Start your day off right with a hale and hearty morning meal at one of the city's best breakfast spots. Light eater? Try one of our award-winning coffee shops!


Biggby Coffee. Michigan-based coffeehouse chain offers "bragels," muffins, and grab-and-go items along with an extensive collection of coffee and tea drinks at three downtown locations: Monroe Center, Heartside, and Mary Free Bed Hospital. Open Daily

Madcap Coffee. Award-winning coffee shop offers a range of specialty drinks as well as pastries from a variety of local vendors -- perfect for a quick and light breakfast. Open daily.

Margaux. Fresh, authentic breakfast dishes made from locally sourced ingredients are offered at this restaurant inside the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. Open daily.

San Chez a Tapas Bistro. Mediterranean and Spanish Flavors infuse the breakfast/ brunch menu at this downtown restaurant, available Tuesday-Sunday.

Social Misfits. Start the day with sweet or savory waffles featuring ingredients as varied as smoked salmon, wild mushrooms, peanut butter ganache and pecan pie. Open daily.

Sundance Grill and Bar. BLT Bloody Marys, Pama Mimosas, Taquitos & Eggs, Huevos Rancheros, huge omelets, and a cinnamon roll as big as your head. Open daily. There is also a 28th street location in southeast GR.


Cherie Inn. A casual European café serving gracious breakfasts and lunches since 1929. Wednesday-Sunday.

Omelette Shoppe. Medical Mile favorite is known for its skillets, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and yes, omelets, served through 2pm, 7 days a week.

That Early Bird. Contemporary café with casual, comfortable decor offers breakfast dishes with an international twist. Open daily.

Wolfgang's. Enduringly popular Grand Rapids Institution offers creative takes on diner-style breakfast dishes. Open daily.


Arnie's Bakery, Arnie's supplies fresh-baked goods to grocery stores across West Michigan -- and also serves up a selection of pastries and breakfast sandwiches in its on-site café, Monday-Saturday.

Morning Belle West Side. Offers a breakfast/brunch menu that incorporates healthy and indulgent items, champagne and cocktails, and even a special kids' menu. Open daily. A second location is on the East Beltline (southeast GR).

Rise Authentic Baking Co. Right around the corner from John Ball Zoo, Rise offers fresh-baked vegan and gluten-free pastries, delectable breakfast dishes and locally made Squibb Coffee. Open daily.

The Westsider Café. Creative daily specials and Polish specialties enhance the regular menu at this no-fuss eatery, open Tuesday-Saturday.


Fat Boy Burgers. 70-year-old burger joint also serves up a menu of mouth-watering breakfast dishes, from eggs benedict and country-fried steak to pancakes and a fried egg sandwich. Tuesday-Sunday.

Gaia House Café. Vegetarian restaurant offers a crowd-pleasing selection of meatless breakfasts. Open daily.

Lucy's. From-scratch kitchen in the Creston neighborhood sources fresh ingredients from local farms to cook and bake scrumptious breakfast goodies. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 7am-3pm.

Real Food Café. Real food, made from scratch is the calling card at the Plainfield location of this family owned eatery. Open daily. Another location is in Alger Heights (South).


Anna's House. The Grandville location of this local chain offers up a fresh approach to traditional diner service, using local, all-natural ingredients to craft delectable breakfast dishes through 3pm daily. Anna's House also has Plainfield (North) and East Beltline (Southeast) location.

Noble Restaurant. Relaxed breakfast & lunch café offering thoughtfully sourced & vegan-friendly American comfort food. Open daily.

Russ' Restaurant. The Grandville and Wyoming locations of this serving-West Michigan-since-1934 chain offer classic breakfast dishes plus a menu of "Dutch Deals" Monday-Saturday.

The Red Geranium. Two locations -- Gaines Township and Wyoming -- serve up a variety of American breakfast favorites 7 days a week.


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