Melbourne's Rustica cafe on 501 Chapel Street is a well-known hotspot for brunch | Source: Supplied

Bottomless Brunch Boom: Melbourne Crowned Brunch Capital of Australia

A new study by Money in the UK has revealed Melbourne is the brunch capital of Australia and ranks 11th in the world.

The results gather data from search volume figures and trends, a number of places serving brunch in the city and Trip Advisor reviews and ratings.

The results show over 24 per cent of the restaurants that sever brunch in Melbourne received an average rating of 4.15 out of a total 5 point score. From these reviews, over 47 per cent of the restaurants received an ‘excellent’ review.

Taking the crown in Australia, the Victorian capital beat out fellow cities including Sydney and Adelaide – with the New South Wales capital ranking 20th in the world for its brunch service. Melbourne has more than 650 restaurants serving brunch according to Trip Advisor, with Sydney boasting more than 900.

While the satiable combination of breakfast and lunch is as popular as ever, the report also found bottomless brunches are by far the most popular iteration of the meal at the moment.

Over the past five years, almost two million articles have been written about the bottomless brunch, and in June 2021, the term hit its peak number of searches – and it’s still growing. 

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So where are the best places to get brunch in Australia’s most notable cafe-loving city? Here’s a look at some of the best brunch spots in Melbourne.

Rustica

501 Chapel St, South Yarra

Renowned for its baked goods, Rusticas team of pastry chefs and bakers create wonderful breakfast food using local ingredients. The fresh croissants and coffee are great for an on-the-go breakfast or dine-in and enjoy a fancier menu that has eggs, lobster, prosciutto and much more.

The Kettle Black

50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne

The beautifully sophisticated spot sits between a cafe and restaurant atmosphere serving traditional breakfast favourites mixed with contemporary twists. The relaxed, modern decor is the perfect environment to enjoy a brilliant coffee before exploring the brunch menu.

Terror Twilight

11-13 Johnston St, Collingwood

The popular location provides a hearty brekkie and brunch menu filled with healthy bowls, broths and gluten free and vegan options. To top off the inclusive menu, the modern restaurant has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere, warming decor and an excellent coffee selection.

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Operator25

25 Wills St, Melbourne 

Hiding inside a heritage listed telephone exchange building, this rustic cafe serves up Australian brunch favourites with an Asian influence. The menu is a mixing of international influences with modern cooking techniques and the specialty coffee menu includes experimental drink options.

Exchange Beach Club

Beach St, Port Melbourne

When the morning calls for bottomless mimosas instead of coffee, head to Exchange Beach Club on the shores of Port Melbourne every Sunday, from 10am-12pm. For $60 the summer-vibes venue allows you to sip through spritz, prosecco, tap beers & more paired with a brunch item of your choice.

House Of Lulu White

4 Yarra St, South Yarra

Hosting a bottomless brunch seven days a week, for $85 Lulu serves you bottomless cocktails for two hours and eight canapés. Enjoy mimosas, rosé sangrias, espresso martinis and pina colada spritzs in the lovely modern venue.

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