The Best Breakfast in Birmingham- Where To Go (Updated 2023)
Looking for the best breakfast in Birmingham?
We have been on a mission to find Birmingham’s best breakfast spots and let me tell you, prepare to be amazed!
After indulging in many eateries across the city from cosy independent cafes to local bakeries and internationally inspired cuisines, we have rounded up the top 10 ‘breaky’ and brunch locations in Birmingham to satisfy your appetite.
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Grand Central Kitchen Birmingham
This one is my personal favourite. If you’re looking for an independent restaurant that offers variety of outstanding food and service then keep reading! Located just outside the Grand Central train station (hence the name) you will find this gem bringing all your breakfasts favourite as well as other great snacks and treats. Inside, you will find tables close together which maximises the floor space and offering dozens of customer from close and far a cosy place to enjoy breakfast. The prices are so reasonable, we got a full veggie breakfast which was £9.95 and a cup of coffee which was priced at £3! It was a win-win for us. If your not keen on a traditional breakky then not to worry, their hot and cold wraps are just as good with fillings such as BBQ chicken, Jerk Chicken and Pepperoni. And if you’re not an early bird then no rush, breakfast at GCK runs all day long. So after a crazy night out and a little lie in, head down and treat yourself to some scrumptious food.
Have to try: Full English breakfast
Perfect for: Quick bites to go and hangouts
Approx price for 2 people: £20-£25
The Ivy Temple Row
Located on the busy Temple Row in Central Birmingham, this restaurant makes an ideal spot for your breakfast, afternoon tea or weekend brunch meetups. The Ivy brings relaxed, sophisticated all day dining to the heart of Birmingham. As soon as we walked, we could see that the restaurant had an impressive feel to it. The surrounding are bright and cheerful, the staff were very attentive and professional. The breakfast menu has tons of options however we were recommended to try the Scrambled eggs and Smoked Salmon and the Avocado Benedict. Both items were prepared exceptionally well, giving us the feel of being in a 5 star Hotel. The Salmon had a smoky taste to it and the Avocado Benedict was bursting with a rich creamy flavour from the hollandaise sauce. If you’re not a big eater then don’t worry, there also is ‘light and healthy’ breakfast options such as Crumpets, Kippers and Muesli. The Ivy is also ideal to book private dining rooms for occasions such as graduations, birthdays or anniversaries. Go on treat yourself!
Have to try: Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon
Perfect for: Intimate dates & occasions
Approx price for 2 people: £30
Situated in the North of the city on Erdington High Street is a gem called Red Couch. Opened in 2007, Red Couch has built its reputation on being pioneers of halal breakfast in Birmingham. They take pride in ensuring that not only do they provide you with food, but an experience where you can sit back, relax and enjoy with family & friends. The café has outdoor seating as well as indoor dining with separate booths giving you both comfort and privacy when dining. The décor was modern, with neon lights and flower ceilings that gave it an instagrammable feel. Their menu has everything from full breakfasts to grilled meats, paninis and pasta. We tried their ‘Meat Eater’ breakfast selection which included: 2 sausages, 4 rashers, 2 chicken nuggets, 2 spicy wings, 2 chicken strippers, scrambled eggs, fried onions with toast. I think we underestimated how huge this meal turned out to be! However the meats were freshly cooked and tasted delicious. But if you’re a meat lover then this place is heaven! To wash it down, we tried their freshly squeezed pomegranate juice which was refreshing and sweet.
Have to try: Full English or Meat Eater Breakfast
Perfect for: Breakfast dates or Intimate meetups
Approx price for 2 people: £30-£35
Damascena Coffee House Birmingham
Famously known as the ‘local far-away coffee house’ Damascena has seen itself grow rapidly in the city of Birmingham. With venues already on Temple Row, Jewellery Quarter, Moseley and Harborne. We were over-the-moon to hear another exciting addition had opened! This time located in the corporate area of Edgbaston next to Lyndon House on Hagley Road. The coffee house boasts a spacious outdoor heated seating area which is perfect for the meetup vibes in both summer and winter. The indoor dining area can seat approx 50 people with great lighting, greenery and middle eastern inspired décor. Moving onto the best bit: the foood! Well we decided to try their house specials which was namely a ‘Lamb Shawarma Arabiya’ that consisted of seasoned juicy lamb, crunchy salad, homemade garlic sauce with pickled all folded up in a flatbread served with a side of batata harra potatoes (for the spice lovers). For drinks, they had a great variety of both hot/cold, we opted for the freshly squeezed OJ and a Banana Whip Milkshake.
Have to try: House Specialities
Perfect for: Casual catch ups
Approx price for 2 people: £40-£45
Finding its home in the new Paradise Development in Birmingham, Dishoom is a 1960’s style Bombay Café where East meets West. The restaurant pays homage to the old Iranian cafes which were once part of life in Bombay. Walking into the establishment, it is evident how the owners have captured some of the romantic nostalgic of history, through stories, designs and food. Being winners of the South Asian Restaurant of the year Awards 2022, we can see why! We went for breakfast and were lured by the aroma of the plates and friendly chatter of their staff. The place has a cosy vibe and the food is mind-blowing! We were seated promptly and staff brought the menus over. We tried their ‘Parsi Omelette’ which is a 3 egg omelette mixed with chopped tomato, onion, coriander, green chilli and cheese. It was mildly hot but tasted awesome. We also had ‘Keema Per Eedu’ which basically is a power breakfast. It included spicy chicken keema studded with delicate morsels of chicken liver topped with 2 runny fried eggs and Sali crisps. We really enjoyed this, the keema was juicy and the combination of liver with it made it a great treat. For drinks, we had to try their famous House Chai. It was prepared using traditional methods using oat milk and was a very soothing end to a fabulous breakfast.
Have to try: Big Bombay Breakfast
Perfect for: Chilled hangouts
Approx price for 2 people: £45
Sorrento Lounge, Moseley
Located in the trendy suburb of Moseley in South Birmingham, this establishment was founded over 20 years ago to bring comfort and the ultimate culinary experience to the locals. It is owned by a trio of friends whose expertise and passion drove them to create Sorrento- a place where the menus reflect their personality. We found the atmosphere to be very retro, with interior that has a classic feel, you will be surrounded with wallpaper-covered walls, tassel-y lampshades and murals that celebrate the history and spirit of the local community. The menu is versatile with endless choices everything from a healthy brunch to a veggie breakfast. On this occasion however we tried their Shakshuka which is 2 poached eggs in a lightly spiced Mediterranean tomato & red pepper sauce with spinach, chickpeas and Greek yogurt. The tornado of flavours definitely satisfied our palettes!
Have to try: Lounge Breakfast & Triple-Stacked Buttermilk Pancakes
Perfect for: Hangouts with friends and family
Approx Price for 2 people: £35
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Boston Tea Party Birmingham
Opened in 2018 and located in the heart of the city on Corporation Street, The Boston Tea Party has fast become the funky coffee chain to chill out in. Since then, it has grown and has 2 other stores across Birmingham. Known for its ethical approach, it was the UK’s first chain to ban single use coffee cups. So if you fancy a takeaway coffee bring your own cool reusable cup! Located in a beautiful listed building, they have a space for everyone- family, friends, the kids or even your pet dog! They have various choices of food including vegan, vegetarian food, pastries, cakes and of course breakfast which we tried. From the menu, we decided to try their ’Veggie Boss’ breakfast which included veggie sausages, sweetcorn fritter, scrambled eggs, baked beans, homemade hashbrowns, mushrooms seasonal greens and of course 2 slices of toast. The food was beautifully presented and the taste was authentic. I even managed to get a free slice of cake as it was my birthday! The service from the staff was pleasant and the general cleanliness of the restaurant was apparent. The vibes were good and somewhere we would definitely visit again.
Have to try: Veggie Breakfast & Breakfast muffins
Perfect for: Family time
Approx price for 2 people: £35
Chai Green Alum Rock
Chai continues to show its popularity in the UK, and for brummies we know one place to defo visit! Chai Green is a modern contemporary café restaurant that offers English & Desi Breakfast, Asian street food snacks and of course hot drinks. Based in the bustling Stratford Road in South East Birmingham, Chai Green takes pride in its offerings to the local and wider community. The restaurant really has a wow factor when walking in. Spacious dining area, with a quiet area to catch up on emails on your laptop. On our visit, we were greeted by staff who seated us and we tried their full English breakfast and Desi Breakfast. We were not left disappointed! The portions were very generous and food arrived piping hot. The Desi Breakfast was very hearty and filling (be sure to try the masala omelette!). We washed it down with a warm and aromatic cup of chai. The English breakfast had the full works (eggs, sausages, beans, hashbrowns and grilled tomatoes with toast).
Have to try: Desi Breakfast with Chai
Perfect for: Breakfast & Brunch dates
Approx price for 2 people: £25
Medicine Bakery New St
After the closure of the Medicine Bar in 2011, Simon and his wife Francesca discovered a new trade as bakers. After their success in Wolverhampton, they opened another restaurant in 2021. This time inside the in the heart of the city on New Street. The Medicine Bakery is not only an artisan café; but a gallery and kitchen that brings you a real feel of culture and arts rooting its heritage in Birmingham. They serve everything from delicious brunch to freshly-baked artisan breads using locally-sourced ingredients. Medicine is the perfect place to indulge whatever the occasion! For a quick bite or coffee on the go, they also have a Deli counter on Level 2 inside the Mailbox Shopping centre with plush chairs to sit back and relax. We visited on a rainy Tuesday afternoon and tried their Halloumi Brioche with a warm soothing cup of Chai Latte…it did us good!
Have to try: Brioche & Benedict’s
Perfect for: Formal meetups or quick bites to go
Approx price for 2 people: £40
Located in the West of the City on Bearwood Road, Tamu is an independent coffee shop that has great vibes with great food! This neighbourhood coffee shop is every brunch lovers dream. With outdoor seating and dining in options, you cannot go wrong with trying this hidden gem. Their food menu is inspired by healthy options but don’t let that fool you! They still have all your favourite treats such has French Toast, Pancakes and even Chicken & Chips. We visited on a weekend and it was busy with a small waiting time for a table however staff were friendly and accommodating. We tried their Chicken Brioche and Sweetcorn Fritters. The quality of the food was great and left us craving more! For drinks we had the Flat White which was creamy and also the Cappuccino which we thoroughly enjoyed. They have veggie options on the menu and free Wifi to capture your snaps for the ‘gram.
Have to try: Sweetcorn Fritters & French Toast
Perfect for: Catchups with friends or family
Approx price for 2 people: £20-£25