Los Angeles isn’t just the city of angels—it’s the city of stars. You’re sure to sight a few Hollywood starlets during your visit, even if it’s just to compare their handprints with yours at Grauman’s (now TCL) Chinese Theater. The glamour and creativity in Los Angeles draw tourists from around the world, eager to see Beverly Hills, Malibu, and Hollywood studios.
Whether you want a flashy five-star bistro or a casual neighborhood eatery with a laid-back surfer vibe, Los Angeles’ restaurants cater to all walks of life. During my most recent trip to LA, I was in search of the best breakfast spots to enjoy a hearty and delicious meal to fuel my sightseeing endeavors.
I found a myriad of amazing restaurants, bistros, eateries, and cafes that have the best breakfast in Los Angeles.
2352 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001
Established in 1955 by Eddie and Paul Fox, Fox’s Restaurant has been an Altadena institution for nearly 70 years. Although Fox’s Restaurant recently changed owners to a restaurateur and chef couple Monique King and Paul Rosenbluh, Fox’s maintains the same classic American breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and brunches that earned them their L.A. staple status.
You can get breakfast on the weekdays and brunch on the weekends at Fox’s with menus that run the gamut of American comfort food. I loved their Green Goddess Omelet with artichoke, asparagus, gruyere, parsley pesto, and house potatoes.
320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Gjusta is a bakery, café, market, and deli in Oakwood that sources all ingredients from California’s bountiful farms, ranches, and coastline.
The market at Gjusta features artisanal jams, spreads, cheeses, and meats, along with locally crafted kitchenware and even vintage attire, so you can stop in for breakfast and leave with numerous fashionable souvenirs. Their colorful breakfast plates showcase the fresh produce and house-smoked meats from their deli.
Whether you want Mediterranean or Mexican, you’ll get it, California-style. I loved the smoked fish and egg with labneh, capers, tomato, pickled red onion, cucumber radish, and fresh sourdough bread from the bakery.
Republique Café Bakery & République Restaurant
624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Located in an iconic Midtown 1920’s building formerly owned by Charlie Chaplin, Republique Café Bakery and Restaurant is a beautifully restored two-part restaurant, divided into the front-of-house casual bakery and café and the formal dinner restaurant in the back. Owned and operated by award-winning Chef duo Margarita and Walter Manzke, Republique Café Bakery is one of the more picturesque settings to enjoy a refined breakfast.
They make fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies, espresso drinks, and breakfast cocktails to accompany your meal. I recommend starting with a freshly baked bread of the day with homemade jam and butter. Along with classic French breakfasts like Croque Madam and seasonal quiche, they also make fusion dishes like kimchi fried rice and shakshouka.
2040 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
All Time is a laid-back yet trendy Los Feliz neighborhood eatery with a quaint black-and-white checkered floor interior, wood tables, knick-knack art, and candles that open onto a great outdoor patio. They have a full coffee bar and bakery, so you can grab a quick pastry and coffee to go or enjoy a reasonably priced breakfast and leisurely coffee.
They sell freshly roasted coffee by the pound, and I had a fresh cup of drip coffee with one of their famous blackberry and raspberry scones using farmer’s market berries. If you want more farmer’s market breakfast dishes, I loved the crispy rice with farmer’s market veggies and two fried eggs.
Friends & Family
5150 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Friends & Family is a bakery and café run by Pastry Chef and Baker Roxana Jullapat and Chef Daniel Mattern. They have 15 years of experience working in LA’s most famous restaurants. They teamed up to open this incredible market-driven eatery in East Hollywood to nationwide acclaim from top publications like the NYTimes, Zagat, Food and Wine, and Los Angeles Magazine.
Whatever you do, you must sample at least one baked good, whether it’s a Halvah croissant or a Swedish cardamom bun. I loved their BELT breakfast sandwich with thick-cut bacon, tomato, lettuce, over easy egg, and basil mayo on toasted sourdough.
7080 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tiago is a Hollywood coffee bar and eatery run by artists for artists. Their diverse LGBTQ-friendly collective of local actors, artists, musicians, and other entertainment industry professionals strive to create a welcoming environment for all customers, from stars to tourists. All food and coffee are sourced sustainably and fairly.
They have an all-day menu of in-house roasted coffee drinks, brunch, sandwiches, and salads. I loved their fresh and filling Breakie Burrito with bacon, eggs, cheddar, avocado, roasted potatoes, pinto beans, chili de Arbol salsa, and avocado salsa.
Blu Jam Café
Blu Jam Café is a gourmet breakfast and lunch café with a casual, approachable atmosphere that originated in an old Hollywood Jazz and Blues club that inspired its name. Owned and run by Czech immigrants and friends Kamil Majer and David Fris, Blu Jam Café has become a premier European-style café that has expanded to include six locations around LA, including the original Hollywood spot.
Despite its gourmet preparations and lovely presentation, the food at Blu Jam is reasonably priced to fit all budgets. I loved their signature crunchy French toast, a French brioche dipped in batter and rolled in corn flakes, then grilled and topped with fresh berries, powdered sugar, and vanilla bean sauce.
Breakfast by Salt’s Cure
7494 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Located a few blocks from TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Salt’s Cure is an intimate cocktail bar and New American restaurant in a sleek yet natural contemporary dining space. Their unique yet small breakfast menu features a unique griddle cake made from oatmeal and served dry with no modifications. They strive for simplicity in a town known for being “extra.”
Oatmeal griddle cakes are perfectly sweet, hence the reason they don’t sell or offer syrup. I loved the blueberry griddle cake with flax seed crumble, a side of molasses cured picnic ham and sunny side eggs.
440 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cofax Coffee is a coffee house and breakfast burrito joint in West Hollywood, serving artisanal craft coffee and breakfast burritos in a small, casual coffee shop. Their coffee drinks feature Mexican-inspired flavors, and they source their meats and potatoes from their sister barbecue restaurant.
You can also get delicious breakfast sandwiches, donuts, and pastries with your morning coffee, but the burritos are a cut above. Using smoked meats and potatoes, the flavor is phenomenal. They even have a vegan burrito. My favorite was the smoked chorizo hash burrito with potatoes, bell peppers, onions, scrambled egg, jack cheese, pico de gallo, and crushed tortilla chips.
Jon & Vinny’s Fairfax
412 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Located in the Fairfax District, Jon & Vinny’s is an upscale and sleek Italian eatery, pizzeria, and cocktail bar with a bustling atmosphere. The rich all-wood interior with high ceilings and an open kitchen is a fun, upbeat setting for gourmet and authentic Italian meals with friends. They even offer a pizza-making class.
Don’t worry, you can get pizza for breakfast at Jon and Vinny’s, and it’s so delicious that you’ll think pizza has always been a breakfast food. Of course, pizza, pasta, and bread are scratch-made daily, so you can expect an incredible lineup of fresh Italian pastries, breakfast bread, and pancakes. Still, you must try the Neapolitan-style breakfast pizza with Yukon gold potatoes, fried egg, red onion, rosemary, olive oil, Parmigiano, and caciocavallo with grilled bacon.
1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Huckleberry Café is a charming Santa Monica bakery and breakfast café with an equally charming backstory. Owners, married couple, and Santa Monica natives Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan met as cooks in the restaurant down the street from Huckleberry, where they developed the idea and menu for this beloved breakfast café, serving some of the best pastries, bread, and pancakes in town.
The food at Huckleberry is so popular that the owners and Executive Chef decided to share the recipes with their community in a massive 115-recipe cookbook, published in 2014. Sweet and savory breakfasts are amazing at Huckleberry Café, and they make the best fluffy pancakes with organic butter and pure maple syrup.
1300 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Located in front of the beautiful Los Angeles State Historic Park, Nick’s Café is a classic breakfast and lunch diner with a casual, unpretentious dining space and a major hipster appeal. While they offer a traditional diner menu with a massive selection of comfort food favorites, the quality and presentation are on par with classy bistros.
Whether you want a deli sandwich, French toast, or Mexican breakfast, Nick’s Café has it all. Comfort food from every corner of the U.S. is represented in every form. You can order a decadent plate of biscuits and sausage gravy while your significant other can indulge in a heaping plate of Chilaquiles with nopales, scrambled eggs, peppers, onions, jalapenos, sour cream, queso fresco, cilantro, and tomatoes.
The Original Pantry Cafe
877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
If you’re looking for the ultimate classic diner experience and historical landmark in one establishment, look no further than The Original Pantry Café, LA’s original 24-hour diner, opening its doors in 1924. Over 90 years later, The Original Pantry Café remains in its same downtown LA location that is not just a local favorite but an official Los Angeles Historical-Cultural Monument.
Breakfast offerings are simple, All-American continental favorites like biscuits and gravy with eggs and hashbrowns or a pancake plate with eggs and potatoes. They also serve omelets and, my personal favorite, country-fried steak and eggs with potatoes and toast.
Jacks N Joe
2498 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Jacks N Joe is a family-owned, family-friendly all-day breakfast café and pancake house in University Park. Its budget-friendly menu, friendly service, and cozy dining room with an old-school breakfast counter overlooking an open pancake griddle make them a neighborhood favorite.
While they have an extensive offering of build-your-own and specialty omelets, the dish to get is the flapjacks, and there’s every variety under the sun. If you can’t decide which to try, you can always order a pancake flight to sample three different varieties. My favorite pancake stack is the Pudgie Elvis, with three buttermilk pancakes topped with peanut butter bananas, butter, and powdered sugar.
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
With locations in West Hollywood and Downtown LA, Bottega Louie is a high-end patisserie, gourmet market, café, and bistro, specializing in Italian cuisine. The regal and stunning interior and fine dining service have won Bottega Louie countless local and national accolades for the most beautiful restaurant and best brunch, to name a few.
You can get breakfast and brunch on the weekends only. They have an Italian-inspired breakfast menu with dishes like Lobster mash, Breakfast Carbonara, frittatas, Croque madame, and Neapolitan-style pizzas. I loved the smoked salmon benedict with poached eggs, sauteed spinach, crème fresh, red onions, and hollandaise over hashbrowns.
Honey Bee’s House of Breakfast
4715 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Located in West Adams, Honey Bee’s House of Breakfast is a family-owned breakfast restaurant specializing in American and Salvadorian comfort food. The cozy and humble dining room, welcoming service, and heaping plates of comfort food from around the U.S. and south of the border have won a spot on LA Weekly’s top 10 restaurants for comfort food in Los Angeles.
While you can get pancakes, French toast, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and Mexican breakfasts, I recommend trying the Salvadorian specialties for a unique experience. I loved the empanada-like Salvadorian pastelitos, savory veggie and meat pies.
Square One Dining
With locations in East Hollywood and Silver Lake, Square One Dining is a hip modern California-style breakfast and lunch restaurant and café. They source all ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, ensuring that all products from meat to produce are organic and hormone-free. The high-quality ingredients speak for themselves in simple dishes that are both elegant and fresh.
Breakfast is served all day, along with a wide list of espresso, tea, and specialty drinks like vegan Vietnamese coffee. My favorite dish is the breakfast bowl with sauteed kale, feta, avocado, cherry tomato, two poached eggs, quinoa, brown rice, and microgreens.