Melbourne is a city famed for its ritual of brunch, arguably the most leisurely meal of the day. While cafes in the precincts cater to diners’ late-morning cravings, the city centre is also growing its brunch offering with a number of new venues opening over the winter months.
Formerly a 100 year-old sawmill, Krimper cafe is easy to miss, housed in a converted warehouse on Guildford Lane. Surrounded by contemporary art galleries, the large industrial space is kitted out with recycled materials (the tables are made from a dismantled staircase and the original lift car now offers a cosy dining option) and bike racks along the brick walls. The coffee is by popular Collingwood roaster Proud Mary and the brunch menu (until 11.30am) covers the classics, from orange blossom spelt waffles to baked eggs.
Bowery to Williamsburg, by the folk behind city brunch hotspot Hardware Societe, is located on Oliver Lane, just off Flinders Lane. The cafe features a modern fit out with New York subway influences. The Big Apple theme is carried through to the menu with a selection of sandwiches including the classic Rueben, served with sides of mac ‘n’ cheese, salads and pretzels. Pastries, bagels and healthy salads are also on offer.
At the other end of Flinders Lane, The Grain Store is serving rustic, seasonal European-style food with a focus on health and nutrition. With a nod to the days when many buildings in that part of town were used as a holding space for grain shipments, the bright interior adopts a clean design with a touch of barn-yard nostalgia.
The city’s latest additions join other popular breakfast and brunch spots including Cumulus Inc., The European and Hardware Societe. The team behind CBD coffee hotspot Brother Baba Budan is also expected to open a new café in Crossley Lane later this year.