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Breakfast in San Luis Obispo

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Waking up in San Luis Obispo is always better – and tastier – thanks to our close proximity to local farms and ranches. Year-round access to the freshest ingredients, plus an eclectic mix of Central Coast chefs, means you’ll have plenty of options for breakfast and brunch or a mid-day treat if that’s what you’re in the mood for. Your biggest challenge? Picking where to try first.

Restaurants in San Luis Obispo embrace individuals of all appetites, catering to both hearty eaters and discerning palates alike, as well as everyone in between. Discover cafes that specialize in vegan and vegetarian cuisine, or go for the classic country experience at beloved diners and bakeries. Whatever you do, don’t miss your chance to experience a farm-to-table breakfast in San Luis Obispo: it’s the freshest and best-est way to sample the flavors of the season.

San Luis Obispo Breakfast Delights

Start every day on the right side of the bed with an authentic SLO breakfast. What does that mean? Well, what are you craving? There’s nothing like a breakfast burrito from Charlie’s Place to power you for all-day outdoor adventuring. Or, if you’re slowing your stroll, you can’t go wrong with classic French toast at Bon Temps Creole Cafe. Get as fancy or as no-frills as you need to be to start your best day ever with the best meal ever. Because no one does breakfast (or breakfast for lunch) quite like San Luis Obispo.

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Premier Breakfasts in SLO

2 friends toasting pink milkshakes at the ornate, pink-accented bar of the Madonna Inn's Cafe. Photo by @trippingwithmybff

Copper Cafe

Sure, the Madonna Inn is known for its iconic architecture and rooms. But did you know its onsite Copper Cafe is a hotspot for classic American egg dishes, pancakes and freshly-squeezed juices?

Novo Restaurant

On Sundays, Novo serves a cozy creekside brunch set to the sounds of running water and light conversation. Choose from eggs benedicts, Belgian waffles, huevos rancheros, French toast and more.

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Breakfast Burrito Destinations

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Kreuzberg Coffee Company

Located in the heart of downtown SLO, this laid-back coffee shop stands out as an ideal spot to kickstart your day with a robust cup of coffee and a breakfast burrito boasting an array of delectable fillings, including the unique addition of tater tots. Savor your meal as you immerse yourself in the lively café ambiance they have to offer.

Charlie’s Place

If you’re hankering for a breakfast burrito paired with bottomless mimosas, look no further than Charlie’s Place. It’s a hotspot that’s sure to draw in the local crowd in search of a satisfying meal, offering a fun and relaxed atmosphere to energize your day.

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Breakfast Buzz

Breakfast Buzz

You’ll find Breakfast Buzz nestled on Santa Rosa Street, just a short stroll northwest of downtown San Luis Obispo near Montalban Street. Bring your appetite because their breakfast burritos are colossal, piping hot, and served fresh, featuring generous portions of melted cheese, crispy home-fried potatoes, and luscious guacamole. A meal here is guaranteed to kickstart your morning on a high note.

Libertine Brewing Company

Start your day off right at Libertine Brewing Company with a delicious breakfast that includes their sensational breakfast burrito. This mouthwatering delight is a must-try, and for our vegan friends, they also offer a delectable vegan breakfast burrito option. Enjoy a hearty and flavorful breakfast in the unique and inviting atmosphere of Libertine Brewing Company, setting the perfect tone for a great day ahead. 

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Late Riser Brunch Spots

Louisa’s Place

Voted “Best Breakfast” in the annual NewTimesSLO poll, Louisa’s Place is open for breakfast and lunch daily. Drop in between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. for homestyle cooking such as their country-fried steak or biscuits and gravy while you enjoy the cozy digs.

Del Monte Cafe 

Feeling spicy? The linguica at Del Monte Cafe can not be beat. 


Perhaps known more for brunch, Seeds has a toast selection that’s unrivaled anywhere and also features signature acai bowls to get your day started off right.

Fast & Delicious Breakfasts

Nautical Bean

Nautical Bean does a lot with a little. Think quality, not quantity when you browse their menu of breakfast burritos, bagel sandwiches, muffins and plenty of original coffee creations. There are three locations across SLO to serve you. 

Linnaea’s Cafe

Linnaea’s Cafe offers the most unique coffee creations that will keep you coming back for more. They also have a cozy outdoor patio known as The Garden, which was built with bricks brought by community members and friends to create this beautiful space.

Black Horse

Comfort, community, and of course, coffee galore – that’s Black Horse Espresso & Bakery. Chill out or warm up with frozen and hot drinks, plus baked goods, sandwiches and other cafe standbys. There are two locations available to serve you in SLO. 

Scout Coffee

One of the local favorites, you can grab a tasty snack or cup of coffee at either of Scout Coffee’s posh locations. The original cafe is all wood and exposed brick, while the Foothill location makes its mark with open, modern vibes–their breakfast menu is perfect for a quick bite and go.

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