Where To Eat Breakfast In Downtown Memphis

The best places for breakfast in downtown Memphis! 

Here's where to get breakfast in downtown Memphis. I'm focusing on weekday and weekend breakfast downtown rather than just brunch or weekend brunch. If you want to check out the brunch options, the Brunch Guide is here.

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The Arcade / Oui Oui Girl
The Arcade

The Arcade (540 S. Main St.) 
A Memphis institution in a retro diner style, but with a full bar. Get the sweet potato pancakes! 

Automatic Slim’s (83 S. Second St.)
I suppose it’s technically brunch, but Slim’s serves an array of waffles, pancakes, egg dishes, and entrees along with $3 mimosas every day starting at 9 a.m.

Pancakes at Automatic Slim's

Backlot Sandwich Shop (265 Front St.) 
Big, hearty breakfast sandwiches and bowls. 

Bardog Tavern (73 Monroe Ave.)
Downtown pub with daily hearty breakfast and weekend brunch.

Bedrock Eats & Sweets (327 S. Main)
Gluten-free cafe with hearty breakfast served all day, including sweet and savory protein waffles, omelets, and protein bowls. 

Bishop (545 S. Main inside Central Station)
Central Station’s French brasserie serves a brunch menu daily starting at 7 a.m. including breakfast sandwiches, an omelet, and a few baked items. 

table with omelet, chicken biscuit, and brunch items at Bishop restaurant
Alex Shanksy
Daily brunch at Bishop

Bluff City Coffee (505 S. Main St.)
Espresso-only cafe with baked goods and breakfast sandwiches. Also a midtown location. 

By The Brewery (496 Tennessee St.)
Cute cafe near the Tennessee Brewery with biscuits sandwiches, breakfast entrees, and coffee.

By The Brewery Grain Bowl Interior
Alex Shansky
By The Brewery Cafe

Cafe Keough (12 S. Main St.)
Coffee, baked goods, bagels, and breakfast dishes at a picturesque cafe with a European feel. 

girl sitting on patio at cafe keough
Oui We Girl
Streetside patio at Cafe Keough

Capriccio Grill (149 Union Ave. inside the Peabody)
The Peabody Hotel’s restaurant serves a full menu of breakfast favorites, speciality toasts, power bowls, and beverages. 

brunch spread with french toast, chilaquiles with egg, and breakfast tacos with sweet potatos
Alex Shanksy
Breakfast spread at CIMAS

Comeback Coffee (358 N. Main)
Hip coffee shop with baked goods and a courtyard—great for working.

Edge Alley (600 Monroe Ave.)
Breakfast plates, sandwiches, and gourmet coffee drinks at this Edge District cafe. Breakfast Wednesday through Friday, brunch on weekends. 

Hustle & Dough (477 S. Main St.)
The Arrive Hotel’s lobby doubles as a bakery and cafe, serving homemade breads and light breakfast items along with Vice & Virtue coffee drinks.

Almond butter toast at ARRIVE hotel

King & Union (185 Union Ave. inside the Doubletree)
Restaurant inside the Doubletree Hotel that serves breakfast including plates and chicken and waffles. 

Memphis Chess Club (195 Madison Ave)
Restored historic building that serves up breakfast sandwiches, granola bowls, and coffee drinks along with chess boards, classes, and a mini chess museum. 

croissant breakfast sandwich at Memphis chess club
Holly Whitfield

Memphis Clover Club (24 N. BB King) 
Order breakfast and brunch on weekdays at this sunlit diner. 

Paulette’s (50 Harbor Town Sq.)
Paulette’s at the River Inn in Harbor Town serves breakfast daily.

Qahwa (109 N. Main St.)
Breakfast sandwiches, pastries, coffees and teas at this convenient downtown cafe. 

River Time Market & Deli (111 S. Court Ave.)
Biscuit sandwiches and affordable breakfast plates served all day at this small takeout spot.

Sugar Grits (150 Peabody Place. Suite 111)
Breakfast daily including grit bowls, omelets, and biscuits. 

four plates of southern breakfast food
Alex Shansky
Sugar Grits grit bowls

Sunrise Memphis (670 Jefferson Ave.)
Omelets, chicken biscuits, and a bibimbap-inspired breakfast bowl, plus cocktails. A bit east of downtown in Victorian Village.

Tamp & Tap (122 Gayoso Ave.) 
Hip coffee shop with breakfast burritos and sandwiches, avocado toasts, and gourmet coffee drinks. 

Sunrise Breakfast / Alex Shansky
Breakfast at Sunrise Memphis
  • Got a place to add? Email me at [email protected]
  • These are in alphabetical order. 
  • This is for the downtown Memphis area. We may create other neighborhood guides in the future.

Check out the weekend brunch guide here. 

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