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A bowl of assorted cut fruits at The Kettle Black
Photograph: Ryan Noreiks

The best porridge dishes in Melbourne

Haute comfort food worth waking up to

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Time Out editors
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Don’t fall into the trap of underestimating the humble bowl of oats. Melbourne cafés are dressing their designer porridges with the likes of burnt maple, cacao nibs and freeze-dried fruits; with bases ranging from steel-cut oats to quinoa and polenta. 

While you're on the comfort food train, sweeten things up with Melbourne's best hot chocolate, or hit up one of the city's best pasta for dinner. And, if all else fails, there's always doughnuts.

In no particular order, here are Melbourne's best porridges, as judged by Time Out.

The best porridges in Melbourne

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Fitzroy

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 are less processed than the standard oat, so is nutty and pleasantly chewy, then embellished with dragon fruit and tea-soaked oats with mango foam, compressed watermelon and chia crumble.

Please note: Industry Beans is currently running at a restricted capacity under government restrictions and isn't serving porridge. Please check with the venue directly for the most up to date information on its menu offerings.

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  • Restaurants
  • South Melbourne

The south-side sister to Top Paddock and Higher Ground boasts glossy-mag interiors, Small Batch coffee and ambitious café fare. The citrus polenta porridge with caramelised orange and cocoa nut clusters is gaining Insta-fame for its jaffa-like flavours. Don’t spend too long agonising over filters: demolish it while it's still warm.

Please note: Kettle Black is currently only doing takeaway and isn't serving porridge. Please check with the venue directly for the most up to date information on its menu offerings.

The coconut chia pudding at Stagger Lee's
  • Restaurants
  • Collingwood

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.

Please note: Stagger Lee's is currently only doing takeaway and isn't serving porridge. Please check with the venue directly for the most up to date information on its menu offerings.

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The vanilla and chia porridge at Top Paddock
  • Restaurants
  • Cremorne

You know all about its famous hotcakes, but there's no harm in keeping things simple with its chia and brown rice flake porridge. In true Top Paddock style, they'll adorn bowls with slow-roasted quince, a winter fruit compote, honey roasted pecans and cinnamon- jammy, sticky and perfumed in all the right places.

Please note: Top Paddock is currently only doing takeaway and isn't serving porridge. Please check with the venue directly for the most up to date information on its menu offerings.

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