Great Spots For Brunch In Lowertown, Saint Paul

Photo of Benjamin M. Smith
3 November 2016

Lowertown offers a host of fantastic brunch options, be it at the corner coffee shop, an upscale hotel, or even in a renovated historic building. Experience a morning brunch service from some of the nicest people in the US, all in one of the capital of Minnesota’s trendiest neighborhoods. Here are our best spots for brunch in Lowertown, St Paul.

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The Buttered Tin

Step into The Buttered Tin and at once feel at home. This cozy bakery and café serves some seriously awesome food, from their bananas foster French toast, to their huge cinnamon rolls, covered in a cream cheese topping. Watch the chefs prepare the hot orders while you wait and enjoy a café latte, and be sure to browse their baked goods, especially their whoopie pies, which come in the two delicious varieties of chocolate and red velvet cake.

Wabasha Deli and Café

Wabasha Deli and Café is one of the few true Mom and Pop’s left in St. Paul, serving honest, home cooked brunch and lunch items for over 25 years. On top of this, no other restaurant in the area can boast, as this restaurant can, such champion customer service. This deli is run by family and as a consequence treats its customers with the utmost respect and civility. Oh, and their omelets and breakfast sandwiches are pretty darn tasty too.

M St. Café

With its elegant pillars and contemporary furniture and chairs, M St. Café promotes a leisurely dining experience for guests of The Saint Paul Hotel and casual passers by. Featuring a menu of inspired takes on classic brunch items, like the corn flake-crusted French toast, or their sweet potato waffle, food simply comes fresh and fine here. Catch other chefs dining alongside its hotel patrons, for M St. Café’s award-winning Sunday brunch.

Day by Day Café

The Day by Day Café has been creating some of the best from-scratch breakfasts in Lowertown since 1980. Their space is perfect for their creative menu as it features an inviting interior and service counter, but also a large outdoor patio with a koi fishpond. Their brunch menu is extensive, and offers many dishes hard to find elsewhere. Their German oven pancake and caramel rolls are quite appealing, and the same goes for their home made buckwheat cakes and breakfast burritos.

Claddagh Coffee Café

On a cold winter’s day in St Paul, the Claddagh Coffee Café might just provide the best fix: a steaming cappuccino and a freshly baked blueberry scone. This café, known for its ridiculously good coffee and elegant, tiled ceilings, has a loyal following of St Paul locals. Check out the basement for a little more added comfort with a hot coffee.

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Offering a stunning Saturday and Sunday brunch, Meritage brings class to its brunch patrons in classic French bistro style. Offering everything from banana bread French toast to crab and artichoke crépes, this restaurant is definitely worth the inevitable wait on any given weekend. Chef Klein, a renowned St Paul restaurateur in his own right, presents a brunch menu easy to fall in love with. By fusing American classics with those of France, he creates a brunch experience that’s hard to top.

Public Kitchen + Bar

Located in the historic former Noyes & Cutler building, the huge arched windows, exposed brick walls and spacious ceilings of Public Kitchen + Bar alone make it worth a visit. The brunch is also fantastic and assuredly the main attraction for the restaurant’s early rising patrons. From its smoked salmon scramble or its walleye po’boy to its popular cheese plate, something good can always be had at this Lowertown restaurant.

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