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The best breakfasts in Boston

Here’s where to go for quick takeout or a sit-down meal to start your day off right

Flour Bakery & Café
Photograph: Kristin Teig Flour Bakery & Café
By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out Boston Staff |
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Whether you like to wake up with a simple, fresh-baked muffin or a full plate of eggs and bacon, Boston has a breakfast spot for you. While it may not be as extravagant or over-the-top as a meal at Boston’s best brunch spots, a morning meal at these top eateries can be exciting and satisfying. Many even offer breakfast any time of day. You’ll likely find fresh-squeezed juices, strong coffee, and sweet or savory options, and if your breakfast tastes lean towards the greasy-spoon variety, check out our list of the best diners in Boston. If your only breakfast requirement is a jolt of caffeine, try one of Boston’s best coffee shops.

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Best breakfast spots in Boston

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Paramount, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
Photograph: Chris Bourn
Restaurants, American

The Paramount

icon-location-pin Beacon Hill

This Beacon Hill standard—in business since 1937—is slightly fancier than its original incarnation, but its old stainless steel grill, Formica tabletops, and cafeteria-style service make breakfast here a low-key affair. Standards such as omelettes and corned beef hash are on the menu, or go for something fancier like avocado toast, chocolate Boston cream pancakes, or healthy quinoa parfait. For late starters, breakfast goes well into the afternoon.

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Flour Bakery & Café
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Alice Y.
Restaurants, Bakeries

Flour Bakery & Café

icon-location-pin South End

For a sweet start to the day, head to Joanne Chang’s popular cafe and bakery. You’ll be tempted by baked goods galore, including sticky buns, doughnuts, coffee cake, croissants, and more. Have a coffee and linger, or take your treats to go. Multiple locations make Flour a handy option for picking up a quick, quality breakfast.

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Tatte
Photograph: Sarah Bentivegna
Restaurants, Bakeries

Tatte Bakery & Cafe

icon-location-pin Kendall Sq

Tatte, a local success story, has many locations around the city. Each café is friendly and welcoming, good for a morning linger over coffee and pastry. Breakfast highlights include a fresh-baked croissant, pan au chocolate, kouign amann, and delicious, always-fresh coffee. The Brookline location features an open kitchen where you can watch the bakers at work.

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South End Buttery
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Tee J.
Restaurants, American

South End Buttery

icon-location-pin South End

Neighborhood favorite South End Buttery is the place to be for brunch on Sundays, but it’s worth a stop for a morning fuel-up any day. House-made pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and toasts (with a base of avocado or ricotta) are all-natural and satisfying, whether you’re dining in or taking out. Canine companions are also taken care of with fresh doggie cupcakes.

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Henrietta's Table, Restaurants, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Henrietta's Table
Restaurants, American

Henrietta’s Table

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

Henrietta’s Table is the spot for farm-to-table fare, with a menu packed with local, seasonal ingredients. Breakfast is a treat, especially on the sunny patio in warm weather. Wake up with hearty fare like malted waffles, red flannel hash, cream chipped beef with biscuits, and farm fresh eggs. Don’t miss fresh squeezed juices and fresh baked goods.

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Mike & Patty’s
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Aaron T.
Restaurants, American

Mike & Patty’s

icon-location-pin Bay Village

This tiny Bay Village eatery specializes in quick and comforting breakfast sandwiches. Having only two stools in house, Mike & Patty’s is ideal for grabbing breakfast and chowing down on a park bench, maybe even a nearby stoop. The Fancy is their claim to fame and has customers lining up around the block. They’re open daily until 2pm for those craving breakfast for lunch, or just those who slept in late.  

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Sofra
Photograph: Courtesy Sofra
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Sofra

icon-location-pin West Cambridge

Casual sibling to Oleana and Sarma, Sofra is popular for Mediterranean treats like gözleme, shawarma, and börek. But this spot on the Cambridge-Belmont border also offers Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese baked goods, including tasty breakfast treats. Try olive oil granola, chickpea pancakes, or a morning bun with orange blossom glaze, available every day of the week.

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The Friendly Toast
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Rose H.
Restaurants, American

The Friendly Toast

icon-location-pin Back Bay

Nestled on a low-traffic side street in Back Bay is the Friendly Toast, whose menu is just as eccentric and colorful as their dining space. With a such a big menu, big portions, and big flavors, you’ll leave feeling full, happy, and possiby ready to go back to bed. The Friendly Toast has mastered the art of breakfast and makes everything in house, from their freshly baked bread to their hollandaise sauce. They serve breakfast all day, as well as signature sandwiches, soups, burgers and more. 

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South Street Diner
Photograph: Courtesy South Street Diner
Restaurants, Diners

South Street Diner

icon-location-pin Downtown

South Street Diner welcomes hungry patrons at all hours. The 24/7 diner serves breakfast standards throughout the day for early risers and night owls alike. The “Diner Special” (three eggs, two pancakes or French toast, home fries, toast, and choice of bacon, corn beef hash, ham or sausage) is always a winner.

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The Breakfast Club
Photograph: Courtesy The Breakfast Club
Restaurants, Diners

The Breakfast Club

icon-location-pin Allston/Brighton

A throwback to both the 50s and the 80s, this Allston diner celebrates the Brat Pack movie for which it’s named. Homemade breakfast items feature fresh ingredients and cage-free eggs, resulting in killer pancakes. The menu references the movie with specials like “The Basketcase” (two eggs, home fries, toast, pancakes or French toast, and choice of meat) and “The Dean’s Office” (toasted bagel, smoked salmon, cream cheese, onions, tomatoes, capers).

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3 Little Figs
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Grace W.
Restaurants, Cafés

3 Little Figs

icon-location-pin Somerville

Tiny 3 Little Figs is top notch when it comes to getting your morning caffeine fix. Beans are carefully-selected from a variety of roasters. Espresso drinks are well-made, with impressive foam work. Scratch-made muffins, scones, and other baked goods make for a complete breakfast on the go.

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The Bristol
Photograph: Courtesy The Bristol
Restaurants, American

The Bristol

icon-location-pin Back Bay

For a power breakfast or luxurious start to the morning, head to the Four Seasons. This upscale dining destination offers views of the Public Garden and a posh morning spread. Pastries, omelettes, Belgian malted waffles, and smoked salmon are all expertly prepared. For a more indulgent experience, check out the popular Sunday Brunch.

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