Australia's most Instagrammable brunches

Insta-slam: Tim Tam pancake stack at Long Story Short.
Insta-slam: Tim Tam pancake stack at Long Story Short. Photo: Wayne Taylor

There's no shortage of colour or kilojoules with these Instagram-famous brunches from around Australia.

Darling Cafe, Melbourne

Darling Cafe takes great pride in staying on top of trends, which is why on any given day you'll find breakfast-themed cookies, smoothies served in light bulbs, coffee in ice-cream cones and even avocado earrings for sale. Don't be surprised if you recognise a fitness model snapping away beside you.

2 Darling Street, South Yarra

Long Story Short, Melbourne

If rainbow lattes, fairy floss-shrouded dessert burgers and buttermilk Tim Tam pancakes get you excited then make a beeline for Long Story Short. There's now a second Story in Brunswick, so neither side of the Yarra is safe from the edible extravagance.

40 Crockford Street, Port Melbourne and 6/10 Tripovich Street, Brunswick


Fourth Chapter, Melbourne

Being vegan doesn't have to be boring, especially with this south-side cafe's raspberry and coconut pancakes. They look like something from a little girl's fairy fantasy with shards of coconut, fresh and freeze-dried berries and (dairy-free) vanilla meringue and coconut ice-cream.

385 High Street, Prahran

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White Mojo, Melbourne

Everything on this menu was made for the camera, from The Big Mac croissant stuffed with mac 'n' cheese, bacon and a fried egg, to waffles with lemon curd, Nutella, toasted meringue and upside-down mango sorbet cones. Check out the just-opened Glen Waverley store for new creations.

115 Hardware Street, Melbourne

Little Dreamer, Brisbane

Ignore the basic fitout at this unassuming cafe and head straight for the family platter, suitable for three to four people – or an individual who puts #foodporn first. It changes regularly but will include yoghurt and muesli, toast, sides, eggs and the piece de resistance – a dessert tier with waffles and ice-cream.

Shop 3, 51 Kameruka Street, Calamvale

 

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Speedos Cafe, Sydney

Bondi locals will already be familiar with Speedos, or at least its colourful Instagram feed. Each dish on the menu comes with suggested hashtags (#yolo, #superfood, #vegan), but make sure you capture the view of Bondi Beach in the background alongside your pink pitaya bowl and triple vegan pancake stack.

126 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi

 

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Flower Child, Sydney

It's easy to forget you're in the middle of a shopping centre at the Flower Child cafes which create beautiful spaces reminiscent of indoor garden parties. Food is fresh, free-range and organic when possible and the colours and ingredients always reflect the season.

Westfield Chatswood, Shop 391, 1 Anderson Street, Chatswood and Westfield Warringah Mall, Condamine Street and Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale


Cuckoo Callay, Sydney

With two cafes that regularly serve creative specials, it's worth keeping up to date with Cuckoo Callay online. Dishes range from mac 'n' cheese fries to the cheekily named "chocolate salty balls". Also worth snapping: the pink Lewis Carroll Jabberwocky neon at the new Crown Street store and the cafes' toy poodle mascots.

324A King Street, Newtown and 413 Crown Street, Surry Hills

 

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Argo on the Parade, Adelaide

People flock to this cafe to photograph the smoothie bowls, cleverly served in a social-media friendly heart-shaped vessel. There's another branch in the CBD, but if you go to the Parade, you can also take a photo in front of the flowery butterfly wings before you leave for a #latergram.

212 The Parade, Norwood


1982 Espresso, Perth

Proof that a little bit of luxury goes a long way, 1982 Espresso breakfast dishes put presentation first. Chunky french toast comes with mixed berry compote, pistachio ice-cream and a mini cast-iron teapot of maple syrup, while angus beef burgers are served on charcoal buns.

Unit 5, 55 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

 

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Born in Brunswick, Hobart

The all-day brunch dishes plated up here are an extension of the interior – clean edges, a tumble of textures and overall refinement. Swap bacon and eggs for wallaby, leek and cornichon arancini with cured venison and black garlic, or add braised Flinders Island lamb curry and lemon myrtle to your scramble.

410 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart