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The 10 best breakfast and brunch spots in Bristol

From classic fry-ups to vegan feasts, these are the absolute best places for breakfast and brunch in Bristol

Written by
Sammy Jones
&
Amy Houghton
Contributor
Liv Kelly
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Breakfast is, as they say, the most important meal of the day. But if you ask us, brunch is every bit as vital. There are few things better than luxuriating in a long, relaxed start to the morning, whether you’re perched over a full-english in a dinky little greasy spoon or a hearty vegan feast in a colourful café. 

And when it comes to brunch, Bristol’s offerings are unmatched. The city has a sumptuous array of spots guaranteed to fuel your day of gallery hopping, vintage shopping, coffee guzzling or pub-crawling. Have a look at our roundup of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Bristol right now.

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Amazing Bristol brunch and breakfast spots

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Renowned as one of the best all-day cafés in Bristol, breakfast at The Bristolian means business. Tuck yourself into the kooky interior as you peruse a loaded brunch menu. Take your pick from meaty, veggie or vegan takes on a classic Bristolian fry-up, or for smaller appetites, check out the waffles or eggs florentine. The Garden of Easton, over on St Marks Road, is also worth a visit for similar lush surroundings and yummy breakfasts.

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Opened in 2012, Hart’s Bakery is cosily tucked under Bristol Temple Meads train station. Stop by for cut-above caffeine and pastries on the go. Watch the baking action unfold in the open kitchen – and get first dibs on a new batch of cinnamon buns – as you sample your way through sourdough toast, breakfast muffins and properly hefty sausage rolls.

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It’s all about the massive breakfast sandwiches at this bright neighbourhood café and food store just around the corner from Easton’s St Marks Road, at, you guessed it, No.12. And whether you opt for them with crispy bacon or facon, one thing is certain: you need to get your order in early because they have been known to sell out. To say that BS5 locals have come to cherish this airy corner café with its big windows, whitewashed walls and large communal tables is something of an understatement. 

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You can’t get much more Bristol than this Stokes Croft workers’ co-operative café that only serves vegan food. Breakfast is a highlight, with flavoursome meat-free fry-ups and the veggie BLT for a mere fiver being our picks of the bunch. Wash it down with a latte and watch the rest of the world rush to work through the massive floor-to-ceiling windows – or hide away from the world in Café Kino’s snug booth seating.

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5. Esté Kitchen

This Latin American-inspired café just down the road from Greenbank Cemetery in Easton is filled with imaginative takes on brunch and breakfast that are served all day long. The breakfast tacos are particularly enticing, with a choice of chorizo or vegan ingredients to savour on hand-pressed tortillas. Every dish has been lovingly developed to offer something different from your usual brunch fodder at Esté Kitchen

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The small but perfectly formed Budapest Café behind Whiteladies Road brings a slice of Hungary to BS8. Think full English breakfasts but with generous portions of Hungarian sausage, eggy bread and a slather of mustard to boot. For a sweet tooth, the Hungarian delicacies of sour cherry cake, apple pie and gerbeaud cake are all on offer. If you’re keen to get your teeth into the most Hungarian experience possible, order the goulash, which comes complete with sourdough and chorizo.

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If you can find someone with a bad word to say about the Primrose, they’ve probably never lived in Bristol. Choose from a lengthy menu featuring cut-above fry-ups (called Montys), savoury muffins, waffles, French toast and the world’s most indulgent hot chocolate, then place your order at the counter in the homey dining room downstairs. There’s no booking here but the staff will do their utmost to have you seated within ten minutes.

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Stapleton Road’s legendary Monte Carlo Café has been offering salvation to hungover souls since 1964. Don’t mistake the lack of pretension and bargain prices for bad quality, either. This place is as spotless as it is welcoming and the fry-ups are fabulous. Plump for the veggie breakfast (eggs, mushrooms, potato scallops, beans, tomatoes and veggie sausages) or brave the gigantic Full Monte, a mammoth undertaking of bacon, sausages, black pudding, eggs, potato scallops and all the trimmings.

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East Village Café
Photograph: East Village Café

9. East Village Café

Talk about Instagrammable. From its prettily presented pastel-coloured superfood lattes to a selection of stunningly designed cupcakes and homemade sandwiches, this East Village Café knows how to serve up takeaway breakfasts that will make your followers drool with envy – and they taste really good too. Nip round the corner to Clifton Village’s Victoria Square and you’ll have a perfectly packaged photoshoot ready to upload in just a jiffy.

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You might have seen the ‘Lounges’ dotted about the city, but this Lounge is the original. Its all-day brunch menu and damn fine cocktails are delivered to your table with a smorgasbord of sauces. The full English covers all bases, but savvy meat-eaters might want to add on a sweetcorn fritter from the equally impressive veggie version. Elsewhere there are pancake stacks, breakfast muffins and shakshuka to get stuck into, all best accompanied by the well-spiced Bloody Mary.

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