- Lauren Gruber
Known for its nightlife and sophisticated dining spots, Washington Square West in Philadelphia boasts a bevy of exotic, farm-to-table restaurants that are unique to the city. Read ahead for the 10 best brunches in Washington Square, Philadelphia.
At Talula’s Garden, brunches are an eclectic mix of sweet Southern specialties and seasonal classics as well as fresh and creative dishes. Inside you’ll find elegant refurbished tables and chic banquettes to make you feel like you’re in an upscale establishment, but what is most impressive is the menu, featuring choices such as their popular ricotta doughnuts with bright lemon curd and homemade huckleberry jam, or the likes of creamy corn grits with caramel sea salt butter for a side. Coffee cocktails will give you an additional energy boost.
Address & phone number: 210 W Washington Sq Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-592-7787
Latin American and Cuban brunch brings exotic flavor to Washington Square at the posh, two-story bistro Mixto. The restaurant offers a South Beach Miami ambiance with outdoor seating and American and Latin-inspired classics like their Mexican tostadas rancheras, or their Argentinean breakfast with churrasco Argentino and carne asada. Try their house cocktails; the mojitos are available in 20 flavors, so go for the classic, or try the more exotic pomegranate and guava.
Address & phone number: 1141 Pine St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-592-0363
Established in 2015, IndeBlue introduced diners to their perfectly blended traditional Indian cuisine and classic brunch fare. Choose from classic naan, raitas and small plates with tandoori spices and recipes. Keep an eye out for their vindaloo egg skillet, and other Indian-inspired dishes. However, you can also find brunch classics like build-your-own omelet with desi home fries or challah french toast. Enjoy live sitar performances during Sunday brunch while you indulge in specialty craft cocktails.
Address & phone number: 205 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-545-4633
Jones sets the pace for family-friendly dining in a retro mid-century interior with comfort-food classics. Brunch features some hearty portions of egg omelets and plates from the griddle like classic monkey bread or french toast. Guests will love this place for their bottomless brunch mimosas. Offering different flavors, also choose from their other cocktails like the bloody Mary, to which you can add items like pickles or avocado.
Address & phone number: 700 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-223-5563
Go for a sophisticated, Roman-style brunch right by the tree-lined Pine street. Amis’ brunch offers orange mimosas and bellinis, along with modern Italian appetizers like baked pecorino with almond honey and inventive salads. For their entrees, guests can dine on bucatini or rigatoni dishes, but go for their polenta pancakes and Belgian waffles with salted butter semifredo. If you’re freezing really decadent, choose the stripling with farm eggs.
Address & phone number: 412 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-732-2647
Featuring continental cuisine, farMicia offers a farm-to-table menu and creative cocktails that make it a favorite on the edge of Washington Square. Patrons can find classic sandwiches and everything from french toast to hacienda eggs on the menu. Sleek and sophisticated inside, this brunch location is perfect for dates and small groups. It also has several vegan options.
Address & phone number: 15 S 3rd St Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-627-6274
Located just a few blocks from prime Washington Square territory, T-Swirl Creperie is worth the short walk past Market street. Serving specialty sweet and savory crepes, T-Swirl offers mouthwatering cuisine. A must-try option is their matcha azuki bean and matcha chocolate truffle, but for those who don’t fancy something sweet, there is a wide variety of savory options as well.
Address & phone number: 150 N 10th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-238-0111
Garces Trading Company
The welcoming but sophisticated Garces Trading Company offers brunch specials that add a touch of modern European charm to your morning. The cafe offers a brunch deal, consisting of an appetizer and entree, coffee or tea and a basket of house pastries. Alternatively, you can order a la carte from their light mustard vinaigrette salads, sandwiches or light dishes. On sunny days sit outside at their chic wooden tables.
Address & phone number: 1111 Locust St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-574-1099
The Midtown locale El Vez offers Tex-Mex inspired cuisine in a colorful and fun atmosphere. The brunch menu boasts dishes like the Mexican waffle with shaved Mexican chocolate and hot chocolate sauce, or savory options like the sea bass tacos. Keep an eye out for their cocktails; try their bloody Mary with habenero-infused silver tequila, bacon and a chipotle blend.
Address & phone number: 121 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215–928-9800
The trendy, club-like environment of Valanni might seem counter-intuitive for a brunch spot, but its dishes have been named as some of the best in the city by Philadelphia Magazine. Here you can get classic salads, sandwiches and savory omelets with gourmet ingredients. If you’re craving something sweet, try their mascarpone and applewood smoked bacon stuffed French toast, with vanilla maple syrup and warm caramel. The real highlight is their build your own mimosa cocktails.
Address & phone number: 1229 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-790-9494