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Looking to break up your brunch routine? North Melbourne punches well above its weight in great brunch places. We’ve found some of the best spots there for the weekend’s most important meal.Auction Rooms
We are totally sold on the brunch options at Auction Rooms, especially the brioche French toast. It’s loaded with frosted pecans, raw cacao, caramelised bananas, whipped bourbon cream and maple syrup, so what’s not to like? If you’re feeling those carnivore cravings, add some maple-glazed bacon. Other irresistibles at this cafe with smartly distressed vintage architecture include baked eggs in smoky tomato sauce, Bloody Marys and coffee Negronis.
Brioche French toast at Auction Rooms

Elceed Cafe
Fancy a bacon and egg roll with tomato, salad and beetroot relish? A pulled-pork benny with housemade apple-cider hollandaise, chipotle glaze and apple-cabbage slaw? Or a pea and parmesan smash with poached eggs, ricotta and mint on sourdough? All this and more, including Supreme coffee and plenty of vintage charm, await at Elceed Cafe.
Twenty and Six Espresso
Good things sometimes come in small packages, like this compact cafe turning out great coffee and food from breakfast until 3pm. Ease into the day with Twenty and Six Espresso’s open sandwich of nicely grilled haloumi. It’s colourfully topped with green leaves and avocado, purple beetroot relish and, for an extra $3, a fried egg’s burst of sunshine. Other brunchy menu highlights include crispy pork sandwiches, sauteed mushrooms with caramelised onions, poached eggs and bernaise, and espresso shakes.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House
Add a sweet finishing touch to your brunch at Mörk Chocolate Brew House. This place is artisinal cocoa heaven, and with a touch of fun too if you opt for the campfire hot chocolate. It’s the usual luscious, steaming Mörk brew, plus a posh toasted marshmallow on a skewer. Bliss! For sure you’re going to want to buy one of this Melbourne favourite’s take-home cocoa blends for high-end hot chocolate at home.
Campfire hot chocolate at Mörk Chocolate Brewhouse

After-brunch strolling
Stick around, because North Melbourne’s got plenty of pleasant options for whiling away another hour or three. Check out the curated fashion and homewares at Martin Fella Vintage. Enjoy some quiet, cosy reading time at North Melbourne Library. Explore the clever, unexpected treasures at Stranger Than Paradise Gifts and Quirk and Co. Explore the amazing Queen Victoria Market’s endless stalls, from food and flowers to clothes and candles. Then give in to Beatrix Cafe’s cake temptations, whether it’s for later or a post-brunch top-up.
Oddities from Stranger Than Paradise