Chef’s Secrets: 25 of the best Melbourne brunch destinations

All it takes is one look at the Instagram accounts of Melbourne diners to know that we are obsessed with brunching and finding the best spot for a caffeine hit.

To remove some of the guess work in deciding where to visit next, we asked Melbourne’s top chefs and food experts where they go for the perfect brunch:


Guy Grossi – Head chef/owner Grossi Restaurants

Friends of Mine. I like the outdoor area there – I can take my puppy Maximus with me for brunch.”

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Jacques Reymond – Chef, restaurateur and industry legend

Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley has a great variety of dishes with fresh regional produce.”

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Dani Valent – Food writer, author of In The Mix 1 & 2

“I review restaurants for the Sunday Age, including brunch spots. I was charmed by Glass Den in Coburg, a sprawling cafe in the old gatehouse at Pentridge Prison. Their Bluestone Benedict (slow-cooked beef on housemade roti) set me up for the whole day. I love grabbing a stool at Market Lane (Prahran Market) for coffee, a croissant and shopping list rationalisation. I live in Balaclava and I love Hannah: great coffee, good tunes and excellent blow-out weekend specials. One more? Miss Ruben in Ripponlea does ace baked eggs.”

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Andrew McConnell – Ricky & Pinky

“I think Chotto is a lovely Japanese restaurant. It’s on Smith Street, Fitzroy, and their breakfast set of soy-marinated grilled fish & dashimaki tamago (Japanese omelette) is a must have!”

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Nicky Riemer – Head chef at Union Dining

Our KitchenetteJenna (Abbruzzese, the chef) does a mean omelette with collard greens and I like to support up and coming chefs.”

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Adrian Li – Head chef at Saigon Sally and Tokyo Tina

Uncommon. Close to work, it’s a cafe with a difference. No refined sugar and gluten-free. Definitely the best cafe in Windsor.”

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Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse – Co-owners of Smith & Daughters

SM: “Yum cha for sure! Nothing quite sets the day like walking into a hectic yum cha session that’s in full swing. The perfect hangover cure, or your worst nightmare.”

MW: “Industry Beans and their Crispy Beans & Quinoa every time. Honourable mention goes to the Umami Mushroom dish at the impossibly small yet adorable Admiral Cheng Ho.”

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Guillaume Brahimi – Chef & partner at Bistro Guillaume

St Ali is great for coffee and close to Crown, where I spend most of my time because of my restaurant, Bistro Guillaume.”

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Cindy Flores – Head chef at Lady Carolina

The Hardware Societe in the heart of the CBD –  always busy but always great. I’m a big fan of their Lobster Benedict and matcha latte.”

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Joel Alderson – Executive chef at One Eleven, the Hotel Windsor

Kappaya at the Abbotsford Convent is a favourite for a simple, tasty brunch set. Or grab a quality pastry and well-made coffee on the steps of Tivoli Road Bakery, soaking up the first of the morning sun.”

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Jerry Mai – Fisherwoman and chef at Pho Nom

Top Paddock, Touchwood and The Farm Cafe at Collingwood Children’s Farm. We live in Richmond and it overflows with great brunch places. We keep going back to these three for the atmosphere and terrific food.”

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Maurice Esposito – Head chef at Cecconi’s

The Grain Store is great – it’s walking distance from home and has a really interesting menu with lots of stuff I love. And the service is great too.”

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Sascha Randle – Head chef at Massi

“If I’m in the south, I’ll head to The Stables of Como. It’s a lovely spot to have brunch, the food is great and there are beautiful gardens to walk through afterwards. If I’m north-side I’ll go to Young Bloods Diner and then to the Rose Street Artists’ Market right next door. It makes for a really nice morning out and the market always has some incredible finds.”

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Ashly Hicks – Head chef at Garden State Hotel

Mopho Canteen in Balaclava for a mid-morning pho – they also have an amazing banh mi; ask for Adam!”

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Frank Camorra – MoVida owner & executive chef

“Any Farmers’ Market that has Dr Marty’s Crumpets. Warm crumpets with butter and jam are a great mid-morning eat!”

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Mike Patrick – Chef/restaurateur at Fancy Hank’s BBQ

“When we get a lazy Saturday morning off, Chloe and I take Henry (our miniature schnauzer) and Billie (our miniature human) for a great coffee and a cheeky croque monsieur at Rudimentary.”

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