Traditional to Tropical: 10 Key West Breakfast Spots That Are Real Eye-Openers

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so schedule time on your Key West itinerary for a leisurely start each morning. Whether you’re headed out on the water or on a bike tour, you’ll need some hearty grub to keep you going.

It's easy to linger on the shaded patios at cafes like Croissants de France, and waterfront views at Southernmost Cafe make that second Old Bay Bacon Bloody Mary a must. At Banana Cafe, people-watching on Duval Street will entertain, as you inhale homemade crepes and quiche. Most menus feature the fresh local seafood with entrees like the Key West shrimp omelet at Sarabeth’s and the Lobster Benedict at Blue Heaven.

For grab-and-go items, outdoor stands like Cuban Coffee Queen offer that quick jolt of a cafe con leche with a hearty Cuban sandwich. Or for a sugar fix, head to Glazed Donuts where their scrumptious confections are almost too pretty to eat. At Cole’s Peace, the aroma of straight-from-the-oven bread lures you in for a wide selection of muffins, sticky-buns, croissants and pastries.

Is your hangover begging for some down-home cooking? Pepe's Cafe has been serving up Chock Full O' Nuts coffee and chipped beef on toast since 1909. The old-school diner, Harpoon Harry’s slings comfort food like country fried steak topped with sausage gravy. No matter if you’re recovering from a late night or up early to catch the sunrise, these Key West breakfast eateries will get your day started right.

A household name in New York City, Sarabeth's in Key West has gained its own loyal following as a go-to breakfast stop. Located in a historic clapboard house on Simonton Street, the restaurant has a charming garden in the back with prime...  Read More

This classic greasy spoon is a short morning bike ride away from Duval Street and close to the historic seaport. A 50s-style diner, the eatery sports a funky colorful decor complete with ample counter seating. The breakfast menu is available all...  Read More

Cole's Peace Artisan Bakery
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The aroma of freshly-baked bread will lure you into Cole's Peace. This bakery tucked away near the entrance to Old Town is filled with to-die-for artisan selections from baguette to olive fougasse. Many other local eateries like Sarabeth's,...  Read More

The oldest eatery in the Keys (a Cuban fisherman opened it in 1909), Pepe's is worth a visit for the history alone. While it's still a local's place, visitors have gotten hip to this tiny gem despite its unassuming frontage. Their motto, "A...  Read More

This much-lauded restaurant in Bahama Village needs little introduction for its southern and Caribbean fare. The private courtyard (once home to Hemingway's boxing matches) is filled with roaming chickens and lounging cats soaking in the sun....  Read More

Located in front of the harbor, this little outdoor stand is loved by locals and tourists alike. Their cafe con leche is not to be missed. Pair with delicious Cuban breakfast sandwiches and fresh smoothies. There's usually a line, but service is...  Read More

Duval Street

Grab a window seat or head for the second floor veranda for breakfast with a view at this charming bistro. You can watch the parade of scooters, bikes and horse-mounted policemen along Duval Street. Their menu features French classics like sweet...  Read More

Southernmost Beach Cafe
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Waterfront dining in Key West often comes with a steep price. Not so at the Southernmost Beach Cafe. Here you'll find a hearty breakfast that won't break the bank and stellar views of the Atlantic. You can stroll in from the sand and have a seat...  Read More

Part bakery, part bistro, Croissants de France serves up a mix of French food with a Caribbean twist. Their garden patio just off Duval Street offers a tranquil setting under the shade of a sprawling Spanish lime tree. Sip on a luscious...  Read More

When Glazed Donuts put out its shingle in 2012, it wasn't long before the bakery started appearing on best-of lists in many high-profile publications. The owners, both respected chefs, have made an art of mixing, fermenting, frying, and glazing...  Read More


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Claudia Miller has been writing about South Florida for over 17 years--seven from Key Largo. A budding photographer, she can usually be found stalking a sunset. Despite being a tad...  More About Claudia