Melbourne's best pancakes
The pancakes at this bakery are made with a sourdough starter that is 15-years-old, and has the ballsy attitude to prove it. They serve their thick disks with a honeycomb cream and a landslide of mixed berries. Get involved.
You'll recognise the Kettle Black's loaded ricotta hotcake from Instagram. The photogenic breakfast is technically just one big pancake but it makes up for the lack of height with richness. Inspired by the Top Paddock original, the hot cake is topped with fruit, a splash of maple syrup, double cream and smattering of edible petals.
It’s the tiny newspaper stand turned crêpe parlour where you can get fine French-style crêpes folded up like a giant delicious handkerchief around the likes of salted caramel, sweet chestnut paste, or Nutella and banana. Conveniently located across the street from Melbourne Town Hall and outside the entrance of Max Watt's on Swanston Street, this tiny pancake shop is in prime position for a post-show snack.
Admit it, you've used one of those 2-for-1 coupons for Pancake Parlour's short stacks. And if you haven't done that lately, you need to make a return and try some of the other sweet pancakes – the office favourite is a toss up between the Alice in Wonderland (with vanilla ice cream, tons of hot chocolate fudge and rainbow sprinkleds), and the Jamaican banana with maple syrup. Go get yourself a stack of nostalgia with an extra scoop of butter for good measure.
No funny business here, just a laminated menu and every combination of chocolate, fruit, cream and caramel that you could hope to capture within the folds of a crepe (the slender, flat chested cousin to the pancake). They do savoury gear too, so if sugar's not your thing, give the ham, egg, cheese and butter galette a whirl.