Boise knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so finding a delicious morning meal in the City of Trees is never an issue. Treat yourself to that mimosa or bloody mary with plenty of great options within walking distance of downtown hotels. If you’re staying downtown, you have the luxury of not having to worry about traffic or driving.
Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro & Goldy’s Corner
Goldy’s is a must-try, family-owned breakfast joint right in the heart of downtown Boise. With local ingredients, made-to-order breakfast, and a plethora of menu options, there’s no craving Goldy’s can’t meet. As one of the most popular brunch options in the city, don’t be surprised if there is a small wait on weekend mornings—but it’s worth it.
If you’re looking for a good place to hunker down and get some remote work done, you can also stop in at Goldy’s Corner on Main Street, adjacent to Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro. While the menu is smaller than Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro, there are still great breakfast burritos and baked goods to munch on while you study or respond to emails. Although the regular menu is more trim, the mimosa menu is not. Both Goldy’s locations offer mimosa flights with flavor varieties like guava, mango, strawberry, traditional and more.
Like many great restaurants, BACON comes with a great story. John Berryhill has been cooking bacon since 1995, first at his original Berryhill Restaurant, which was a fine-dining experience in Boise. However, after closing Berryhill, John opened BACON in one of his unused banquet spaces. Now, over ten years later, he cooks up over 10 tons of bacon every year. If you love bacon, you won’t find a better spot to brunch in Boise. Don’t pass on the loaded, award-winning BACON bloody mary.
Located right on 8th Street, Wild Root boasts delicious options for all, from vegetarians to vegans and gluten-free to omnivorous eaters. It can be hard to find healthy, balanced meals while on the road, but Wild Root rotates its ingredients based on seasonality, so a breakfast here is always sure to feel fresh, wholesome and nourishing to your body and soul.
Moon’s Kitchen Cafe
Moon’s Kitchen and Cafe is an old-school-style breakfast diner with a lengthy menu: omelets, benedicts, pancakes and more. We do not frown upon ice cream for breakfast in this city, so treat yourself to one of Moon’s famous milkshakes while you’re there.
Waffle Me Up
Nestled in the same building as Boise Fry Company, Waffle Me Up is a delicious, family-owned spot in downtown Boise serving liege waffles made from scratch. The topping options are mouth-watering. Go savory with bacon and basil, or Havarti cheese, fried egg and avocado. Or, choose sweet with PB&J, cookie butter and bananas, or strawberries and Nutella. Can’t make your mind up? Go ahead and get one of each.
Greater Boise Area
Certified Kitchen & Bakery
While a little further from downtown, Certified Kitchen in Hyde Park is without a doubt worth a bike ride to the North End for a visit. Certified uses a 52-year-old sourdough starter to make their incredible English muffin sandwiches. As a counter-service style bakery, Certified is a great in & out option to grab a signature egg sandwich before taking a walk through the Hyde Park neighborhood, exploring the shops on 13th Street, or hiking the foothills at Camel’s Back park.
Depending on where your hotel is, you might need a car or rideshare to get to The Griddle, located in West Boise on Parkcenter Avenue, but this breakfast is well worth the short drive. With family secret recipes like Dad’s Hotcakes and french toast made with Aunt Penny’s special batter, it’s unmistakably clear The Griddle has been perfecting homemade breakfast since 1948.
Located on State St, Janjou Patisserie is a great location to satisfy any morning baked good craving. Janjou specializes in French pastries, cookies and fresh savories. Janjou only uses Buerre d’Isigny, unsalted butter made exclusively from milk of the Insigny terrior in France. Every dessert and pastry is handcrafted with attention, detail and quality. The owner and pastry chef is a two-time semi-finalist for the “Best Baker” category by the James Beard Foundation in 2016 and 2020. Whether your morning calls for a warm croissant or freshly baked quiche, this boutique location is hard to beat.
The Capri Boise on Fairview Ave rightfully claims fame for its renowned biscuits and gravy. This 1950’s style diner is a staple for homestyle breakfasts that have been receiving rave reviews for more than two decades. For larger groups, this space also has room available to rent for events and parties.
Blue Bench Brunchette & Huck House Brunchette
Blue Bench Brunchette specializes in benedicts, avocado toast, espresso, mimosas and bloody marys. With a focus on using small vendors and farm-to-market materials. Their sister restaurant, Huck House Brunchette, is the perfect place to experience classic Idaho huckleberry flavors with items like huckleberry honey bowls and huckleberry crisp french toast.
Sunshine Spice Bakery & Cafe
Owned and operated by the Sham sisters, Boise’s first Afghan bakery and cafe uses saffron in many of its pastries, puddings, cookies, coffees and teas. If you’re looking to venture beyond traditional bacon and eggs in the morning, Sunshine Spice is the place to go. Popular items include pistachio baklava, beignets, and saffron cookies.
That is just the start of incredible breakfasts in the city. For more great options, check out our directory of restaurants in Boise here.