Hot Tip : Auction Rooms
Nestled between the industrial Kensington and the cool Carlton lies North Melbourne, a blossoming suburb, known for its relaxed 'tude and boast-worthy cafes. And none are more talked about than Auction Rooms. This isn't just a cafe, this is the benchmark of a weekend brunch. Showing up a little dusty on a Sunday, you should expect a wait, but it's perfectly pleasant to people-watch with bleary eyes hidden behind sunglasses.
The menu draws influence from numerous international cuisines to provide interesting and well-rounded options. It's difficult to go past The Shady Deal - a mildly spicy breakfast stew with chorizo and olives and goat's cheese, served with two poached eggs and topped with dukkah. The industrial-style warehouse has exposed bricks and roof beams, plus a coloured milk crate instillation in the open courtyard. The only way it could be more Melbourne is if it had an in-house tattoo parlour and bike shop. The place is always buzzing with activity, but the stylish and friendly (read: attractive) waitstaff work in synchronised harmony, taking your drink orders up front and keeping you in the loop with an expected wait time. They also happily answer your annoying questions about the brews on offer, which are always interesting and change daily. Around $25 dollars will have you satiated and caffeinated.
Auction Rooms is at 103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne. Open Monday - Friday 7am - 5pm, and weekends 7.30am - 4pm.