Sunny Side Up: Top Seattle Breakfast Destinations That Steal the Show

Seattle does drinking and eating right. In this town, coffee is an any-time-of-day drink of choice. And there's even more good news; when it comes right down to it, waffles or crepes prove an any-time-of-the-day food. But you still need a good breakfast to fuel your day! Here are 10 excellent ways to get your first meal of the day: whether you want to grab some pastries to go, relax over a crepes and coffee or dig into eggs, sausage, hash browns, benedicts, scrambles or other good old-fashioned American "comfort food" options.

Seattle's cafes, restaurants and coffeehouses offer an astonishing variety of places to get your morning started off right. There are grab-and-go options, counter cafes and plenty of sit-down booths and tables, with menu items that seek inspiration from all over the country and globe. Some of the restaurants listed here are neighborhood cafes with limited seating. Others have a few locations scattered throughout town (one is actually a Seattle-area chain).

Regardless of the exact style or scene, though, all offer something unique, from their menu themes and the preparation of their food to the vibe and decor. Wherever you land, we guarantee that these breakfast destinations will set a positive tone for carrying on with the rest of your day. 

Flying Apron
Photo courtesy of Flying Apron Bakery

Flying Apron bakery celebrates good health by using gluten-free, vegan ingredients; whole grain wheat-free flours and non-hydrogenated oils. Diners can use alternative methods to sweeten items with such ingredients as agave, maple syrup and...  Read More

Since 1994, Café Campagne has built a regional and national reputation "as Seattle's foremost classic French restaurant," in the venue's own words. Located just along the historic Post Alley in Pike Place Market, the welcoming restaurant offers...  Read More

Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

Looking for a great place to get beignets, without making the trek to Louisiana? You've found it! Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge, with its amazing French-Quarter charm and decor, offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining. Their...  Read More

Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge
Photo courtesy of Six Seven Restaurant

As Seattle's only true waterfront hotel, The Edgewater Hotel dazzles with its picture-perfect location overlooking Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains. At this rustic-meets-modern lodge where roughly half of the hotel's 223 rooms offer stunning...  Read More


In the heart of downtown Seattle, Sweet Iron serves authentic Belgian (Liège) waffles, made with local organic ingredients whenever possible. Its central location makes it an ideal spot for tourists heading to or from Pike Place Market, and...  Read More

The Original Pancake House was founded in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke in Portland, Oregon, and totally it also has locations in Seattle, Kirkland and Bothell. Breakfast here means delectable morning staples, served up in a delicious way...  Read More

Salty's on Alki Beach

The view of the skyline is spectacular at this West Seattle hot spot, which consistently receives awards like "Best Waterfront Restaurant" and "Best Sunday Brunch in Seattle." The picture window offers a postcard-like vista. The only thing that...  Read More

Start your day with piping-hot fresh coffee, and accompany it with any of the wonderful breads, cakes or pastries served at Macrina Bakery. Meet with friends and plan your day, or spend some quality alone time reading the morning news; the...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Kent Wang

Expertly prepared Vietnamese cuisine consistently draws a hungry crowd to this family-run restaurant (with one location in Capitol Hill and another in Bellevue). The menu changes seasonally and offers an extensive selection. Vegetarians relish...  Read More

Breakfast available all day, from every region in America. How excellent is that? Breakfasts available from all American regions and all cuisines...all day. Scan the menu at this fun and funky American eatery, and you'll likely find your...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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