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The best brunch in Philadelphia right now

Discover the best brunch Philadelphia has to offer, whether you want traditional fare or something fun and international

Walnut Street Cafe is a beautiful place for brunch in Philadelphia.
Photograph: Courtesy Walnut Street Cafe
By Robin Fradkin Matthews and Caroline Coral |
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Finding the best brunch Philadelphia has to offer is a serious business. But while most of us head to the spots with the longest lines (hello, Sabrina‘s and Green Eggs!), savvy diners opt for more under-the-radar eateries that serve up all the things we look for in an ideal brunch experience: atmosphere, tons of coffee and mimosas, and, of course, delicious grub. Follow our guide to the best brunch in Philadelphia to find a mix of these low-key spots—including some of the best new restaurants in Philadelphia—and tried-and-true favorites. If you‘re looking for something lighter, consider ditching the crowds for one of the best bakeries Philadelphia has to offer, or plop down over a steamy cup of java in one of the best local coffee shops.

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Best brunch in Philadelphia

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Talulas Garden is a restaurant located near Washington Square.
Photograph: Marissa Evans
Restaurants, American

Talula's Garden

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Chef Aimee Olexy’s commitment to sourcing the top tier of local ingredients for her Washington Square-adjacent eatery is as evident as ever come brunch time. There’s no need to wait until after dinner to sample offerings from Talula’s excellent cheese selection, which can be ordered as a starter before moving on to Kennett Square mushroom omelettes and egg-topped burgers with melty Doe Run Farm cheese.

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Walnut Street Cafe is a great place for brunch in Philadelphia.
Photograph: Walnut Street Cafe
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Walnut Street Cafe

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During daylight hours, sun streams into the cool marble and wood dining room of this University City stunner. An intriguing wine list offers up pours of sparkling wines from lesser-known regions that complement elegant takes on eggy dishes like carbonara and khachpuri, a Georgian pastry filled with Parisian ham and feta. For an indulgent finish, order up the baked Alaska for dessert. It’s a refreshing–and Instagram-worthy—concoction of cinnamon bourbon ice cream and brown sugar meringue on a bed of blood oranges.

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Spread of dim sum at Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown
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Nom Wah Tea Parlor

You won’t find bustling carts at this dimly lit dim-sum spot in Chinatown. Instead, guests can tick off little boxes to order steamers of hand-pinched dumplings, rice rolls and spare ribs. To accompany its traditional dim sum spread, the restaurant offers a line up of expertly sourced and aged teas that are available along with cold Tsingtaos—you know, for a different sort of morning pick-me-up.

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Eat delicious Mediterranean fare at Kanella Grill.
Photograph: Caroline Coral

Kanella Grill

Not everyone can wake up and enjoy brunch on a sun-soaked Greek isle, but brunch at Kanella Grill in Midtown Village is a close second. The white-washed dining room, accented in Mediterranean blues, is a cozy place to pop a bottle of BYO bubbly and dig into cumin-scented shakshuka and olive-oil-fried eggs with links of heady merguez and cooling yogurt.

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Khyber Pass Pub
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Restaurants

Khyber Pass Pub

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On weekend mornings the flavors of New Orleans touch down at this moodily lit Old City beer bar. Instead of vodka and sparkling wine, the daytime drinks here are heavy on the bourbon, and the menu features boudin, bananas foster in french toast form and biscuits—all ideal for soaking up anything leftover from the night before.

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Ants Pants Café
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Charlotte M.
Restaurants, Australian

Ants Pants Café

icon-location-pin Schuylkill

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.

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