6 Philadelphia Brunch Spots: A Round-Up of Our Favorites
Looking for a reason to rise and shine after a late night? Slept in and now have a huge appetite? Try one of these great spots for brunch in Philly!
Philadelphia isn't a major city, but it's culturally incredibly rich, including restaurants that are high-quality but still affordable -- making it the ideal place for a visit. To make sure every meal you get is packed with flavor, here are six of our favorite places to grab brunch and take the city in.
This beautifully-decorated little Old City restaurant with a flair for high-quality artisanal ingredients makes for a great brunch spot, whether alone, with a date, or with a group of friends. The brunch menu offers delicious selections of traditional favorites, like breakfast sandwiches, omelets, and waffles, but with some unique touches, like the tofu & vegan chorizo burrito, making it a great option for vegetarians or limited meat-eaters. Happy hour is from 11:00am to 2:00pm, so enjoy half-priced beer, wine, and cocktails!
Farmicia is located on 15 South 3rd Street. It’s open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30am to 10:00pm, Friday 11:30am to 11:00pm, Saturday 8:30am to 11:00pm, and Sunday 8:30am to 9:00pm. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Cafe La Maude
This French-Lebanese restaurant offers a unique brunch menu in a chic, Parisian-style cafe. The stylish interior, relaxed outdoor seating, and colorful pastries give it a French feel, but the menu has many unexpected touches that make Cafe La Maude unique and set it apart from other Philadelphia brunch offerings. The Parisian Za is particularly popular, a croissant with ham, goat cheese, avocado, jalapeños, and caramelized onions, served with eggs and potatoes seasoned with Zaatar spice. The portions are large here, so be sure to bring your appetite!
Cafe La Maude is located on 816 North 4th Street. It’s open daily from 7:00am to 4:00pm.
Cafe Y Chocolate
For a Mexican-style brunch at a great price, Cafe Y Chocolate is the place to go. The huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos are delicious and filling, and perfect for those headed to brunch with a big appetite. There are also some excellent options for vegetarians, with well-seasoned scrambled or fresh vegetables tofu standing in for some of the more traditional meat-based dishes. On a colder morning, try the Mexican hot chocolate, which is sure to warm you up.
Cafe Y Chocolate is located on 2100 South Norwood Street. It’s open Monday through Wednesday from 10:00am to 7:00pm, Thursday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Amada is a trendy, well-trafficked tapas restaurant in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, with a menu filled with ingredients of only the highest quality. For those looking for brunch, the meats and cheeses are deliciously flavorful -- try the manchego, with truffled lavender honey -- but keep in mind, this place isn’t terribly vegetarian or vegan-friendly! For those looking for a meat and cheese-heavy meal, however, you can’t go wrong. Try the chorizo con papas, served with potato and fried egg, or the Amada omelet, with ham, manchego cheese, and potato. The tapas can get pricey, but if you’re looking to splurge, this is a great place to do it.
Amada is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5:00pm to 11:00pm, and Sunday from 10:30am to 2:30pm and 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
Green Eggs Cafe
Mixing traditional brunch fare with its own unique twist, Green Eggs Cafe is great for those Philadelphia visitors looking for some of the best brunch the city has to offer. For those looking for a bit of Southern style in their brunch, the grits are a standout here, prepared to creamy perfection. If you like a lot of sugar in your brunch dishes, the red velvet pancakes or creme brûlée french toast are wonderfully decadent; if your preferences run toward the savory, the chicken & waffles benedict provide a great twist on a traditional Southern favorite.
Green Eggs Cafe has multiple locations around Philadelphia; check the website for a location near you. It’s open daily from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
The industrial-style interior gives Cafe Lift a hipster feel, but make no mistake -- this place is good for more than just hype. The lemon ricotta pancakes are a must, served with honey, preserves, and homemade whipped cream. The local Rival Brothers coffee is well-loved among visitors and locals alike, and it gives the place a Philly-specific feel. There’s no alcohol on the menu, but it’s BYOB, so if you’re so inclined, save a few bucks and bring your own!
Cafe Lift is located on 438 North 13th Street. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
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