The 10 Best Brunches In Old City, Philadelphia

Photo of Riley Londres
10 December 2016

Old City, Philadelphia has many great museums and historical buildings to see, and is full of culture and delicious food. Here is list of restaurants that serve some of the best brunch in the area.

High Street on Market

Restaurant, American, $$$
High Street on Market, Philadelphia
High Street on Market, Philadelphia | © Joe Zachs/flickr
American cooking with a twist, High Street on Market is a rustic restaurant on Philadelphia’s bustling Market Street. The establishment offers a broad selection of pastries fresh from their bakery using artisanal recipes. Guests can also enjoy entrees such as pastrami hash, beet cured salmon on a pretzel roll or ginger yogurt on the weekends in the beautiful country-style space.

Cafe Ole

Cafe, Restaurant, Tea , American, Israeli, $$$
The warm atmosphere and brightly colored walls of Cafe Ole is the perfect welcome to hungry customers. The restaurant features a menu of Mediterranean-inspired food, such as shakshuka or egg white omelettes with spinach and feta. Visitors are also treated to generous portion sizes of items like French toast or crepes, which can be accompanied by a glass of iced coffee.


A gelateria that features tasty Italian pizzas and a marvelous brunch menu full of savory options, Capofitto is located within an old paper factory and holds a hand built wood-burning oven to create its thin and crispy pizzas. For brunch, they offer a range of entrees such as frittatas, Italian eggs Benedict and bread pudding, all of which can be accompanied by one of their inventive breakfast cocktails or a cup of La Colombe coffee.

Capofitto, 233 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1(215) 897-9999

Wedge + Fig

Bar, Bistro, American, Pub Grub, $$$
wedge + fig, Philadelphia
wedge + fig, Philadelphia | Courtesy of Fork
Focused on serving a large variety of cheese plates and dishes, Wedge + Fig is a dairy lover’s dream. Visitors can enjoy their meal at in the outside garden and choose from a number of menu items such as strata, macaroni and cheese and even a grilled cheese bar where visitors can customize their own sandwich.


Market, Restaurant, American, $$$
Hummus Tehina
Hummus Tehina | Credit Mike Regan
Fork is a must visit to anyone looking for a fantastic place to eat in the area. The chic and sophisticated restaurant specializes in New American cuisine made from the freshest ingredients produced by local farmers and grocers. Their extensive menu features a range of savory and sweet items, such as smoked pastrami or toad-in-a-hole to tea cakes and zucchini bread.

National Mechanics

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, American, $$$
This spacious restaurant, located in an old Greek revival styled bank, is a wonderful place to kick back and relax over a weekend meal with friends. The eccentric decor of National Mechanics is fun, the church pew benches are surprisingly comfortable, and the menu is welcoming to all diets and palates.

La Peg

Bistro, Restaurant, Brasserie, Cocktails, American, Wine, Beer, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Firepit & Beer Garden
Firepit & Beer Garden | Courtesy of La Peg 

A French brasserie located on the Delaware River and underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge, La Peg is a converted pump house. The interior is industrial in design and includes many of the original tanks, staircases and shelves from the original buildings as well as 45-foot-high ceilings, creating an open and airy atmosphere. During warmer months, guests can eat on the outdoor patio featuring picnic benches with stools made from old stumps.

Lucha Cartel

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Lucha Cartel, Philadelphia
Lucha Cartel, Philadelphia | Courtesy of The Gaslight
For those who prefer to spice things up over the weekend and get away from traditionally sweet breakfast foods, Lucha Cartel is the place to be. The restaurant is decorated with a variety of luchador and Day of the Dead inspired works of art and features a lively cantina. The menu itself boasts a range of tacos, enchiladas and burritos that can be made with eggs, salsa, beans and more, so that all customers leave stuffed and happy.

The Gaslight

Bar, Pub Grub, American, $$$
The Gaslight, Philadelphia
The Gaslight, Philadelphia | © Riley Londres
An industrial-styled bar that specializes in inventive takes on American comfort food, The Gaslight is a delightful place to grab brunch with friends or family and try something new. Guests can try an number of popular dishes with a twist, such as a Reuben Benedict or strawberry shortcake french toast while also sticking true to the classics like chicken and waffles or biscuits and gravy, which can all washed down with mimosas or Bloody Marys.


Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, American, $$$
Interior | Concepts by Staib
Interior | Concepts by Staib
A restaurant that prides itself on bringing fresh quality farm-to-table food to guests, Farmacia is the perfect location for an intimate family brunch or a small get-together with friends. There is even the opportunity to partake in their brunch happy hour from 11am to 2pm, and try their range of creative cocktails that fit any mood or dish selection.

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