Melbourne Spring brunch essentials

Spring in Melbourne is a sniffly beautiful thing! The sun stays out for longer and the air is warmer. But most importantly, all the cafes release their Spring/Summer menus and the outdoor seating suddenly seems way more appealing.

So I’ve compiled a Melbourne Spring brunch essentials list so that you can always leave the house on a Saturday at 10am prepared.

1. Sunnies

The essential outdoor eating accessory. Also a perfect addition to any stylish brunch photo 😉

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2. An active form of transport. 

Good weather brings out the inner triathlete in all of us. So instead of sitting down in your car only to then sit down all morning at brunch, why not walk, jog or ride a bike there.

Melbourne has “great biking infrastructure” says my main man. So I’m sure Spring is the perfect time to pump up your tyres and cycle to the nearest cafe. Head over to the Gram magazine website for a guide to Melbourne’s bike friendly cafes. A great one is Green Park Dining (formally St Ali North) which is right on the Capital City Trail…

Outdoor seating along the Capital City Trail at Green Park Dining in Carlton North

Riding along the Merri Creek trail to The Farm Cafe at Collingwood Children's Farm.

Riding along the Merri Creek trail to The Farm Cafe at Collingwood Children’s Farm.

Unfortunately I’ve recently injured my knee and I’m taking it a little easy on the exercise for now. So because of this I am trying to stick to cafes closer to home and go for short leisurely strolls to get to brunch…

Loving the flowers on this tree! Seeing them quite a bit around my new neighbourhood.

3. A light jacket

It wouldn’t be Melbourne if the weather didn’t change between sips of coffee. While that sun may be shining when you leave the house, chances are you’ll be seated in the shade or the sun will creep away behind a cloud at some point while you’re out.

Outdoor courtyards can tend to get quite chilly when the sun isnt directly on top!

Outdoor courtyard: good when the sun is directly over the top. Cold at all other times. 

4. An open mind towards the new menu

Spring usually means a change in menu options due to seasonality of produce. While I tend to find it hard dealing with change (especially when you have your favourite brunch dish that suddenly gets removed from a menu!), it is important to try new flavour combinations.

Just like BARRY in Northcote changed their mega hotcake from a strawberry one to a citrus inspired dish earlier this year in preparation for Winter, we will now see the change back to Summer-friendly fruits.

So excite your taste buds with summer flavours such as breakfast salads, bircher mueslis and dishes with cherries and watermelon as the feature!

Some cafes, however don’t change their menu until the end of Spring / start of Summer, so now is your last chance to get your winter breakfast favourites….

Cinnamon porridge with a golden syrup poached pear, honey yoghurt, rhubarb jam, seeds + nuts

Cinnamon porridge with a golden syrup poached pear, honey yoghurt, rhubarb jam, seeds + nuts from Mixed Business Cafe in Clifton Hill.

Spring time in Melbourne is a beautiful thing. Especially for us breakfast enthusiasts. Make the most of the weather. Socialise with friends on a lazy weekend morning over a filling breakfast dish. Walk or bike ride to the cafe.  Pack your sunnies. Look forward to seasonal menu changes. And lastly, ingest copious amounts of caffeine all the while soaking up some vitamin D.

Spring brunch essentials: chai, sunnies and a flower snatched on the walk over to the local cafe.

My brunch essentials on the first weekend of Spring: chai, sunnies and a flower snatched on the walk over to the local cafe.

– Jenna

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