By Belle Hanne
Whether you’re into old-fashioned bacon and eggs, fancy-schmancy protein bowls or just post-hangover sustenance after a night on the tiles, the inner west has the perfect brunch spot for you. Check out these local spots for a tasty late breakfast (or early lunch) all weekend long.
Sadie Black, Albion
Open Wed, Thurs 7am–3pm; Fri, Sat 7am–5pm, Sun 7am–3pm
Breakfast available until 2pm
This Perth Avenue fixture boasts a bright and cheerful space that includes a generous courtyard out back. It offers the full range of brunch standards such as cured salmon, berry waffles, and smashed avocado on toast. Owner Chris Blackwell recommends the “Bring Back Benno,” the café’s salute to the traditional eggs benedict. The café also offers a collection of locally sourced wines, beers and bubbles. Regulars love the friendly and relaxed vibe and Blackwell says that “we pride ourselves on a welcoming, warm environment.”
Grind Coffee Bar, Sunshine
Open Mon-Sat 7am–5pm, Sun 8am–4pm
This groovy spot in central Sunshine combines time-honoured Aussie café food with Vietnamese cuisine. Amongst the usual brekky dishes and focaccias, you can also savour goat curry (de xao lan) and beef stew (bo kho), served in traditional claypots. Try the impressive range of hot beverages (rumoured to be the best coffee in Sunshine), including the hangover-curing Magic Latte. If the iced Vietnamese coffee doesn’t convince you to come back, the amazing welcome from staff will.
Alfa Bakehouse, Seddon
Open Mon-Sat 6am-5pm; Sun 7am-5pm
Alfa Bakehouse, Seddon (and their sister café in Yarraville) serves up one of the best all day breakfasts in town. Located in an industrial-inspired space with exposed brick, this bustling bakehouse offers great brunch fare for the whole family. The current menu includes tasty bites like pumpkin & feta fritters and buttermilk pancakes, and heartier fare, such as the Kung Pao chicken burger and salt and pepper calamari. Be advised that Alfa Bakehouse can get super busy on weekends.
Braybrook STN, Braybrook
Open Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
You may revise your opinion of shopping plaza cafes at Braybrook STN. With a robust range of coffee and brunch offerings, this minimalist styled café is the ideal spot to satisfy the late morning munchies. When it is not busy serving up Instagram worthy smoothie bowls, the café beckons Braybrook locals with red velvet pancakes and magic truffle mushrooms. Make sure you catch a glimpse of the impressive latte art!
Bad Love Café, Footscray
The bright pink interior might tip you off to the fact this is not a restaurant that takes itself too seriously. Inspired by old-fashioned American diners, this café offers bagels with a variety of fillings, and toasted jaffles full of cheesy goodness. The café also serves freshly baked goodies, such as the addictive Cookie Footscray Bomb Pie. At night, the café transforms into a boozy bakery with a selection of sweet pastries and bespoke dessert cocktails. Too hung over to go out? You are in lucky because they offer delivery, too.