Whether it’s the first meal after a long night on the town or a casual breakfast with family, indulging in a good weekend brunch is one of the top things to do in Philadelphia. Follow our guide to find the best brunch in Philadelphia, featuring all the eggs, pancakes, coffee and mimosas you’ve ever craved. After a delicious meal, we suggest spending the rest of your day visiting the essential Philadelphia attractions and Philadelphia museums—trust us on this one.
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Best brunch in Philadelphia
Sabrina’s reputation as one of the hottest brunch spots in town is completely warranted and, given the five locations throughout Philly, everyone can partake in the deliciousness. From the stuffed challah French toast to the veggie tofu scramble, the dishes that you’ll consume will make waiting for a table totally worth it. All the locations except for the University City one are BYOB, so toss a bottle of champagne in your bag to mix up mimosas!
Sometimes, tasty grub is worth a little drive. This suburban hot spot brews fair trade coffee and serves small batch baked goods made with fair trade vanilla and chocolate. Try a big plate of huevos rancheros with house-made chili or dig into a stack of crème brûlée pancakes with homemade pastry cream. Be sure to check the website for daily specials and come hungry.
This sunny spot in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood offers a wide selection of classic brunch items seven days a week along with some more unique dishes like the vegetarian sweet potato hash, served with golden beets, grilled fennel and sunny eggs with a horseradish-ginger aioli. If you’re more of a sweet brunch kind of person, try the brie-stuffed French toast with apricot glaze. You won’t be disappointed.
With three locations in Philly and one in Miami, Green Eggs Café is clearly a must-try. Pair a bowl of quinoa porridge with a classic Belgian waffle or get adventurous with the cookie dough stuffed French toast. Remember to stop at the ATM on the way because the eatery is cash only.
This Cuban, Latin American and Caribbean restaurant serves a versatile and delicious brunch every Saturday and Sunday until 3pm. Menu stars are the various national breakfasts (American, Colombian, Cuban, Mexican, Argentinean and Costa Rican), which include items like arepa, carne asada, chorizo, fried cheese, sweet plantains and churrasco (grilled steak).
Located in West Philly, The Farmacy serves local, organic comfort brunch food Thursday-Sunday. In addition to the classics, the menu boasts an extensive “build-your-own” section where you can choose from over 20 ingredients to construct the ultimate eggs Benedict, all served with a side of duck-fried potatoes. (Vegetarians take note and let your server know.)
Bright, airy and sparsely decorated, The Dutch, located on 4th Street in South Philly, offers such delectable brunch eats as a cast-iron-cooked “Dutch Baby” pancake (available either sweet or savory) and crispy Lebanon bologna omelette. Grab a seat by the window and people-watch as you sip on a house-made virgin Bloody Mary.
As one of the first farm-to-table spots in Philly, White Dog Café has been offering seasonally changing menus for over 33 years. Try a handmade fresh donut or s’mores stuffed French toast if you like to start your day with something sweet. If savory is more your bag, give the beet and arugula salad a go followed by an avocado BLT with a crispy fried cage-free egg.
Visit either of Honey’s two locations (South Philly or Northern Liberties) and revel in a hearty down-home meal. It just isn’t breakfast without a breakfast bomb (giant pancake stuffed with eggs and bacon), chef Jeb’s open-faced biscuit sandwich or a beautifully plated breakfast quesadilla. Honey’s is cash only and BYOB.
This cash-only Northern Liberties restaurant serves a mean authentic Venezuelan brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Try the house special, the desayuno Venezolano, which includes a fresh, scratch arepa with cheese and butter. Much of the menu is gluten-free and almost everything can be made vegetarian. Reservations are strongly suggested.
It’ll feel like you just stepped off a street in Paris when you sit down for a weekend brunch at Beau Monde. Decorated with floral damask and lit with delicate sconces, the beauty of the atmosphere is matched by the beauty of the crepes. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, you will surely find something to tempt your palate.
Whether you prefer a la carte or all-you-can-eat, navigate down to Old City for Cuba Libre’s tapas brunch. For $28/person, try the unlimited tapas menu and sample dishes like the pork fried rice con huevo and the one-eyed ropa vieja hash. Finish it all up with churros con chocolate and a cup of café Cuba libre, made with Cuban coffee and steamed coconut milk.
If fresh, ripe smashed avocado on top of a thick slice of nutty bread with a side of basted eggs isn’t enough to drag you out of bed, then maybe a sweet, fluffy Belgian waffle served with fresh fruit compote will do it. Grab a mug of hot, strong coffee and refill it yourself from the carafe brought to your table at First Watch in Villanova, Wynnewood, or—coming soon—Newtown Square.
Housed in a historic refurbished factory in the Callowhill neighborhood, Café Lift delivers brunch winners that include steak and egg tacos, lemon ricotta pancakes and cannoli French toast. The menu changes with the seasons and uses locally sourced ingredients and independent local growers for their produce.