Refuel after a workout at these city hotspots

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.

Vietnamese-inspired goodies available to go at Jardin Tan.

Vietnamese-inspired goodies available to go at Jardin Tan

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.

Couples walk by the Yarra River at the Southgate Restaurant, Din

Use the view of the Yarra as workout motivation

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.

The tiny Flipboard café has enough to satisfy your post-workout hunger.

The tiny Flipboard Café has enough to satisfy your post-workout hunger

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.