8 Stops for Breakfast in Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh wakes up with a hearty appetite. Thankfully, its breakfast scene is as diverse and delicious as the city itself, leaving the community feeling beyond satisfied. If you haven’t stopped in at a diner or swung by a bakery in a while, now is the perfect time to start the day right. Fuel your day with eggs benedict, breakfast sandwiches, towering pancakes, and so much more. The early bird catches the worm, so what are you waiting for? Grab a cup of coffee (or a steaming mug of tea, we don’t judge) and get energized for the day ahead at these local breakfast restaurants. 

Stops for Breakfast in Pittsburgh

Pamela’s Diner

Mt. Lebanon, Shadyside, Strip District

If you’ve lived in Pittsburgh for even a short amount of time, we’re sure you’ve been to Pamela’s. This diner really stands up to their “favorite breakfast spot” status, especially with their signature Pamela’s Famous Crepe-Style Hotcakes. They’re just the right thickness and crispy along the edges. Plus, they have a number of specialty pancake options that are stuffed full of strawberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, or bananas. 

Square Cafe

East Liberty

Innovative, seasonal additions are just one of the features that make Square Cafe’s menu unique. There’s always something new on their specials list, but the regular menu is just as tasty. Start with an appetizer of Blueberry Hushpuppies alongside a berry compote or Cinnamon Dough Poppers. Then, dig into a Brussels Sprout Hash, Short Rib Eggs Benedict, Lemon-Berry Ricotta Pancakes, or Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich. Many vegan options are available. This corner spot in East Liberty is also kid-friendly.

Cafe Moulin


Sweet, savory, and beyond! Satisfy that breakfast craving with the selection at Cafe Moulin. Crepes in various forms populate their menu, offering up something for everyone to enjoy. For those with a sweet tooth, Indulge in Chocolate Dream Crepes or Walnut Street French Toast. Savory fans should try the Spanakopita crepe or the Ottawa Omelet Crepe. Bon appetit!

La Gourmandine

Lawrenceville, Mt. Lebanon, Hazelwood, Downtown

When you walk into this bakery, you’ll be welcomed by a case full of authentic French pastries, breads, and cakes. Start your day off right with a cup of coffee and the soft, pillowy crust of a Gourmandise filled with vanilla cream and chocolate drops. Or, a slice of Quiche Lorraine with bacon and caramelized onions. You could even grab a selection of croissants and pastries to take home: breakfast for the whole week is yours!

Kelly O’s Diner

Warrendale, Strip District, North Hills

Kelly O’s serves up legendary eats that have satisfied locals for years. Their menu features a mash-up of American diner classics alongside exclusive Pittsburgh favorites like their Haluski and Pittsburgh Chili.  But if you’re seeking fluffy pancakes or yearning for biscuits and gravy, Kelly O’s warm hospitality will leave you happy and well-fed. Plus, they’ve even been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives so they’re Guy Fieri approved. 

Breakfast at Shelly’s 


If you’re looking for that classic diner vibe with large portions and endless coffee, Breakfast at Shelly’s is the place to be. You can get traditional breakfasts that include eggs your way, toast or pancakes, choice of meat, and savory breakfast potatoes. For the french toast lovers, they have French Toast Roll-Ups which wrap sausage links i sweet deliciousness…which is then fried! Be sure to check out their daily specials when you stop by. There’s often a great deal on offer.

The Speckled Egg

Downtown, South Side

The Speckled Egg offers both breakfast and brunch favorites that go beyond the ordinary.  Indulge in classics with a twist, like the I Am…Kaazam! featuring Moroccan spiced tomato sauce, poached eggs, and red pepper or the Crab Omelette packed with lump crab, spinach, red onion, snow peas, and pickled shallots. No matter your craving, pair your meal with one of their signature cocktails or a perfectly brewed espresso.

Bluebird Kitchen


When you want something quick that you can grab on the go or for a short pitstop, Bluebird Kitchen’s locally sourced fare is for you. Their menu focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients, with everything made right in their own kitchen. Pick up a Local Fried Egg Sandwich on your way to work or sit down for a moment at their window counter to enjoy Sweet Potato-Corned Beef Hash. They also carry seasonal smoothies and vegan Overnight Oats for lighter options.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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