The Foodtourist Guide to Breakfast in Australia

We are always searching for the perfect breakfast. When travelling it is wonderful to start the day with a perfect coffee, some fresh fruit juice and an interesting breakfast dish. Unfortunately these are few and far between!

So we decided to assemble a list of some of our favourite breakfast places - the ones we regularly return to on our travels within Australia.

Reuben Hills

In Sydney we always stay in Surry Hills due to the vibrant food scene there. The day always starts with a trip to Reuben Hills to enjoy breakfast in the cavernous space below their coffee roastery. The coffee is excellent and the staff are always eager to suggest a blend to suit the style of coffee you prefer. And the food is very good, with the 'not Reuben sandwich' a perfect dish to help recover from the previous night's excesses.

61 Albion St, Surry Hills, NSW

Cumulus Inc

Mornings in Melbourne invariably see us heading to Cumulus Inc for a strong coffee and their signature breakfast dish of Shakshouka which is baked eggs with roasted peppers and shanklish or the light and delicious watermelon and strawberry salad. The service here is always very professional and efficient.

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Mocan and Green Grout

Mocan and Green Grout is a cool little café in the rather pleasant new development in New Acton in Canberra. The café features ethically sourced produce such as fair trade coffee, free range eggs from Temora, fresh water trout from Tumut and sustainable seafood from the NSW south coast. It is a very pleasant environment and the food is cooked with skill and care. The service is also very professional and friendly.

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1/19 Marcus Clarke St

Silo Bakery

Silo Bakery in a suburban shopping centre in Canberra is also an ACT favourite. We have enjoyed breakfast here on dozens of occasions over a long period of time and have always been impressed with how the same owners have maintained their high standards over the years.

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36 Giles Street Kingston ACT

Tricycle Cafe

Tricycle Cafe and Bar is a delightful venue housed in one of the striking sandstone warehouses that line Salamanca Place in Hobart. The food is excellent and the coffee some of the best in town. Try the breakfast trifle or the fluffy scrambled eggs.

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77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

Small Print

Brookfield Place has turned dining and drinking in Perth on its head. The Print Hall now dominates this space, but tucked away downstairs is a quiet little haven where some absolutely excellent coffee and nice pastries are being served throughout the day. This is a very good place for that early morning heart starter. The coffee is roasted on site.

Brookfield Place, 125 St George's Tce., Perth, WA


Betsey is the new cafe associated with the Franklin complex in the old Mercury building in Argyle St, Hobart. This minimalist space has just one long table, beautiful light through the north facing windows, low stools for seating, a brief food menu containing delicious yet simple offerings and very, very good coffee sourced from one of our favourites, Single Origin in Sydney.

28 Argyle St, Hobart


NORA serves interesting Thai-influenced breakfast and lunch dishes in a bright, cheerful and colourful space in Carlton. The food is also bright, cheerful and colourful and the ingredients are carefully sourced and very fresh.

156 Elgin St, Carlton, Vic

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Our book recommendation

The book below by Sylvie Augereau is in French, however it provides a very good guide to the great natural winemakers of France including photos of many producers and maps to show where their vineyards are.