We’re updating our 2012 post on the best breakfast in Union Square San Francisco with some newcomers and some oldies but goodies. Whether you’re a local looking to grab a delicious pastry and a hot cup of coffee before a long work day or a visitor who has time to sit down to a leisurely brunch, we have it all. Read on for our top breakfast and brunch picks in the neighborhood.
On the Go Grub
Caffe Central (170 O’Farrell St. & 845 Market St.) is one of the newest additions to the Square. Here you can grab a cup of Blue Bottle Coffee, a house-made pastry (we’re partial to the Nutella twists) or a mini sandwich and fresh squeezed juice for the perfect start to a day in Union Square.
Also excellent for a quick bite is La Boulange (222 Sutter St.) These guys offer a très Français menu with croissants galore, breakfast sandwiches and more! Don’t forget the café au lait.
Café la Taza (470 Post St.) may be pint-sized, but they have some big breakfast options, including a super croissant with ham, eggs and cheese or a De la Casa scramble with feta, spinach, olives and avocado. Plus, they’re a small, locally owned chain that has been around for 15 years.
For a quick option, you can stop by the lovely Café Madeleine (43 O’Farrell St.). There, you can grab a piece of their daily quiche or a house-made croissant with a variety of fillings like feta and Swiss chard.
For a wholesome morning meal, stop by Bio (75 O’Farrell St.) and grab some steal cut oatmeal with hemp milk or house-made granola and yogurt.
The Power Breakfast
Luques Restaurant in the Chancellor Hotel (433 Powell St.) offers fun options like create your own omelets, a classic eggs benedict and fluffy French toast in a warm atmosphere.
Home of the famous Swedish silver dollar pancake, Sear’s Fine Foods (439 Powell St.) has been in Union Square since 1938! This wonderfully retro restaurant is dripping with old-fashioned charm and a menu of classics like a platter of 18 Swedish pancakes with jam and butter.
Café de la Presse offers a nice dose of French culture on beautiful Grant Ave. with comfy outdoor seating, so you can truly feel like you’re enjoying your morning at a Parisian cafe. Here you can get a delicious goat cheese and herb omelet or a decadent pain perdu with warm berries!
A Leisurely Brunch
Do you like your breakfast super, as in filled with Super Foods? Then, you’ll need to stop by the Oak Room at the Westin St. Francis (335 Powell St.) and get one of the flavorful and healthy options on their Super Food Menu such as berry, apple, granola museli or smoked salmon with silky tofu and avocado.
For brunch with a Latin flair, check out Colibri (438 Geary St.), Mexican-inspired breakfast dishes like Chilaquiles (house made tortilla chips served with red or green chile sauce, chicken, cheese and eggs), Torrejas Colibri (cinnamon French toast with agave syrup) and, of course, several variations on huevos rancheros are on the menu. They also offer Bloody Marias (made with Colibri’s featured tequila of the month) and bottomless mimosas.
As long as we’re on the topic of internationally-influenced brunch, you might consider ANZU Restaurant (222 Mason St.) with a unique American and Japanese breakfast buffet which includes choices like Japanese fish cakes, natto, chicken okayu and miso soup alongside traditional brunch selections.
Scala’s Bistro (432 Powell St.) offers a slightly Italian take on a traditional brunch. There, you can enjoy polenta with eggs, tomato sauces and parmesan or Eggs Al Forno with salami, swiss chard and mozzarella.