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Best breakfasts

There's breakfast, and there's breakfast with farm fresh eggs, kitchen garden herbs, local smallgoods and dairy, and farm-gate-fresh everything. Hello regional Victoria. By the sea, in the mountains or in charm-stacked villages, add views to your news, stock up on local produce, and make the most of seasonal, locally sourced, handmade fare. Take a morning wander in regional Victoria to find your perfect breakfast.

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Find Instagram worthy views on and off your plate at cafes with riverside, beach and mountain views.

On Phillip Island, Newhaven's waterfront The Cape Kitchen serves breakfast classics with local, seasonal produce and views from Cape Woolamai to Pyramid Rock.

Along the Great Ocean Road, finding a great brekky is a sea breeze. Perch yourself right on the sand at Lornes's Swing Bridge Cafe and Boathouse, where the Erskine River meets the sea, then hire a paddleboat to work off the pancakes. At Wye General Store, get on deck to sample a breakfast of house-baked treats with mountain and ocean views. In Port Campbell, take up prime position opposite the beach for a wholesome breakfast at Forage on the Foreshore.

For river Murray views, perch below the River Red Gums on the deck of Spoons, Swan Hill, and ease into the flow of the day with seasonal Murray-Mallee produce and a coffee or three.

Something in store

Find more in store when you go out for breakfast in regional villages: jams, chutneys, breads, smallgoods, and seasonal, locally sourced produce. Put all your eggs in one basket at breakfast and explore cafes in general stores and provedores.

In Daylesford, Cliffy's Emporium is part cafe, part store and will see you fixed for seasonal breakfast fare and brown paper packages filled with local cheeses, charcuterie and baked goods. Edwards Providore in Bendigo makes everything from store produce, including local smallgoods, bread and coffee, making breakfast is just so.

Harvest Halls Gap has regional bread, olives, meats, dairy, tea and wine on the menu and in store, and serves up breakfast with mountain views to boot. Also mountainside, the rustic Mansfield Regional Produce Store serves eggs on artisan breads, with seasonal, local sides in a historic 1895 building. Stay awhile to admire the art and shop regional produce and wine.

In Bendigo's old YMCA dance hall building, micro-roastery Old Green Bean has top toasts and roasts as well as retro tops and frocks. Peruse racks of vintage apparel while you wait for your brew.

Village people

In Victoria's bigger villages, sniff out the local haunts serving up everyone's favourite coffee and classic breakfasts.

In Ballarat, find house-baked treats and specialty coffee at Websters Market and Cafe on historic Webster Street, and brighten up your morning with Axil coffee, brekky staples and super-healthy smoothies at ever-popular Yellow Espresso.

In Bendigo, one Percy is never enough: get classic breakfasts at corner-store turned cafe and local favourite Percy and Percy.

A new view

Add a side of aesthetic interest to your breakfast at cafes with intriguing interiors and unlikely shells. Regional Victoria's villages have plenty of good eggs.

Get your motor running with specialty coffee and local-produce fuelled breakfasts surrounded by classic cars and motorbikes at roastery and cafe Moto Bean in Malmsbury. Truck on over to Elk Horn Roadhouse, a cafe, restaurant and gift store in rural Wallington, inspired by roadhouses in the Nevada desert, or make a morning pit stop at Piknik in Swan Bay, a converted roadhouse in the heart of the Bellarine Taste Trail.

In Geelong, make yourself at home in Café Go's converted weatherboard house, or dine al fresco in a converted shipping container at Box Office.

Courting brunch

Take advantage of fresh country air and let breakfast stretch into brunch or lunch in a leafy courtyard.

Behind its shopfront, Castlemaine's Saffs has a back verandah stretching out to a courtyard ideal for its fair-trade coffee and all day breakfast menu. In Bright, 1950s-inspired Coral Lee serves up handmade treats in its homey retro cafe and courtyard, making time stand still. And if you have littluns in tow, Echuca's Johnny and Lyle has a sandpit for little kids and house-roasted coffee for big kids, and usually a pretty big crowd of both in the large, leafy courtyard.

Soul food

In the right setting, almost any brekky-coffee combo is good for the soul. These cafes add a little extra: Heavenly seasonal fare with fair-trade coffee and a focus on social justice, the environment and the local share economy is the order of the day at Saint Monday, Yackandandah. And in Newhaven, eco-friendly, health-conscious The Big Wave will more than tide you over with super foods for the soul on its all-day breakfast menu.

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Mansfield Coffee Merchant

Mansfield Coffee Merchant's five kilogram Roastmax coffee roaster sets the tone sitting pride of place in the front window. The delicious smell of...

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The Cape Kitchen

Cape Kitchen dishes up carefully prepared regional produce, famous Victorian wines and unique dining experiences alongside breathtaking ocean views.

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Yellow Espresso

Get your Axil coffee and all-day breakfast staples – pancakes, BLTs, eggs all ways and avo smash – at this popular, bright and airy Sturt Street cafe.

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Moto Bean

Cruise out to Malmsbury to sample one of the local roasts, check out the vintage motorbikes, and take in sweeping views of historic botanic gardens.

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Percy and Percy

When one Percy just isn't enough, savour classic breakfasts, seasonal lunches, coffee, sweets and treats at this Bendigo corner-store turned cafe.

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Spoons Riverside Restaurant

Settle in for top-notch seasonal and local produce, regional wines and a charming Little Murray River backdrop – yes, that includes paddle steamers.

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Cliffy's Emporium

While away hours over simple, seasonal food from the daily menu or get goods to go, from cheese to charcuterie, at this emporium for fine food lovers.

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