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.
Our benchmark breakfast venue is the tiny Pigeon Hole in Hobart, Tasmania. Here the welcome is warm, the coffee excellent and the breakfast dishes superb. Our favourite is the breakfast panino filled with long-cooked onions and gruyere cheese. But we are equally happy when there is lightly cooked fresh organic rhubarb teamed with yoghurt or, in winter, porridge made from freshly-milled organic oats.
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
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
Greenhouse Perth is committed to ethically sourced food. They also demonstrate that such food does not have to compromise on flavour. A dish of organic brown rice with shredded pork, kim chi and a deep fried egg is both deeply flavoursome and a very satisfying way of starting the day. The coffee is also very good as are the freshly squeezed juices.100 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Silo Bakery in a suburban shopping centre in Canberra is a perennial 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 very high standards over the years.
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.
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