Rise and Shine: Top Seattle Breakfast Destinations to Start Your Day Right

Seattle does drinking and eating right. In this town, coffee is an any-time-of-day treat, and the same goes for breakfast favorites like freshly-baked waffles and pancakes. Here are 10 excellent ways to get your first meal of the day–whether you want to grab some pastries to go, relax over crepes, coffee and today's news or dig into eggs, sausage, hash browns, benedicts, scrambles and other savory "comfort food" delights.

Seattle's cafes, restaurants and coffeehouses offer an astonishing variety of spaces in which 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 restaurants listed here include unique neighborhood cafes with limited seating; others have a few locations scattered throughout town.

Regardless of the exact scene, all options offer something special–from creative menu themes and innovative food prep styles to the eatery's vibe and decor. Wherever you land, we guarantee that these breakfast destinations will set a positive (and delicious) tone for the rest of your day. 

Flying Apron
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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
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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

Ba Bar
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Sophie and Eric Banh grew up eating street food in Saigon, and thanks to these siblings' vision and talent, Seattle diners now get to experience their sophisticated, creative takes on authentic Vietnamese fare at Ba Bar. (The restaurant's named...  Read More

Cafe Presse


This charming spot on South Capitol Hill near Seattle University (open since 2007) offers full coffee service featuring Caffe Vita, house-made pastries, affordable French wines, a full bar open daily until 2 a.m., a newsstand of various...  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

5 Spot


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



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

Portage Bay Café
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At four bright and airy spaces around town, enjoy consistently delicious fare at four Portage Bay Locations, where the food is always "local, organic and sustainable." The menu boasts the tagline "eat like you give a damn" and an impressive...  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