Is it breakfast, or is it lunch? It doesn’t matter. Long, lazy – often boozy – brunches have become a staple of the Melbourne dining scene.

Across the city, brunch is no longer just about poached eggs or smashed avo on toast – though we love that too. With the popularity of the mid-morning meal at an all-time high, some of our top cafes and restaurants are changing it up to offer something new, be it a side order of fried chicken, rooftop DJs or a round of bingo, all served with free-flowing drinks.

Branch out with delicious Japanese street food, slow-cooked meats infused with varying degrees of spice, sweet or savoury waffles, delightfully cheesy croquettes, steamed prawn and ginger dumplings, and crispy pork belly.

Eating spots of all stripes serve up set-price brunch deals on Sundays, usually from mid-morning into the early afternoon, accompanied by all-you-can-drink daylight-appropriate cocktails, from mimosas and peach bellinis to the much-loved bloody Mary.

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