Good Weekend 52 best brunches 2019

The brunch bunch: Here's where to find the 52 best brunches around Australia.
The brunch bunch: Here's where to find the 52 best brunches around Australia. Photo: The Project Twins/illustrationroom.com.au

What do you do on a Saturday morning? I go swimming with a group of friends, after which we head off to brunch. It's nearly always the same cafe, and I nearly always order the same thing (haloumi stack with poached egg and three-quarter skim latte, thanks for asking).

Good Weekend sits alongside brunch as a big part of many people's Saturday mornings. This, combined with our changing dining habits – many prefer going out for a lighter mid-morning meal than a big dinner these days – and brunch's evolution beyond eggs and smashed avo means that an issue celebrating our 52 Best Brunches had a certain inevitability to it. For this, our inaugural listing, Jill Dupleix and Dani Valent have nominated their go-to brunch venues, primarily across Sydney and Melbourne, but also further afield. Guided by their wealth of experience as professional food critics, their lists had the entire office salivating.  -Katrina Strickland Good Weekend Editor

Illustration: The Project Twins/illusrationroom.com.au

Illustration: The Project Twins/illusrationroom.com.au

Brunch can be a million different things. Spicy baked shashuka in a leafy courtyard; vegan dumplings in the park; a sea-urchin muffin in a two-hatted restaurant; or an egg-and-bacon roll with a mouthwatering twist. 

Welcome to our inaugural guide to the best on offer, designed with one thing in mind – to turn your good weekend into a great one.

■ Sydney's top 15 brunches

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52 Best Brunches - Three Williams, Redfern
Dish : Truffle French toast with truffle ice-cream
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Three Williams' truffle French toast with truffle ice-cream in Sydney. Photo: Kimberley Low

■ Melbourne's top 15 brunches

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52 Best Brunches - Hotel Jesus
Dish : Chilaquiles divorciados ($20)
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Nachos for breakfast at Hotel Jesus in Melbourne's Collingwood. Photo: Tara Moore

■ Elsewhere in Australia

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52 Best Brunches - Laneway Specialty Coffee, Darwin
Dish : Smashed avocado on sourdough
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Laneway Specialty Coffee's take on smashed avocado in Darwin. Photo: Supplied

■ Five of the best in regional Victoria

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52 Best Brunches - Bendigo Wholefoods Kitchen, Bendigo
Dish : Kombucha overnight oats ($16.90)
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Kombucha overnight oats with coconut yoghurt at Bendigo Wholefoods Kitchen. Photo: Supplied

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■ Five of the best in regional NSW

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52 Best Brunches - Bar Botanica, Erina
Dish : Ploughman’s lunch
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Bar Botanica's ploughman's lunch (and goat's milk gelato from Mr Goaty) in Erina, NSW. Photo: Supplied

To read more from Good Weekend magazine's food issue, visit our page at The Sydney Morning Herald or The Age.