Breakfast – it’s long been said that it’s the most important meal of the day, and we have to agree. When we have time (which is not as often as we’d like), we love settling in with a juice, a good cup of coffee and something we’ve not hastily thrown together ourselves as we rush out the door in the morning. We’re fortunate to have some terrific cafes around Launceston to head to for breakfast or brunch – so here are our top six places to try when you visit.
Blue Café is located next to the Launceston Tramway Museum. With an eclectic range of breakfast offerings – such as crispy tofu with avocado, sugar snap peas, roasted chickpeas, coconut yoghurt and sourdough; and bread-and-butter pudding with spiced orange jelly, honey yoghurt, sugared strawberries, and peanut brittle. Lunch is equally impressive, featuring a range of heartier meals like their broken rice congee with sticky pork belly, poached egg, pak choy, crispy onion and pickles.
Whatever time of day you feel like breakfast or brunch – from 7am to 2pm, this friendly, busy cafe on Charles Street is on the money. The menu is a list of all the classics you could ever need, like good-old bacon and poached eggs, and eggs benedict, through to more adventurous dishes, such as Pollastrini Italian sardines served with toast and Gentleman’s Relish, or delicious corn fritters with avocado, York Town Organics leaves and smoked salmon. Good coffee seals the deal, and there’s a handful of tables outside for sunny days, too.
Launceston’s longstanding and much-awarded dining destination for lunch and dinner also serves up fantastic breakfast and brunch. Settle in at this beautiful 1830s flour mill on the banks of the River Tamar and browse a menu featuring the best Tassie produce. The seasonal menu might feature anything from a healthy ‘Green Bowl’ of eggs, smoked almond cream, with cauliflower, kale, quinoa, dukkah and puffed wild rice, to a super-indulgent Reuben sandwich stuffed with wagyu beef, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Not only that, but if you’re in a celebratory (or just plain holiday) mode, you can order a glass of Tasmanian sparkling to enjoy with your brekkie.
The name of this spacious and welcoming Kingsway cafe says it all, really. Its breakfast menu (served from 7am until 11.30am) very proudly features an abundance of seasonal, sustainable ingredients sourced from producers such as Thirlstane Gardens (veggies and herbs), and Oliver and Fiona Stocker’s Langdale Farm (free-range, rare breed pork). For example, scrambled ‘Pesto Eggs’ come from the happy chooks at Meander Pastured Free Range Eggs, while the hash brown skillet eggs are served with Tasmanian wallaby chorizo. There’s plenty of vegetarian options too – like the ‘Earthy Golden Muesli’ made with toasted Tasmanian oats, almonds, goji berries and raw honey. Delicious.
The signage painted on this picturesque cafe’s George Street shopfront window sums it up: ‘Life happens, coffee helps’. This is one of our favourite (and very photogenic) spots in Launceston for a caffeine hit. Owners, Archana and Tim Brammall are always so welcoming and know their coffee, too, even going so far as offering their first ‘Origin Tour’ to Ethiopia in 2020, to meet growers at the source. In the meantime, their breakfast menu might include a croissant loaded with cheese, tomato, garlic mushrooms and caramelised onion, and believe us, it’s a great way to start the day.
Set within the historic building that houses the Inside homewares and gift store on Patterson Street, Inside Cafe serves breakfast from 7.30am till 11.30am Monday to Friday, and all day on Saturdays. As with all our other favourite places on this list, the menu is largely built around quality ingredients sourced from around Tasmania, including Ashgrove cheeses and Meander Valley Dairy cream and butter. Best of all, the bread is baked on the premises. A highlight of the breakfast menu is the over-the-top pancakes, which might come with blood orange gel, roasted white chocolate crumble, toasted almonds, berries, double chocolate ice cream and vanilla mascarpone. You have been warned…
So there you have it – our insider’s guide to the best breakfast and brunch spots around town to set you up for a day’s exploring our beautiful region. Let us know your favourites if you’re visiting us, and don’t forget to read our other guides to eating and drinking around Launceston before you set off.