The Best Brunch Spots In North Park, San Diego

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North Park is a vibrant neighborhood located in San Diego, California. This neighborhood has a diverse and welcoming community and a progressive arts and entertainment scene. It also does not fall with the culinary options – whether you are in the mood for an American breakfast or something fancier, restaurants in North Park have you covered! Here are the best brunch places we recommend for you.

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Great Maple

At Great Maple, brasserie meets classic diner to create what they like to call a ‘European dinette.’ They view the great maple tree as their emblematic commitment to quality, responsible products, honest service and ‘the culinary will to make things great.’ They offer a unique dining experience with the commitment to new brigade style cooking. Great Maple serves great food everyday and they do brunch on the weekends. Brunch at Great Maple is unlike any other brunch experience in town. Their menu is comprised of one of a kind meals, such as the chocolate bacon pancakes, that will leave your taste buds asking for more.

Subterranean Coffee Boutique is part sandwich shop, part coffee shop, part smoothie and juice bar, but it offers a 100% enjoyable dining experience. This restaurant has been in business since 2012 and its owners, Gene and Kelsey Padigos, have been attracting customers to their café with their delicious recipes since. Subterranean serves coffee, breakfast meals, sandwiches, salads, and pastries daily at reasonable prices. With its array of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, toast and more, this coffee boutique has become a hotspot in the area, so bring friends along.

Café 21


Whether you’re looking for brunch, dinner, or happy hour, Café 21 is here to offer unique and delicious gastronomic creations. Their flavorful menu is crafted by premiere chef Layla Javadov, and their dishes incorporate the best local, organic, farm-to-table ingredients, creating the finest ‘socially conscious’ dining experience. Unlike many restaurants, Café 21 serves brunch daily, allowing guests to enjoy favorites like the cast iron omelettes and Café 21 cakes any day of the week. This is the perfect restaurant to dine at with family and friends, the extensive menu ensures that everyone will find something they love.

Mystic Mocha

Mystic Mocha opened in 2005 and is an urban oasis promoting healthy eating and community ties through whole foods, a peaceful atmosphere, and friendly service. The restaurant has been serving both classic options and new creations in the territories of coffee, tea, and food. Mystic Mocha’s interior reflects the artistic sensibilities of the area. The exterior provides seating in a peaceful outdoor patio. Savor the plate of Mystic buttermilk pancakes with fruit or bacon scramble while enjoying the chimes and hummingbirds, and talking with the friendly passersby.

Atypical Waffle Company

Atypical Waffle Company opened in 2011 with the goal of putting together family and friends and supporting local communities serving healthy and tasty treats from the local farmers market. This waffle joint is open on the weekends and offers a pretty minimal yet brilliant menu. The Wow Wow Waffles are sweet and made from dough based yeast. Once sugar pearls caramelize the outer shell of the waffle, you can choose from a variety of toppings including homemade whipped cream, farm fresh fruit, or imported chocolates and spreads to go inside or atop the waffle. A variety of savory waffle toppings is also available to provide a wider assortment.

Cafe Madeleine

Cafe Madeleine is inspired by the sidewalk street cafes in France, from the sidewalk chairs to the mural of Toulouse-Lautrec-like printing on the side of a building. The art nouveau style of Cafe Madeleine, its outside tables and umbrellas lining the sidewalk, gives the place an ambiance characteristic of Paris. The café specializes in sweet and savory crepes and panini. All their food is made to order in front of the customer using fresh premium ingredients. With great quality food and service, eating at Cafe Madeleine for breakfast or brunch is a great decision.

West Coast Tavern

This laid-back urban tavern is situated in one of North Park’s most historic buildings. Their great food, drinks, and people make West Coast Tavern the go-to spot in North Park. If you’re considering visiting, wait until the weekend for their elegant weekend brunch dining experience. Their loaded breakfast potatoes, award winning pork belly waffles, breakfast burger, and country fried chicken can’t be found anywhere else in the North Park area. West Coast Tavern makes it hard to wait until the weekend, offering daily specials and a delectable daily menu.

Olympic Cafe

Nestled in the heart of North Park, Olympic Cafe offers a large variety of award-winning menu items, inclusing breakfast options and desserts. They’ve been the friendly neighborhood cafe specializing in Greek cuisine for over 25 years. Olympic Cafe opened in 1985 and has been serving some of the best Greek inspired dishes ever since, earning the titles of Best Greek Restaurant, Best Ethnic Overall Value Take Out, and Best Breakfast, Lunch, Entree, and Dessert. With tasty waffles, pancakes, french toast, breakfast sandwiches, and more, it’s not hard to see why Olympic Cafe is raved about.

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