Los Angeles is the epicenter of the film and television industry, where you’re likely to bump into a movie star while shopping at Whole Foods or wandering the streets of Beverly Hills. Star tours, behind the scenes looks at film sets, and the walk of stars on Hollywood Boulevard await in Los Angeles, but before getting started on all the fun, it’s important to have a big breakfast as a way to get energy for the day. LA is full of amazing breakfast and brunch restaurants, which offer food for health nuts, traditional diner fare, and unique options you won’t find anywhere else.
1.Joan’s on Third
© Joan’s on Third
At Joan’s on Third, a beautiful and trendy gourmet marketplace in Beverly Grove, visitors will quickly realize why this dining experience is as much an LA staple as the famous Hollywood sign. With a gorgeous interior, packed with deli counters, boutique-worthy shopping goods, wine, cheese, bread, and other goodies, customers can order a huge selection of sandwiches, drinks, and other products. The desserts and pastries are delectable, the drinks are refreshing, and every item on the menu is absolutely Instagram worthy. The breakfast menu at Joan’s on Third consists of everything from breakfast sandwiches and granola to pancakes and omelets.
8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Phone: 323-655-2285
2.Blu Jam Cafe
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Blu Jam Cafe is a classic LA staple, with seven locations throughout the Los Angeles area. The original, which is located on Melrose Ave, started as a passion project between friends, who wanted to create a restaurant that made affordable gourmet food using locally and organically sourced ingredients. Everything at Blu Jam Cafe is fresh, as there are no freezers at any of their locations, and many of their sauces, granolas, condiments, and jams are all made from scratch. The menu at Blu Jam Cafe is divine, with varied options ranging from a classic omelet to an Italian breakfast with poached eggs, rice, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, basil, tarragon, and an herb pistou.
7371 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, Phone: 323-951-9191
© Bottega Louie
The massive open space that is Bottega Louie, prominently located in downtown Los Angeles, is a bright and inviting place to enjoy Italian food, coffee, and pastries. Their breakfast and weekend brunch menus are elegant and delicious, with selections like smoked salmon eggs Benedict, beignets, Tuscan farro and eggs, and lobster hash. Guests can also enjoy an artfully made espresso drink or a cup of steaming hot coffee as well as a breakfast cocktail like a Bloody Mary, mimosa, pomegranate fizz, or red crush. Bottega Louie also serves a number of spectacular pastries, including their beautiful, colorful macarons.
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, Phone: 213-802-1470
4.Coral Tree Cafe
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Coral Tree Cafe’s beautiful interior, with rustic wood walls and natural wooden tables and chairs, is a relaxing and low-key place to enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee. There are several locations of this local chain, and for breakfast at Coral Tree Cafe guests can order some delicious fresh scrambles and omelets, frittatas, huevos rancheros, avocado toast, pancakes, and cereals. They can also enjoy a Coral Tree Organic Cold Brew Coffee or one of the cafe’s signature lattes, smoothies, or freshly squeezed juices from their fresh juice bar.
11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049, Phone: 310-979-8733
As the name implies, Eggslut is a restaurant with an egg-centric menu, located in LA’s Grand Central Market. The menu balances comfort food with creative innovation, and the resulting breakfast sandwiches at Eggslut are nothing short of a masterpiece. Stuffed full with cage-free scrambled eggs and a variety of fresh ingredients, these breakfast sandwiches are messy, delicious, and filling. They’re even easy to take on the go, which makes them ideal for tourists exploring LA and the Grand Central Market or even locals grabbing a quick bite to eat on their way to work.
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, Phone: 213-625-0292
6.Good Neighbor Restaurant
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Good Neighbor is a locally owned mom and pop breakfast joint in Studio City, which is open daily from 7am until 3pm to serve delicious homestyle breakfast and lunch dishes. Customers at Good Neighbor Restaurant can craft their own three-egg omelet to their exact specifications, enjoy a stack of steaming pancakes fresh from the griddle, or try to devour one of the massive breakfast burritos on the menu. No matter what guests decide, all the food is pretty spectacular, with that home-cooked taste and a relaxed atmosphere inside the restaurant that will set everyone at ease as they enjoy a delicious meal with family or friends.
3701 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, Phone: 818-761-4627
The building that now houses Grub is a bungalow built in the 1920s, and it lends its old school and unique charm to the restaurant. At Grub, the vibe is fun and relaxed, with quirkily named entree items like the Kevin Bacon omelet (which will make you cut loose, footloose), the Friggin’ Amazing French Toast, the Are You Yolking egg sandwich, and the Carnivore Big Flippin’ Burger (BFP). While customers wait for their meal, servers will bring them a large bowl of dry cereal, like Fruit Loops, Cap’n Crunch, or Cookie Crisp, to munch on while they wait.
911 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: 323-461-3663
8.Jacks N Joe
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Pancake lovers will find themselves in heaven at Jacks N Joe, which boasts an amazing selection of unique flapjacks like the WTF?! cakes, which are crazy shaped but delicious pancakes, the cinnamon apple, pecan, and brown sugar butter Ruby Belle pancakes, and the Totally LA thin crepe-like pancakes topped with berries and lemon butter. Jacks N Joe also boasts some fun and unique omelets, like the Boulder Not Denver, some Jacked Up breakfast sandwiches, and delicious coffee and smoothies, all served in a bright, airy setting that is perfect for any gathering. Things to Do in Los Angeles
2498 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007, Phone: 213-748-4565
© JiST Cafe
JiST Cafe, located in the heart of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district, offers delicious, unique breakfast and lunch items with an Asian twist, served in a cheery, comfortable atmosphere with an outdoor patio. Meal options at JiST run the gamut from traditional, like omelets and French toast, to utterly unique, like the chashu pork belly hash skillet, tres leches pancakes, Lucky Duck, and the Juicy AF Meatball Scramble. JiST also serves Stumptown Coffee, freshly squeezed juices, loose leaf tea, mimosas, and Bloody Marys. JiST Cafe is open Tuesday through Friday from 7am until 2pm, on weekends from 8am to 3pm, and is closed on Mondays.
116 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Phone: 213-792-2116
Tucked into the neighborhood of Los Feliz, Alcove is a restaurant that is located inside two quaint bungalows. The display case at the counter is packed with pastries and artisan baked goods, and the handwritten chalkboard menu spells out enticing options for breakfast, lunch, coffee, and cocktails. This casual cafe is counter service only, and Alcove’s selection of omelets, eggs Benedict, pancakes, and more are all mouthwatering. There’s even a “personal trainer endorsed” section on their menu for power food, and Alcove offers gluten-free and vegetarian options for guests with dietary restrictions. Alcove tends to be pretty packed on weekends, so be sure to get there early and expect a small wait.
1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, Phone: 323-644-0100
11.Jon & Vinny's
© Jon & Vinny's
This beloved Italian eatery takes Italian food to the next level. Customers at Jon and Vinny’s can enjoy authentic Italian pastries with their breakfasts, like bombolones stuffed with Nutella, custard, or jam, or delicate shell-shaped sfogliatelle. Breakfast sandwiches, served on fresh ciabatta bread, as well as breakfast pizza or Italian-style egg scrambles round out the breakfast menu, and of course no brunch at Jon and Vinny’s would be complete without an authentic cappuccino. Jon and Vinny’s also serves lunch and dinner, and is open 7 days a week from 8am until 10pm.
412 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, Phone: 323-334-3369
© Nickel Diner
The red booths, leather upholstered walls, and vintage signs at Nickel Diner lend the place a truly authentic, old timey feel. Their breakfast dishes include all the traditional diner favorites, like eggs, omelets, pancakes, and French toast, but they add a modern twist to most of their dishes, like homemade blueberry compote on the pancakes or unique combinations in their scrambles like bacon, spinach, roasted garlic, and goat cheese. Nickel Diner is also really well known for their desserts, like their homemade old-fashioned doughnuts, tall, layered cakes, perfectly textured bread pudding, and made-from-scratch pop tarts.
24 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, Phone: 213-623-8301
© Nick's Cafe
Nick’s Cafe first opened in Los Angeles in 1948, and in the seven decades since, it has grown into an LA staple for breakfast food. The location is in a low fuss, no frills type of building, with a big pig painted on the exterior and an interior stuffed with display cases, enough tables to make it hard to move, and an old-fashioned diner bar where guests can sit and watch all the action in the open kitchen as they wait for their food. The food at Nick’s Cafe is traditional diner comfort fare, like eggs with potatoes and sausage, bacon, or corned beef hash, scrambles, waffles, or thick stacks of pancakes drizzled with syrup.
1300 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Phone: 323-222-1450
© Pann's Restaurant
The cushioned white pleather seats at the long bar inside Pann’s Restaurant overlook the grill, where cooks flip pancakes, cook eggs, and avoid the spit of bacon grease. By the windows, the red upholstered booths make for a slightly more intimate atmosphere for guests trying to enjoy each other’s company as much as they enjoy their meal. Pann’s takes customers back to a simpler time as they serve traditional diner fare, like Belgian waffles and three egg omelets, alongside Pann’s Breakfast dishes like fried chicken served with two eggs, grits, hash browns, fresh fruit, toast, or sliced tomatoes.
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, Phone: 323-776-3770
15.Pitchoun Bakery & Cafe
© Pitchoun Bakery & Café
“Pitchoun” is a French term of endearment that means something like “kiddo.” At Pitchoun Bakery and Cafe in downtown LA, a family-owned business, they focus on excellence in their authentic French breads, pastries, and food. The amazing artisanal foods at Pitchoun are made with top quality ingredients and made from scratch daily, so customers will always get the best and freshest food. From 7am until 11:30am on weekdays and from 8am to 4pm on weekends, Pitchoun serves gourmet Parisian omelets, delicious meat, cheese, and jam spreads on country Tartine bread, and French toast, to name a few items. Customers can stop in for breakfast and leave with an armful of pastries at Pitchoun.
545 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, Phone: 213-689-3240
16.Poppy + Rose
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With its mismatched chairs and cheery yellow coat of paint, Poppy and Rose is a great destination for brunch with friends. Their brunch cocktails, which include a rose mojito, the Flora Fresca with aqua fresca, soju, and edible flowers, and the Fried Chicken Bloody Mary, are all delicious and pair nicely with Poppy and Rose’s diverse menu. The restaurant is best known for their buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, served with smoked honey butter and chives, but the rest of their breakfast options, like the Poppy Grain Bowl, Rib Tips Breakfast Burrito, and Lumberjack Pancake Breakfast, are all fantastic as well.
765 Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, Phone: 213-995-7799
This French-inspired restaurant, bakery, and cafe has delicious offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but breakfast at Republique is the perfect excuse to try some of their fantastic pastries, which are French in origin and just as flaky and amazing as you’d expect. The bakery also creates authentic French-style loaves of bread, which are used in many of the restaurant’s dishes and are available for purchase. Republique’s breakfast menu contains unique and scrumptious items like shaksouka, German pancakes, croque madames, and pork adobo fried rice. The open, airy space has an industrial chic feel to it, and seating is largely communal.
624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, Phone: 310-362-6115
© Salt's Cure
The meat at Salt’s Cure is all local to California, and it is butchered, crafted, cured, and prepared right in house, so customers know that it is the freshest and highest quality product out there. Likewise, produce is all sourced from local farmers and farmers markets, and the fish is sourced from Pacific Ocean fishermen who use sustainable fishing practices. The result of all of this work and curation is a menu that has been lovingly crafted from the finest ingredients, and the proof is in the food itself. Salt’s Cure serves breakfast and brunch on weekends only and incorporates their fine meats and local produce into every dish.
1155 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: 323-465-7258
The minimalist space that houses Sqirl is white, bright, and simple, because without all the frills and decor to distract guests, the food really speaks for itself. Breakfast is served all day at Sqirl, and many of the dishes feature homemade jams and sauces, which complement their foods nicely. Menu items for breakfast include quiches, breakfast sandwiches, frittatas, pancakes, and hash, with other rotating seasonal items available throughout the year. At Sqirl, customers can also partake in some sweeter breakfast items, like a brioche French toast, famous ricotta toast, and buckwheat pancakes. On the side, there’s freshly squeezed juice, tea, coffee, espresso, and hot chicory blends.
720 N Virgil Ave #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029, Phone: 323-284-8147
20.Square One Dining
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Square One Dining uses local and organic ingredients in their breakfast and lunch offerings. Guests can enjoy the simple but comfortable dining room or take their meal out on the bright and sunny patio, with large umbrellas to provide a spot of shade on hotter days. Breakfast items, like the French toast served with seasonal fruit, vanilla whipped cream, and crushed pistachios, or traditional breakfast platters of eggs, bacon, home fries, and toast, are all delicious and lovingly plated for perfect presentation. Everything from a chorizo baked egg dish to a bowl of fresh fruit, served with a homemade scone or pastry, is bound to please even the pickiest of guests.
4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, Phone: 323-661-1109
21.The Griddle Cafe
© The Griddle Cafe
The Griddle Cafe, on Sunset Boulevard, looks pretty simple from the outside, but the interior boasts tall ceilings with prominent air vents and exposed brick walls, lending it a casual, hip, and industrial ambience. The Griddle Cafe is well known for its fantastic pancakes, which are so big they barely fit on the plate and are topped with fruit, powdered sugar, and other delicious goodies. In fact, the pancakes are so good that the Griddle Cafe sells its pancake mix to guests so they can take them home and try to recreate them for themselves.
7916 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, Phone: 323-874-0377
22.The Original Pantry Cafe
© The Original Pantry Cafe
The Original Pantry Cafe first opened way back in 1924 and has been proudly serving traditional American breakfast fare to its guests ever since. This old school diner, with wood paneled booths and old black and white photos plastered on the walls, has a comfortable, casual atmosphere and offers fantastic, authentic diner food. Guests can sit at a table or choose to sit at the bar, where they can watch the diner cooks at the long grill top, flipping burgers and pancakes, cooking home fries, and handing piping hot plates off to the servers.
877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017, Phone: 213-972-9279
23.Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen
© Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen
Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen has metal, industrial high-top tables with stools, a few minimalistic booths along the wall, and some smaller tables where customers sit and enjoy their drinks and food. Tiago serves some amazing coffee drinks and will make their guests a beverage that is not only beautiful but also delicious. For breakfast, diners can get their day off to the right start with a Morning Protein Kick, which consists of egg whites, chicken breast, kale, quinoa, tomatoes, and saba, or indulge in the sinfully decadent lemon ricotta pancakes, served with maple creme fraiche and either blueberries or bananas.
7080 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 323-466-5600
24.Toast Bakery Cafe
© Toast Bakery Cafe
On a weekend morning, Toast Bakery Cafe’s outdoor patio, which lines the sidewalk with tables and umbrellas, is often packed with happy diners enjoying their meals. Toast Bakery Cafe serves classic breakfast dishes like pancakes, omelets, scrambles, Belgian waffles, and French toast. They also sell coffee and some delicious baked goods, like homemade banana bread, cheesecake-filled, chocolate-dipped strawberries, Oreo banana pudding, and delectable bite-sized red velvet cupcakes. Toast Bakery Cafe is the perfect spot to catch up with a friend over coffee or breakfast, or to hang out with a laptop for a few hours and get some work done while sipping a latte and munching on a scone.
8221 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Phone: 323-655-5018
25.Zinc Cafe and Market and Bar Mateo
© Zinc Cafe and Market and Bar Mateo
Tucked into the downtown LA arts district, Zinc Cafe and Market and Bar Mateo is a laidback restaurant with an open kitchen and lovely courtyard seating, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Diners can enjoy sipping on their mimosa, sangria, Bloody Mary, or cup of coffee as they peruse the menu, which contains selections such as French toast with berries, orange butter, and pure maple syrup, baked Spanish egg casserole with ricotta cheese and Gouda, or a breakfast burrito stuffed with vegetarian sausage and served with fire roasted salsa. Most of the baked goods at Zinc are made in house and make a perfect appetizer or dessert to any brunch outing.
580 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, Phone: 323-825-5381
25 Best Breakfast & Weekend Brunch in Los Angeles
- Joan’s on Third, Photo: Joan’s on Third
- Blu Jam Cafe, Photo: Blu Jam Cafe
- Bottega Louie, Photo: Bottega Louie
- Coral Tree Cafe, Photo: Coral Tree Cafe
- Eggslut, Photo: Eggslut
- Good Neighbor Restaurant, Photo: Good Neighbor Restaurant
- Grub, Photo: Grub
- Jacks N Joe, Photo: Courtesy of bit24 - Fotolia.com
- JiST Cafe, Photo: JiST Cafe
- Alcove, Photo: Alcove
- Jon & Vinny's, Photo: Jon & Vinny's
- Nickel Diner, Photo: Nickel Diner
- Nick's Cafe, Photo: Nick's Cafe
- Pann's Restaurant, Photo: Pann's Restaurant
- Pitchoun Bakery & Cafe, Photo: Pitchoun Bakery & Café
- Poppy + Rose, Photo: Poppy + Rose
- Republique, Photo: Republique
- Salt's Cure, Photo: Salt's Cure
- Sqirl, Photo: Sqirl
- Square One Dining, Photo: Square One Dining
- The Griddle Cafe, Photo: The Griddle Cafe
- The Original Pantry Cafe, Photo: The Original Pantry Cafe
- Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen, Photo: Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen
- Toast Bakery Cafe, Photo: Toast Bakery Cafe
- Zinc Cafe and Market and Bar Mateo, Photo: Zinc Cafe and Market and Bar Mateo
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