It would be an understatement to say that Australians love their coffee. With that in mind, dont expect to see Starbucks on every corner either. They take their coffee seriously, which has morphed into an obsession with quality coffee. It may come as no surprise to anyone had has read my rants about Starbucks and their none-paying tax butts, in addition to not paying taxes, I wouldn't put quality and coffee together when it comes to Starbucks, which also so they open 84 stores only to close 61 of them in the 8 years since opening. They could not rise to the challenge when compared to the cafes that pour out high-quality shots that Australians are accustomed to. The coffee culture in Australia is a lot more mature than I and a lot of people expect when visiting this far away land.
I love that Sydney and Melbourne boasts a lot of independently owned cafes that not only produce great cups of joe but the food matches deliciously. Why is that you might wonder? Apparently, the answer lies in the immigration of the Greeks and Italians that made the way to Australia in the early 20th century and with them came the food and coffee!!
I wasn't going to visit Melbourne without checking out a few brunch spots. When my friend was working, I was roaming the alleyways checking out the coffee scene. It wasn't until she a weekend when she took me to Dench which is hidden close to the residential area of Fitzroy. If you love a good brunch, food or a cool bar Brunswick is one place you need to check out in Melbourne. If you have been to London's Shoreditch then I would liken it to that. It's cool, vibrant and draws in the artsy type and fashionably cool types. The is a lot of street art around the area but also has an up and coming type of vibe to it. The street is lined with cafes, that cater to the meat lovers as well as the veggie nibblers. I have never seen more vegan and vegetarian cafes in more area.
Brunswick might seem like a little out of the way from CBD but definitely worth it if you are a real foodie. Below are some of the tasty delights we wolfed down at Dench. Below are 5 other spots to check out for a cool brunch in Melbourne, in addition to a link to BroadStreets other recommendations below.
But first coffee....
The Dench Bakers...where it all went down...
Grilled haloumi, olive sourdough, poached eggs, glazed figs and pomegranate...
Avocado, lemon, soft herbs and sourdough toast with egg... #yum!
Other Brunch Spots In Melbourne You Need To Check Out
1. Prospect Espresso
2A Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell
2. Archie's All Day
189 Gertrude Street
3. St Ali
12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne
16-18 Leeds St
5. Addict Food & Coffee
240 Johnston St, Fitzroy
For another run down on the more of Melbourne's best brunch spots, check out Broad Street's guide to breakfast in Melbourne.