We all know the Mornington Peninsula for it’s never ending beaches, hidden swimming spots and picturesque views. But, there’s actually another major reason why you should take the trip down – BRUNCH! The coastline towns are bursting with funky, hipster and mouth-watering cafes everyone should be trying out!
39A Main St, Mornington
This modern urban cafe was awarded Cafe of The Year 2016 for Victoria and was a finalist for Australia Cafe of the Year 2016, and if that isn’t a big enough reason for you to try it out, they cover every brunch craving you will ever have!
Located on the bustling main street of Mornington, surrounded by local shops and the beach, Winey Cow is the local’s favourite. There’s indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in their extensive menu. Some of the favs are their smashed avo with chipotle Bloody Mary vinaigrette or the crispy calamari burger!
If that wasn’t enough, you can end your weekend at their Sunday Sippers. Every Sunday from 4pm-6pm you can sip (or skull) on wine, beer or cider alongside a meat and cheese board or sweet and savoury jaffles!
115 Main St, Mornington
Another hidden gem in Mornington is just up the road from Winey Cow. Mercetta’s laid back industrial vibe is complemented with their all day breakfast menu and spacious dining area.
Enjoy your brunch on one of their hanging chairs in the terrace or lavish leather couches. A must have at Mercetta is their famous deconstructed hot chocolate, which is presented on a wooden board with chocolate three ways and pink Persian fairy floss!
Even better, Mercetta is a popular function venue with events ranging from birthday parties to wedding receptions and corporate events! They even hold their own events – outdoor moonlight cinema and ‘wine and workshop’ days!
Merchant and Maker
675 Point Nepean Rd, McCrae
Located just across the road from the beach, Merchant & Maker will be your new coffee and brunch spot. This café is known for their top notch coffee and focus on sourcing produce from the Mornington Peninsula.
The timber beams and weathered floorboards are still around from the original fit in, giving the café a shabby chic feel. This also makes for a perfect Instagram photoshoot and an added bonus – their food is definitely insta story worthy!
If you’re heading down for breakfast you can dig into their popular lamb benedict or opt for the healthier option, an acai bowl with dragon-fruit and coconut! And for lunch, your best option is to grab a group of friends for their sharing plates or tackle their signature cheeseburger or fried chicken wings.
A perfect spot for a quality coffee and breath of clean ocean air!
Merricks General Store
3460 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks
Between rolling hills and picturesque coastlines you will find Merricks General Store. Built in 1922, an extremely popular destination for the locals which is so much more than just a café. They proudly exhibit fine wines, art, fresh produce and premium Mornington Peninsula creations.
A large open space with a variety of seating options means you won’t be wasting time lining up for a table. Dine inside or outside whilst enjoying their mouth-watering brioche French toast or charcuterie platter and sipping on a fine wine from their extensive local wine list.
Whilst you’re there, it’s a must to check out the Merricks House, which is located next door and stocks the newest local art, fashion, jewellery and homewares. You can even find picnic hampers, perfect for your next girls night or birthday celebration.
174 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
The last suggestion but certainly not least is nestled further down the coast in Sorrento. Buckley’s Chance captures all aspects of that coastal lifestyle you have always desired. Another popular local spot and family run since 1981, but has managed to keep up with all the modern cafes you find in Fitzroy and Prahran.
The interior is uber-cool with modern, bright art on the walls, old timber floorboards and clean white seating which is complemented with their colourful food options and friendly service. A variety of pancakes (and salads for the health freaks), their menu caters for all tastebuds and dietary requirements.
The laid back style is perfect for a Sunday morning after your big Saturday night at Portsea Hotel or just a big family lunch. It’s definitely one you can’t go past!
By Boe Eyking