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Our Go-To Downtown Miami Breakfast Hotspots


6 June, 2024

Rise and shine, Miami! The sun is shining, like always, and your fabulous Downtown Miami coworking space is calling your name for a day of productive grinding. But first, your focus is on the most important meal of the day: a hearty breakfast that will fuel your best work. 

Where will your breakfast quest take you today? Lucky for you, Downtown Miami has no shortage of options when it comes to mouthwatering morning feasts. In fact, finding breakfast in Downtown Miami is as easy breezy as parasailing along South Beach or bike riding on Venetian Causeway.  

Whether you’re feeling like a slow start with slow-roasted coffee and flaky pastries, or your stomach is set on more traditional Cuban fare that you can only find in Miami, the city is your breakfast oyster. With this list, we’ll help you find your pearl!

1. Bistro Cafe

Since 2011, Bistro Cafe has been one of the local go-tos for breakfast in Downtown Miami. Tiny yet timeless, this breakfast cafe has long remained one of the city’s best spots for a seriously beautiful-looking (and tasting!) brunch. With outposts in Miami and Puerto Rico, Bistro Cafe offers a wide variety of egg creations, sandwiches, pancakes, waffles, and Instagram-worthy drinks. From sweet options to savory staples, eating here is a near-guarantee that you’ll enjoy a truly fantastic Miami meal ahead of your day of coworking. 

What to eat: The raved-about pistachio pancake is a must-have at Bistro Cafe, which comes with a heavenly heap of white chocolate and pistachio cream on top.

Bistro Café is located at 1352 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33132. For more information, visit their website and call (786) 533-3876.

2. El Sitio Coffee Bar

For a casual morning bite in Downtown Miami, El Sitio is a favorite, and it’s easy to see why. Opening as early as 7:30 a.m., this cozy eatery offers a hearty Venezuelan breakfast with portions large enough to hold you until dinner. The moment you step into this charming hole-in-the-wall, you’ll feel like a regular – an inevitability after your first few bites. Whether you want something quick like the arepas or empanadas, or you’re looking to test the size of your stomach with the desayuno El Sitio with shredded beef, you’re sure to be talking about this place to everyone at your coworking space.

el sitio breakfast in downtown miami

What to eat: Try the desayuno criollo for a Venezuelan classic, served with an arepa, black beans, llanera cheese, and two eggs.

El Sitio is located at 19 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132. For more information, head to their Instagram.

3. Café Bastille

Fondly known as one of the best French bakeries in Miami, Bistro Cafe was founded by Estelle and Ben, a French duo from Paris who share the same beloved passion for brunch. Serving all-day breakfast, you can head to Cafe Bastille at any time of day and enjoy delightful French classics in a gorgeous, tea-room-like setting. From Parisian omelets and crepes to specialty smoothies and even champagne, this is a perfect place for a quick meet-up with a new friend, or a simple solo brunch in Downtown Miami that will leave your taste buds happy and ready for work.

What to eat: The French breakfast burrito is a heavenly combo of organic cheddar eggs, peppers, onions, avocado, breakfast potatoes, cilantro aioli, and breakfast protein – all wrapped lovingly in a crepe!

Café Bastille is located at 248 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131. For more information, visit their website or call (786) 425-3575.

4. Las Palmas

No list of breakfast in Downtown Miami can be complete without mentioning one of the city’s quintessential Cuban spots. Las Palmas is just that – an enduring cafe that has been satiating the city’s early risers with delicious home-cooked Cuban fare for over four decades. With every menu item priced below $10, Las Palmas exudes a casual, diner-esque charm with counter seating and offers all the straightforward Latin breakfast classics, like the ham and cheese Cubano and a cafe con leche.

What to eat: Go with the palomilla steak for something fully filling and true-to-Cuban form, which comes with two eggs, toast, and coffee.

Las Palmas Restaurant is located at 209 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131. For more information, visit their website or call (305) 373-1333.

5. Jackson Soul Food

Open at 6am for those who are really ready to grind, Jackson Soul Food is another traditional gem that’s known as one of the best soul food joints in all of Miami. Located in Overtown, this unassuming soul food restaurant is teeming with classic dishes like fluffy pancakes, waffles, and show-stealing breakfast sandwiches for ridiculously low prices. Plus, if you’re convening with a bunch of colleagues, Jackson Soul Food makes an excellent venue for large groups, thanks to its spacious dining room. Come hungry!

Jackson Soul Food downtown miami breakfast

What to eat: The star of the show is undoubtedly the fried catfish, which pairs perfectly with a couple of eggs and crispy bacon. 

Jackson Soul Food is located at 209 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131. For more information, call (305) 373-1333.  

6. Bacon Bitch

Making a play on the Millennial term “Basic Bitch,” this breakfast spot and its big personality is a favorite among Miami locals for – you guessed it – their brilliant bacon! Located in the Bayside Market Place Mall, Bacon Bitch has been serving up classic American breakfast food since 2007, inspired by the owners’ love of everyone’s favorite sizzle strips. With “Bad Bitch” merchandise, massive cocktails, and signature breakfast dishes, there’s no shortage of fun (and bacon) at this unforgettable restaurant – which makes for a fabulous boozy brunch with the girls!

What to eat: With a frozen pina colada in hand, the boujee waffle is a must-try – complete with bacon bits, caramelized banana, chocolate chips, and whipped cream.

Bacon Bitch is located at 1001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their website.

7. Wilde on the Porch

Fans of Oscar Wilde will be right at home at Wilde on the Porch, a good-vibes brunch option located in the heart of South Beach. Known as a “must-visit” for people who frequent Miami Beach, you can start early and enjoy all of Wilde’s scrumptious breakfast staples (like their unmissable breakfast sandwich or avocado toast). If you’re looking to turn your brunch into a happy hour, you can also take advantage of Wilde’s many evening offerings and get “wild” on the outdoor patio with hookah and a nightly in-house DJ. 

What to eat: You really can’t go wrong with the classic steak and eggs, but if you’re looking for something a little sweeter, the red velvet pancakes will make your taste buds sing!

Wilde on the Porch is located at 1700 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139. For more information, visit their website or call (305) 686-0293. 

8. Motek Cafe

motekcafe downtown miami breakfast

Did someone say $5 mimosas all day!? If you’ve got an easier work day, then Motek Cafe is the perfect place for a long and lazy brunch. Offering all-day breakfast, Motek Cafe is an indulgent Mediterranean spot with large, Instagrammable portions. Hidden away inside of a jewelry mall, breakfast in Downtown Miami has never felt so close to brunch in Tel Aviv, with transportative meals that are reflective of the savory spices of Eastern Mediterranean locales. Looking for shakshuka or falafel? How about a Jerusalem lox and bagel pairing? Motek Cafe has all your kosher-style faves – and so much more!

What to eat: For a taste combination that will spark your best remote work, the Israeli breakfast is as delicious as it sounds: 3 eggs any style, Israeli salad, labneh, avocado mix, tahini, feta, and Jerusalem bread. 

Motek Cafe is located at 36 NE 1st St Miami, FL 33132. For more information, visit their website or call (786) 953-7689.

9. Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar

With 11 vibrant locations across Florida, Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar is one of the most charming places for breakfast in downtown Miami. With a menu that blends gourmet cafe vibes with European-inspired selections, the two Greek founders of this brunch hub are proud to celebrate wellness and global flavors. Menu items like the irresistible chocolate chip pancakes and daily baked bagels with fresh fruit will fill your belly with joy before work. And don’t forget the highlight of every visit to Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar – the barista-brewed coffee!

What to eat: The delectable breakfast sandwich served on a baguette has become a tried-and-true signature, featuring scrambled eggs, melted cheddar, fresh lettuce, bacon, tomato, and creamy aioli. 

Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar is located at  249 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131. For more information, visit their website or call (786) 391-2607.

10. Ojo de Agua

Last but not least, those craving Mexican fare first thing in the morning will find their fix at Ojo de Agua, a fast-casual gem straight from Mexico. With 40 locations across Mexico, brothers Jorge and Juan Carlos Estrada decided to bring their menu of authentic dishes with a healthy twist to Miami’s Brickell neighborhood in 2011. Their all-day offerings range from breakfast smoothies and juices to açaí bowls, and an enticing selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos, and ceviches. For those seeking truly delicious, wholesome Mexican dishes that don’t compromise on flavor, Ojo de Agua is your place.

What to try: Send your taste buds soaring with the atún spicy deli sandwich, which combines a seared tuna steak with caramelized onion and beets and is served on a toasted bun with the restaurant’s homemade spicy mayonnaise.

Ojo de Agua is located at 851 S. Miami Ave. Miami, FL 33131. For more information, visit their website or call (786) 245-5450. 

Final thoughts

So there you have it, breakfast champions! Downtown Miami is not just a feast for the eyes but a playground for your taste buds, too. From flaky pastries at Bistro Cafe to soul-warming fried catfish at Jackson Soul Food, your mornings are destined for deliciousness. Whether you’re starting your day with Venezuelan arepas or indulging in a French breakfast burrito, these breakfast spots are ready to kickstart your productivity and fuel your day with flair.

And hey, who says you have to stop at just one? Make it a breakfast tour! Each day is a new opportunity to explore a different corner of breakfast in Downtown Miami’s vibrant scene. So, grab your fork, bring your appetite, and let the breakfast adventure begin. Because in this city, every morning meal is a culinary celebration waiting to happen. 

See you out there, bright and early, for the most scrumptious breakfast in Downtown Miami!

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