Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, is almost here. Tuesday February 21 to be exact. But, pancakes are a wonderful thing to eat, any time of year and at any time of day. Have it for brunch, or for a late-night snack, and mix it up with as many different toppings as you like. Luckily, Melbourne has a huge amount of cafés that are serving up these goodies with fun and flair. Here are some of the top places around Melbourne to try some pancakes.
1. Stokers Fine Pancakes
Tuck into some delicious pancakes for dessert at this cosy café in South Melbourne. Open until late at night, this little restaurant offers a wide range of options, from the sweet to the savoury. Pair your pancakes with an alcoholic hot chocolate, and you’ve got your date night sorted. If you’d rather have pancakes for brunch, Stokers is also open earlier on select days.
📍231 Clarendon St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
2. The Kettle Black
The Kettle Black’s blueberry and ricotta hotcake is fluffy and spongey and not very tall, but what it lacks in stackable height, it makes up for with taste and colour. Enjoy heaps of fruit and seasonal berries, as well as maple syrup, whipped cream, seeds and grains. Aside from looking pretty, there’s a reason why this meal pops up on Instagram feeds.
If you like their hotcakes, be sure to check out Higher Ground, The Terrace and Top Paddock, who are all Darling Group venues, and all serve up the same delicious hotcakes.
📍50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205
3. Roule Galette
Visit Roule Galette for your French fix. Plating up the traditional savoury treats from Brittany in France, these delicious buckwheat creations are perfect for your next brunch outing. Try it with camembert, sausages, ham off the bone and more. If you’d prefer something sweet, there’s a whole range of sweet crepes to choose from too.
📍Shop 1/241 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 or 104 Koornang Road, Carnegie, VIC 3163
4. Two Birds One Stone
Enjoy a delightfully brunch at this café in South Yarra. While there’s heaps of tasty items on the breakfast menu at Two Birds One Stone, you’ll have to try the ricotta pancakes at least once. Sink your teeth into a satisfying stack, and taste the tangy rhubarb and raspberry compote, with vanilla mascarpone, seasonal fruit and toasted pistachios.
📍12 Claremont St, South Yarra VIC 3141
5. Fresh Air & Pancake
Enjoy delicious Japanese soufflé pancakes at Fresh Air & Pancake. See the pancakes wiggle and jiggle, and try delicious flavours like Thai milk tea, tiramisu, lychee and salted caramel. Grab some dorayaki or brulée while you’re there.
📍299 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
6. Tinker Northcote
Tinker is going for gold with their Golden Gaytime Hotcakes. Indulge in buttermilk hotcakes, drenched in a house-made honeycomb and milk chocolate sauce. On top, you’ll find salted caramel ice cream, with malt biscuit crumble and strawberry. You’ll get a sugar high, and it’ll be worth every moment.
📍235 High St, Northcote VIC 3070.
7. Ninety Nine Pancakes
Indulge in a whole heap of different pancake options at this Hawthorn store. There, you’ll find a range of pancakes, crepes, Dutch Poffertjes, galettes and more! With a variety of sweet and savoury options, the only question is, what will you try first?
📍642 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
8. Adozen Adozen
Visit this Carlton café for soft and fluffy Japanese pancakes. Enjoy sweet toppings, like fresh fruit or white chocolate sauce on your soufflé pancakes, and pair it with a milk tea, fruity drink, or coffee.
📍188 Queensberry St, Carlton VIC 3053
This venue is run by the same team as Tinker, and their pancakes are just as delightful. Convoy’s cinnamon scroll pancakes are vegetarian and gluten-free. They feature sweet potato pancakes and cinnamon caramel, topped with cream cheese icing, orange zest and cinnamon crunch. If you’d like a bit of meat, you can always add bacon.
📍109 Pascoe Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
This perfectly pink café will dazzle your eyes with their floral walls, neon signs and other stylish interiors. While you’re there, you’ve got to try their gorgeous rainbow pancakes. Each pancake is a different colour, and it’s topped with a scoop of ice cream and some heavenly fairy floss.
📍680 Mt Alexander Road Moonee Ponds Victoria 3039, 80 Burwood Road Hawthorn Victoria 3122 and Westfield Doncaster Shop 1005/619 Doncaster Road Doncaster VIC 3108.
11. Fourth Chapter
For a nice brunch, you can’t go wrong at Fourth Chapter. Be sure to try their dreamy and thick raspberry and coconut pancakes. This vegan and dairy-free breakfast is covered with strawberries, raspberries and coconut ice cream.
📍385 High St, Prahran VIC 3181
This incredible eatery and bar in Prahran has plenty of delicious things to try on the menu. For a classic breakfast, opt for the Hobba hotcakes, which is filled with ricotta, and served with spiced maple syrup, citrus and vanilla mascarpone, seasonal berries and honeycomb. Pair it with a smoothie, juice and milkshake for a bright start to the day.
📍428 Malvern Rd, Prahran VIC 3181