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The 15 Best Breakfast Places Near University City, Philadelphia

Updated: June 28, 2022

A tasty breakfast sets the tone for the day and these University City diners make the best scrambles and pastry in town! We referred to top food blogs and incorporated millions of diner and critic reviews to find the best breakfasts. For the best breakfast burritos, muffins, pancakes, and drip coffees head to any of these University City Diners.

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Paris Baguette

Tea & Coffee, $$, University CityTea & Coffee, $$Philadelphia, University City
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

The Board & Brew

American, $$, University CityAmerican, $$Philadelphia, University City
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.5

Metropolitan Bakery

Bakery, $$, University CityBakery, $$Philadelphia, University City
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

CO-OP Restaurant & Lounge

American, $$, University CityAmerican, $$Philadelphia, University City
Google: 3.8
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Vibrant Coffee Roasters & Bakery

Coffee Roastery, $$, RittenhouseCoffee Roastery, $$Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

The Bakeshop on 20th

Bakery, $, RittenhouseBakery, $Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Rival Bros Coffee

Tea & Coffee, $, Fitler SquareTea & Coffee, $Philadelphia, Fitler Square
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Bart's Bagels

Bagel shop, $, MantuaBagel shop, $Philadelphia, Mantua
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Sabrina's Café

American, $$, PoweltonAmerican, $$Philadelphia, Powelton
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2017

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    Eater, 2017
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The Breakfast Den

Vietnamese, $, Graduate HospitalVietnamese, $Philadelphia, Graduate Hospital
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2017

    Where to Eat Breakfast in Philadelphia

    Eater, 2017
  • Eater, 2022

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Knockbox Cafe

Tea & Coffee, $, Spruce HillTea & Coffee, $Philadelphia, Spruce Hill
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Café Lutecia

French, $$, Fitler SquareFrench, $$Philadelphia, Fitler Square
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Waterfront Gourmet Cafe & Deli

Tea & Coffee, $, RittenhouseTea & Coffee, $Philadelphia, Rittenhouse
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Ultimo Coffee

Tea & Coffee, $$, Graduate HospitalTea & Coffee, $$Philadelphia, Graduate Hospital
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Ants Pants Café

Tea & Coffee, $$, Graduate HospitalTea & Coffee, $$Philadelphia, Graduate Hospital
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • TimeOut, 2017

    Where to find the best breakfast in Philadelphia

    TimeOut, 2017
  • Thrillist, 2022

    15 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Philadelphia

    Thrillist, 2022

How did these spots get chosen?

Figuring out the best restaurants can take a long time. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 16402 spots across Philadelphia, analyzed 823905 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 770 lists and articles from the likes of TimeOut, Eater and Thrillist – applying our boam magic to sift through results. We cross-referenced with top lists, like TimeOut - Where to find the best breakfast in Philadelphia, Eater - Where to Eat Breakfast in Philadelphia and Thrillist - 15 Essential Brunch Restaurants in Philadelphia. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Since boam gets no payment for showing these restaurants, you can trust the restaurants in this list. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips

  • The best drink pairing for berry pancake

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for berry pancake can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some pink wine, particularly a glass of Rosé. This, sweet, pink wine balances the fresh berry pancake.

  • Pinot Blanc with your cheese and spinach pancake

    A cheese and spinach pancake can be tricky to find a white wine pairing for. We would suggest trying Pinot Blanc. It will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal thanks to its smooth and dry.

  • A next-level match for pancake with chocolate sauce

    Experts recommend pairing a pancake with chocolate sauce with a glass of Port, a popular red wine.

Did you know?

  • The biggest pancake from 1994

    How big was the largest pancake ever made? The correct answer is 49 feet 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch deep, a record achieved in Manchester, England in 1994.

  • The United States's National Waffle Day

    If you’re ever in The United States during August, be ready to celebrate National Waffle Day.

  • A long time ago

    The next time you bite into a deliciousomelette remember to thank Persia who are responsible for this tasty culinary invention.

Parking information

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