Rise and Shine with Space Coast's Best Breakfast Offerings

You're going to need energy to take on the waves on the Space Coast. Start your day right, at one of our favorite 10 places to grab breakfast in the area. 

Energize with an authentic Cuban coffee at the Vargas Cafe, or sip a brew made from custom-roasted beans at the Sun Shoppe and Cafe. The Sunrise Whole Grain Bakery and Coffee Shop can pour you a Joe and serve it with fresh-baked pastries – even gluten-free. With plenty of seating space and multiple floors, the Sunrise is ideal for larger groups or people looking for some quiet space to work. 

We especially love the unique, Florida twists on some of the classic breakfast options, such as the Crabby Frank's Benedict, an eggs benedict with snow crab instead of Canadian bacon, offered at Grill's Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar. Pair it with some fresh-squeezed orange juice, to top off the perfect beachy breakfast. 

Several restaurants offer popular brunch menus, too. The Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill's Sunday mimosa brunch is always packed. Izzy's Bistro's brunch is set to live music. And the Chart House, known for offering some of the Space Coast's best seafood, brings that same quality to its brunch menu. 

Or if you're looking for some inexpensive, familiar comfort food, Barrier Jack's is a local fave. 

Cape Canaveral
Vargas Cafe
Photo courtesy of Vargas Cafe Facebook page

In this little, family-owned cafe, you will be awed by the authentic Cuban and Mexican cuisine for reasonable prices – under $10 a meal. Vargas Cafe (named after the husband-wife owner duo) claims to make the best Cuban subs in Cape Canaveral,...  Read More

Simply Delicious Cafe and Bakery
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Simply Delicious is an early riser, and only open until mid-afternoon. It's well known for its stunning cakes and cupcakes, but its breakfast always draws out crowds, too. As you might expect as a bakery, Simply Delicious's specialties are...  Read More

Sunrise Whole Grain Bakery and Coffee Shop
Photo courtesy of Sunrise Bakery

Sunrise opens at 6 a.m. and stays open until 6 p.m. This family-fun business is a hot gathering place to work, relax and meet. In fact, a local running club and knitting club meet here regularly. There's plenty of space to meet and wifi is free....  Read More

Chart House Restaurant - Melbourne

The Chart House is considered one of the Space Coast's best seafood restaurants. The location is ideal, right on the banks of the Indian River and close to some of Melbourne's top businesses and, of course, the beach. Brunch at the Chart...  Read More

The Green Room
Photo courtesy of The Green Room Cafe

The Green Room is one of the healthiest restaurants on the Space Coast, but it does not sacrifice taste – or originality. Plan to be surprised, plan to feel indulgent, and plan on leaving feeling better than when you arrived. Here, you can...  Read More


The name says it all: D.I.G. Bistro stands for "dirt inspired goodness." In other words, fresh real food, straight from the soil. D.I.G. Bistro uses produce and meats grown and raised by local farmers – not the pesticide-laden stuff you...  Read More

Enjoy breakfast here seven days a week. Sip on fresh-squeezed orange juice or "bite the dog" with an inexpensive bloody Mary. The specialty omelets are scrumptious (try the spicy Cuban-inspired Spanish Armada omelet), but the house specials will...  Read More

Sun on the Beach Restaurant

Sun on the Beach Restaurant is a family business that backs right up to the beach. In fact, it's one of the few places to eat with an ocean view between Cocoa and Vero beaches. Sun on the Beach is surprisingly inexpensive, for the unique,...  Read More

Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill
Photo courtesy of Fishlips Facebook page

This enormous waterside bar features a great, covered party deck, tiki bar upstairs, sports bar, sun deck, an array of terrific martinis and an ever-popular seafood omelet brunch on Sundays. The special "Chef Creations" offer everything from...  Read More

Sun Shoppe and Cafe

Sun Shoppe and Cafe, located in the heart of downtown Melbourne for more than a decade, features good selection of coffee, dessert, muffins and bagels. This popular, quirky coffeehouse serves breakfast all day. Coffee here comes from...  Read More


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