The best porridge dishes in Melbourne

Haute comfort food worth waking up to
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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

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Top Paddock oat porridge
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The oat porridge at Top Paddock

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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.

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Industry Beans steel cut oats
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The steel cut açai oats at Industry Beans

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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. 

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A close up shot of a strawberry polenta porridge dish at The Kettle Black
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The polenta porridge at the Kettle Black

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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.

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Stagger Lee's porridge
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The coconut chia pudding at Stagger Lee's

icon-location-pin 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.

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