Melbourne’s Best Big Brekkies

Melburnians love a big breakfast and what's not to love? Why not impress some family or friends with one of our faves mentioned below.

Whether you are taking the kids out for Saturday morning breakfast, sneaking out for a solo mid-week feed or curing a Sunday headache, a big breakie is always there to help. This week we have travelled far and wide to bring you some of the best in Melbourne. From $12 weekend specials to literal towers of food, it would be a great loss not to indulge in one of these magnificent brekkies sometime soon. 

1. Big Breakfast from The Elwood Lounge

The Elwood Lounge [49/51 Glen Huntly Road, Elwood] is known to have one of the biggest breakfast bargains going around. Open late every night serving your favourite drinks, you might well find yourself back at this little gem early the next morning for an indulgent hangover cure. For just $12 you will receive eggs, tomato, chipolatas, bacon, mushrooms, spinach, baked beans and hash browns. Fear not vegetarians as there’s a big brekkie option for you too, simply remove the bacon and chipolatas and add avocado for the same sweet price of $12. You can also add any extras for only $2 a pop and if the classic Aussie big breakfast isn’t to your liking, why not try the massive brekkie burrito? This breakfast favourite comes in a baked flour tortilla with scrambled eggs, bacon, chorizo, frijoles, mushrooms and hash browns… did someone say food coma? 

The Elwood Lounge, Elwood

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Big Fat Liar from Liar Liar

Enjoy breakfast all day everyday Liar Liar [90 Kinkora Road, Hawthorn]. They offer an economical big brekkie aptly named the Big Fat Liar. Here’s what you can expect: eggs any way you like them, bacon, pork chipolatas, roasted mushrooms, spinach, thyme roasted tomatoes and house made tomato relish. Vegetarians are again looked after with the Big Fat Vegie, this time throw in avocado and baked beans instead of bacon and chipolatas. Don’t forget to order a coffee, believe us it’s well worth it. 

Breakfast Board for 2 from Wind Chimes Café

You might need some help finishing this one, so we recommend you take a friend along, because this one really is a mouthful. Take a seat inside at Wind Chimes [250 Blackburn Road, Doncaster East] and enjoy the cosy surroundings as you to demolish the chef’s selection of Dukkha poached eggs, Ottway free range bacon, roasted cherry tomatoes and mushrooms, buttered spinach, smashed avocado, chorizo, marinated Persian fetta and mini Danishes. If you are attempting this one on your own… please let us know how you go. 

Wind Chimes Cafe, Doncaster East

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The Main Chapter from Third Chapter

Third Chapter [26 Commercial Place, Eltham] has everything you could really want when it comes to a café, a large dining area, a great drinks menu and large breakfast, lunch, dinner and kids’ menus. You really could spend all day here if you wanted to. The breakfast menu is served till 3pm and the star of the show is definitely The Main Chapter, a gluten free big breakfast. Take a seat, order a coffee and dig into two free-range eggs on toast, double smoked bacon, thyme roasted mushrooms, house-made hash brown, slow roasted tomato, house-made pork, chilli and fennel sausage and tomato relish. They don’t call it The Main Chapter for nothing! 

Third Chapter, Eltham

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The Playground from Three Monkeys Place

Another one for the gluten free brekkie brigade, enjoy poached eggs, bacon, chorizo, avocado, spinach, cherry tomato, spinach and thyme mushrooms (on gluten free sourdough for the non-gluten peeps). Three Monkeys [2 Jackson Court, Doncaster East] has an awesome larger menu too if you wanted to check something a little smaller out (but why would you be on this list!)

Three Monkeys Place, Doncaster East

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The Tower from Northern Perk Café in Brunswick

You really will need a friend for or two for this one, depending on how hungry you are. The famous tower of the Northern Perk [710 Sydney Road, Brunswick] comes with eggs your way on sourdough, bacon rashers, hash browns, avocado, sujuk (spicy sausage), feta, grilled tomato, grilled haloumi, hummus and pancakes with mixed berries and iced cream. The serve for two comes in at $48 while the monstrous three server will set you back $72. 

Emperor Penguin from the Fat Penguin

The Emperor Penguin from Fat Penguin [713 High St, Kew East] may not be one of the biggest brekkies on this list but it is one of the tastiest. The small café located in Kew East is loved by local residents and traders alike. Their signature big brekkies is made up of eggs, bacon, chorizo, mushroom, thyme roasted tomato and spinach on sourdough.  We suggest you get down a little earlier and have a chat to the friendly team of mostly family who own the café. Expect some homely vibes and great coffee with that breakfast. 

Fat Penguin, Kew East

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Pantry Breakfast from The Pantry

The Pantry [1 Church St, Brighton] has long been a Bayside institution. Head down early to get one of the coveted outdoor seats in the warm sun or head on inside and sit in the modern style café to enjoy the famous Pantry Breakfast. Here you’ll find two free-range eggs cooked to your liking, bacon, roasted tomato, and mushrooms, and hash browns on sourdough toast. The Pantry has a massive menu filled with quality dishes. If you have a chance, check out one of their Royale Burgers… who said you can’t have a burger for breakfast? 

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The Pantry, Brighton