Best places to brunch in St. Kilda
For both Melbourne locals and eager tourists looking for things to do in St. Kilda, a sit-down brunch of vibrant food and tasteful ambiance is hard to beat. While St. Kilda is teeming with restaurants and cafes of Instagram worthy cuisine, it can be hard to pick one that will suit the vibe of your group and offer the magic combo of good service and quality food. To make things a little easier, we’ve put together a starter list of the best brunch spots in St. Kilda for you to try. Spend the next few weekends giving them a go, we know you won’t be disappointed.
2 Acland Street
Open everyday of the year 7am-3pm
One of bustling Acland street’s shining stars is the non-traditional bakery and cafe, Il Forniao. While you’ll be able to find options for the meat, dairy and gluten eaters in your group, the cafe has a focus on thoughtfully sourced ingredients with an emphasis on plant-based recipes, without being exclusively vegan. That said, the famous sourdough and pastries are now crafted completely without animal products, in a traditional French style. Cruising along the menu, you’ll see the coffee list first, which is all made with St. Ali beans, and varies from unlimited refills on batch brews, to almond lattes and bulletproof coffees made with ghee. Vegan hot chocolate, house made chai, and both turmeric and matcha lattes are available for the non-coffee drinkers, and everything is made with care. For a summer’s day, choose between cold pressed juice, berry smoothies, or a sparkling ginger-honey soda. If you’re feeling the harder stuff, there’s a lovely selection of beer, wine and cocktails, including a gin and tonic made with muddled strawberries and star anise, yum.
Let’s get to the food! Other than the bread and pastries mentioned above, you’ll be able to satisfy all your brunch desires with classic menu items like smashed avo, grass-fed beef burgers, fruit toast and bircher muesli. It doesn’t stop there though. Il Forniao has added a few innovative menu items like their “zero waste soup” with rotating ingredients, an avocado and miso version of hollandaise sauce, and the “plenty bowls” that are various combinations of plant-based, gluten free, conscious veggie creations. Considering this delightful approach to ethical eating, next time you’re looking for things to do in St. Kilda, pop in here for brunch with no regrets. For more information, visit their website here.
Republica St. Kilda Beach Restaurant
10/18 Jacka Blvd.
Opens 11:30 on weekdays, 9am on Weekends, closes midnight Fri and Sat and 11pm all other days.
Figuring out what to do in St. Kilda on a sunny day should really involve the luxurious beachfront, so come brunch time, there’s nothing better than a quality restaurant by the sea. Republica is located as close to the water as you can get, with uninterrupted coastal views, and a reputation for consistently good grub. The best bet is to go with a group so you can order heartily and enjoy tasting several menu items. Mouthwatering appetisers include Kilpatrick oysters, salt and pepper calamari, kingfish crudo and several non-seafood options as well. Choose from hearty and creative mains like roasted ocean trout with mussels on pearl couscous topped with cider cream, prawn and clam linguini, or asparagus risotto. The menu is large enough to cater to all dietary needs, including options for the vegan and gluten-free diners, but isn’t so overwhelming that it lacks a theme and direction. Next time you’re planning brunch in St. Kilda, head to the foreshore and grab a seat at Republica. To see the menu and make bookings, visit them here.
141 Chapel Street
Open everyday from 7am-3pm
If you’re less into beach views and more into professionally curated, hip but not too-hip, elegant ambiance and a tasteful menu, head over to Hannah for brunch in St. Kilda. The fit out is simple and clean with blacks, whites, and natural woods, adorned with live plants and carefully chosen music on vinyl to set the mood in true Melbourne fashion. The head chef, Jason Bates from Hell’s Kitchen and Mart 130, set out to create a spot that feels homely to customers, somewhere you can imagine becoming a regular.
There is a simple coffee menu made with Proud Mary beans and the usual non-dairy milk options you’d expect in any Melbourne cafe, or, you can go for chai, hot chocolate, or a selection of T2 teas. For cooler drinks, choose from fresh coconut water straight out of the coconut, a mango or banana lassi, or simple combinations of fresh fruit and vegetable juice. If you prefer to booze up a bit, choose from an espresso martini, a bloody mary, or a simple mimosa in addition to a small selection of beer and wine. For brunch, those with a sweet tooth you might pick coconut pancakes with vanilla mascarpone, or perhaps poached pineapple on brioche french toast. On the savoury side you may enjoy a house-cured smoked salmon soba salad, a kimchi on rye toastie, a wagyu cheeseburger on a poppy seed milk bun, or one of the other exquisite offerings. For more info, get in touch with them here.
There are so many incredible options for things to do and places to eat in St. Kilda, it can be overwhelming narrowing things down. Try somewhere from this list of top St. Kilda brunch spots next time you can’t decide and we know you’ll be happy you did!