Whether you are a local looking for your morning coffee fix or a traveller in search of a hearty breakfast before exploring the city's and region's attractions, Invercargill has plenty of options to choose from, ensuring that everyone can start their day off on the right foot. To put it simply, Invercargill has nailed breakfast.

The breakfast menus at these Invercargill cafes and restaurants offer a wide range of dishes, from banana bread french toast topped with local blueberries, smoked Stewart Island salmon bagels, venison mince on toast and the classics like eggs benedict and the beloved Southland cheese roll. Whether you're a meat lover, vegetarian, vegan, dairy or gluten-free, these places cater to all. The ingredients used are often sourced from the surrounding areas, ensuring they are fresh and of the highest quality. Many dishes come with a backstory, adding to the unique experience. 

All of these cafes also offer top-quality barista coffee, ensuring that you not only leave with a satisfied stomach but also with a caffeine boost. Moreover, the friendly atmosphere in these cafes makes for easy chats while enjoying your breakfast.

If you are in Invercargill, make sure to visit these top spots for breakfast that offer fresh local fare, great coffee, and a good yarn too.

Industry Cafe

Here at Industry we pride ourselves on locally sourced food and handcrafted coffee. First opened in…

Black Shag Boutique Cafe

Black Shag is built on good coffee, roasted from their very own brand: Mint Roastery. And with good coffee comes good food, using fresh, whole foods sourced sustainably. Beautifully presented dishes, like the smoked salmon potato cake, come with edible flowers, salad greens and herbs from the owner's kitchen garden at home. These people put their hearts and souls into their creations! From the bustling cafe downstairs to the sunny lounge, you will want to keep coming back for more.


Industry is a hub for locally sourced food and handcrafted coffee. The good folks here serve all the right stuff, from classic eggs benny to mouth-watering waffles, and their doughnut flavour of the week is a hit every time. Cabinet treats like chive, bacon & parmesan scones, and strawberry, custard & white chocolate brioches make it tough to pick just one, so you will definitely want to come back here!

The Batch Cafe

With fresh, local cuisine on the menu and tasty options in the cabinet, we have no doubt there will be something at The Batch that tickles your fancy. From chocolate berry brownies to caramel slices, muffins, and their famous scones from savoury cheese & bacon and jalapeno & chorizo to sweet orange & date scones (get in early, they sell out daily!) - all of their heavenly treats are made onsite. Check out their "Made in Murihiku" dishes, as they feature some of the best produce the region is famous for. 

The Auction House

Loved by locals and travelling foodies alike, you will find a flavourful and delicious breakfast at The Auction House, from healthy chia bowls and fruit salads to house-made pancakes dripping with maple syrup and big breakfasts containing all the good stuff. Their cabinet also offers a wide range of the most delicious delights if you need something quick and easy: amazing cinnamon scrolls, date scones, slices and cakes and much more.


Fat Bastard Pies

Sometimes all you want or need for breakfast is a quick, easy, yet delicious pie. No judgment from us here! From a classic mince pie to Southland mutton pies, there's no better place to get your hands on one than at Fat Bastard Pie. Our personal favourite is the Little Fat Lamb. Fat Bastard is a local institution, a Southland icon and made world-famous in Invercargill! 


Housed within Classic Motorcycle Mecca, breakfast at Meccaspresso is a feast for the eyes and tastebuds. Enjoy a scrumptious Bikers Breakfast amongst quirky and unique decor packed full of motorcycles and motorcycle-related artwork. A visit to the toilet here will also surprise you...!


With dishes like brioche French Toast, balsamic glazed mushrooms, Belgian waffles and slow-cooked lamb hash, Brew'd serves a breakfast menu that's a welcome sight for grumbling stomachs. Located within The Langlands hotel, they open as early as 6.30 am; Brew'd is a great place for the early birds among us to start the day with a good morning meal.


If you love a good bagel, Toasted is the place for breakfast. A hole in Invercargill's market has been filled with fresh homemade bagels. Go for a classic bagel with your choice of flavourful homemade cream cheeses (there is a cream cheese menu!), try a bagel with bbq sticky pulled pork, apple slaw and coriander or go for a kiwi classic with marmite and grilled cheese. Whatever your pick, it will be a good one!

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