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20 Essential Brunch Spots in Philly

For that magical meal between breakfast and lunch, these are Philly’s most beloved go-tos

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It’s always a good time to meet up for brunch. From dim sum to Dutch babies, here are the essential places to make plans with friends, catch up over coffee and cocktails, and get down with some serious daytime dishes.

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1. The Landing Kitchen

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617 Righters Ferry Rd
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(484) 434-8765
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Nick Elmi’s new all-day cafe in Bala Cynwyd is the ideal destination for brunch with a view. The Landing Kitchen outsources their pastries to formidable bakeries like Au Fournil and Crust and their daytime offerings include everything from an array of toasts to Taylor ham breakfast sandwiches served on sweet potato rolls.

2. Suraya

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1528 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 302-1900
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In Fishtown, chic Lebanese destination Suraya wows breakfast crowds with its menu of pastries, egg dishes, and man’oushe (flatbread) with za’atar and labne. Don’t leave without getting something sweet, like a light and airy rose water pistachio cruller.

3. Front Street Cafe

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1253 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 515-3073
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Fishtown’s go-to brunch spot keeps things fresh with a roster of rotating specials that range from roasted pepper and salmon deviled eggs to fried rice and Honduran chicken with cabbage salad and fried plantains. Those looking to keep their brunch more traditional will appreciate classics like eggs benedict and a house-cured gravlax platter.

4. Café La Maude

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816 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 318-7869
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This little Northern Liberties cafe marries French and Lebanese cuisines, making for some very real brunch magic seven days a week. Fava hummus with eggs and za’atar pita and a berry-topped pain perdu are just two examples of Cafe La Maude’s beautiful brunch synergy.

5. Honey's Sit 'n Eat (multiple locations)

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800 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 925-1150
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Taking influences from various regions' morning eats, like country-fried steak and eggs, bagels and lox, and cheesy enfrijoladas, Honey’s brunch-time appeal can be found at two locations serving early seven days a week. The original is in Northern Liberties and the newer Honey's is at 21st and South.

6. Cafe Lift

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428 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 922-3031
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All day, every day brunch might not be a mind-blowing concept these days, but the folks at Callowhill’s Cafe Lift keep their offerings fresh with a menu that goes beyond pancakes. Delicate Italian crepes come sweet with bananas and Nutella and a Polish Benedict is topped with kraut and kielbasa. Vegan options are available, as is a meat-lovers’ breakfast cheesesteak with a fried egg served on a pretzel bun.

7. Nom Wah Philadelphia

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218 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 519-2889
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New York import Nom Wah has been in the dim sum game for over 100 years. While the Philadelphia outpost might not have a full century under its belt, the kitchen here is adept at turning out perfectly folded dumplings, tender rice rolls and savory stuffed and steamed peppers. The intimate Chinatown space doesn’t allow for classic cart service, instead guests check off their desired dishes on paper menus. Nom Wah’s tea program is serious business and Tsingtao are always on offer for those who prefer a brunchtime beer.

8. Dutch Eating Place

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-0425
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Getting a stool at this tiny Reading Terminal Market luncheonette might require a bit of patience, but the homey breakfast fare the Amish eatery serves is worth it. Apple dumplings with cream and the scrapple are must-trys.

9. K'Far Cafe

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110 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 800-7200
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Borekas, bagels and babka are only the beginning of the brunch options at Mike Solomonov’s daytime destination. The multifaceted Middle Eastern menu is full of topped toasts on Yemenite kubaneh bread, bright salads, and some lovely laminated pastries. Bloodies here get their heat from schug, a heady housemade chile sauce with garlic and cumin.

10. The Love.

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130 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 433-1555
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Starr Restaurants leave the city with no shortage of brunch options but The Love masters the weekend meal. The menu keeps things fresh with an appealing array of starters like lemon lavender scones and hush puppies with salted honey butter followed by mains that tread the line between breakfast and lunch — think fried egg topped turkey avocado melts and bowls of gulf shrimp and grits. With amaro-spiked espresso martinis and grapefruit and elderflower Champagne cocktails, don’t sleep on brunch cocktails at The Love.

11. Barbuzzo

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110 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-9300
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It’s been more than a decade since this Midtown Village fave has offered a daytime menu, and now brunch at Barbuzzo has returned. The bill of fare is sunny and European inspired with a Spanish spin on steak and eggs featuring romesco and manchego, Greek accented shakshuka complete with tzatziki and feta, and a hearty breakfast plate fit for an Italian trucker.

12. Via Locusta

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1723 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 642-0020
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Those looking for a luxe brunch will be more than pleased with the offerings at Michael Schulson’s Rittenhouse outpost. Kick off the meal with a couple of spritzes and dig into focaccia topped with whipped lardo or burrata, or perhaps some daytime caviar service followed by steak and eggs with tomato conserva.

13. Booker's Restaurant & Bar

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5021 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 883-0960
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Craving grits? Get them with shrimp or catfish and sunny side up eggs at Booker’s in West Philly’s Cedar Park neighborhood. Other standouts on the modern Southern brunch menu at Saba Tedla’s inviting restaurant, which has a full bar, include chicken and waffles, a salmon burger, and, for a veggie option, black-eyed pea hummus with pita.

14. Winkel

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1119 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 639-3453
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Breakfast fare with a Northern European lean is what’s on offer at Winkel in Washington Square West from Joncarl Lachman of Noord. Belgain waffles here come sweet with seasonal fruit, or savory with a one two punch of fried chicken and scrapple gravy.

15. Talula's Garden

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210 W Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-7787
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Brunch at Talula’s Garden is undeniably elegant. Start with an eye opening bloody mary made with serrano chile infused vodka and snack on some sweet and spicy Sriracha glazed bacon or mini chocolate croissants with Nutella and salted caramel. Mains like buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, and lemon blueberry pancakes don’t disappoint.

16. The Breakfast Den

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1500 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 758-6008
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At the corner of 15th and South, The Breakfast Den is serving a menu that brings together the city’s shared passion for both Vietnamese cuisine and brunch. The result is a unique take on weekend eats that runs the gamut from Vietnamese pulled pork hash to egg, bacon, and sausage filled banh mi, and spring-roll-topped breakfast bowls with crispy tofu and fresh herbs.

17. Alma del Mar

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1007 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 644-8158
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This sunny BYO in the Italian Market offers a menu of Mexican accented brunch fare like tres leches pain perdu and huevos rancheros and a south of the border tofu scramble. True to its name — Spanish for soul of the sea — Alma del Mar’s menu skews seafood heavy with shrimp, crab or lobster topped Benedicts and grits finished with fish and scallops.

18. Phở 75

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1122 Washington Ave F
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 271-5866
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No french toast or mimosas to be found at this Vietnamese stalwart but come early for generous bowls of pho that are sure to bring anyone back to life, even after a particularly late night. Unlike some of the more compact brunch spots in the city, waiting lists aren’t a thing at this Washington Avenue pho spot. As far as drinks go, an iced coffee with a generous layer of sweetened condensed milk or salted lemonade are solid choices for those in the market for a zero ABV brunch option.

19. The Dutch

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1527 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 755-5600
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The cast iron–cooked Dutch baby pancakes should be your first order at this small, sunny brunch-focused spot, but once you have those under your belt (and have loosened your belt) come back and work your way through the buttermilk waffles, omelets with crispy Lebanon bologna, and smoked salmon platter.

20. La Llorona Cantina

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1551 W Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 515-3276
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How much does La Llorona love brunch? So much so that they’ve coined their own hashtag for the boozy weekend meal. Take a peek at #bruncheando highlights on the restaurant’s Instagram and find all sorts of gems like complimentary Mexican pastry baskets, micheladas, bottomless mimosas plus hangover helping fare like ceviches and aguachiles, and huevos a la casa with beans, poblano peppers, and Chihuahua cheese.

1. The Landing Kitchen

617 Righters Ferry Rd, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Nick Elmi’s new all-day cafe in Bala Cynwyd is the ideal destination for brunch with a view. The Landing Kitchen outsources their pastries to formidable bakeries like Au Fournil and Crust and their daytime offerings include everything from an array of toasts to Taylor ham breakfast sandwiches served on sweet potato rolls.

617 Righters Ferry Rd
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

2. Suraya

1528 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

In Fishtown, chic Lebanese destination Suraya wows breakfast crowds with its menu of pastries, egg dishes, and man’oushe (flatbread) with za’atar and labne. Don’t leave without getting something sweet, like a light and airy rose water pistachio cruller.

1528 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

3. Front Street Cafe

1253 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Fishtown’s go-to brunch spot keeps things fresh with a roster of rotating specials that range from roasted pepper and salmon deviled eggs to fried rice and Honduran chicken with cabbage salad and fried plantains. Those looking to keep their brunch more traditional will appreciate classics like eggs benedict and a house-cured gravlax platter.

1253 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

4. Café La Maude

816 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

This little Northern Liberties cafe marries French and Lebanese cuisines, making for some very real brunch magic seven days a week. Fava hummus with eggs and za’atar pita and a berry-topped pain perdu are just two examples of Cafe La Maude’s beautiful brunch synergy.

816 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

5. Honey's Sit 'n Eat (multiple locations)

800 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Taking influences from various regions' morning eats, like country-fried steak and eggs, bagels and lox, and cheesy enfrijoladas, Honey’s brunch-time appeal can be found at two locations serving early seven days a week. The original is in Northern Liberties and the newer Honey's is at 21st and South.

800 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

6. Cafe Lift

428 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

All day, every day brunch might not be a mind-blowing concept these days, but the folks at Callowhill’s Cafe Lift keep their offerings fresh with a menu that goes beyond pancakes. Delicate Italian crepes come sweet with bananas and Nutella and a Polish Benedict is topped with kraut and kielbasa. Vegan options are available, as is a meat-lovers’ breakfast cheesesteak with a fried egg served on a pretzel bun.

428 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

7. Nom Wah Philadelphia

218 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

New York import Nom Wah has been in the dim sum game for over 100 years. While the Philadelphia outpost might not have a full century under its belt, the kitchen here is adept at turning out perfectly folded dumplings, tender rice rolls and savory stuffed and steamed peppers. The intimate Chinatown space doesn’t allow for classic cart service, instead guests check off their desired dishes on paper menus. Nom Wah’s tea program is serious business and Tsingtao are always on offer for those who prefer a brunchtime beer.

218 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Dutch Eating Place

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Getting a stool at this tiny Reading Terminal Market luncheonette might require a bit of patience, but the homey breakfast fare the Amish eatery serves is worth it. Apple dumplings with cream and the scrapple are must-trys.

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. K'Far Cafe

110 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Borekas, bagels and babka are only the beginning of the brunch options at Mike Solomonov’s daytime destination. The multifaceted Middle Eastern menu is full of topped toasts on Yemenite kubaneh bread, bright salads, and some lovely laminated pastries. Bloodies here get their heat from schug, a heady housemade chile sauce with garlic and cumin.

110 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. The Love.

130 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Starr Restaurants leave the city with no shortage of brunch options but The Love masters the weekend meal. The menu keeps things fresh with an appealing array of starters like lemon lavender scones and hush puppies with salted honey butter followed by mains that tread the line between breakfast and lunch — think fried egg topped turkey avocado melts and bowls of gulf shrimp and grits. With amaro-spiked espresso martinis and grapefruit and elderflower Champagne cocktails, don’t sleep on brunch cocktails at The Love.

130 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

11. Barbuzzo

110 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

It’s been more than a decade since this Midtown Village fave has offered a daytime menu, and now brunch at Barbuzzo has returned. The bill of fare is sunny and European inspired with a Spanish spin on steak and eggs featuring romesco and manchego, Greek accented shakshuka complete with tzatziki and feta, and a hearty breakfast plate fit for an Italian trucker.

110 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

12. Via Locusta

1723 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Those looking for a luxe brunch will be more than pleased with the offerings at Michael Schulson’s Rittenhouse outpost. Kick off the meal with a couple of spritzes and dig into focaccia topped with whipped lardo or burrata, or perhaps some daytime caviar service followed by steak and eggs with tomato conserva.

1723 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

13. Booker's Restaurant & Bar

5021 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Craving grits? Get them with shrimp or catfish and sunny side up eggs at Booker’s in West Philly’s Cedar Park neighborhood. Other standouts on the modern Southern brunch menu at Saba Tedla’s inviting restaurant, which has a full bar, include chicken and waffles, a salmon burger, and, for a veggie option, black-eyed pea hummus with pita.

5021 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143

14. Winkel

1119 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Breakfast fare with a Northern European lean is what’s on offer at Winkel in Washington Square West from Joncarl Lachman of Noord. Belgain waffles here come sweet with seasonal fruit, or savory with a one two punch of fried chicken and scrapple gravy.

1119 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

15. Talula's Garden

210 W Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Brunch at Talula’s Garden is undeniably elegant. Start with an eye opening bloody mary made with serrano chile infused vodka and snack on some sweet and spicy Sriracha glazed bacon or mini chocolate croissants with Nutella and salted caramel. Mains like buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, and lemon blueberry pancakes don’t disappoint.

210 W Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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16. The Breakfast Den

1500 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

At the corner of 15th and South, The Breakfast Den is serving a menu that brings together the city’s shared passion for both Vietnamese cuisine and brunch. The result is a unique take on weekend eats that runs the gamut from Vietnamese pulled pork hash to egg, bacon, and sausage filled banh mi, and spring-roll-topped breakfast bowls with crispy tofu and fresh herbs.

1500 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

17. Alma del Mar

1007 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This sunny BYO in the Italian Market offers a menu of Mexican accented brunch fare like tres leches pain perdu and huevos rancheros and a south of the border tofu scramble. True to its name — Spanish for soul of the sea — Alma del Mar’s menu skews seafood heavy with shrimp, crab or lobster topped Benedicts and grits finished with fish and scallops.

1007 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

18. Phở 75

1122 Washington Ave F, Philadelphia, PA 19147

No french toast or mimosas to be found at this Vietnamese stalwart but come early for generous bowls of pho that are sure to bring anyone back to life, even after a particularly late night. Unlike some of the more compact brunch spots in the city, waiting lists aren’t a thing at this Washington Avenue pho spot. As far as drinks go, an iced coffee with a generous layer of sweetened condensed milk or salted lemonade are solid choices for those in the market for a zero ABV brunch option.

1122 Washington Ave F
Philadelphia, PA 19147

19. The Dutch

1527 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The cast iron–cooked Dutch baby pancakes should be your first order at this small, sunny brunch-focused spot, but once you have those under your belt (and have loosened your belt) come back and work your way through the buttermilk waffles, omelets with crispy Lebanon bologna, and smoked salmon platter.

1527 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

20. La Llorona Cantina

1551 W Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

How much does La Llorona love brunch? So much so that they’ve coined their own hashtag for the boozy weekend meal. Take a peek at #bruncheando highlights on the restaurant’s Instagram and find all sorts of gems like complimentary Mexican pastry baskets, micheladas, bottomless mimosas plus hangover helping fare like ceviches and aguachiles, and huevos a la casa with beans, poblano peppers, and Chihuahua cheese.

1551 W Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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