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The Best Places for Brunch in Philadelphia

Where to find the top brunch spots in the City of Brotherly Love

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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.

Fortunately, Philly knows how to brunch.

From the nearly endless options in the City of Brotherly Love, below are some great brunch spots for superlative weekend starters, all organized by neighborhood. Happy brunching!

Note: Updated December 2016. Menu items mentioned are accurate as of the published date. Always check with the restaurant for the latest prices and dishes.

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Parc

Parisian pastries and more right on Rittenhouse Square

Parc restaurant in Rittenhouse Square — Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Wake up as if you’re in Paris at Parc, which offers delicious French-inspired cuisine — think croque-madame, steak and eggs and, 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.

Where: Parc, 227 S. 18th Street

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The Dandelion

British-inspired pub does brunch

The brunch menu at The Dandelion — Stephen Starr’s British-inspired pub in Rittenhouse Square — is a cozy gem, offering hearty egg dishes, creative takes on savory breakfasts and sweet delights, including Scotch pancakes with maple-glazed apples. The Dandelion’s signature cocktails — like the Queen Mary or Pimm’s Deluxe — make the dining experience that much more enjoyable.

Where: The Dandelion, 124 S. 18th Street

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Lacroix at the Rittenhouse

A top-notch spot to make Sunday extra special

Housed in the top-rated Rittenhouse hotel, Lacroix serves a superb prix-fixe Sunday brunch featuring a sumptuous spread of appetizers, raw bar specialties, house-cured charcuterie and more. Look forward to a special-occasion brunch that will not disappoint.

Where: Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square

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Urban Farmer Philadelphia

Steak, eggs and more from a chic modern steakhouse

Located inside The Logan Hotel, modern steakhouse Urban Farmer Philadelphia invites you to chow-down urban cowboy style with menu items like a flatiron steak and eggs duo and a shaved sirloin Benedict. Waffles, French toast, pancakes and other sweet treats round out the menu, fit for all brunchers who wander into the Logan Square spot.

Where: Urban Farmer Philadelphia, 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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The Continental Mid-town

A colorful ambiance and brunch-time cocktails to match

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Stephen Starr’s Continental Mid-town, with its retro-style booths, colorful chandeliers and a section of seating fit with chairs swinging from the ceiling, makes brunch vibrant. The morning-time cocktail menu is equally as playful, with drinks like the Wake & Bacon Mary and the Rise & Shine Rita paired with a menu of more traditional sweet and savory delights.

Where: The Continental Mid-town, 1801 Chestnut Street

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Talula’s Daily + Talula’s Garden

Farm-to-table breakfasts from two delightful spots

Patio seating at Talula's Garden Patio seating at Talula's Garden
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Power duo Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr bring two quality brunch options, both full of farm-fresh ingredients, to Washington Square. For a more casual experience, hit up Talula’s Daily, where a full-scale coffee bar serving coffee from La Colombe awaits and a daily market serves up freshly baked bread, a selection of egg dishes, pastries and other treats. For the ultimate farm-to-table feast with garden views from your table, wander a few doors down to Talula’s Garden. Here, dishes like Kennett Square mushroom frittatas, local pear-stuffed French toast and other elegant eats fill an always changing seasonal menu.

Where: Talula's Daily, 208 W. Washington Square

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Bud & Marilyn’s

Breakfast with a soulful Southern twist

Wake up to comfort at Bud & Marilyn’s, where you can score both a plate of the spot’s famous fried chicken and a Nashville hot chicken biscuit sandwich before the clock strikes noon. Brunch here also brings other hearty eats like shrimp po boy Benedict and vegetarian-friendly options like tofu hash with pesto and garlicky greens.

Where: Bud & Marilyn's, 1234 Locust Street

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High Street on Market

Breakfast sandwiches, pastries and bread that begs you to get out of bed

Interior of High Street on Market Interior of High Street on Market
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Long before its doors open, High Street on Market is bustling with bakers rolling out pastries and creating loaves of nationally raved-about bread. The latter gets used to sandwich flavorful breakfast ingredients such as beet-cured salmon, Lancaster bologna and braised kale with black trumpet mayo. Brunch begins early at this Old City spot (8 a.m.), a key piece of information for scoring the chocolate croissants that frequently sell out.

Where: High Street on Market, 308 Market Street

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Amada

Tapas and other Spanish-inspired morning treats

Brunch on a table at Amada Brunch on a table at Amada
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Amada — Jose Garces’ original Philadelphia restaurant — welcomes guests for a Spanish desayuno on Saturday and Sunday, spotlighting chorizo and eggs, Serrano ham and manchego cheese omelets and fluffy lemon-ricotta pancakes. A selection of cocktails and many of the traditional tapas available in the evening are served at brunch as well.

Where: Amada, 217-219 Chestnut Street

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The Gaslight

Hearty American brunch-time eats

In Philadelphia’s Historic District, casual American eatery The Gaslight brings a brunch menu of decadent and filling eats, including fried chicken and waffles and peanut butter French toast. More than a handful of brunch-specific cocktails round out the menu, with creative specials like the Shot N’ a Shuck, an oyster with pickle-bacon mignonette that goes alongside a shot of whiskey.

Where: The Gaslight, 120 Market Street

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Front Street Cafe

A chic cafe for the health-minded bruncher

A java and juice bar, airy second floor and outdoor garden all await you at Front Street Cafe, a chic spot for those seeking to score vegan, vegetarian and other delicious brunch options. From quinoa porridge with cashew cream to tofu or sausage breakfast tacos, both sweet and savory options abound here alongside a variety of drink options — including cocktails.

Where: Front Street Cafe, 1253 N. Front Street

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Honey’s Sit N Eat

A Philly favorite with two locations

Part blue-plate special diner, part Jewish deli and part southern waffle shop, Honey’s Sit N Eat serves the best of each at its two cozy locations (Northern Liberties and Graduate Hospital). If the deli-waffle house combination sound strange, you’ll have to trust us here. It totally works. It means country-fried steak and eggs next to Bubby’s brisket sandwich with onion rings and pickled green tomatoes.

Where: Honey's Sit N Eat, 2101 South Street

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Jerry’s Bar

Care for jazz with that morning cocktail?

The morning after becomes the day of with a round of buffalo Bloody Marys and live jazz music at Jerry’s Bar in Northern Liberties. The convivial corner spot tempts with homemade scrapple and sausage, warm cream cheese sticky buns and croques-madames.

Where: Jerry's Bar, 129 W. Laurel Street

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Cafe La Maude

France meets Lebanon meets awesome food

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The local La Colombe coffee pairs perfectly with a stuffed brioche or some baklava at Cafe La Maude, a French-Lebanese cafe. Hungry for something more? Other dishes include traditional Lebanese-style options like foul moudamas (a house-made hummus topped with scrambled eggs, fava beans, tomatoes and zatar) and the “gypsy eggs” (over easy eggs simmered in tomato sauce with vegetables, ricotta and a side of Zaatar pita).

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

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Wm. Mulherin’s Sons

Award-winning restaurant with innovative options

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons brings Italian-inspired eats to a vintage-chic atmosphere, fitted with brick walls, walnut tables and a wood-burning fireplace. For brunch, look forward to innovative eats like egg-topped pizzas, donut sandwiches, pastries and more.

Where: Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, 1355 N. Front Street

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Loco Pez

We're talkin' taco breakfast party

Want a breakfast piled high with salsa, guacamole and crema? Loco Pez is your spot, serving up brunch-style burritos, tacos and more every Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss the house-made Bloody Mary, or better yet, the Bloody Maria that’s given a twist with chipotle-infused tequila.

Where: Loco Pez, 2401 E. Norris Street

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Hungry Pigeon

Creative eats and killer pastries

At Hungry Pigeon, Chefs Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley strike a nice balance between hearty comfort food and healthy breakfast eats. Whether you’re swinging by to grab a pastry and single-origin coffee or staying to for a creative breakfast salad or a classic egg and cheese on a homemade English muffin, you’ll find everything here to be made with special attention and care.

Where: Hungry Pigeon, 743 S. 4th Street

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The Good King Tavern

French-infused fare in a cozy neighborhood spot

Charming brasserie The Good King Tavern is an inviting locale for an eye-opening cocktail and charming brunch fare. On Sundays only, find an array of savory and sweet breakfast dishes all given their own French flavor, including eggs simmered in red wine and chickpea pancakes topped with lavender honey and goat cheese.

Where: The Good King Tavern, 614 S. 7th Street

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Kanella

Bringing breakfast home from Greece

Take a mini vacation to the Greek isle of Cyprus at Kanella, where the morning menu features flavorful goodies like shashuka (eggs stewed in a tomato and pepper sauce), Mediterranean platters full of grape leaves and falafel and other savory delights. The airy space brings the brunch crowd on Saturdays and Sundays each week.

Where: Kanella, 757 S. Front Street

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Fitzwater Cafe

A neighborhood spot with all the brunch classics

Transformed from a vintage gas station, the Fitzwater Cafe is a Bella Vista neighborhood go-to spot for brunch. Patrons fill cafe tables and a bar for the popular creme brûlée French toast, homemade muffins and a menu lined with breakfast staples.

Where: Fitzwater Cafe, 728 S. 7th Street

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Sam’s Morning Glory Diner

Classics with a homemade touch

The lines out the door never lie: Sam’s Morning Glory Diner is a perennial top pick for its buttery hot biscuits and creative pancake and frittata specials served with a side of homemade ketchup and greasy-spoon attitude.

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

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Reading Terminal Market

Options galore in one of Philly's greatest food meccas

Reading Terminal Market is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market and one of the greatest public markets in the country. Boasting virtually every type of cuisine, it’s no surprise there are great brunch options. From country-style scrapple at the Down Home Diner to apple dumplings at Dutch Eating Place to decadent bacon and banana French toast at Pearl’s Oyster Bar, Reading Terminal Market offers delicious eats at multiple, mostly family operated stands. (Looking for other breakfast bites near the Convention Center? Check out our guide, here.)

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

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Cafe Lift

Neighborhood hangout with a European-inspired menu

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The Callowhill neighborhood’s sleek Café Lift specializes in European-style fare, offering a plethora of sweet-stuffed crepes and savory skillet frittatas. Look to the chalkboards in the cozy brunch spot for ever-tasty seasonal specials.

Where: Cafe Lift, 428 N. 13th Street

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Nom Wah Tea Parlor

An expansive dim sum menu

First opening its doors in New York City in 1920, Nom Wah Tea Parlor has now arrived in Philly, serving up one of the most extensive dim sum menus in the city. The Chinatown BYOB offers dumplings of all sorts as well as other fare that’s perfect for pairing with a cup of brunch-time tea.

Where: Nom Wah Tea Parlor, 218 N. 13th Street

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Silk City

Diner food gets a heartier, more innovative makeover

It may look like a typical diner on the outside, but Silk City serves up anything but standard brunch fare. And what better to go with smothered chicken and waffles, cider-braised pork belly hash or shrimp and grits than one of the specialty cocktails (the options change weekly) or your choice of more than 25 beers?

Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street

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The Dutch

All-day breakfast and lunch

Serving breakfast and lunch only, this cozy Pennsport spot appreciates the beauty of a good brunch. The Dutch offers a laid back setting to wake up and fuel up with cast iron-cooked Dutch babies (in both sweet and savory forms), omelets, Benedicts and more. Fancy a drink with your buttermilk waffle? BYO and the staff at The Dutch will happily hook you up with Bloody Mary mix or orange juice to top off whatever’s in your cup.

Where: The Dutch, 1527 S. 4th Street

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Green Eggs Cafe

Sustainable ingredients turned into hearty breakfast meals (Multiple locations)

Specializing in eco-conscious fare with local and sustainable ingredients, Green Eggs Cafe (in South Philly, Northern Liberties and Midtown Village) serves up quinoa porridge with fresh berries, delicious crème brûlée French toast and scrambled eggs over homemade biscuits with sausage gravy.

Where: Green Eggs Cafe, Various locations including 1306 Dickinson Street

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Lou Bird’s

Beyond your standard breakfast menu

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When the crepes come with fig jam and mascarpone, the Toad in a Hole comes with pork belly and the grits come with both bacon and lobster, you know you’re in good hands. Brunch at Lou Bird’s, served Saturdays and Sundays, delivers bistro-style breakfast in a way that feels fresh and exciting. Though the menu hints at sophistication, the ambiance is relaxed, making it easy to kick back with a Bloody Mary and linger well into the afternoon hours.

Where: Lou Bird's, 500 S. 20th Street

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Sabrina’s Cafe

Popular spot with famous French toast (Multiple locations)

Sabrina’s has defined itself as one of the best spots in the city for French toast, famous for its thick slices of challah bread stuffed with all sorts of sweet surprises. Omelets, Benedicts and other classics round out a sizable menu, available at three locations (in Bella Vista, Fairmount, Wynnewood and Powelton) across the city. Whichever one you choose, be sure to show up hungry – the portion sizes here are huge.

Where: Sabrina's Cafe, 1804 Callowhill Street

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Aksum

Flavorful and authentic Mediterranean fare

Askum’s Mediterranean kitchen brings a heavy punch of flavor to every brunch-time feast. With accents from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, find dishes like spicy beef and tomato sauce-simmered eggs, kale spanakopita, fava bean-filled Mudammas with smoky paprika potatoes and more. The BYOB serves up brunch each Saturday and Sunday from its West Philly home.

Where: Aksum, 4630 Baltimore Avenue

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Clarkville

Did someone say pizza (and eggs) for breakfast?

Do late night adventures have you craving pizza for breakfast? Clarkville has you covered, opening at 11 a.m. on weekends to serve up its raved about ‘za alongside other morning delights like shakshuka, omelets, bacon and more. A solid draft list is also always available, as are sweets like donuts topped with cinnamon and sugar.

Where: Clarkville, 4301 Baltimore Avenue

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Parc
The Dandelion
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse
Urban Farmer Philadelphia
The Continental Mid-town
Talula’s Daily + Talula’s Garden
Bud & Marilyn’s
High Street on Market
Amada
The Gaslight
Front Street Cafe
Honey’s Sit N Eat
Jerry’s Bar
Cafe La Maude
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Loco Pez
Hungry Pigeon
The Good King Tavern
Kanella
Fitzwater Cafe
Sam’s Morning Glory Diner
Reading Terminal Market
Cafe Lift
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Silk City
The Dutch
Green Eggs Cafe
Lou Bird’s
Sabrina’s Cafe
Aksum
Clarkville
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