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Santa Cruz is known to be the perfect Californian beach getaway. But before you dive into the waves and take a stroll on the boardwalk, start your day right with one of these top brunch places.
Hidden behind a Walgreens is this little oasis, offering the best homemade bagels in town. While Firefly’s menu is quite small, their bagels are all you need for brunch. Their bagel sandwiches include: homemade cream cheese, egg, and whatever other toppings you want, although the tomato and herb bagel is the best choice. Seating is limited, so consider taking these bagels to go. Coffee drinks are also something quite special, so make sure to try from all parts of the menu. Make sure to try this local and humble favorite in town.
After you’re done visiting the boardwalk, cross over to The Picnic Basket where all your midday cravings are to be satisfied. Beans roasted from local favorite Verve Coffee Roasters make for the perfect addition to your classic brunch favorites. Enjoy the sea breeze and people-watching from the outside seating. Keep in mind that weekends have the boardwalk and pier attracting a lot of people, so the lines might be long but the atmosphere is great and sure to keep you in relaxed vacation-mode for a while. Parking is difficult on the boardwalk, but just a few blocks over you will find residential parking.
The Picnic Basket, 125 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA, USA +1 831 427 9946