There’s nothing like early morning exercise to supercharge your working day. How do you find the best options for fast and delicious energy replenishment in that crucial gap between warm-down and turn-up? Check out these five handy post-workout breakfast ideas to top up your charge on the way to the office.
Workout at Docklands Bootcamp
For a fun, effective, high-intensity workout, grab some buddies and enlist in one of the military-inspired group fitness sessions with Docklands Bootcamp.
Refuel at Hortus
Located at New Quay, Hortus has been built inside a greenhouse featuring an installation of native and edible plants by visual artist Lauren Berkowitz. Try their delicious $5 banana bread with your coffee or dig into the Hortus Breakfast Combo (featuring half-serves of Seven Seeds muesli and avocado toast).
Get some incidental exercise to boot with 800 bonus steps from boot camp to cafe counter.
Workout at The Tan
This iconic running track stretches around the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens and is one of Melbourne’s most popular exercise destinations.
Refuel at Jardin Tan
What was once the old Observatory café has recently been revived as the French-Vietnamese styled eatery, Jardin Tan. After smashing out a few laps of The Tan, hit the kiosk and grab a breakfast bánh mì with scrambled eggs, chilli, feta, coriander and spring onion on toast.
Get some incidental exercise to boot with a quick 200-metre jog from the track to the kiosk.
Workout at the river’s edge
Cycle into the city following the picturesque Yarra bike trail.
Refuel at The Bond Store Café
This atmospheric Southbank cafe is situated in the repurposed warehouse vaults of the old Customs House, and specialises in high quality coffee. Top up your reserves by grabbing one of The Bond Store’s smoked salmon bagel with chive cream cheese, spinach and crispy capers.
Get some incidental exercise to boot with a brisk 250 steps from the water’s edge.
Workout at Virgin Active Bourke Street
One of Melbourne’s most popular fitness centres, Virgin Active features extensive gym facilities, a climbing wall, a 25-metre pool plus a wide range of early morning fitness classes.
Refuel at The Mess Hall
This unassuming all-day eatery is located at the top end of Bourke St and features northern Italian influenced cuisine. Load up on next-level coffee and try out The Mess Hall‘s hearty baked beans with pork, fennel seeds, smoked scamorza and fried egg.
Get some incidental exercise to boot with 350 quick steps up Bourke Street.
Workout at Flagstaff Gardens
Run some laps or check out an early morning training session in Melbourne’s oldest public park, Flagstaff Gardens.
Refuel at Flipboard
This tiny multi-level cafe features innovative spatial design and beans from artisan coffee roaster, Josh Bailey. Tuck into Flipboard’s Green Smoothie Breakfast Bowl or reach for a Berocca (also on the menu) if you need extra pep.
Get some incidental exercise to boot with a one-kilometre jog from Flagstaff Gardens.