French toast. It’s loaded with frosted pecans, raw cacao, caramelised bananas, whipped bourbon cream and maple syrup, so what’s not to like? If you’re feeling those carnivore cravings, add some maple-glazed bacon. Other irresistibles at this cafe with smartly distressed vintage architecture include baked eggs in smoky tomato sauce, Bloody Marys and coffee Negronis.

A white bowl with strips of french toast and chocolate crumble in it

Brioche French toast at Auction Rooms

Elceed Cafe

Fancy a bacon and egg roll with tomato, salad and beetroot relish? A pulled-pork benny with housemade apple-cider hollandaise, chipotle glaze and apple-cabbage slaw? Or a pea and parmesan smash with poached eggs, ricotta and mint on sourdough? All this and more, including Supreme coffee and plenty of vintage charm, await at Elceed Cafe.

Fandango

Fandango is serving up your not-so-average banana French toast.  Think layers of delicious bread covered in maple mascarpone cheese and raspberry, walnut, sprinkle bacon and caramelised banana. This colourful tower of goodness is the perfect start for that lazy Sunday afternoon.

Twenty and Six Espresso

Good things sometimes come in small packages, like this compact cafe turning out great coffee and food from breakfast until 3pm. Ease into the day with Twenty and Six Espresso’s open sandwich of nicely grilled haloumi. It’s colourfully topped with green leaves and avocado, purple beetroot relish and, for an extra $3, a fried egg’s burst of sunshine. Other brunchy menu highlights include crispy pork sandwiches, sauteed mushrooms with caramelised onions, poached eggs and bernaise, and espresso shakes.

Code Black North Melbourne

Famous for its respect for the blend, this caffeine lab on Howard Street takes its brunch just as seriously as its coffee. Their brunch menu holds the mysterious power to make post-weekend adulting less daunting. Order the smoked ocean trout or take it easy like a Sunday morning with black rice bircher.

Mörk Chocolate Brew House

Add a sweet finishing touch to your brunch at Mörk Chocolate Brew House. This place is artisinal cocoa heaven, and with a touch of fun too if you opt for the campfire hot chocolate. It’s the usual luscious, steaming Mörk brew, plus a posh toasted marshmallow on a skewer. Bliss! For sure you’re going to want to buy one of this Melbourne favourite’s take-home cocoa blends for high-end hot chocolate at home.

An empty glass with a roasted marshmallow on a stick and a white jug

Campfire hot chocolate at Mörk Chocolate Brewhouse

After-brunch strolling

Stick around, because North Melbourne’s got plenty of pleasant options for whiling away another hour or three. Check out the curated fashion and homewares at Martin Fella Vintage. Enjoy some quiet, cosy reading time at North Melbourne Library. Explore the clever, unexpected treasures at Stranger Than Paradise Gifts. Explore the amazing Queen Victoria Market’s endless stalls, from food and flowers to clothes and candles. Then give in to Beatrix Cafe’s cake temptations, whether it’s for later or a post-brunch top-up.

Three ornate picture frames on a wall

Oddities from Stranger Than Paradise