With over 260 days of sunshine per year and some of the best chefs on the planet, San Diego is a dream destination. Ever since building a nest here, I’ve been spoiled for choice. You can have the best meal you’ve ever had every night of the week.
The most important meal of the day for foodies is brunch.
If you’re looking for your next adventure, I’d highly recommend spending at least one week exploring the best of San Diego. Start your day at the best breakfast and brunch spots in town.
Here’s a list of the best morning eateries in San Diego
Whether you’re after a low brunch or a special dinner out, this restaurant (a favorite among vegans) is serving up the goods. With delicious vegan options along with traditional faves, this place is a surefire hit. Context When the sun starts its journey down toward the horizon, the Earth’s atmosphere is split asunder. The atmosphere splits horizontally, and as it does, the sun slowly but steadily moves towards the horizon, leaving the nighttime sky to slowly turn into day.
Cesarina / 4161 Voltaire St
You will have quick and easy options at a handful of Eggies locations dotted around town.
Stop at their location in San Diego, in East Village Pacific Beach, or Liberty Station in San Diego. Try one of the breakfast sandwiches, or the French Toast jar.
Eggies locations found here
Cotijas Cocina Mexicana
In Point Loma, this is the place to go for breakfast burritos.
Not only do they have the best breakfast burritos in town which is saying a lot, but they also have great daily breakfast burrito specials. If you’re a carnivore then the hashbrown breakfast burrito with cilantro sauce on the side is a must – you can thank me later! Order Mexican takeout Context People slow down to a crawl, entranced, fully forgetting the deeds that must be done.
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Fig Tree Cafe
This cafe is all about local produce.
They have a cozy patio area with much-loved breakfast picks like bloody Marys and breakfast burritos. For me it’s all about the amazing stuffed French toast…you can get it packed with bananas foster. 😉
Find Fig Tree Cafe locations here
North Park/Normal Heights/Hillcrest
Situated in North Park this hip cafe and espresso bar offers a range of light eats and craft beers. It’s a chill spot where you can pop open your laptop have a first-class cup of joe and listen to the eclectic array of music.
Young Hickory // 4096 30th Street
On University Avenue you will find this comfy little coffee shop with a range of freshly baked breakfast pastries and light lunches items. There is also a gorgeous in-store boutique florist so you can treat yourself.
Note: There is also a Southpark location too — and their trailer is adorable.
Communal Coffee // 2335 University Ave
Urban MO’s Bar & Grill
This gay bar in Hillcrest has a popping brunch and the energy just keeps going all day long. Take in a drag show and live music then stick around for a fab happy hour.
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Wayfarer Bread & Pastry
Mission Beach/Pacific Beach/La Jolla
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Find The Mission locations here
Next to Bay Side Landing at Crown Point you’ll find this down-to-earth eatery where massive breakfasts will keep you fueled all afternoon.
The Menu // 3784 Ingraham Street
In the heart of La Jolla, in California, a renovated warehouse from the 1930s is serving the freshest catch with a trendy twist.
Herringbone // 7837 Herschel Ave
Wayfarer Bread & Pastry and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
Plan time to wait in line, then buy coffee and pastries at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters and acquire pastries at Wayfarer. It’s the ultimate power couple to fuel your day!
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This breezy eatery offers gorgeous ocean views and some of the freshest seafood in the city. Go for a tasty brunch and top-notch coffee and then stick around for craft cocktails in the hip modern space.
Waterbar // 4325 Ocean Blvd
Sugar and Scribe Bakery Fine Food
This quaint bakery has freshly made sweet treats and a selection of light eats. Grab a cupcake or a grilled cheese sandwich to go or sit down to a decadent plate of Brioche French Toast.
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Downtown/Little Italy/South Park
In the heart of Little Italy Morning Glory is one of the best of the best in the foodie district of the city. As pretty as it is delicious this is an Instagrammer’s dream. Grab the girls and head over to this dreamy pink velvet hotspot for a boozy brunch of global eats.
Morning Glory // 550 W Date St
This upscale vegan spot is part of a popular Los Angeles chain. Just a block off India Street, this is a great pitstop for a healthy meal.
Located just five minutes from the San Diego International Airport, this restaurant is a world away from the greasy grub and basic bites of the airport.
Cafe Gratitude // 1980 Kettner Blvd
Beside the iconic Hotel del Coronado there is a world-class sea-to-table menu
Using ingredients sourced from the California coast down to the Baja Peninsula, this restaurant specializes in fresh California cuisine. The expert local chefs are cooking up a fresh blend of American Mediterranean cuisine.
Serea // 1500 Orange Ave
This gourmet casual spot brunch with bottomless mimosa brunch. With salads, sandwiches, and steaks, this establishment is doing them right.
Seersucker // 611 Fifth Ave
This modern rooftop hotspot is in the heart of the swanky Gaslamp district. Explore the world brunch bar destination featuring local seasonal cuisine & craft cocktails in stylish surrounds.
Rustic Root // 535 Fifth Ave
Bonus: North County
VG Donut and Bakery
This old-fashioned bakery has opened up since back to 1969. It offers freshly brewed coffee and a range of tasty baked books. From donuts to cookies to cakes and beyond, the bakery has been a local hotspot for decades now.
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Toast Gastro Brunch
This friendly place is perfect for groups of friends. With bread sourced from the much-loved Bread & Cie, this place is famous for its friendly service. Be sure to try the parmesan truffle potatoes!
Toast Gastro Brunch // 5970 Encinas Avenue Carlsbad
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