There are plenty of amazing brunch spots close to the city and within walking distance of the iconic South Melbourne Markets. I like to call myself somewhat of a South Melbourne local. Technically, I live just outside of my favourite pocket of suburbs (South Melbourne, Albert Park, Middle Park), but it is my "local" in terms of a weekend market, a breakfast spot or grocery visit, so I thought I'd share a few of my picks for brunch spots in the area.
Chez Dre, 285-287 Coventry St.
Classy with a capital 'c', Chez Dre's professional vibe, menu + quality will edge its way very quickly to the top of your favourites list. The cafe bakes its own bread, as well as it has a French patisserie next door (Bibelot). My favourite go-to dish is the brioche French toast which changes ever so slightly each season and the coffee is always on-point + you simply can't leave without a sneaky tart (or two). The header picture is the chorizo & smashed peas with poached eggs, mint, lemon & parsley, chèvre & toasted sourdough.
The Kettle Black, Albert Road, South Melbourne
I assure you, the rumours + hype are all true + The Kettle Black is definitely worth a visit, even if just for the architectural amazement of the building itself. Well that... and just the most photographed hotcake ever! The coconut yoghurt is also a delicious healthier alternative (and just as pretty).
Freestyle Espresso, Union St, South Melbourne
I only recently discovered this cosy cafe, but it will be on my revisit list for sure. Perfect for one of those mornings when you want to be just that extra bit further away from the bustling market. The food is vibrant, fresh, generous + flavourful. A full blog post is on its way soon for this one.
Mart130, 107A Canterbury Rd, Middle Park
So this is technically Middle Park, but it's only a short walk through picturesque Albert Park just south of South Melbourne + it is a memorable brunch that always sticks in my mind. Mart130 (tram spelt backwards) is literally on the tram platform of the 96 - so super convenient for that morning coffee or breakfast. The bircher muesli (with crunchy granola on top) is still one of the best I've had in Melbourne.
Magic, 286 Ferrars St, South Melbourne
Casual, friendly + a touch of magic. Good, clean + simple food, served by some super generous + gregarious staff. You can get your hands on Mork Chocolate + Cobb Lane Bakery too.
Deadman Espresso, 35 Market St., South Melbourne
On the other side of Clarendon St., a bit further away from the market, is Deadman Espresso. A great space, serving good quality food + coffee. The wild porridge with almond milk, quince compote, poached rhubarb + buckini was delicious. The coffee cups are gorgeous too. I recently visited this cafe with a girlfriend of mine - review here.
Truman, 381 Montague St, Albert Park
Another Albert Park icon, the haloumi breaky with poached eggs, smashed pumpkin, leak + kale pesto is a crowd favourite. My dish of choice is usually the truman brekkie: hash, smashed avo, scrambled eggs + relish - the crunch of that hash is drool-worthy. The cafe has a great vibe - with ferns hanging from the roof, and some quirky (but cool) obsession with pineapples + figurines. The outside courtyard is super-popular with dog owners too.
Some other notable mentions:
- Padre Coffee - one of my favourite coffees and a perfect accompaniment to walking around the market.
- Clement Coffee - another excellent market coffee shop, and this one comes complete with irresistible sugary donuts compliments of Cobb Lane Bakery.
- Gas Supplies + Eatery - Middle Eastern eggs with haloumi... say no more.
- Giddi'up - this one is still on my wish list, I'll let you know how it goes.
- St Ali - I've found the service hit or miss at the iconic South Melbourne St Ali. However the coffee, is unquestionably, excellent... every time.
Would love to hear any other recommendations you've got for the area!