Philly is packed with great options for morning munchies from health bars to greasy spoons. From casual weekday breakfasts that can be enjoyed in a cozy space or on the go to long, lazy weekend brunches with handcrafted cocktails and live music, Philadelphia has a spot for every preference. Health-conscience breakfasters can enjoy delicious French-Lebanese inspired fare with Middle Eastern flavors at Café La Maude, hearty Colombian, the Caribbean and Cuban cuisine at Tierra Colombiana Restaurant, or traditional Pennsylvania Dutch food at The Dutch. Whatever your fancy, here are some of the best breakfast and brunch spots around the city.
1.Urban Farmer Philadelphia
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Located in the Logan Philadelphia Curio Collection Hotel by Hilton, Urban Farmer Philadelphia is a colorful farm-to-table steakhouse that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch throughout the week. The breakfast menu features a variety of healthy and hearty options such as eggs benedict, farm eggs made any style, homemade granola and yogurt, grilled steak and eggs, omelets with a range of fillings such as blue crab and salmon, and continental choices of croissants, muffins, toast, and jams. Weekend brunch includes delicious entrées of charcuterie boards, seafood platters, perfectly grilled steaks, gourmet sandwiches, a variety of benedicts and egg dishes, and specialties such as Duck Hash, Brioche French Toast, Popcorn Grits, and Granola Malted Waffles.
1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: 215-963-2788
2.Red Owl Tavern
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The Red Owl Tavern is a rustic-chic tavern in the heart of the Old City that serves up innovative takes on American staples in a relaxed, contemporary setting. Situated opposite the famous Liberty Bell, the stylish yet inviting tavern boasts two levels of dining space with cozy seating and soaring windows that offer beautiful views. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the kitchen produces delicious breakfast plates such as Red Owl Tavern Omelets with asparagus, goat ‘s cheese, serrano ham, and arugula, frittatas served with citrus and quinoa side salads, and a variety of egg dishes. Healthy options include homemade granola and yogurt with mixed berries and vanilla bean agave, steel-cut Irish oatmeal with mixed dried fruits and brown sugar, apple cobbler pancakes, and Bourbon French toast.
433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Phone: 215-923-2267
3.Black ‘n Brew
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Black ‘n Brew is a friendly neighborhood coffee shop and bar on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia that has been serving delicious breakfasts and lunches for the past 11 years. Boasting a beautiful mosaic-adorned façade and interiors with local artworks and eclectic décor, Black ‘n Brew serves a creative menu of fresh, farm-to-table fare. The breakfast menu features dishes prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients such fluffy omelets with various fillings, pancakes, waffles, French toast, mouthwatering pastries, and house-baked Metropolitan bread. The coffee bar serves La Colombe coffee in several ways along with fresh fruit juices and tea.
1523 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Phone: 267-639-6070
4.Cafe La Maude
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Café La Maude is a French-Lebanese café in the Northern Liberties neighborhood with casual, Euro-style décor and sidewalk tables for outdoor dining. The eatery is popular with locals who arrive in the mornings to tuck into delicious French-Lebanese inspired fare with Middle Eastern flavors such as gypsy eggs with avocado, eggplant, ricotta cheese, and potato smothered in a chunky tomato sauce or the stuffed brioche pain perdu. Other unique dishes include Beiridge with barley, quinoa, sahlab, coconut milk, orange blossoms, mixed nuts, and blueberries as well as the El Beit of eggs with artichoke hearts, cauliflower, asparagus, diced potatoes, pesto parsley sauce, and arugula salad drizzled with whipped feta and yogurt dressing. Café La Maude is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
816 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, Phone: 267-318-7869
© Cafe Lift
Housed in a beautifully refurbished historic factory on 13th Street in Philadelphia’s Callowhill neighborhood, Café Lift is a stylish, open-plan café with industrial-chic décor that serves brunch and lunch in a laid-back setting. The restaurant serves a seasonally evolving menu of farm-to-table fare prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients, along with quality coffee drinks from local roasters Rival Bros. Brunchers can tuck into Huevos Rancheros with refried beans, chihuahua cheese, Mexican pork chorizo, fried egg, and ancho chili sauce, Challah French toast with fresh fruit and whipped cream, and egg platters with bacon, potatoes, and toast. Café Lift is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
428 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, Phone: 215-922-3031
6.Café Y Chocolate
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Café Con Chocolate is a small corner café on Norwood Street in the heart of Philadelphia offering an all-day menu of traditional Mexican cuisine in a uniquely bohemian atmosphere. The creative menu features a variety of favorites such as burritos, nachos, empanadas, and tacos, and tamales, as well as hearty entrées like motuleños especiales, molletes, tlacoyo with refried beans, and chilaquiles, all served with homemade salsa. The delicious cuisine is paired with authentic Oaxacan hot chocolate and a variety of coffee and espresso drinks. Café Con Chocolate is open for early breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, seven days a week.
2100 S Norwood St, Philadelphia, PA 19145, Phone: 267-639-4506
7.Day by Day
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Day by Day is a Philadelphia catering institution and favorite brunch spot that has been serving fresh lunch and brunch to the local community for the past 37 years. The all-day brunch menu features a range of morning dishes such as smoked salmon and whitefish platters, brunch burgers and breakfast sandwiches with fried egg, bacon, and cheese, stuffed French toast, and a variety of omelets with delicious toppings. Day by Day serves brunch and lunch Tuesday through Thursday and breakfast, brunch, and lunch Friday through Saturday. Things to Do in Philadelphia
2101 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: 215-564-5540
8.Dutch Eating Place
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Located in the famous Reading Terminal Market, Dutch Eating Place is one of the market’s most iconic eateries, serving traditional Pennsylvania Dutch fare for breakfast and lunch throughout the week. Locals and visitors alike pack the counter at the eatery in the mornings to tuck into hearty meals of eggs made several ways, apple cinnamon French toast with bacon, stacks of blueberry-studded pancakes, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Other delights on the menu include Pennsylvania Dutch–style chicken pot pie, pork and sauerkraut, chicken and waffles, and warm apple dumplings with dollops of heavy cream.
51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Phone: 215-922-0425
Located in Philadelphia's historic Old City, FARMiCiA is casual continental eatery and bar with a fantastic menu of farm-to-table fare and creative libations for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The brainchild of Kevin Klause, James Barrett, and Wendy Smith Born, the 122-seat restaurant and bar captures the pleasures of simply crafted food and world-class beverages served in a relaxed, yet lively environment. Weekend brunch is popular with both locals and visitors alike and features mouthwatering dishes of innovative cuisine crafted from local, organic, and artisanal producers such as toasted bagels, burritos, and bacon and egg muffins to lox and eggs, scrambled egg tofu, granola and yogurt, and steel-cut oatmeal with nuts and honey. FARMiCiA is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch seven days a week.
15 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Phone: 215-627-6274
10.Good Morning Breakfast Restaurant
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Located on Point Breeze Avenue in the South Philly Point Breeze area, Good Morning Breakfast is a small neighborhood café that has been offering the community breakfast and lunch for the past decade. Open for early breakfast, the restaurant sees the morning commuter popping in for freshly brewed coffee and hot egg and bacon sandwiches or breakfast burritos on the go. The cozy bistro also welcomes sit-down customers who prefer to dine in on stacks of pancakes and Belgian waffles with sweet or savory toppings, plain or stuffed French toast, platters of shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, salmon cakes, or biscuits and gravy.
1408 Point Breeze Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146, Phone: 215-467-0775
11.Green Eggs Cafe
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Boasting locations in South Philly, Northern Liberties, and the Gayborhood/Midtown Village, Green Eggs Café is a family-friendly breakfast chain that serves a variety of traditional breakfast dishes with a twist such as Creole shrimp and grits, chicken and waffle Benedict, red velvet pancakes, and the ultimate sweet-tooth favorite of cookie dough-stuffed French toast. As the name suggests, the café also serves a variety of egg dishes such as eggs benedict, fluffy omelets with various fillings, egg platters with bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, eggy French toast, and egg burritos as well as lox and bagels, quinoa bowls, homemade granola and yogurt, and fresh fruit options.
212 S 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Phone: 267-861-0314
12.High Street on Market
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Located in Old City and formerly known as Fork Etc., High Street Market is a contemporary café with country-style décor and a rustic-chic ambiance that serves edgy American cuisine along with artisanal bread and other baked goodies. Owned by Ellen Yin, Roberto Sella, and Chef Eli Kulp, the charming café produces an array of delicious cuisine for dine-in or take-out breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as fresh-from-the-oven bread, melt-in-the-mouth pastries, and homemade pies. Signature breakfast plates include the Italian Market Breakfast with two eggs, broccoli rabe, spicy coppa, Lancaster bologna, and old bay potatoes and The Forager Egg Sandwich stacked with eggs, king oyster mushrooms, Swiss cheese, braised kale, and black trumpet mayo.
308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Phone: 215-625-0988
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13.Honey's Sit 'n Eat
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Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat is a cozy, neighborhood café with two locations on 21st and South and in Northern Liberties that serves the breakfast crowd with hearty helpings of mouthwatering fare. The cash-only bistro is packed on weekends with locals flocking to tuck into traditional brunch favorites such as eggs benedict, scrambles, skillets and sandwiches, pancakes, French toast, and Belgian waffles. The café also offers authentic Southern and Jewish dishes of fried green tomatoes, biscuits and gravy, Challah French toast, and nova lox and daily specials such as Steak and Eggs, Shakshuka with matzo crackers or Challah bread, Bagel Melts with a variety of toppings, and Corn Flake Fried French Toast.
2101 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146, Phone: 215-732-5130
Jones is a family-friendly restaurant and lounge on a historic block on Chestnut Street that boasts a comfortable, retro-style setting where you can enjoy American comfort food. Established by entrepreneurial restaurateur Stephen Starr, the brainchild behind Philadelphia's eight most trend-setting restaurants, Jones has a laid-back atmosphere and affordable menus to match, which are served for lunch and dinner during the weekend and breakfast, lunch, and dinner over the weekends.
700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Phone: 215-223-5663
15.Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse
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Set within the elegant Rittenhouse Hotel, the Lacroix Restaurant is a stately refuge with a globally inspired menu of progressive international cuisine served in a refined setting. Helmed by renowned Executive Chef Jon Cichon, the award-winning restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner with creative dishes prepared from the best locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Diners can savor innovative breakfast plates like Norwegian Benedict with house-smoked salmon with spinach and Hollandaise sauce, avocado toast with Blue Crab on toasted brioche, and soft poached eggs with lobster and caviar friseé. Lacroix Restaurant also offers an exclusive Chef's Table, in-room dining, and private dining.
210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: 215-790-2533
16.Little Spoon Cafe
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The Little Spoon Café is a charming and cheerful café with kitsch décor that serves classic American cuisine, home-baked bread, pastries and sweet treats, and hearty breakfasts. Open for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner, the Little Spoon Café is famous for both weekday breakfasts and weekend brunches with menus of traditional plates such as eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and biscuits and gravy. Other morning dishes range from griddle specials like stacks of pancakes, Belgian waffles, French toast, and buttermilk biscuits to fluffy omelets with a variety of fillings, egg scrambles, and specialties such as blueberry lemon oatmeal, avocado toast, and smoked salmon sandwiches.
1500 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, Phone: 267-587-6559
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17.Sam’s Morning Glory Diner
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Sam’s Morning Glory Diner is a cozy, neighborhood diner that serves hearty homemade breakfasts, lunches, and weekend brunches in a casual, relaxed setting. Weekends see queues of locals lining up to tuck into breakfast platters of steak and eggs, frittatas with smoked salmon, asparagus and goat’s cheese, biscuits and sausage gravy, and potatoes and grits. Other brunch and breakfast dishes include waffles topped with berries and pecan nuts, Challah and Monkey French toast, fresh bagels and cinnamon toast, breakfast pizzas, burritos, and focaccia sandwiches, fluffy three-egg omelets and scrambles, and freshly baked muffins.
735 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Phone: 215-413-3999
18.Mt Airy Breakfast & Lunch
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Mt Airy Breakfast & Lunch café is a friendly and welcoming counter-serve restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. The classic diner-style café serves traditional breakfast plates such as eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, grits, and toast along with pancakes, chicken and waffles, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, egg scrambles, and hearty omelets. Diners can also tuck into bagels and lox, croissants and ham and cheese, home baked muffins, oatmeal with yogurt and honey with freshly brewed coffee, tea, and fresh fruit juices.
6709 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119, Phone: 215-843-2980
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Located on Rittenhouse Square, Parc is a chic, Parisian-inspired brasserie-style restaurant owned by Stephen Starr that offers a stylish spot for al fresco style French breakfasts of smoked salmon tartine, poached eggs, and asparagus, ham and gruyere croissants, and oatmeal bruleé. Brunch dishes range from classics such as escargots, onion soup, steak frites, and heaving platters of Frutti de mare accompanied by an extensive menu of hand-selected wines from around the world. The charming café pays tribute to French café culture and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
227 S 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Phone: 215-545-2262
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20.Point Breakfast Restaurant
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Located in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia, On Point Bistro is a casual, family-friendly eatery helmed by Chef Juan Lopez Fernandez that serves brunch, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Brunchers can tuck into bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches, farm omelets with spinach, potatoes, and truffle aioli, buttermilk pancakes, steak and eggs, Challah French toast, and Huevos Rancheros. Healthy options and lighter snacks range from breakfast nachos, seasonal fruit bowls, and homemade granola and yogurt to freshly prepared salads, gourmet sandwiches, and French onion soup.
1438 Point Breeze Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146, Phone: 215-551-7170
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21.Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too
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Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too is a relaxed café with a devoted breakfast and brunch crowd who come to enjoy the eatery’s creative, comfort food concoctions. With locations all over the city, including Collingwood, the Italian Market, Wynnewood, and Universal City, Sabrina's has a brunch menu with a range of quirkily named specials such as “Splashing In Puddles Special Breakfast” of poached eggs, green onions, corned beef, and spinach pesto béchamel sauce and the “I Want To Ride My Bicycle Egg White Omelet” served with roasted corn and peppers, goat’s cheese, spiced roasted cauliflower, and cherry tomatoes.
1804 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Phone: 215-636-9061
22.Tate's Good Food Restaurant
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Tate’s Good Restaurant is a casual, family-friendly restaurant that offers traditional breakfast and brunch dishes in a relaxed setting. Open for early breakfast, brunch, and lunch seven days a week, Tate’s provides conventional morning dishes such as heaving plates of eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, grits, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, three-egg omelets with a variety of fillings, pancakes with sweet and savory toppings, and French toast. The café serves a range of breakfast and gourmet sandwiches, scrambles and skillets with meat and vegetarian options, freshly baked muffins, bagels, and bread, and freshly brewed coffee, tea, and fruit juices.
8419 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136, Phone: 215-332-4774
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© The Dutch
A favorite brunch spot with locals and visitors alike, The Dutch is a cozy eatery that focuses on serving Pennsylvania Dutch food in a casual and relaxing setting. Also open for breakfast, The Dutch has an appealing menu of morning munchies like crispy Lebanon bologna omelets made with three eggs and whipped to perfection, golden Dutch Baby Pancakes prepared in a traditional cast iron oven, and the signature Uitsmijter of soft, sunny-side up eggs with gouda cheese, guanciale, and pickled onions on rye bread. Health nuts can savor homemade granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit bowls, and drinks include fruit juices, imported teas, and freshly roasted coffee.
1527 S 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, Phone: 215-755-5600
24.Tierra Colombiana Restaurant
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Tierra Colombiana Restaurant brings a slice of Colombia to the heart of Philadelphia with a variety of hearty Colombian, the Caribbean and Cuban fare served in a colorful and lively atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the vibrant restaurant offers traditional Latin American breakfast dishes such as tortillas and frittatas, Cuban sandwiches, Huevos Rancheros, and eggs, rice, and sweet plantains. Breakfasters can also tuck into American favorites such as pancakes and waffles with sweet and savory toppings, plain or stuffed French toast with maple syrup, breakfast sandwiches, and fresh fruit bowls. Strong, house-roasted Colombian coffee is the order of the day along with a variety of sodas, fruit juices, and handcrafted cocktails.
4535 North 5th, Philadelphia, PA 19140, Phone: 215-324-6086
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25.White Dog Cafe
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The White Dog Café is a vibrant doggy-themed eatery with a bustling atmosphere that serves award-winning contemporary American Cuisine in three neighborhood locations around Philadelphia. Established by Judy Wicks in 1983, White Dog Café fast became a favorite gathering spot for the community to come and enjoy fresh made-from-scratch cuisine prepared from locally sourced ingredients in a pleasant, laid-back environment with warm and welcoming dog-friendly décor. The eco-friendly café’s seasonal menus feature creative brunch dishes such Churros waffles with chocolate ganache and dulce de leche crème, and Scrapple & Biscuits with house-made buttermilk biscuits, scrambled eggs, and sausage gravy. The café also serves Certified Organic and Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and tea, and a range of artisanal wines.
3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Phone: 215-386-9224
25 Best Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Spots in Philadelphia
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- Red Owl Tavern, Photo: Red Owl Tavern
- Black ‘n Brew, Photo: Black ‘n Brew
- Cafe La Maude, Photo: Cafe La Maude
- Cafe Lift, Photo: Cafe Lift
- Café Y Chocolate, Photo: Café Y Chocolate
- Day by Day, Photo: Day by Day
- Dutch Eating Place, Photo: Dutch Eating Place
- FARMiCiA, Photo: FARMiCiA
- Good Morning Breakfast Restaurant, Photo: Good Morning Breakfast Restaurant
- Green Eggs Cafe, Photo: Green Eggs Café
- High Street on Market, Photo: High Street on Market
- Honey's Sit 'n Eat, Photo: Honey's Sit 'n Eat
- Jones, Photo: Jones
- Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse, Photo: Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse
- Little Spoon Cafe, Photo: Little Spoon Café
- Sam’s Morning Glory Diner, Photo: Sam’s Morning Glory Diner
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- Point Breakfast Restaurant, Photo: Point Breakfast Restaurant
- Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too, Photo: Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too
- Tate's Good Food Restaurant, Photo: Tate's Good Food Restaurant
- The Dutch, Photo: The Dutch
- Tierra Colombiana Restaurant, Photo: Tierra Colombiana Restaurant
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