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12 Awesome Spots for Breakfast Near the
Pennsylvania Convention Center

Morning meals less than a 10-minute walk from Philadelphia’s convention center

It’s no secret Philly takes breakfast seriously. And just because you might have a 9 a.m. conference or an early event to attend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center doesn’t mean you should miss out on a nice morning meal at one of the city’s awesome breakfast spots.

Whether you’re short on time or are simply seeking convenience, there are a smorgasbord of delicious breakfast options within just a 10 minute’s walk from the convention center entrance at 12th and Arch streets.

Grab a quick bite from one of the popular spots in the Reading Terminal Market or relax over coffee and a frittata within a sunny, chic spot such as Cafe Lift. No matter which spot you choose, you really can’t go wrong, and you certainly won’t be left to enter the Convention Center hungry nor dissatisfied.

From decadent red velvet French toast to mammoth-sized omelettes, the list of restaurants below welcomes all – savory, sweet and the somewhat-in-between breakfast eaters alike. Below, find where to fuel up with breakfast near the Convention Center.

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Down Home Diner

Down Home Diner is a mainstay of the Reading Terminal Market, serving up longstanding country recipes like scrapple and BBQ, alongside breakfast classics including pancakes and omelets. Come for the small-town, diner feel uniquely centered in one Philadelphia's most bustling markets.
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Dutch Eating Place

From stacks of fluffy blueberry pancakes to breakfast sausage and egg delights, the Dutch Eating Place is another morning favorite at the Reading Terminal Market. Dishing up Pennsylvania Dutch fare atop a diner-styled bar-top, the good old-fashioned breakfasts here are sure to fill you up. Tip: Save a little extra room for the famous apple dumplings.

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Cafe Lift

At Cafe Lift, you'll find a chic, modern-industrial setting that allows you to wake up under plenty of sun beaming in from the street-level windows. Equipped with a front-of-house staff serving third wave, quality cups of coffee sourced locally from Rival Brothers, Cafe lift's java is not to be missed — nor are the complimentary refills. The menu lets you choose from among simple and delicious breakfast eats, and a chalkboard of specials offers up dishes often inspired by seasonal ingredients.

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Green Eggs Cafe

The popular Green Eggs Cafe has four 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.

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Dilworth Park Cafe

Visitors can enjoy a cappuccino and a signature croissant smeared with guava butter at Dilworth Park Cafe smack in the heart of Philadelphia just outside of City Hall. Find coffee and espresso-based drinks alongside pastries and other bites to eat.
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La Colombe at Dilworth Plaza

Roasting its own beans and serving up espresso since 1994, La Colombe has become one of the premiere coffee shops of Philadelphia. This specific location offers a chance to taste the European-style espresso drinks La Colombe crafts or to enjoy a mug of their dark roast coffee without needing to travel far. There are few better combinations than a chocolate croissant paired with a rich coffee, so be sure to grab a pastry to savor, too, while you're there.

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Double Knot

At Double Knot, you'll find some seriously awesome coffee – by way of local roaster Elixr – flowing through the taps of a super chic Modbar coffee system. The gorgeous ground floor level cafe, open at 7 a.m. seven-days-a-week, also offers an array of pastries. Bookcases and old mirrors line the front space where several lounge chair seating options await. Meanwhile, a brick-lined back room allows you to take a seat at the bar and slowly awaken with each sip of java under its dimly lit mood-lighting.

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Bank and Bourbon

Taking over the ground-floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Bank and Bourbon offers a spacious spot to grab breakfast as early as 6:30 a.m. on any given day of the week. Lighter fruit-filled options and cereals line the top half of the menu, while savory dishes, like a steak and eggs plate, and sweeter delights, such as blueberry sour cream pancakes, entice you at the bottom.

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Tableau at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

To get your creative spirit moving first thing in the morning, head to Tableau at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where you can dine atop custom-made surfaces built to mimic drawing tables. You'll also find artwork by students displayed along the cafe's walls, and, during warmer months, outdoor seating options await in the connecting Lenfest Plaza. Food services, courtesy of Starr Events, include fruit, bagels, croissants and, of course, coffee.

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Pearl’s Oyster Bar

While its name screams seafood, Pearl's Oyster Bar devotes its morning hours to serving up decadent breakfast options. Located in the Reading Terminal Market, the low-key spot offers everything from bacon and banana French toast to breakfast burritos. Naturally, you'll see some breakfast-styled seafood options on the menu, too, like a smoked salmon, shrimp and grits or crab Benedict, as well as a breakfast po boy made with cajun shrimp.
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Dim Sum Garden

If you can afford to head to breakfast on the later side, Dim Sum Garden offers a memorable and delicious dining experience. Starting at 10:30 a.m. daily, the Chinatown restaurant serves up homemade Shanghai style dim sum, a dumpling-filled breakfast tradition found in Chinatowns all over the world.
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