Whether you know them as pancakes or hotcakes, Aussie cafés continue to dish out their unique spin on the humble stack. Here’s our pick of Australia’s best – and trust us, they’ll be worth getting out of bed for.
New South Wales
Ask any Sydneysider where to find the best pancakes in Sydney and they’ll likely direct you to Bills. Bill Granger’s classic rendition sees a stack of ricotta hotcakes laden with banana and honeycomb butter. On any given morning patrons make a beeline for its outposts in Bondi Beach, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, which often mean queues. Luckily the dish is served all day.
At Double Bay’s Indigo, you can choose between the full-milk pancakes with maple syrup and caramel glazed banana, topped with vanilla-whipped mascarpone, or the Canadian-maple bacon pancakes with fresh-honey mascarpone, poached pear and sugar honeycomb. Either way, you’ll be licking your plate clean (or at least wanting to). Try to nab a table outside and expect meals to arrive in speedy time.
The Kettle Black
Head to The Kettle Black in South Melbourne and order the hotcake with ricotta, blueberries, maple, double cream and seeds. Decorated with edible flowers, it’s almost too pretty to eat. You may have to wait for a table, but trust us, your Instagram followers will thank you.
Fluffy hotcakes packed with seasonal berries, whipped mascarpone, honeycomb, vanilla bean and house-spiced maple syrup? Yes please. With high ceilings and an industrial fit-out, Hobba’s casual-yet-cool setting is quintessentially Melbourne. Here you can get your pancake fix from 7am daily.
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It has garnered a reputation for hand-crafted coffee, but did you know Blackboard Coffee also offers a delicious food menu? Order the pecan and maple-butter pancakes and grab an outdoor seat overlooking the lake.
Rogue Bar + Bistro
Craving a truly decadent breakfast? Rogue Bar + Bistro’s pancakes with blueberries, salted caramel, chocolate ganache and vanilla ice-cream are sure to satisfy. It’s open for breakfast at weekends.
Bib & Tucker
Prefer your pancakes with a side of ocean views? Bib & Tucker in Fremantle has you covered, with its picture-perfect location above the Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club. Go for the buttermilk and banana pancakes with salted caramel, pecans and Tasmanian double cream.
A former bank, there are several worthy treats in the vault of this popular CBD cafe, Crack Kitchen. The gingerbread buttermilk hotcakes are stellar: especially when smeared with the accompanying cream cheese ice cream and spiced honey.
Australian Capital Territory
It's little wonder the Phillip-located master of desserts has a breakfast menu that matches their sugary expertise. Space Kitchen's pancake offering is no slouch: lemon souffle-flavoured, with a slick of red apple gel, a sprinkle of freeze dried raspberries and a scoop of maple ice cream. No wonder it's called 'The Unicorn'.
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Top Image: The Kettle Black