February 11, 2015

When you think of Melbourne, you think of Chapel Street. The area is synonymous with great shops, cafes and bars. As such, I’ve called on the people who know it best to talk you through their top brekkie spots. This post is by the lovely Nichola Spain from Chapel Street Precinct x

The Chapel Street Precinct Association Inc. began in 1993 and is made up of a bunch of passionate, innovative and local business people all with a collective goal – to make the Chapel Street Precinct a ‘total experience destination.’ We roll all the way from Alexandra Avenue to Dandenong Road and all most everything in between.

We work closely with local businesses to promote and market the Precinct. We’re lucky to have so much on offer that it’s always an easy task.

One of the biggest assets we have in the Precinct is an impressive selection of breakfast destinations. Enjoying a good coffee and good food is a right of passage for anyone in Melbourne. We boast some of the best breakfast spots in the whole of the city and here are some of our top recommendations.

Tall Timber

You’re in safe hands at Tall Timber. The owners of this breakfast gem are also the brains behind Melbourne favourites, Touchwood and Station Street Trading Co. The formula at Tall Timber is pretty simple – good food, good coffee and good people. Head Chef Ryan Lording creates morish breakfast dishes with a rotating specials menu to keep customers on their toes. The only qualm you’ll have when eating breaky at Tall Timber is that the menu is so good it’s hard to choose. But to help you out a little, our favourite dishes include the sautéed portobello mushrooms with a honey and balsamic dressing, a perfect balance between sweet and savory. And of course the epic Timber Benedict served with slow cooked pulled pork shoulder.

60 Commercial Road, Prahran

03 9676 9333



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Tall Timber (photo credit: @tall_timber)

Two Birds One Stone

When Two Birds One Stone opened its doors way back in 2012 is really set a new standard for breakfast and brunch dining, not just in the Precinct but right across Melbourne. The owners had already had success with other café ventures but the design, aesthetic and of course the food at Two Birds really took it up a notch. Famous for their smashed avocado and feta with capers, tomato, radish, shallots and dill (that now graces almost every breakfast venue in Melbourne in some form or another), everything on the menu including their sweets and treats are made in-house. The baristas are a stand out and mainly use Five Senses Coffee beans.

12 Claremont Street, South Yarra

03 9827 1228



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Two Birds One Stone (photo credit: @saltblog)


Don’t let the name change confuse you, Journeyman is still very much aligned with Dukes Coffee Roasters. Despite a recent change in ownership it’s still the same management, chef and mouth watering menu. The team were keen to separate the beans from the food and rightly so – both are so good they deserve their own identity. Always packed with a faithful following, the avocado hummus toast with poached eggs and honey candied bacon will possibly be the best pig you’ve ever eaten. You can sit in the window and watch the world go by or dine at the communal table with friends. Journeyman’s has a lofty, New York feel going on and is a top all-day-breakfast spot in the Precinct.

169 Chapel Street, Windsor

03 9521 4884



Journeyman (photo credit:


Hobba sits inside a massive warehouse that used to house an old tyre factory. The industrial space has plenty of exposed brick and various seating arrangements to suite solo diners or large groups. Hobba has an extensive all day brunch menu and the food is as tasty as it is beautiful. The café was recently sold from one set of capable hands, Josh Powell (formerly a chef at Vue de Monde and Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in the UK) to another, Con Kacheklakis. There have been a few changes like a new function room and menu adaptations. The Red Riding Platter, a fruit salad is like a work of art and you also can’t go past their burger. It’s an appropriate meal at any time of the day, especially a Sunday when you’re nursing a hangover. Hobba also serves a custom blend of Five Senses Coffee and has a state of the art coffee machine that makes it all the more impressive.

428 Malvern Road, Prahran

03 9510 8336




Hobba (photo credit:

Lucky Penny

A relatively new kid on the block, Lucky Penny is in the perfect position for a breakfast pit stop and even better, it serves breakfast all day long. We love the Superfood Breakfast Bowl, a blueberry smoothie with banana and you guessed it “superfoods” and we can’t forget their waffles, they’re pretty tasty too.  There are also plenty of great options for those with a savory palate. The staff are decked out in designer uniforms by Bul and their baristas use Five Senses Coffee to perfection. The café has a distinct Scandinavian vibe, offering a nice relief from the hustle and bustle of the strip and a good place to rest your feet.

481 Chapel Street, South Yarra

03 9827 5789


Lucky Penny.

Lucky Penny (photo credit: Lucky Penny, photographed by Martina Gemmola. )

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