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8 Best Breakfast Spots in New Orleans

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New Orleans is known as a foodie destination, and its breakfast spots are no exception. In a city as unique as New Orleans, you’ll find one-of-a-kind breakfast options that highlight the Creole and Cajun cuisine that the city is famous for.

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite at a neighborhood cafe or to start your day over a celebratory meal, Nola has it all. And the best news? Our Book NOLA vacation rentals are scattered all over the city, making it easy to hop on over to the many breakfast restaurants nearby.

Don’t worry – we’ve rounded up our favorite breakfast spots so you don’t have to make any hard decisions before your morning meal!

1. Camellia Grill

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  • Address: 626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA
  • Neighborhood: Uptown
  • Price Point: $
  • Known for: Diner-style counter seating and Southern diner classics

Located in the Uptown neighborhood, Camellia Grill is the classic local diner that everyone loves. Known for its Southern breakfast menu and retro-style decor, it’s an iconic New Orleans spot delivering reliably delicious breakfast.

Pull up a seat at the counter seating and watch your breakfast being made in front of you. Serving everything from breakfast omelettes to tasty waffles, it’s got all of the traditional breakfast items you crave. But if you’re looking for something a little different, we recommend trying their grilled pecan pie for breakfast – it’s that good.

2. Wakin’ Bakin

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  • Address: 4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA
  • Neighborhood: Mid City
  • Price Point: $
  • Known for: Comfort food items and funky, chill atmosphere

Wakin’ Bakin is the ultimate low-key neighborhood breakfast joint. The bright and funky exterior of the building is met with an extensive breakfast menu full of comfort food. You’ll find biscuits smothered in sausage gravy, American-style omelets, and pancakes with a side of applewood smoked bacon.

But they’ve also got a few local favorites, including crawfish etouffee over grits and Cajun smashed hash. They’ve got plenty of coffee options too, making this the perfect, cozy spot to enjoy a hearty breakfast.

3. Cafe Beignet

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  • Address: 334 Royal St, New Orleans, LA (multiple locations)
  • Neighborhood: French Quarter
  • Price Point: $
  • Known for: Delicious beignets and Cajun breakfast menu

The original Café Beignet on Royal Street is a French Quarter classic. While Cafe du Monde might be the most popular beignet spot (we love it!), Cafe Beignet is the perfect place to taste beignets alongside other breakfast items.

This long-standing breakfast spot offers an array of options ranging from crawfish omelets to Cajun hash browns. You can also order popular Creole lunch options, like gumbo and jambalaya, on your way out. But don’t forget your beignet order loaded with powdered sugar – you can’t visit Nola without trying them!

P.S. Check out our full guide to the best beignets in New Orleans.

4. Who Dat Cafe

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  • Address: 2401 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA
  • Neighborhood: The Marigny
  • Price Point: $$
  • Known for: Quaint atmosphere and indulgent Southern breakfast dishes

Who Dat Cafe is a quaint, local coffee shop in the heart of one of our favorite neighborhoods, the Marigny.

Open seven days a week for breakfast, their menu screams Southern cooking. Think: breakfast sandwich loaded with boudin, poached eggs, and a house-made Creole hollandaise.

Want something a little different? Try their infamous NoYo Mama’s corn cakes, topped with a creamy egg sauce and loads of cheese. Or how about their chicken fried steak for breakfast, featuring fried chicken topped with sausage gravy and crispy potatoes on the side? Any way you slice it, you’re in for a treat at this local’s must-try spot.

5. Surrey’s Cafe & Juice Bar

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  • Address: 1418 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA
  • Neighborhood: Lower Garden District
  • Price Point: $$
  • Known for: Banana’s Foster french toast and organic, freshly-squeezed juices

Located on the infamous Magazine Street, Surrey’s Cafe & Juice Bar is a neighborhood joint featuring local ingredients made with a Latin twist. You’ll find New Orleans classics like shrimp and grits or a boudin breakfast biscuit here. But there are also plenty of Latin flavored dishes, from their Costa Rican breakfast plate to the huevos rancheros plate.

Perhaps the most beloved breakfast item of all? The Banana’s Foster french toast. It’s hard to put into words how delicious this really is, so you’ll just have to visit for yourself to find out!

Pro Tip: If you’re looking for a healthier breakfast option, go with their freshly-squeezed organic juices.

6. Stanley Restaurant

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  • Address: 547 St Ann St., New Orleans, LA
  • Neighborhood: French Quarter
  • Price Point: $$
  • Known for: Cozy interior space and delicious Louisiana classics

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Stanley Restaurant is the perfect blend of relaxed and elevated. If you’re looking for a spot to sit down and enjoy a slow morning in the Quarter, this is your spot.

The breakfast menu features Louisiana classics, such as their crab cakes benedict and eggs benedict po-boy. If you prefer a sweet breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the Banana’s Foster french toast or pancakes loaded with vanilla bean ice cream.

Come pull up a seat at this airy cafe and enjoy breakfast with a view of Jackson Square.

7. Elizabeth’s

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  • Address: 601 Gallier St, New Orleans, LA
  • Neighborhood: Bywater
  • Price Point: $$
  • Known for: Country breakfast and quirky atmosphere

Located in the beloved Bywater neighborhood, Elizabeth’s is known for its country breakfast dishes displaying delicious local ingredients.

Their weekday breakfast menu features the ultimate comfort food, from praline bacon to buttermilk biscuits to avocado toast with eggs. Have a slow morning at this quirky neighborhood spot and enjoy the ultimate New Orleans homemade breakfast.

8. Willa Jean

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  • Address: 611 O’Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA
  • Neighborhood: The Warehouse District
  • Price Point: $$
  • Known for: Cookies and milk combo, cocktail menu

If you’re looking for fresh coffee, boozy cocktails, and delicious Southern breakfast in one place – Willa Jean is it. This elevated breakfast spot in the Warehouse District is the perfect place to enjoy a classic Bloody Mary and a leisurely breakfast.

You can’t go wrong with any of their breakfast items. They are known for their breakfast sandwich options, ranging from fried chicken and Tabasco honey to sausage gravy. Their menu has plenty of healthy breakfast options too, such as the grain bowl, seasonal granola, and pastrami smoked salmon. But the best part? Cookies and milk for breakfast dessert. Yes, it’s a must try!

Breakfast in Nola

New Orleans does every meal well, and that includes the most important meal of the day! With breakfast options ranging from Southern comfort food to elevated Creole dishes, you’re in for a treat during your stay at our vacation rentals.

Whether you prefer a quick bite or slow meal, all of your breakfast dreams will be met during your trip to New Orleans.


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