L.A. has a thriving food scene with a diverse range of cuisines to choose from and the first meal of the day is no exception. Trends sweep through the city every month, if not every week, which means you can expect to be on the pulse of the international food scenes simply by taking a stroll through your neighborhood and browsing menus. On the other hand, this is home to plenty of traditional dishes that have become iconic breakfast dishes locally. So to help you navigate eggs in all its possible forms (including chilaquiles) and all other exciting morning meals, we’ve found the best breakfast places in Los Angeles.
Sqirl, located in the Silver Lake neighborhood, has been a staple of the breakfast scene in Los Angeles for several years. Known for its creative takes on breakfast classics, such as their famed ricotta toast with seasonal jam and their breakfast bowl with sorrel pesto rice, Sqirl always has a line out the door.
Best for: Unique dishes that push the boundaries of what breakfast meals, incorporating local, seasonal ingredients and experimenting with new flavors.
📍720 N Virgil Ave 4, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Located in a stunning historic building in the heart of Los Angeles, Republique serves up classic French-inspired breakfast dishes with a modern twist. You can fill up on their exquisite pastries, such as the almond croissant and pain au chocolat, which are amongst the best in the city as you sip on your morning coffee. You can also feast on classic savory dishes like eggs benedict with prosciutto, and their smoked salmon tartine.
Best for: Apart from the incredible food, you’ll be able to soak up the incredible surroundings, whether that’s within the airy dining hall or the outside patio under the L.A. sunshine.
📍 624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
This Venice Beach spot, is a bakery, deli, and cafe all rolled into one. The entire place exudes artisinally-crafted wholesomeness, making you feel like you’ve stepped into a beachside farm. Gjusta’s breakfast menu features a variety of baked goods, sandwiches, and bowls, all made with high-quality, seasonal ingredients. Their avocado toast with smoked salmon is a standout dish, as is their house-made granola with seasonal fruit and yogurt.
Best for: Gjusta is easily one of the best breakfast places in Los Angeles for a laid-back morning, especially on the charming outdoor patio.
📍320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291
4. Blu Jam Cafe
Blu Jam Cafe has locations across LA, serving up hearty breakfast dishes with a California twist. Their crunchy French toast with caramelized bananas and their breakfast quesadilla with scrambled eggs, bacon, and avocado are menu-musts. However, their extensive menu includes vegan and gluten-free options, are equally droolwrothy.
Best for: This is best breakfast place to go if you’re looking for a fuss-free, casual atmosphere with friendly service.
Best for: Off menu carnitas chilaquiles breakfast burritos served up by a local vendor with a side of heart.
Eggslut could not be left off the list. This cult breakfast spot has made a name for itself with their over-the-top gourmet egg sandwiches. The Fairfax sandwich, with scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar cheese, and caramelized onions, is a must-try.
Best for: Soft-scramble-filled buns with a touch of greasy goodness.
6. Clark Street
Clark Street Bakery is essential a revamp of the legendary 101 Coffee Shop, but with even better food. With it’s classic, diner-style vibe, really good food and very reasonable prices, it’s a Los Angeles breakfast gem. Now you get to soak up the history of all the famous directors and actors that used this space as a second office, but with perfect pancakes, toast and coffee all made in-house.
Best for: A low-key, diner experience with exceptional bread and good prices.
📍6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
7. Carnitas Los Dos Chingones
You haven’t officially had an L.A. breakfast unless you’ve sunk your teeth into one of Carnitas off-menu chilaquiles breakfast burritos. This stand that started off on Olympic Boulevard’s famous taco-row has offerings that demand your attention.
Best for: A truly L.A. breakfast.
📍1365 S Dacotah St, Los Angeles, CA 90023
As far as novelties go, Calabama’s breakfast sandwiches lowered to clients in a bucket from her East L.A. fire escape four stories up, is definitely, up there. These bucket drops featuring her famous toasted cheesy egg sandwiches happen every Sunday between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Best for: An instant hangover cure or solo dining that comes with the feel-good factor of supports a local business.
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9. Malibu Farm
Farm-to-table freshness, stunning scenery and a beautiful ethos makes this breakfast spot worth the drive. Malibu Farm offers local everything, from huevos rancheros to Swedish pancakes and thick, green smoothies and it all comes unmatched SoCal views.
Best for: High-quality, local produce with a California flair—and some serious views.
Helmed by chef John Fraser, this vegetable-focused restaurant at the West Hollywood EDITION is a luxurious, verdant hideout where where the food will take you on a journey. From the raw menu, brilliant interpretations of egg classics to the perfectly baked pastries, you cannot go wrong here.
Best for: A luxe, jungle affair in WeHo that could easily roll over into lunch and even evening cocktails.
📍9040 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069