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6 best breakfast bowls in Melbourne

Get ingredient inspiration from the Aussies like dragon fruit and goji berries.

While in the last couple of years the U.S. has experienced a boom in breakfast culture, from next-level coffee to beautiful breakfast bowls, it’s Australia’s hip, wellness-minded city of Melbourne where much of the inspiration for the latter originated. Whether you're making the trek and can try one (or more) of the real deal, or just use the ingredients and presentation as inspiration, here are six of the most Instagrammable and delicious options down under.

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  • Galaxy Açai Bowl at Serotonin

    Galaxy Açai Bowl at Serotonin

    "The antioxidants present in açai berries lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s disease and macular degeneration. They're also a great source of vitamin C and iron," says restaurant owner Emily Hazell. "We top our bowl with healthy hazelnut and buckwheat granola, fresh berries, and a frozen banana-chocolate pop," she adds.


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  • Soaked Muesli at The Kettle Black

    Soaked Muesli at The Kettle Black

    "All of the ingredients are sourced locally," says co-owner Nathan Toleman of this wholesome dish. "We make the muesli using Australian rolled oats and soak it in almond milk and our house-made yogurt. For garnish, we add buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and seasonal fruit."

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  • Panna Cotta at Tinker Northcote

    Panna Cotta at Tinker Northcote

    "Traditionally panna cotta is a cream-based desert," says the restaurant's executive chef Nicky Campbell. But "this breakfast version is made with fresh fruits such as passionfruit and coconut." Saffron (a spice popular in Indian cuisine) adds a golden color and earthy note, which balances the sweet flavor. Plus, it's rich in manganese, vitamin C, and iron.

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  • Dragon Fire Bowl at Matcha Mylkbar

    Dragon Fire Bowl at Matcha Mylkbar

    "The main ingredient, dragon fruit, is full of antioxidants as well as vitamins C and B," says the café's co-founder Sarah Holloway. "For the toppings, chia seeds add extra fiber and goji berries are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties." 

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  • Ricotta Hotcake at Higher Ground

    Ricotta Hotcake at Higher Ground

    "Fresh ricotta has a similar texture to cottage cheese but it's lighter," says the restaurant's co-owner Nathan Toleman. "It's also packed with protein and calcium and a variety of seeds and nuts give it a terrific crunch."

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  • Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl at Hunters' Roots

    Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl at Hunters' Roots

    Per co-owner Kerry Chew, "This is a signature dish of ours for a good reason: The delicious crunch of the superfood toppings is served over a light and refreshing base, with everything made in-house. The vibrant pink color is thanks to the dragon fruit, which is rich in antioxidants and has a very subtle flavor that pairs well with the berries.”

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