Hungry for brunch? Here are the top 5 places to go

From bottomless mimosas to Parisian breakfasts, we’ve sourced some of the best brunches in Australia and New Zealand.

View from above of a family eating brunch around a table
  • Maggie Scardifield
  • May 2018

1. Marion

53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne

Folks line up at dawn to get their hands on Lune croissants. But it’s at Marion opens in new window, a wine bar from Andrew McConnell, that you can skip the early start and still reap the rewards. Start with Lune’s ‘classic beurre’ croissant with smoked ham and Comté, before moving on to an omelette with sorrel and wild thyme. Charmed by the understated food, rockstar space and service, you’ll be back for dinner.

2. Amano

66-68 Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland

Every inch of this 120-seat emporium opens in new window is Instagram-ready – from the hanging dried flowers to glimmering benches made of crushed oyster shells. The Italian-inspired menu packs as much thought as flavour. Sustainable seafood and organic produce are put to good use in scampi with sweet corn, polenta and chilli, while apple, onion and poached eggs enliven chicken livers. There’s even brunch spaghetti.

A couple of Eggs Benedict served with asparagus on a wooden server tray
Eggs Benedict

3. Dead Ringer

413 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, Sydney

On weekends this restaurant and bar opens in new window transforms into one of Sydney’s most lively brunch spots. You won’t find eggs Benedict here, but you will find AUD 25 bottomless mimosas and a hot contender for the best Bloody Mary in town. Dishes such as charred peaches with radicchio and pine nuts, and creamed almonds on toast with dried grapes balances the knockout drinks offering.

4. The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery

11a The Avenue, New Norfolk, Tasmania

When kick-off is 11am and there’s house-made bread and butter, kombucha and batch brew on the menu, it’d be remiss not to include this New Norfolk gem opens in new window (despite not technically having a brunch menu). Be wooed by the hot-smoker and preserving kitchen, plus a generous AUD 60 set menu. Just 35 minutes from Hobart, fried sourdough potato cakes and buttered rice with smoked pork and zucchini await.

5. Hey Jupiter

11 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide

After a major overhaul late last year, this all-day East End diner opens in new window has never been more Parisian. Outward-facing rattan-style tables and chairs are perfect for people watching. Perhaps over a croque monsieur (a jazzed up ham and cheese sandwich) spiked with tomato chutney and topped with a fried egg, or a breakfast martini, where gin and Cointreau make friends with orange marmalade. Breakfast with Louis Roederer Champagne? Just say oui.