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Rise and Shine: Here’s Where to Eat Breakfast in Philly

Bagels, egg sandwiches, doughnuts, and more early morning options

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Big, indulgent brunches are great and all, but they’re not for every day. Luckily, here in Philly, casual weekday breakfasts aren’t hard to come by, whether the morning calls for sit-down dining or a quick bite on the go.

Here are 19 of the best breakfast spots in Philly, featuring cafes, greasy spoons, diners, delis, and even a few stand-out brunch destinations that are also open weekdays (when it’s easier to score a table). Looking for the newest weekend brunches in town? Those are here. Are bagels the only breakfast you’ll accept? Find a selection of the best here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sulimay's Restaurant

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632 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 423-1773
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Fishtown diner Sulimay’s is a neighborhood favorite for breakfast classics like waffles, omelets, scrapple, and biscuits smothered in sausage gravy. The eggs start frying at 8 a.m. on weekdays.

2. Honey's Sit 'n Eat

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800 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 925-1150
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There’s always a wait on weekends for cash-only Honey’s in Northern Liberties, but snag a weekday table with ease as early as 8 a.m. The kitchen whips up a fun mix of creative brunch favorites like asparagus Benedict and enfrjoladas.

3. Cafe Lift

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428 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 922-3031
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Indulgent, photogenic breakfasts are a highlight at Cafe Lift, in the shadow of the rail park. Beginning at 8 a.m., the kitchen cooks up cannoli French toast, huevos rancheros with runny eggs, avocado toast, and more.

4. Heung Fa Chun Sweet House

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112 N 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 238-8968

Generally the restaurants in Chinatown are sleepy until lunchtime but this counter service breakfast destination opens bright and early. From 7:30 a.m. a breakfast menu of sweet and savory topped tofu is on offer alongside warming pints of congee and freshly fried crullers.

5. Dutch Eating Place

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-0425
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Scoring a stool at the cramped counter of the Reading Terminal stalwart oftentimes requires a bit of patience but once seated the breakfast menu never fails to please. Homey, hearty fare like egg platters and hotcakes are made on decades old griddles, and pricing is of another era. In other words, nothing on the breakfast menu is over seven bucks.

6. A.P.J. Texas Weiner

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47 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 665-8081

For nearly 100 years, A.P.J. Texas Wiener has been serving up affordable greasy spoon favorites at its counter and a handful of tables. Hot dogs are a specialty, but in the mornings diners can opt for eggs with potatoes and meat, cream chipped beef, or pancakes. Early riser? It opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays.

7. Federal Donuts

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1526 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 665-1101
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The menu at Federal Donuts used to be limited to doughnuts and fried chicken, but then this local treasure expanded into breakfast sandwiches. Starting at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. depending on location, get an egg and cheese sandwich on a Martin’s potato roll to enjoy alongside hot fresh doughnuts or more elaborate “fancy” varieties like sticky bun and blueberry cheesecake.

8. Renata's Kitchen

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3940 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 275-8254
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Renata’s on Baltimore Avenue, a West Philly go-to, opened a bigger location at the 40th Street trolley portal. Renata’s offers brunch for late risers at 11 a.m., a mix of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and American breakfast dishes, like shakshuka, omelets, and avocado toast.

9. Green Eggs Café (multiple locations)

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212 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 861-0314
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With locations in Rittenhouse, South Philly, Northern Liberties, the Gayborhood/Midtown Village, Brewerytown, and Port Richmond, there’s always a Green Eggs nearby. The menu is indulgent, with a chicken and waffle Benedict, cookie dough–stuffed French toast, red velvet pancakes, and Creole shrimp and grits. It opens at 8 a.m. daily and it’s cash only.

10. Middle Child

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248 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 930-8344
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Open only for breakfast and lunch, Middle Child in Washington Square West serves eggs, hand-rolled bagels with house-cured lox, sandwiches (go for the short rib Reuben on rye), and Elixr coffee starting at 10 a.m. weekdays.

11. Miles Table

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1620 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 651-3040
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South Street’s sunny Miles Tables serves breakfast all day. The short menu satisfies with items like avocado toast, tres leches French toast, and a build-your-own omelet. It’s open starting at 9 a.m. daily. Order at the counter.

12. The Breakfast Den

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1500 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 758-6008
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This new addition to Philly’s breakfast scene offers the best of two worlds with a menu that brings together Vietnamese and American morning eats served from 8 a.m. Sweet eye openers include bacon chocolate chip pancakes and brioche French toast sticks, and those seeking something savory will find a lineup of rice based breakfast bowls and breakfast banh mi.

13. Sam’s Morning Glory Diner

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735 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 413-3999
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Opened 20 years ago, Sam’s Morning Glory takes pride in existing before the brunch scene was a scene. The Bella Vista spot serves upgraded diner breakfasts — eggs, smoked fish, waffles, sausage, scrapple from 8 a.m. Add a fluffy biscuit to any order.

14. Pho Ha

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600 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 599-0264
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A list of Philadelphia breakfasts wouldn’t be complete without at least one bowl of the Vietnamese morning time staple. At Pho Ha, steaming bowls of beef broth and rice noodles are served with various meaty additions like rare steak brisket and beef balls and plenty of fresh herbs and chiles. Don’t sleep on Pho Ha’s eye-opening Vietnamese iced coffee. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. daily.

15. The Tasty

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1401 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 457-5670
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Unlike most diners in town, this place is totally safe for vegans (and still delicious for their omnivorous friends). Get there at 8 a.m. (full menu at 10 a.m.) to order some meat- and dairy-free goodness, including tofu scrambles, breakfast burritos, and pancakes.

16. The Dutch

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1527 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 755-5600
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Brunch favorite The Dutch also serves breakfast daily, beginning at 8 a.m. The cozy eatery takes on Pennsylvania Dutch food, with Dutch baby pancakes cooked in cast iron, a crispy Lebanon bologna omelet, and the Strammer Max: sunny-side up eggs, gouda, and Canadian bacon over rye bread with greens and pickled onions.

17. Korshak Bagels

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1700 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Before Philip Korshak began holding bagel pop-ups in Philly, there was a notable lack of poetry-enamored bagel-makers in the city. Now that Korshak’s first storefront is officially open on South 10th Street, the unlikely combination of poetry and bagels is finally a reality, with Gemini bagels (half poppy seed, half sesame seed) on offer and hand-scrawled poems taped to the door. Open at 8 a.m., weekdays are your best bet — on weekends, expect lines.

18. Café y Chocolate

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1532 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(267) 639-4506
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Nobody does desayuno like this Mexican breakfast spot on Snyder. Classics like huevos a la Mexicana and molletes are on the menu alongside breakfast nachos, tofu scramble burritos, and chilaquiles. True to its name, Cafe y Chocolate has an extensive menu of Mexican influenced espresso drinks. Breakfast starts at 10 a.m. daily.

19. Frangelli's Bakery

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847 W Ritner St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-7878
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Is 6 a.m. too early for a doughnut ice cream sandwich? Because that’s when Frangelli’s Bakery opens each day. For 70 years, the South Philly spot has been churning out fresh doughnuts. It’s best known for the cannoli cream–filled and ice cream–stuffed versions.

1. Sulimay's Restaurant

632 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Fishtown diner Sulimay’s is a neighborhood favorite for breakfast classics like waffles, omelets, scrapple, and biscuits smothered in sausage gravy. The eggs start frying at 8 a.m. on weekdays.

632 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

2. Honey's Sit 'n Eat

800 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

There’s always a wait on weekends for cash-only Honey’s in Northern Liberties, but snag a weekday table with ease as early as 8 a.m. The kitchen whips up a fun mix of creative brunch favorites like asparagus Benedict and enfrjoladas.

800 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

3. Cafe Lift

428 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Indulgent, photogenic breakfasts are a highlight at Cafe Lift, in the shadow of the rail park. Beginning at 8 a.m., the kitchen cooks up cannoli French toast, huevos rancheros with runny eggs, avocado toast, and more.

428 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

4. Heung Fa Chun Sweet House

112 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Generally the restaurants in Chinatown are sleepy until lunchtime but this counter service breakfast destination opens bright and early. From 7:30 a.m. a breakfast menu of sweet and savory topped tofu is on offer alongside warming pints of congee and freshly fried crullers.

112 N 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Dutch Eating Place

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Scoring a stool at the cramped counter of the Reading Terminal stalwart oftentimes requires a bit of patience but once seated the breakfast menu never fails to please. Homey, hearty fare like egg platters and hotcakes are made on decades old griddles, and pricing is of another era. In other words, nothing on the breakfast menu is over seven bucks.

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. A.P.J. Texas Weiner

47 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

For nearly 100 years, A.P.J. Texas Wiener has been serving up affordable greasy spoon favorites at its counter and a handful of tables. Hot dogs are a specialty, but in the mornings diners can opt for eggs with potatoes and meat, cream chipped beef, or pancakes. Early riser? It opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays.

47 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Federal Donuts

1526 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The menu at Federal Donuts used to be limited to doughnuts and fried chicken, but then this local treasure expanded into breakfast sandwiches. Starting at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. depending on location, get an egg and cheese sandwich on a Martin’s potato roll to enjoy alongside hot fresh doughnuts or more elaborate “fancy” varieties like sticky bun and blueberry cheesecake.

1526 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

8. Renata's Kitchen

3940 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Renata’s on Baltimore Avenue, a West Philly go-to, opened a bigger location at the 40th Street trolley portal. Renata’s offers brunch for late risers at 11 a.m., a mix of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and American breakfast dishes, like shakshuka, omelets, and avocado toast.

3940 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

9. Green Eggs Café (multiple locations)

212 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

With locations in Rittenhouse, South Philly, Northern Liberties, the Gayborhood/Midtown Village, Brewerytown, and Port Richmond, there’s always a Green Eggs nearby. The menu is indulgent, with a chicken and waffle Benedict, cookie dough–stuffed French toast, red velvet pancakes, and Creole shrimp and grits. It opens at 8 a.m. daily and it’s cash only.

212 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

10. Middle Child

248 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Open only for breakfast and lunch, Middle Child in Washington Square West serves eggs, hand-rolled bagels with house-cured lox, sandwiches (go for the short rib Reuben on rye), and Elixr coffee starting at 10 a.m. weekdays.

248 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

11. Miles Table

1620 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

South Street’s sunny Miles Tables serves breakfast all day. The short menu satisfies with items like avocado toast, tres leches French toast, and a build-your-own omelet. It’s open starting at 9 a.m. daily. Order at the counter.

1620 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

12. The Breakfast Den

1500 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

This new addition to Philly’s breakfast scene offers the best of two worlds with a menu that brings together Vietnamese and American morning eats served from 8 a.m. Sweet eye openers include bacon chocolate chip pancakes and brioche French toast sticks, and those seeking something savory will find a lineup of rice based breakfast bowls and breakfast banh mi.

1500 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

13. Sam’s Morning Glory Diner

735 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Opened 20 years ago, Sam’s Morning Glory takes pride in existing before the brunch scene was a scene. The Bella Vista spot serves upgraded diner breakfasts — eggs, smoked fish, waffles, sausage, scrapple from 8 a.m. Add a fluffy biscuit to any order.

735 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. Pho Ha

600 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

A list of Philadelphia breakfasts wouldn’t be complete without at least one bowl of the Vietnamese morning time staple. At Pho Ha, steaming bowls of beef broth and rice noodles are served with various meaty additions like rare steak brisket and beef balls and plenty of fresh herbs and chiles. Don’t sleep on Pho Ha’s eye-opening Vietnamese iced coffee. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. daily.

600 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

15. The Tasty

1401 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Unlike most diners in town, this place is totally safe for vegans (and still delicious for their omnivorous friends). Get there at 8 a.m. (full menu at 10 a.m.) to order some meat- and dairy-free goodness, including tofu scrambles, breakfast burritos, and pancakes.

1401 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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16. The Dutch

1527 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Brunch favorite The Dutch also serves breakfast daily, beginning at 8 a.m. The cozy eatery takes on Pennsylvania Dutch food, with Dutch baby pancakes cooked in cast iron, a crispy Lebanon bologna omelet, and the Strammer Max: sunny-side up eggs, gouda, and Canadian bacon over rye bread with greens and pickled onions.

1527 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

17. Korshak Bagels

1700 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Before Philip Korshak began holding bagel pop-ups in Philly, there was a notable lack of poetry-enamored bagel-makers in the city. Now that Korshak’s first storefront is officially open on South 10th Street, the unlikely combination of poetry and bagels is finally a reality, with Gemini bagels (half poppy seed, half sesame seed) on offer and hand-scrawled poems taped to the door. Open at 8 a.m., weekdays are your best bet — on weekends, expect lines.

1700 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

18. Café y Chocolate

1532 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Nobody does desayuno like this Mexican breakfast spot on Snyder. Classics like huevos a la Mexicana and molletes are on the menu alongside breakfast nachos, tofu scramble burritos, and chilaquiles. True to its name, Cafe y Chocolate has an extensive menu of Mexican influenced espresso drinks. Breakfast starts at 10 a.m. daily.

1532 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145

19. Frangelli's Bakery

847 W Ritner St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Is 6 a.m. too early for a doughnut ice cream sandwich? Because that’s when Frangelli’s Bakery opens each day. For 70 years, the South Philly spot has been churning out fresh doughnuts. It’s best known for the cannoli cream–filled and ice cream–stuffed versions.

847 W Ritner St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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