The Kettle Black

Where is it?
50 Albert Road, South Melbourne

What we ordered:
Alexia got the hotcakes, a Kettle Black staple. You can’t live in Melbourne and not try this gorgeous, syrupy, fruity, nutty brunch at least once. Courtney decided to keep things simple with a breakfast classic: bacon and eggs. Fresh and fried to perfection; a reminder that there is great pleasure in a classic done well.

Why we love it:
The Kettle Black is an absolute Melbourne brunch essential, complete with large, airy windows, breathy white and gold decor, and plants everywhere. The outdoor seating areas are large enough to prop your tote on whilst sipping on some lattes in the sunshine. Or, take your iPhone 7 Plus Case out to take pictures of your brunch on some seriously Insta-worthy marble tables.

Crux & Co

Where is it?
G01/25 Albert Road, South Melbourne

What we ordered:
Famous for their homemade, buttery pastries, their croissants are a must have! Beautiful and flaky, it makes the perfect brunch snack accompanied by a creamy latte for Courtney and a delectable chai for Alexia.

Why we love it:
Directly opposite The Kettle Black, Crux & Co offers a delicious selection of fresh artisan pastries that are all created on site! Your inner sweet tooth will be delighted by their sweet dishes, complimented by Korean influenced savoury counterparts. The effortlessly cool interiors are the perfect place to grab a bite after a circuit of The Tan, with your Burgundy Pouch housing all your weekend brunch essentials.

Darling Cafe

Where is it?
2 Darling Street, South Yarra

What we ordered:
Brunch in Melbourne just isn’t complete without poached eggs and avocado. Our lunch was also accompanied by freshly grilled saganaki, spinach, tomatoes and mushroom. Arguably the most instagrammable breakfast smoothie in Melbourne, Courtney knew she was ordering the Thomas Edison before we even arrived. A delicious fruit smoothie served in a light bulb, what a bright idea!

Why we love it:
The atmosphere at Darling Cafe is light and airy, while the staff offers impeccable service. The industrial influences in the décor acts as a perfect backdrop to plan your week in your financial year diary, and don’t forget your Envelope Clutch to pull together an effortlessly polished Sunday morning look.

Higher Ground

Where is it?
650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

What we ordered:
Eggs again, crumbled with seeds and herbs, or deconstructed, accompanied by a whole pitted avocado in a spoon and hollandaise in a jar. Higher Ground does brunch, and it does it with more panache than anywhere else in Melbourne. Of course, we also had to pair our eggs with cappuccinos and lattes to get our morning caffeine fix.

Why we love it:
Higher Ground has well and truly earned its name, with its spacious, lofty ceilings brimming with light and lots of plants to go around. The perfect spot to come for breakfast when you’re feeling a little bit fancy while carrying your Continental Wallet and Long Cardholder around. That is, if you can get in past its famously long queue!

Au 79

Where is it?
27-29 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford

What we ordered:
Courtney loves her eggs for brunch, so she had them poached and dripping in hollandaise. Alexia tempted her sweet tooth with the Belgium waffle. Smothered in hazelnut praline, banana compote, raspberries and oranges, and topped with a whole Machado chocolate egg brimming with mousse, the breakfast waffles are an impressive and decidedly sweet way to start the day!

Why we love it:
Our favourite café by far, all of our TDE felt right at home at Au 79 amongst the blush pink tones, gold, marble, and greenery. The décor is gorgeous, the food even better, and who doesn’t love finding new places for all your Instagram flatlays!?