The best porridges in Melbourne
There is a hodge-podge of flavours in this bowl and that's a good thing. The smooth quinoa porridge is topped with apple, rhubarb, chocolate granola and a hit of whipped lemon.
You know all about their famous hotcakes, but there's no harm in keeping things simple with their organic oat porridge. In true Top Paddock style, they'll adorn bowls with strawberry and rhubarb compote, violet sugar, edible blossoms, and pistachios. It's floral and warming – think south of France in winter.
You’ll be handed an extensive coffee menu as soon as you’re seated at this Fitzroy roastery-café. The caffeine game is strong here, but so are their porridge. The steel-cut oats they use have are soft and pleasantly chewy, then they are embellished with açai and banana mousse, plum shredded apple, kaffir lime leaf and chia crumble for crunch.
The south-side sister to Top Paddock and Two Birds One Stone boasts glossy-mag interiors, Small Batch coffee and ambitious café fare. The polenta porridge with burnt maple and textures of strawberry and basil is gaining Insta-fame for its delicate beauty. Don’t spend too long agonising over filters: demolish it while it's still warm.
A favourite among the locals, this Fitzroy café is pushing a healthy breakfast that looks like dessert. The chia pudding changes often, but currently it's served with seasonal fruit, mixed berry compote, puffed rice, seed cereal and topped with raspberry coconut yoghurt.