Originally published on Concrete Playground.
Never turn up to work hungry again
Melbourne’s obsession with weekend breakfasts is engrained in its identity. But during the week it’s sometimes overlooked in favour of a few more snoozes and a couple of extra minutes in a warm bed.
We’re all about those zzz’s, but it’s no excuse for skipping the most important meal of the day — especially if you work or study in the city. There are a whole slew of CBD cafes that open every day (save, say, Christmas and the apocalypse) before you’ve even arisen from your slumber, and they’ll be ready to ply you with good food and even better coffee to start your morning.
So for the sake of nutrition, productivity, and your tastebuds, we’ve put together a list of the ten best — and speediest — CBD breakfast spots.
THE JOURNAL CAFE– Brunch among books
For those in intellectually demanding jobs, it can be even more difficult to get motivated in the morning. If you think surrounding yourself with suspended bookshelves and pillars filled with pot plants will stimulate your brain, head down Flinders Lane to Journal. Simplicity is key at this restaurant, centred on classic breakfasts such as crumpets, croissants and a variety of mouth-watering bruschettas.
253 Flinders Lane.
RUSTICA CANTEEN– Pre-work pastries
Mounted on one of Rustica Canteen’s walls is a red neon light reading, ‘we got what you need’. And it’s true if you need a quick, takeaway breakfast. The canteen (conveniently only a five minute walk from Melbourne Central Station) sells the same pastries and breads from mother bakery Rustica Sourdough in Fitzroy. Chocolate peanut butter croissants, pear Danishes, cronuts and choux pastry bombs are some morning favourites, easy enough to indulge in walking to your next destination.
33 Guildford Lane.
OPERATOR25– Wake up call
Need a wake up call? Put yourself through to Operator25. Housed in an old, brick-walled telephone exchange building, Operator 25 serves some of the city’s most inventive breakfasts. Eggs are taken to the next level with the accompaniment of things like curried braised beans, or tapioca and potato fritters. The long communal tables could also mean you take a few colleagues for breakfast. Operator25 is an ideal detour for those hopping off at Flagstaff Station.
25 Wills Street.
CUMULUS INC.– Something fancy
Before running away from Cumulus Inc. assuming breakfast is going to gobble up your wallet, hold up. To most people’s surprise, breakfast options are reasonably priced. Cumulus’ European identity translates into its morning dishes, in the forms of house-made crumpets, bacon baps and blood sausage and bacon on toast with fried eggs. The Cumulus Inc. breakfast will get you a boiled egg, toast with jam, a pot of yogurt, plus an orange juice and a coffee or a tea — all for $16. The predominantly white interiors absorb oodles of morning light, sometimes enough to pull diners out of their Monday morning slumps. And if that doesn’t do it, order some madeleines with lemon curd — they’re baked to order.
45 Flinders Lane.
MIGO’S– Italian eats
Migo’s serves affordable food, without compromising quality. The 4×8 metre Italian gem is carved into Flinders Lane has a menu that’s both humble, yet still broad enough to please all types breakfast goers. One could choose the he semolina porridge while another treats themselves to an Italian omelette. And the best part? Nothing creeps over $20. The space fills up quickly, so if you have no time to wait, pick up a coffee and a Portuguese custard tart via the coffee window.
289 Flinders Lane.
16 Oliver Lane.
SUN MOTH CANTEEN & BAR– Working brunch
28 Niagara Lane.
SCHMUCKS BAGELS– bulging bagels