Melbourne's Battle of the Breakfast Bowls
Breakfast bowls have been having a moment in Melbourne recently, filling our Instagram feeds with brightly coloured arrangements of superfoods, fruit and even veggies. We’ve explored the suburbs of Melbourne to find our faves, so you know where to go for a healthy kick start to your day.
1. Activated Charcoal Porridge - BARRY
85 High Street, Northcote
Charcoal probably isn’t the first thing people associate with porridge, but bear with us. Charcoal has for many years been used for its benefits as a detoxifier, and when you combine this superfood with the culinary wizardry of the BARRY team, you get a brekkie that is both healthy and delicious. The activated charcoal porridge comes crowned with the sweet additions of poached rhubarb, raspberries, lemon balm and maple and is perfect for when you need to start your day with something to keep you going through till lunch.
2. Mango Madness Bowl - Acai Brothers
891 Burke Road, Camberwell
21 Carpenter Street, Brighton
299 Bay St, Port Melbourne
3-5 Hewish Road, Croydon
The Mango Madness from Acai Brothers is summer in a bowl, bringing the cheer even when the weather is dull. Featuring beautifully arranged ingredients including acai, banana, coconut water, mango, plus your choice of three fruits, it’s definitely one to snap for your Insta feed. Not only is it packed with goodness for your insides, but it will also keep your taste buds happy too. Acai Brothers have kicked some serious goals with their four locations across Melbourne and it's set to become the popular brekkie haunt for many of us.
3. Acai Bowl - District North
678/680 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
District North's vegan-friendly bowl is sure to delight even the most discerning foodie. Jam-packed full of deliciousness including granola, peanut butter, blueberries, coconut, freeze-dried mandarin, protein powder and not one, but two variations of banana (regular and in chip form), you’ll be surprised by how much flavour is packed into one bowl. If you’re on a serious health kick, order one of the Health ‘Freak’ Smoothies, like the Summer Dayz with, among other ingredients, mango, lychee and pineapple.
4. Breakfast Salad - Second Home
21 Brougham Street, Eltham
For a variation on the traditional breakfast bowl that comes topped with fruits, try the breakfast salad at Second Home in Eltham — it will help you get your veggie fix in nice and early. It’s vegan, gluten free and dairy free and comes with broccoli, peas, mint, kale, charred corn, black beans, quinoa, avo and beetroot hummus. If you’re super hungry, there’s also the option to add a poached egg or hickory smoked salmon to your bowl. When you’re done, take a stroll along the Diamond Creek Trail to complete your healthy start to the day.
5. Coconut Chia Pudding, Doyle and Sons
101 Hudsons Road, Spotswood
Perfect for breakfast on a summer’s day, you can’t go past the coconut chia pudding from Doyle and Sons in Spotswood. This eye-catching bowl of chia and beautifully arranged fruity delights is bound to put a smile on your face, even before you have your first mouthful. This chia pudding comes with pineapple, lychee, passionfruit, berries, mango jelly and is topped with toasted coconut. Complement your breakfast bowl with an organic orange juice or a green smoothie and you’ll be ready to take on the day!
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