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The Best Spots for Breakfast in Philadelphia

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Café Lift Photo courtesy Cafe Lift

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Philly takes its breakfast seriously. And just because residents or visitors might have a 9 a.m. ticket time or want an early start to a day of exploration doesn’t mean they should miss out on a full morning meal at one of the city’s awesome breakfast spots.

Whether short on time or simply seeking convenience, a smorgasbord of delicious breakfast options await in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Grab a bite from one of the popular spots in the iconic Reading Terminal Market or relax over coffee and a frittata within a sunny, chic spot such as Café Lift.

The restaurants here welcome all – savory, sweet and the somewhat-in-between —breakfast eaters for complete morning meals on weekdays and weekends.

Looking for brilliant weekend brunching spots? Check out our guide to weekend brunch in Philadelphia.

Check out our guide to the best spots for breakfast in Philadelphia, below.

Note: This article — last updated on July 7, 2021 — is arranged alphabetically.
01

Booker's Restaurant & Bar

Breakfast is served seven days a week (yes!) at this popular West Philly spot from neighborhood restaurateur Saba Telda. For the menu, think comfort food (shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles) mixed with traditional breakfast and brunch fare (huevos rancheros, veggie omelet). The restaurant is named after Booker Wright, a server who risked and later lost his life for voicing what it was like to be a Black waiter in the 1960s in an all-white restaurant in Mississippi. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Booker's Restaurant & Bar, 5021 Baltimore Avenue

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02

The Breakfast Den

— Photo courtesy The Breakfast Den

Start the day on South Street with a menu of American-Vietnamese comfort food at The Breakfast Den. The wide-ranging menu checks breakfast-craving boxes and beyond with American classics like egg-sausage sandwiches and buttermilk pancakes (yes, add the chocolate chips) as well as Vietnamese dishes like rice bowls topped with fried eggs, fresh cucumbers, housemade slaw and crispy pork belly and banh mi sandwiches. Breakfast served Tuesday through Sunday.

Where: The Breakfast Den, 1500 South Street

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03

Cafe La Maude

Cafe La Maude Cafe La Maude
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Cafe La Maude stands out from the usual brunch pack by focusing on bold Lebanese and French-influenced dishes, served daily, all day. This Northern Liberties spot is known for green shakshuka and open-faced Mediterranean burritos served atop grilled pita. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Cafe La Maude, 816 N. 4th Street

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Café Lift

At Café Lift, diners find a chic, modern-industrial setting that allows folks to wake up under plenty of sun beaming in from the street-level windows. Café Lift’s java is not to be missed — nor are the complimentary refills. The menu includes simple and delicious breakfast eats — think avocado toast lemon ricotta pancakes — and a handful of specials offer up dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Café Lift, 428 N. 13th Street

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05

Café y Chocolate

Located in West Passyunk, Café y Chocolate pairs its hearty, vegetarian-friendly Mexican breakfast/brunch menu (don’t skip the chilaquiles) with hard-to-find coffees and hot drinks, such as cinnamon-tinged chocolate Oaxaca and cajetuccino, a cappuccino laden with cajeta, Mexican goat’s milk caramel. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Café y Chocolate, 1532 Snyder Avenue

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06

Comfort & Floyd

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Comfort & Floyd ups the game of the traditional South Philly luncheonette with adorable décor and upgraded downhome fare such as Belgian tomato soup and apple cake as well as big flavors like curried tofu scrambles, kielbasa omelets and breakfast burgers with tomato jam. Breakfast served Thursday through Monday.

Where: Comfort & Floyd, 1301 S. 11th Street

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07

Dim Sum Garden

Dumplings at Dim Sum Garden in Philadelphia Dumplings at Dim Sum Garden in Philadelphia
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Dim Sum Garden offers a memorable and delicious dining experience for those who can enjoy a breakfast later in the morning. Starting at 10:30 a.m. daily, the Chinatown restaurant serves up homemade Shanghai-style dim sum, a dumpling-filled breakfast tradition found all over the world. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Dim Sum Garden, 1020 Race Street

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08

The Dutch

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The Dutch draws on Pennsylvania German and Northern European flavors for a singular approach to daytime chow in South Philly. The breakfast menu covers ring bologna eggs Benedict, Dutch baby pancakes that are both sweet and savory, and a smoked salmon platter. Breakfast served Thursday through Monday.

Where: The Dutch, 1527 S. 4th Street

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09

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

Food at Famous 4th Street Delicatessen Food at Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

This established corner deli located off South Street has been whipping up huge portions of authentic Jewish deli breakfast fare — think corned beef hash with eggs, challah french toast, omelettes with a side of smoked fish and a variety of fresh bagel sandwiches — since 1923. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Famous 4th Street Delicatessen, 700 S. 4th Street

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10

Fitz and Starts

Fitz and Starts welcomes eaters with gloriously carb-loaded comforting food like breakfast sandwiches on homemade English muffins, beans on toast and an array of can’t-miss pastries. Breakfast served Wednesday through Sunday.

Where: Fitz and Starts, 743 S. 4th Street

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Fitzwater Cafe

The Fitzwater Cafe has been a beloved Bella Vista brunch pit stop for years, thanks to its simple, soulful approach to daytime grub. The stuffed breakfast burrito, Italian egg plate (with roasted peppers, tomato and spinach) and andouille sausage hash are all big hits, but best might be the Good Ole, a potato-and-egg hoagie served with American cheese on a crusty Sarcone’s roll. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Fitzwater Cafe, 728 S. 7th Street

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12

Front Street Cafe

So much more than a cafe, this versatile space opens at 7 a.m., offering coffee and fresh juices to neighbors on their commute. The full-service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with vegan and gluten-free options, while the bar draws happy hour crowds with cocktail specials. In warmer months, the patio, garden and outdoor bar turn into an urban oasis. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Front Street Cafe, 1253 N. Front Street

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13

Good Morning Breakfast

This Point Breeze diner dishes fruit-topped French toast, fish platters and more for a daily start that feels straight from a grandma’s stovetop. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Good Morning Breakfast, 1408 Point Breeze Avenue

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14

Green Eggs Café

The popular Green Eggs Café has six locations and all bring a steady stream of hungry-for-breakfast eaters. The sustainability-driven restaurant sources many of its ingredients locally and offers a menu full of hearty dishes, such as the “Kitchen Sink” (a cast-iron skillet brimming with savory ingredients like peppers, onions, potatoes and eggs), a rich short rib Benedict and a heavenly creme brûlée French toast. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Green Eggs Café Midtown, 1301 Locust Street

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Green Eggs Café South Philly, 1306 Dickinson Street

Green Eggs Café Rittenhouse, 33 S. 18th Street

Green Eggs Café Brewerytown, 2800 W. Girard Avenue

Green Eggs Café Fishtown, 2327 Gaul Street

Green Eggs Café Northern Liberties, 719 N. 2nd Street

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15

Hawthornes Cafe

A short jaunt off of South Street, Hawthornes Cafe in Bella Vista dishes a little something for every palate to start the day. Order up coffee shop-style egg sammies and lattes from the Pivot Coffee side of the operation or snag a table to dig in to a full breakfast, complete with loaded-up scrambled eggs, malted Belgian waffles and Bloody Marys. Coffee shop menu Monday and Tuesday. Full breakfast Wednesday through Sunday.

Where: Hawthornes Cafe, 738 S. 11th Street

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16

Honey's Sit 'N Eat

— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat’s quirky hideaway in Northern Liberties offers charm by way of the fusion of Southern, Tex Mex and Jewish fare. Breakfast — served all day! — brings gravy-soaked biscuits, challah French toast, huevos rancheros and more.

Where: Honey's Sit 'N Eat, 800 N. 4th Street

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17

Melrose Diner

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Best known for its friendly service, delicious baked goods and iconic shared booths, Melrose Diner has been a Philadelphia staple since 1935. The best part? Melrose is open 24 hours a day, so hungry patrons can order bites like custard-based French toast, “potato boats” and famous butter cookies at any hour. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Melrose Diner, 1501 Snyder Avenue

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18

M Kee

This cash-only spot in Chinatown serves up a classic breakfast combo of Chinese donuts and congee — a soul-soothing savory rice porridge dish. Guests can also enjoy roast duck and pork dishes at the critically acclaimed Hong Kong-style spot. Breakfast served daily.

Where: M Kee, 1002 Race Street

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Miles Table

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Fresh, high-quality ingredients are the stars of the menu at both Miles Table locations. With restaurants on South Street West and inside the Bok building near East Passyunk, these casual spots hit just right with South Philly breakfast-seekers. Eye-openers include avocado toast, chorizo-stuffed breakfast burritos, blueberry pancakes and eggs in any style. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Miles Table, 1620 South Street

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Miles Table @ BOK, 821 Dudley Street

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20

On Point Bistro

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On Point threads the needle between refined and casual in Point Breeze. The spread at this sunny corner bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot includes a Philly cheesesteak omelet, berry-topped buttermilk pancakes, fried chicken and waffles, and a falafel burger with mixed greens. Breakfast served daily.

Where: On Point Bistro, 1200 Point Breeze Avenue

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21

Parc

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Wake up as if you’re in Paris at Parc, which offers delicious French-inspired cuisine, plus (of course) croissants and other perfect coffee-pairing pastries. Get lucky and brunch will come with prime Rittenhouse Square people-watching from the abundant and coveted alfresco tables. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Parc, 227 S. 18th Street

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22

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market Reading Terminal Market
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market is inarguably one of the best food destinations in the city, so it’s no surprise there are many great spots to grab breakfast daily:

  • Pearl’s Oyster Bar devotes its morning hours to decadent breakfast options like crab cake benedict and bacon and banana French toast, breakfast sandwiches and more.
  • Fluffy blueberry pancakes, apple dumplings, apple cinnamon French toast and crispy bacon make up the stellar breakfast at the Dutch Eating Place, served Tuesday through Saturday.
  • For those looking for a diner feel, Down Home Diner serves scrapple and fried fish with eggs alongside breakfast classics including pancakes and omelets.
  • Lastly, guests can sample meat sourced from local Pennsylvania farms on the delicious breakfast sandwiches sold every day except Sunday at Smucker’s Quality Meats.

Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street

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23

Renata's Kitchen

This easy, do-it-all Mediterranean spot in West Philly has built a following for its brunch menu of lemon poppy seed pancakes and shakshuka merguez, plus an extensive list of inviting brunch cocktails. Walk off your brunch-ing at The Woodlands, an 1840 historic cemetery and open space located behind the restaurant. Breakfast served Tuesday through Sunday.

Where: Renata's Kitchen, 3940 Baltimore Avenue

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24

Sabrina's Café

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Sabrina’s Café — with bright and charming Philly-area outposts in FairmountPowelton Village and Wynnewood — has redefined brunch locally with creative signatures like spiced tofu scrambles and thick-cut challah French toast stuffed with all manner of sweet stuff. Of course, there’s the always-outrageous lineup of specials, cleverly tuned to the hungry zeitgeist. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Sabrina's Café Art Museum, 1804 Callowhill Street

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Sabrina's Cafe University City, 227 N. 34th Street

Sabrina's Cafe Wynnewood, 50 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood

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25

Sam's Morning Glory Diner

Sam’s Morning Glory Diner offers proof that a patient line out the door rarely, if ever, lies. This is a beloved local spot thanks to its focaccia-fried egg sandwiches, can’t-beat “Glory Cakes” with real maple syrup and the ever-revolving specials, all served with sides of not-to-be-missed biscuits and a be-nice-or-leave attitude. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Morning Glory Diner, 735 S. 10th Street

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26

Sulimay's Restaurant

This no-frills luncheonette serves up classic daytime fare like corned beef hash, chocolate chip pancakes and loaded burgers. Don’t sleep on the biscuits topped with homemade sausage gravy for the savory bunch or berries for something sweet. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Sulimay's Restaurant, 632 E. Girard Avenue

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27

The Tasty

The Tasty reimagines the old-school corner American diner as a vegan destination. The simple, hearty food here is built around plant-based alternatives to classic ingredients, like “egg” sandwiches on English muffins, waffles (with or without chik’n) and ham-free Monte Cristos. Breakfast served Wednesday through Sunday.

Where: The Tasty, 1401 S. 12th Street

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28

Tela's Market & Kitchen

Tela’s Market and Kitchen in Fairmount opens daily for breakfast and beyond. On the menu are buttermilk pancakes, avocado toast and breakfast tacos with house-cured bacon. Pick up a bouquet of flowers on the way out to cap off the meal. Breakfast served daily.

Where: Tela's Market & Kitchen, 1833 Fairmount Avenue

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29

Winkel

This Northern European-style cafe in Midtown Village serves to-die-for breakfast all day on weekdays and a weekend brunch. Guests in the sizable space dig in to the cranberry almond deep-fried French toast; a rabbit, white bean and chive frittata; or the Uitsmijter ham and cheese (an open-faced sandwich with two eggs).

Where: Winkel, 1119 Locust Street

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30

The Best Places for Brunch

Brunch at Wm Mulherin's Sons Brunch at Wm Mulherin's Sons
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Weekends were made for brunching — chatting with friends, digging into a stack of syrupy pancakes, lingering over a latte or a Bloody Mary. Check out our guide to great places to start a weekend day.

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31

The Top Coffee Shops

Woman drinking coffee at La Colombe in Philadelphia Woman drinking coffee at La Colombe in Philadelphia
La Colombe — Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Coffee fans in Philadelphia have plentiful options for delicious brews, including Australian flat whites and carefully made cold brews. Check out a few of our favorite coffee shops and espresso bars in the city.

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32

The Best Doughnuts

Donuts from Federal Donuts Donuts from Federal Donuts
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

A cultural icon, the doughnut (or donut) is the round symbol of infinite indulgence. Philadelphia’s bakeries and restaurants offer a wide variety of the sweet treats. Check out our favorite doughnut spots.

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Booker's Restaurant & Bar
The Breakfast Den
Cafe La Maude
Café Lift
Café y Chocolate
Comfort & Floyd
Dim Sum Garden
The Dutch
Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
Fitz and Starts
Fitzwater Cafe
Front Street Cafe
Good Morning Breakfast
Green Eggs Café
Hawthornes Cafe
Honey's Sit 'N Eat
Melrose Diner
M Kee
Miles Table
On Point Bistro
Parc
Reading Terminal Market
Renata's Kitchen
Sabrina's Café
Sam's Morning Glory Diner
Sulimay's Restaurant
The Tasty
Tela's Market & Kitchen
Winkel
The Best Places for Brunch
The Top Coffee Shops
The Best Doughnuts
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