Howe to: 10 of the best brunch spots down under
Do you love to brunch?
Then this brunch post may make you extremely hungry and/or hopefully point you in the right direction if you’re an egg lover like myself and in Australia…
Here are my 10 top cafes I willingly tested out down under for the best brunch:
1) Cozzi Cafe, 233 Coogee Bay Road, Sydney
Coogee big break $17
Our first brunch in Australia and it was an incredible start. New Years Day and on route to go back out and see Derrick Carter at Greenwood, this brunch was especially vital. Everything was deconstructed; mushies piled up, a fat chunk of avo lay on the bottom left of the iron slate, 2 fried eggs marinated in green pesto oil in a hot pot and 2 slices of crusty sourdough.
A build your own breakfast. Everyone had their own way of putting it together, mine rivalling the lot. I lay out the bits of bread; first layer of each slice – avo, second – the bacon, scattering the mushies on top with the egg gently placed to allow for the runny yolk to flow below.
Sydney’s other top brunch spots:
*Three W’s in Waterloo. Mars Bar milkshake is a must!!
*Pancake on the Rocks for its amazing fluffiness and fantastic harbour views.
2) The Eatery, 18 Johnson Street, Byron Bay – now closed
Eggs Benedict $21
After a very humorous evening in Byron Bay, including a discography of John Mayer, a stripped onesie and a full moon, me and my friend Steph desperately needed to get out of the Arts Factory. People insisted on playing the drums completely out of rhythm there and so we went in search for our breakfast fix.
This was one of the best eggs benedict I am still yet to beat! We sat out on the street watching the characters of Byron Bay go by, with our collection of flat whites and orange juice to reenergise ourselves and this beast of a breakfast! Steph has even been back since and it’s just as good!
*Twisted Sista Cafe – their cakes are to die for!! We went back for another round, the banoffee pie even rivalled my own!
3) Double Shot New Farm, 125 Oxlade Drive, New Farm, Brisbane
Big Breakfast Plate $23
Holy hell!! This was the mother of all deconstructed brunches!!! The best thing about being single on Valentine’s Day is you don’t have to share! This is what we did this wonderful V Day of 2015.
Our friend took us to this lovely hidden spot in New Farm. There was a glorious selection of: avo, poached eggs, salmon, haloumi, mushrooms, pesto oil, cherry tomatoes and sourdough.
Definitely worth finding if you’re in Brisbane, it’s worth the trek.
4) Caffiend, 72-74 Grafton Street, Cairns.
Eggs Benedict $21
For anyone who stays in Cairns for a long period of time, you’ll need to head to Caffiend for some insane juices to cure a brutal Gilligan hangover.
It’s a little taste of Melbourne in this crowded cafe which spills outside into a graffitied side alley, where you can enjoy your morning hangover flat white and cigarette. A little expensive, especially if you are on your last $10 while desperately searching for farm work, but it’s worth skipping a night in The Woolshed for!
Go and find…
*Tinies (to the left of Giligans) Egg Benedict $18 – splash out for a juice here as well!
*Award winning pie alert!! For only $8, pick up an amazing selection of apparent prize winnings pies at Meldrums, Grafton Street, Cairns.
Northern Territory and West Coast stops to tick off:
Coffee Clubs are found all around Australia, but the butterscotch and caramel cheesecake is truly delightful.
Three-way Roadhouse on the way down to Alice Springs. They offer the best steak and ale pie in NT for only $5. We made sure we stopped here on the way back up from Alice Springs, but alas we were too late and all the pies had gone.
Zanders at Cable Beach in Broome boats some of the best sea views on the west coast, I was enjoying my $20 Eggs Benedict while watching humpback whales breaching in the distance.
Pop into Brumby’s Bakery in Exmouth for a delightful vanilla slice.
Before heading to Monkey Mia early in the morning, if you stay the night before in Denham, The Old Pub on the high street makes you feel like you’re back in a good old English pub on a winters day. The sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce was to die for. A lady next to us asked if we’d be walking home after seeing the amount of food 3 girls put away.
Yanchep National Park, north of Perth is a lovely stop to spot local wildlife like the Kookaburra or if you’re hungry, visit the Chocolate Drop Cafe inside the park and try their amazing coconut and maple syrup caramel slice.
5) The Bakery, Margaret River
Devonshire scones $7.50 & Banana and Honeycomb pancakes $16
The winner of all bakeries! We came here two times in the 2 days we stayed at Margaret River. And both those times I went for the banana and honeycomb pancakes. They are stacked up high and drizzled in maple syrup with a dollop of whipped cream and a bowl of banana slices on top!
The bakery had an amazing menu and selection of cakes. It was beautifully decorated with antic treasures and comfy sofas.
Nearby in Perth…
*The Little Bird Cafe in Northbridge (now closed). The Eggs Benedict for $18 is lovely but if you’re sick of eggs by now they have a great array of cakes, pastries and vegetarian foods, particularly the zucchini lasagne.
6) Tall Timber, Commercial Road, Prahran, Melbourne.
Sourdough toast, Poached Eggs, Salmon and Avo $16
Having just moved to Melbourne, we were overwhelmed with brunch spots and didn’t know where to start. Scrolling through Broadsheet Melbourne, I had compiled a list of cafes I had to visit before leaving and this one was at the top.
It took a while for us to navigate the trams, having come from Richmond to Prahran but we finally found this white walled cafe teaming with Melbournites.
We asked what was highly recommended, and I’m guessing from reading so far, you’ll already know what I went for….eggs. But I did try some of the pumpkin toast and pumpkin spread and it was so flavoursome. 10/10 for presentation with everything.
7) Issus Cafe, Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Issus Eggs $18
As many of you may know, it rains a lot in Melbourne. So when it does and you get caught in it while shopping, what do you do? You run into the nearest cafe! What a find this was!
The first time we got rained on and ran into this tiny eatery, I went for a duck pasta from the specials as it was a little late for brunch and nearing dinner time. I did check out the menu for the next time and the Issus eggs were well worth returning back for.
8) Fifty Acres, Richmond
Chorizo Scotch Eggs and Avo $18
What a revelation! Scotch eggs for breakfast! And lined with spicy chorizo with a runny yolk in the middle. Absolute perfection and just around the corner from my first flat.
9) Two Birds and One Stone, Claremont Road, South Yarra
Two Birds breakfast $19
I’m not one for going to the same place twice, but I do make some exceptions and this was one of them. I even had the same breakfast both times, because who wouldn’t want mushrooms, haloumi, avo and poached eggs over and over again.
What else can you find in South Yarra…
*Best hot chocolate found just around the corner – A La Folie Patisserie was perfect for a Melbourne winters day.
*Best selection of muffins found at Tom, Dick and Harry Cafe – the crunchie muffins were out of this world.
10) Top Paddock, 658 Church Street, Richmond
Eggs Benedict with ham hock $19
You need to get here super early to avoid waiting for over an hour outside. And if you don’t make it early, make sure it’s a nice day, you’re with a good crowd and find a good patch on the opposite lawn. Maybe even sit near a group with a dog to make the wait more fun.
This place is epic and definitely worth the wait. The coffee here is so fresh and the choice is overwhelming. Do you go for the hot cakes, or the eggs benny or go all out and have the steak sarnie?!
Keeping to my brunch theme, I had to try the eggs Benedict but did get a side of blueberry hot cakes to share. If you’re not too hungover or maybe you are, go for the Aperol Spritz to start the day as you mean to go on.
It’s safe to say they don’t do brunch better anywhere else but down under!
If you’re looking to explore the West Coast of Australia, read my post on our hilarious camper van road trip!