Where to Find the Best Breakfast in Boston

Start your day with a meal at any one of these great breakfast spots in Boston
Rachel Cossar

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With these top ten spots, you are sure to have a reason to get out of bed!

Some people only get up in the morning because they know that breakfast is the first thing they will do. We are those people and we have a list of excellent reasons to get up in the morning. Here are our picks for the best breakfast spots in Boston.

1. Flour Bakery

The number one reason to get up, is without a doubt, Boston’s very own Flour Bakery. With four locations all across the city, you can count on them for freshly baked treats from their infamous sticky buns, to sweet and savory scones. Perhaps the ultimate breakfast dish they offer is their breakfast sandwich – to which you must add thick cut, applewood smoked bacon.

2. The Paramount

Maybe the best place for breakfast served until 3 p.m., Paramount does things just right: no stress, no reservations, and definitely no taking your seat before you order. Although small, you will somehow always find a seat once your order is up. Speaking of orders, go for their daily omelette special and their daily French toast.

3. Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe

A Boston institution renowned far before its appearance in the movie Ted, Charlie’s is a quirky, family-run business serving breakfast and lunch only. Expect a line, but expect it to be worth it.

4. Area Four

Located in between Kendall and Central Square, Area Four is mostly known for its great pizza, but its café serves breakfast daily. Their cinnamon bun is oozing with frosting and hearty pecans, their yogurt and housemade granola is perhaps the healthier option, but is somehow just as delicious. Oh, and their coffee and espresso is top notch too.

5. The Wholy Grain

Tucked deep in the South End on Shawmut Street, The Wholy Grain is a neighborhood favorite.  Plump wild blueberry malt muffins and their cinnamon chip scones are the fan favorites. Their daily selection of sandwiches are always a solid bet as well.

6. Clink

Not all breakfast places have to be coffee shops. If you are in the mood to sit down and indulge for breakfast, head to Clink. With daily breakfast and brunch on the weekends (and a Bloody Mary bar), you can have a continental breakfast, brioche French toast or go big with their ‘Slammer’ dish: bacon on eggs on maple sausage and more.

7. Render Coffee

Start your day at this counter culture coffee house on Columbus and Mass Ave. As you wait for your pour over coffee, make sure you order one of their house made quiches wrapped in phillo dough.  Go for the goat cheese bacon. Don’t question, just do it.

8. The Thinking Cup

Now with three locations, The Thinking Cup is another great option for great coffee and treats. With their European décor and flair, you can transport yourself out of Boston and across the ocean at least for a little bit longer before your day starts. Their grilled cheeses aren't half bad either.

9. Bristol Lounge

Fall back into a comfy arm chair as you are waited on with excellent service at the Four Seasons Bristol Lounge. Lemon ricotta pancakes are a must order, as is their lobster eggs benedict. Sit back, relax, and people watch.

10. Mike’s City Diner

Everyone has that week night that has them feeling a little under the weather the next work day.  Mike’s City Diner on Washington Street has you covered. Order their emergency room or intensive care and you will most likely feel right as rain shortly thereafter. Either that or you might end up in the actual emergency room: which is conveniently located just around the corner at Boston Medical Center.

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