For the first couple of years that I lived in Austin, I lamented the lack of good breakfast spots in town. Of course, we’ve always nailed the breakfast taco, but at that time, if you weren’t in the mood for eggs and tortillas your options were highly limited. Thankfully, that’s all changed, and today’s breakfast landscape in Austin includes pork belly steamed buns, red quinoa porridge, epic bagel boards, and every topping for avocado toast you could dream up. And don’t worry: we can still crush a breakfast taco like no other city on earth. Keep reading for the 16 spots with the best breakfast in Austin, along with our team’s picks on what to order.


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Located in the heart of South Congress, June’s All Day is the perfect neighborhood café for any meal, but especially breakfast. It is one of Austin’s chicest spots and is totally Instagram-worthy.

Favorite breakfast menu item: The Breakfast Chalupa and the best almond milk cappuccino in town. — Camille


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Veracruz All Natural

We all know that Austin knows how to make a good breakfast taco, but Veracruz does it in a way that feels so authentic. Most of their locations are food trucks or walk-up stands, so make sure you go on a pretty day.

Favorite breakfast menu item: Migas tacos. — Chanel


Sa-Ten is one of the most unique breakfast spots in Austin. It puts a Japanese spin on breakfast and just opened their second location. Sa-Ten is a must-try for all foodies.

Favorite breakfast menu item: Sriracha Mayo Smoked Salmon Toast. — Laura

Café No Sé

Café No Sé feels more Californian than it does Austin, in the best way. All of their food is healthy, fresh, and delicious. It’s a good place to bring your laptop to get some work done or have mimosas with friends.

Favorite breakfast menu item: Crispy Sunny Egg with Speck, Arugula, & Romesco Toast. — Camille


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Paperboy just opened their brick-and-mortar location replacing their food truck and it has lived up to all of my high expectations. It’s just as gorgeous as it is delicious, and I love that the menu changes with the seasons.

Favorite breakfast menu item: The menu changes but always go for anything that has the goat sausage, and the sweet potato hash. — Chanel


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Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger is perfect for big groups and celebrations. It has tons of outdoor seating, making it the go-to spot for pretty weekend mornings.

Favorite breakfast menu item: My mom considers herself THE foremost almond croissant connoisseur in town, and these are quite simply the best. — Camille


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Counter Café 

Counter Café is a beloved neighborhood breakfast spot near the University of Texas Campus. It has a retro diner feel that takes me back to my childhood, except in my childhood I wouldn’t be drinking mimosas!

Favorite breakfast menu item: Pretty much anything but be sure you throw in a biscuit! — Landrie


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Cenote was one of the first breakfast spots I tried in Austin and has been a favorite ever since. It has a neighborhood feel to it but has a contemporary menu with something on it for everyone.

Favorite breakfast menu item: Apple Butter Pancakes. — Camille


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Hillside Farmacy

Hillside Farmacy’s breakfast should be famous. The patio is worthy of a photoshoot and so is the food.

Favorite breakfast menu item: Eggs in a bowl, with a brulée grapefruit on the side. — Chanel


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True Food Kitchen

True Food is one of my go-to spots for a healthy meal at any time of the day, and I cannot believe I didn’t try their breakfast sooner. Their menu also rotates with the seasons, but I guarantee you’ll love anything you try.

Favorite breakfast menu item: The Garden Scramble is perfect if you need to detox, and the Cranberry & Pomegranate mimosa is a semi-healthy way to retox. — Camille


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24 diner

Located in Central Austin, 24 Diner has the typical diner vibe to it, my only complaint is that it isn’t actually open 24 hours!

Favorite breakfast menu item: Sweet potato hash, eggs: runny. — Laura

Elizabeth Street Café

Elizabeth Street Café’s breakfast is only available on the weekends and is not your typical brunch. They take creative food to a new level and it is downright delicious.

Favorite breakfast menu item: Roasted Pork & Wood Ear Mushroom Omelette (the mango & cucumber salad that comes with it is incredible). — Camille

Bouldin Creek

Women-owned, vegan, and vegetarian. Need I say more?

Favorite breakfast menu item: Kool Summer Sandwich or the Veggie Chorizo Taco. — Chanel


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Taco Deli 

Taco Deli is a great casual breakfast spot with some of the best breakfast tacos in town. They have plenty of locations and even one in the airport so you can get one last taste of Austin before you leave.

Favorite breakfast menu item: Jess Special. — Camille


Fresa’s fresh Mexican food is delicious and healthy. I love that their Lamar location has a drive-through for busy mornings on the go.

Favorite breakfast menu item: The black and white, half horchata, and half cold brew. — Landrie


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Jo’s Coffee Downtown

If you’re still searching for a good coffee spot downtown for your commute, Jo’s is it. Their breakfast sandwich is one of the best I have had!

Favorite breakfast menu item: Egg White Breakfast Sandwich with Avocado and a side of great people watching. — Camille

This post was originally published on March 3, 2017, and has since been updated.

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Comments (9)
  1. 1
    karin March 3, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Just perfect to start new places for breakfast, especially True Food,

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    Molly Kendrick March 3, 2017 at 7:50 am

    OH my gosh, that breakfast sandwich at Jo’s is one of my all time favorite things.

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    Amy March 3, 2017 at 10:01 am

    love this list! the only edit i’d make is to add south congress cafe- it’s never fallen off my favorites list, even with all the amazing new spots that have come our way.

  4. 4
    Meg March 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I’d also add Salt and Time! They’re bacon is my boyfriend.

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    Em March 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Jack Allen’s brunch is amazing and should be included. Major props for mentioning my breakfast taco fave, Tacodeli!

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    Beth March 4, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    no josephine house?! madness!

    • Camille Styles March 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Haha, we may need to make an addendum… what’s your go-to order?

      • Raluca Popoviciu March 15, 2017 at 8:26 pm

        Josephine house FOR SURE!! Lemon custard poppyseed pancakes are what dreams are made of! And their green juice has a bit of kick to it, divine.

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    agirlfromtx September 18, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    This list makes me so happy! I absolutely love these Austin gems, and I just went to Veracruz for the first time the other day actually!