The Best Places to Start Your Morning in LA
Ahh, breakfast. The most important meal of the day. Whether you prefer a post-Soul Cycle healthy grain bowl and green juice (you know who you are, LA), or decadent bacon and eggs, you'll want to start your morning at one of these fine fine fine addresses.
A chalkboard that reads "Toast and Coffee" marks this East LA breakfast joint, which has become the top breakfast spot of choice for food lovers, influencers, and celebrities alike. The famous dishes to try are the brioche decked in homemade ricotta and jam, and the sorrel bowl with a poached egg, but don't overlook the delicious seasonal specials.
720 N Virgil Ave #4, East Hollywood
A traditional Korean breakfast is a bowl of juk, rice porridge, and while there are plenty of excellent purveyors in LA’s K-Town, the true juk specialist is Bonjuk LA, serving a wide variety of bowls. First timers will want to order the classic abalone juk, but the pine and pumpkin juk are the move for something a bit different. For anyone finishing up a night of karaoke that ended up extending into the wee hours, juk is the ultimate hangover cure… just saying.
3551 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
This Culver City hot spot has been drawing the cool kids of the East to the Westside for its highly instagrammable and inventive breakfast dishes. The minimalist spot serves Scandanavian fare with an LA twist. Don't forget to order one of the many fragrant teas from the extensive list to round out your breakfast.
3578 Hayden Ave, Culver City
You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Austin at Homestate, LA’s de facto breakfast taco dealer. The Tex-Mex kitchen, now with two locations in Los Feliz and Highland Park, serves Texas-style breakfast tacos to hungry patrons every AM… with eight (eight!!!) tacos to choose from. The Austin experience doesn’t stop at the tacos, however… they serve Austin-roasted Cuvee Coffee, Topo Chico (a Mexican mineral water beloved by Texans), and serve tacos wrapped in tortillas made by Austin-based El Milagro. Yee haw!
4624 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5611 N. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Even if the food doesn't impress you (it will!), the striking interior sure will. Republique is easily one of the most beautiful restaurants in LA, featuring soaring ceilings and impressive decor, but stripped back communal tables so it's not too fancy-dancy. Enjoy French-inspired breakfast staples - the mushroom toast is pretty amazing.
624 South La Brea Ave, La Brea
The pretty young thangs of LA convene at Backyard Bowls, which serves some of the best smoothie bowls in the city. Choose acai, pitaya, or another blend as your base, and dress it up with all the fruit, grains, and seeds you please. Bonus points for the shady outdoor seating in front.
8303 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood
Had enough green stuff on your plate? Do you want a side of bacon with that? This is the go-to spot for a no-frills classic breakfast. The bacon is thick and the pancakes are fluffy. This is where Ron Swanson would eat breakfast, if he'd even go to LA*.
1155 Highland Ave, Hollywood
Prefer brekkie over breakfast? This Santa Monica spot operated by Australian expats is named after Sydney’s most famous stretch of sand, Bondi Beach, home to a strong cafe culture. The chill, whitewashed space serves and excellent menu that deviates from your typical breakfast standards. Try the rad bowl, chimichurri-dressed cauliflower rice with kale, turmeric quinoa, and fermented veg, topped with a poached egg and grilled halloumi and dukkah.
1814 Berkeley St, Santa Monica
No, no… I’m not advocating pad thai for breakfast (although, go for it)… this no-frills joint in Thai Town is among the best to experience a true Thai breakfast. You’ll want to order pa thong ko, which are basically Thai crullers, served alongside condensed milk. The ultimate indulgence is to pair it with a bowl of jok for a salty-sweet combo. Doors open at six am, and the whole AM menu is so good that they might want to consider a name change to Siam Sunrise. *high fives self*
5265 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Jon & Vinny's
Famous LA restauranteurs Jon and Vinny opened this casual restaurant on Fairfax as a local gathering spot. The light-filled space serves Italian-inspired fare, as well as LA staples like avocado toast. Don't miss the incredible pastries.
412 N Fairfax Ave, Melrose
Silver Lake’s Roo might just serve some of the prettiest food in town. I’m not exactly sure how, but apparently the ultra-photogenic fairy bread (sourdough topped with mascarpone, butter, and SPRINKLES) counts as breakfast, and I am 100% on board with anything serving sprinkles for breakfast. The rest of the menu is solid too, but whatever you choose to order, pair it with the spot on macadamia iced latte.
1523 Griffith Park Blvd
This delicious and ultra-sustainable Echo Park daytime joint is bowl central. From miso bowls, to grain bowls, to yogurt bowls, to curry bowls... they have it all covered. You can even dress up your bowl with extra toppings, but the most important addition is something to sip on from their impressive menu of smoothies and other drinks (and by other drinks I mean a ridiculously delicious chocolate milkshake which you should definitely order). The chyawanprash and banana toast is also a must... and no, you don't even need to know what chyawanprash is to enjoy it. Don't ask questions, just eat.
1620 Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
The best breakfast in Venice is ___* ordered from the counter at Gjusta and eaten in the shady backyard. The mushroom breakfast pizza is for early birds only - it goes FAST, and for good reason, and the rice bowl with a poached egg is warming and comforting without making you feel too full. Whatever you do, be sure to grab a few seasonal cookies to take home. I can guarantee they won't last long.
320 Sunset Ave, Venice
The queue for this popular stand could probably loop around Grand Central Market twice. If you're willing to wait with hordes of hungry instagrammers and food lovers from near and far, you'll be rewarded with the best egg sandwich of your life. Also, this is the one time when it's actually okay to order a slut.
317 S Broadway, at Grand Central Market, DTLA
Every taco-lover in LA knows Guisados, but did you know that they serve breakfast tacos, too? Until 11am, LA’s favorite taco purveyor churns out an epic breakfast taco for the bargain price of $2.45. And with their many locations around LA, you’ve got no excuse not to try it.
2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033
1261 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
541 S Spring St #101, Los Angeles, CA 90013
8935 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
When the lines at Wexlers and Eggslut are too much to handle (when aren’t they), a more than excellent backup plan is China Cafe. You’re going to want the won ton soup for the ultimate savory breakfast, so line up next to the Chinatown locals who pile in every morning and dig in. And bonus, you can even drink at China Cafe… crack open a bottle of Budweiser or Corona at any hour… who needs mimosas?
317 S Broadway # 18, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The ultimate post-surf refuel can be found at Great White. The open-air space is right off the boardwalk (just far enough from the freak show for a bit of peace), so jog up from the waves, ditch your board at the door, and tuck into the Blue Smoothie Bowl for something light (and instagrammable), or the breakfast burrito for something a bit more hearty.
1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291