5. Have coffee and breakfast like a local
Melbourne has long been regarded as the coffee capital of Australia and is one of the world‘s leading cities for finding good coffee. Since the first espresso machines landed on Victorian soil in the 50’s, the city’s reverence for the coffee bean has continued to prosper.
The emergence of specialist roasters has contributed to an obsession with new ways of brewing and the origin of coffee beans. Whether it’s a hole in the wall coffee joint in the laneways, or a quick coffee on the go, Melbourne has a cup to suit every taste. Some favourites including Traveller, Cup of Truth, Seven Seeds, Five Senses, The Sensory Lab, and Dead Man Espresso.
Tours and interactive experiences offer visitors the opportunity to understand the history and culture that has fuelled this city-wide obsession - try coffee cupping sessions with Seven Seeds, or a full-day coffee roasting session at Market Lane Coffee.
Going hand in hand with Melbourne’s coffee obsession, eating out for breakfast or brunch is a huge part of Melbourne life, on par with dinner as a social occasion and opportunity to sample artisan produce quality ingredients from around Victoria. Fancy pressed lamb belly, babaganoush, fresh fig, caper currant dressing for brekkie? Or perhaps Potato cheddar waffle, smoked brisket, zuni pickles & sour cream? Melbourne’s multi-cultural heritage, innovation and produce are presented on every plate, from breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Locals frequent breakfast haunts including St Ali, Pope Joan, Proud Mary, Top Paddock, Silo by Joost and Cumulus Inc.