Places for the Best Breakfast in York – I think there is something wonderfully decadent about eating breakfast in a restaurant or cafe. 

It’s such a lovely, novel thing to do and there are so many places in York that offer a fabulous breakfast.  Here are a few suggestions – I will add more as I come across them.

We also have a list of places for brunch in York too.


Café 21 York

Fenwick Department Store. 2 St. Marys Square, Coppergate Centre Yorkshire, York YO1 9WY

Café 21 York is a stylish and contemporary place to eat within Fenwick in the Coppergate Arcade. 

Breakfast dishes include dishes such as Eggs Benedict, Poached Eggs, Crushed Avocado, Lime and Chilli on Multigrain Toast and Cheddar Cheese and Spinach Soufflé.

“A home from home where hospitality comes first. Café 21 is a sociable and effortlessly stylish space, serving crafted comforts, lunch bites and sweet treats.

This breakfast, lunch and early evening venue is the place for a mid-shopping trip lunch, business meeting, afternoon tea, or a quiet cup of the good stuff. A place where ‘me time’ matters.”

You can see our review of brunch/lunch at Café 21 York here.

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Tomahawk Steakhouse in York

Lendal Cellars, 26 Lendal, York YO1 8AA

Tomahawk Steakhouse is a fabulous restaurant with a surprisingly reasonably priced breakfast menu. It’s situated in the corner of St Helen’s Square, next to The Mansion House down the walkway that leads to Lendal Cellars, with a cute little courtyard space in front.

If you are feeling hungry, you can go all out for Steak n’ Eggs, a Large Full English or even a Duck Benedict.  For something different try Columbian Eggs (Scrambled eggs, tomato & spring onion salsa, farmhouse loaf & guacamole).  For a lighter breakfast go for sausage or smoked bacon on a brioche bun for a very reasonable £2.95.

We haven’t tried their breakfast offering as yet, but we have visited for lunch if you’d like to read our Tomahawk review.

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Tomahawk Steakhouse for Breakfast


6-8 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP

Betty’s Cafe is famous in York for elegant and traditional dining. You can pop in a cup of tea, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. They also serve a fabulous breakfast.  You can choose from a Swiss Breakfast Rösti (A classic Swiss rösti made with grated potato, gruyère cheese and cream, pan-fried until golden and served with dry-cured bacon, a plum tomato, mushrooms and a poached egg.).  I love the röstis at Betty’s and have eaten many over the years and would absolutely recommend you try one.  They also serve a vegan Crushed Avocado on Toast (Lightly toasted Yorkshire Millers bread topped with crushed avocado and served with cherry vine tomatoes.) and a slightly more difficult to find (and not something I would like!), Kedgeree (A breakfast classic made with creamy rice, smoked haddock, mild aromatic spices, fresh coriander, sultanas and flaked almonds, topped with a poached egg.)

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Bill’s Restaurant

12 Coney St, York YO1 9NA

Bill’s has a lovely eclectic, home from home, comfortable feel to it.  Breakfast includes the ‘Bill’s Brunch’, two fried free range eggs, smoked streaky bacon, Cumberland sausage, roasted plum tomatoes, mushrooms, potato rösti, baked beans, black pudding and toast.  Eggs Benedict or Eggs Avocado Florentine.  There are three vegetarian options including ‘Bill’s Garden Plate’, two poached free range eggs, halloumi, roasted plum tomato, charred red peppers, smashed avocado, hollandaise, mushrooms, potato rösti, baked beans, pea shoots, mixed seeds & toast.  Or, for a lighter dish you could try Smashed avocado, feta cheese and poached eggs.

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Full English Breakfast at Bill’s in York


The Blue Barbakan for Breakfast in York

34 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA

The Blue Barbakan is an independent restaurant based on Fossgate serving predominantly traditional Polish cuisine but with an extra multi european twist. We serve dishes strongly influenced by several different countries within Eastern Europe fused with others that have been taken from more of a Western European style. Everything, without exception, is made on the premises.  For breakfast, to start with, kids eat free.  They serve the usual Full English, or you could order an omelette (ham, mushroom and cheese, goat’s cheese, ham and roasted pepper).  There are also pancakes and Polish toast (fried eggy sourdough with fried eggs and bacon – mmm!).  Breakfast served till noon.


Cafe No 8

8 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ

Our small-but-beautiful bistro, Cafe No 8, is found on the busy and lively Gillygate in York. A street full of independent shops and businesses, it leads right into the heart of York through one of its ancient City gates.  They provide breakfast options that include a Full Yorkshire Breakfast with dry-cured bacon, sausage, mushrooms, eggs “your way”, thyme roast tomatoes, black pudding and toast.  They also do a Vegetarian version.  Or try Baked eggs and soldiers with salmon, crème fraiche, capers and watercress.  I also like the sound of French Toast – toasted brioche, blackcurrant compote, mascarpone cream.



Make sure you also look at our list of places for brunch in York.


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