Breaking the fast is supposedly the most important food moment of the day. To be honest, breakfast is more fun when you treat yourself to some fluffy pancakes or creamy Eggs Benedict. Although a daily routine of balanced meals is important, it can’t compete with that first bite of a cream cheese bagel, the sip of a flawlessy foamed cappuccino or straight up cup of Joe.
Detroit has a lot of options to choose from depending on what kind of morning your navigating. Grab a quick fix at Detroit Institute of Bagels or a crisp croissant from Avalon, or, if you have time to sit, indulge in some quality poutine specials at Brooklyn Street Local. And for all the Detroiters subsisting on a daily dose of coffee for breakfast, there are plenty of craft coffee shops in Detroit.
1. The Hudson Cafe
Established in 2011, The Hudson Cafe has witnessed and been a part of Detroit’s revitalization over the last 12 years. With an extensive sweet and savory menu before you, you can be as adventurous as you like in the morning. Choose from buttermilk pancakes, Monte Cristo French toast, all kinds of Eggs Benedict, and specialities. And if you want to start your day off with a little bit of tasty simplicity, you can order egg whites or fresh fruit, granola and yoghurt.
🥞1241 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
2. The Congregation
The Congregation Detroit is a must for a great coffee and a toasted bagel. An inviting coffee shop inside a church that has been through a lot during its history since 1924, the unique spot is the perfect place for a meetup with friends or family. Make sure to keep an eye on their website for upcoming music and art events, and you can visit The Congregation Detroit’s markets between June and September.
🥯9321 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit
3. Brooklyn Street Local
Deveri and Jason opened Brooklyn Street Local with the vision of creating dishes from locally sourced ingredients and promoting a real sense of community. Try their “Breakfasty Things” on the menu such as a smoked ham and cheddar omelette, banana pancakes, and breakfast poutine. You might discover your savior at Brooklyn Street Local the morning after a late night out by tucking into “The Hangover Special”.
🍳 1266 Michigan Ave, at Brooklyn St., Detroit
4. Dime Store
Dime Store is an all-day brunch restaurant in downtown Detroit. Its retro interior and industrial-style space creates a sense of openness—ideal for setting a fresh-faced look for the day. Breakfast at Dime Store looks like different versions of Eggs Benedict, omelettes, hash, and malted Belgian waffles. Wash your breakfast down with some Zingerman’s coffee or an organic hot tea.
🥓719 Griswold St., Detroit
5. Cannelle Detroit
Cannelle by Matt Knio is a French patisserie in downtown Detroit offering decadent pastries and so much more. Its charming interior is fitted with marble countertops, pendant lights, and seats about 40 people. From bacon and Gruyère cheese, and buttery, almond croissants to homemade bread, you can either eat in or order yours to go for the perfect snack in the a.m.
🥐45 W Grand River, Detroit
6. Detroit Institute of Bagels
Detroit Institute of Bagels certainly puts the “fun” in “funky”—visiting their website alone is a lively experience. At DIB, you’ll find delicious breakfast sandwiches such as sausage, egg, and cheese. And you have to try their signature bagels boiled and baked to perfection! Previously, you could only order online from DIB, but they are happy to announce that dining-in at their upbeat shop is now possible.
🥯4884 Grand River Ave, Detroit
7. Mudgie’s Deli and Bar
Sometimes there is nothing better than a hearty breakfast in Detroit from a classic deli. Mudgie’s breakfast menu is available from 8am to 11am for dine-in, takeaway or delivery. Choose between vegan options, English muffins, and stuffed burritos to kick-start your day. If you have the savory appetite for some early morning comfort food, think bigger and select something bold like peppered ham, cheddar, bacon, and chipotle mayo on a soft brioche roll!
🥪1300 Porter St, Detroit
8. Iggy’s Eggies
How do you like your eggs in the morning? Iggy’s Eggies’ customers like them jammy. Their breakfast menu is mouth-wateringly good. Original Eggie sandwiches include jammy-yolk egg and iggy sauce. Pair a breakfast burrito or buttermilk pancakes with a side of hash browns or French toast sticks served with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
🍞 34 W Grand River Avenue, Detroit
9. Honest John’s
Honest John’s early bird menu leaves little to be desired. Belgian or chicken waffles, biscuits and gravy, and buttermilk pancakes are some of the tasty delights that can be ordered from the restaurant’s opening hour to 2am in the morning. Breakfast for breakfast, breakfast for lunch, or breakfast for dinner—it’s up to you!
🧇488 Selden St, Detroit
Since opening in 1997, Avalon has gone from strength to strength with several cafes in Michigan. At Avalon Woodward, you’ll find things like breakfast pizza and a protein bowl. Avalon Rivertown grab and go PB&J sandwiches and yogurt parfait. Avalon spaces are warm and welcoming providing a relaxed enviroment for starting the day.
🥐1049 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 🥐1475 E Jefferson, Detroit🥐441 W Canfield, Detroit