Some of Darwin’s best breakfast and brunch places are hiding in plain sight – and what’s a weekend, a holiday, or a catch-up with friends without a funky café or a delicious brunch…
We’ve broken it down into places in the city, cafes with a view, funky menus for that something different – and cafes that are simple & classic.
BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH IN THE CITY…
A cute courtyard and a convenient location on Smith Street. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast or brunch in Darwin city – Ray’s have the usual selections of a trendy cafe – muesli, breakfast burgers, eggs on toast, healthy bowls, and sweet things – but our absolute fave is the loaded croissant! Treat yourself!!
Hidden down an alleyway off Mitchell Street you’ll find Ruby Gs, the sibling of the also popular Ruby G’s in Coconut Grove.
With an always delish assortment of pastries, a great menu of both classics and unique menu items, and good coffee – you can’t go wrong! They even do vegan pastries!
They’ve just moved to a brand new location, and it’s awesome! You’ll find them on the corner of Knuckey St and Austin Lane, and they do a great smoothie, acai bowl, and fresh juice if you’re feeling like you need some health in your life!
Situated right in the centre of the mall, the Rabbit Hole is perfect for a good meal to fuel you for your day ahead, or a break in perusing the local shops!
BRUNCH WITH A VIEW
Looking over the Cullen Bay Marina and complete with sun lounges – beach club style – this vegan cafe is the perfect place to get your morning zen. Vegan food doesn’t have to be just a salad – and they have the menu to prove it!
One of the best views in town – the quiet little café joining the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT is a hidden gem. The breakfast menu is broad and there are a wide range of choices – we went with Peter’s special chilli scrambled eggs, and the eggs benedict – both great sized meals, fresh and flavoursome. Both winners!
We LOVE an outdoor breakfast spot overlooking the ocean – and weekend breakfast at the Trailer Boat Club is the perfect one! A popular haunt for a sunset drink looking over Fannie Bay, they recently announced they’re opening Saturdays and Sundays from 8-11am… and you can even get breakfast cocktails after 10am!!!
A local favourite and an iconic view! They have a great selection of food and good coffee, and even better – wear your activewear – this beachside cafe in Nightcliff is perfect for breakfast before or after a walk along the foreshore. It is one of the few that serve food all day – so is also a great choice for a late brunch/lunch!
De La Plage is the ultimate cafe to soak up Darwin’s outdoor lifestyle – with an extensive (4 page) menu and a unique grassed area / picnic / decking / swings seating situation – it’s the chilled out vibes you didn’t know you needed on your weekend brunch!
There’s nothing more relaxing than being in a beautiful garden for breakfast, and it’s a great way to do two activities in one hit, and check out the Botanic Gardens too! While Eva’s have a fantastic menu of all your favourites… you almost HAVE to get the scones. Trust us!
BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH WITH A DIFFERENCE
A menu that lists food under the categories ‘what you really want’, ‘what you came for’ and ‘what you should have’ is a menu we want to keep going back for!
With everything from a smashed avo to Huevos Rancheros and French toast to lamb taco for breakfast – we want it all!
Found behind an apartment building in Parap’s Salonika Street – Karma Cafe is certainly a hidden gem! Again a cafe focused on health – smoothie bowls, protein snacks and meal prepped meals… but our favourites are the smoothie bowl special flavours… like Biscoff…
A popular haunt on the Stuart Highway, right next to F45 and the home to trendy Darwin boutique Skin – Sweet Brew & Co serve classics with a twist, and it’s the perfect menu of all the best breakfast food, all the best lunch food, and everything in between (like salted caramel pannacotta!).
A hearty Singapore menu with Congee breakfast bowls, Kaya Toast, and a regular assortment of special cakes and treats! Breakfast with a twist, and delicious coffee!
Another hidden gem – Yogi’s is modern Australian with a Nepalese Asian twist! You’ll find it on a little shopping street in Stuart Park. If you’re not feeling adventurous they have a relatively standard (but still delicious) Yogi’s Way breakfast menu – but read on, and you’ll see they have the Fusion Way, the Authentic Way, and the Vegan/Vegetarian Way – so many options!
From the team that brings you Besser Brew Bar & Kitchen, Laneway in Parap is equally as great. Our favourite breakfast is the Nourish your soul bowl – it’s like they put all of the ‘tastes good’ AND the ‘good for you’ in a bowl – kale, turmeric hummus, and coleslaw… andddd arancini balls and halloumi and pita bread!!! THE BEST!
SIMPLE & CLASSIC
If you’re avoiding waiting for a table and you just want some space and a simple snack – head to the breakfast van located at the Ski Club, Tsunamis! It’s only open Weekends 8am – 12pm, and they serve a simple (and delish!) menu of toasties, croissants and pretzels!
If you’re looking for somewhere that will serve you breakfast and brunch in Darwin until 5 pm – look no further! The Cool Spot is in Fannie Bay right before you hit East Point, and they offer a classic breakfast and lunch menu ALL DAY!
This Italian cafe out the Stuart Highway in Coolalinga is perfect for a meal before an adventure. They have breakfast all day, and serve all the classics; big breakfast, eggs benny… and we’ve said it before, we’ll say it again – the thin crispy bacon is the bomb!!
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