Photography Provided By: ARRIVE Palm Springs
Photography Provided By: ARRIVE Palm Springs

20 Places to Get Some Bangin’ Breakfast in Greater Palm Springs

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Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day, and in Greater Palm Springs, there’s no shortage of choices when it comes to selecting which morning dish you’re in the mood to enjoy. From homestyle, tried-and-true classics like eggs and a hearty stack of pancakes to more avant-garde selections like candy-coated bacon or French toast topped with Swiss cheese, there’s a little something for everyone to dig into at the breakfast table. Find out what the top picks are for the best breakfast venues in the desert that will make you want to stay for lunch and dinner.   Palm Springs Breakfast

Palm Springs Breakfast

1 | Wilma & Frieda

Must Order: Blackberry Custard French Toast

Photography By: Laura Perkins

Wilma & Frieda, a charming cafe with two desert locations, transports its guests home with comfort food classics, like warm biscuits and gravy and griddled meatloaf and eggs. This local eatery is known for putting its own spin on traditional favorites, making each bite reminiscent of something your sweet grandmother might cook. And ironically, the restaurant was actually named after two grandmothers: Wilma and Frieda! Wilma, a character known for always wearing cat-eye glasses, and Frieda, remembered for her amazing ability to whip up dinner for 20 people in a heartbeat, serve as the inspiration behind the delicious menu, cozy farmhouse decor and inviting ambiance. And whether you prefer sweet or savory, you’ll love just about everything this quaint cafe whips up. Crowd favorites include the Blackberry Custard French Toast with housemade blackberry sauce and the Bj’s Short Rib Scramble & Mozzarella. Pro tip: don’t leave without trying one of their tasty home-style pop tarts!

Wilma & Frieda
Locations: Palm Desert, Palm Springs


2 | TRIO Restaurant

Must Order: Chicken and Waffles

TRIO is where Palm Springs comes to eat. It’s home to mouthwatering brunch dishes such as the classic chicken and waffles—a fluffy Belgian base garnished with crispy fried chicken, maple butter and bacon. For a healthier side of sunshine, try the avocado toast (topped with poached eggs, alfalfa sprouts and sun-dried tomato pesto) or the wild mushroom omelet with jack and cheddar cheese. If the new wave diet isn’t for you, the trademark fried egg sandwich is a hearty alternative; it features applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and roasted red pepper aioli on a brioche bun. Mornings have never looked better!

TRIO Restaurant
Location: Palm Springs



Must Order: Coachella Valley Breakfast Bowl

Tucked on the grounds of La Quinta Resort & Club sits TWENTY6, a modern American bistro that offers an innovative twist on familiar breakfast favorites. We love the Coachella Valley Breakfast Bowl with sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, quinoa, spinach, bell peppers, ranchero sauce and poached eggs! But if you prefer a more decadent delight, order the Belgian waffle

Which comes topped with fresh mixed berries, whipped cream and 100% maple syrup.
Location: La Quinta

Palm Springs Breakfast

4 | Cups Cafe

Must Order: Chilaquiles

This quaint Palm Desert cafe has a menu chock-full of delicious family recipes that are sure to put you in the mood for a hearty breakfast. From five different kinds of delicious eggs Benedicts to the decadent chilaquiles and classic steak & eggs, this cozy restaurant sure knows how to put on a show when it comes to comfort food. But it’s no surprise, since owners Marco and Gustavo have over 20 years experience in the food and beverage industry. And the next time you come in for a bite, you’ll likely see the duo bustling around the restaurant with a smile on each of their faces. Be sure to take advantage of their killer mimosa special where you can get a bottle of champagne bottles for only $9.

Local Insight: The name “Cups Cafe” originated from the restaurant’s original clock that was made of cups!

Cups Cafe
Location: Palm Desert

5 | The Palms Cafe

Must Order: Southwest Omelet

For a breakfast experience with some desert flair, The Palms Cafe serves up all the fixings of a traditional morning meal, as well as savory Mexican dishes that will add some spice to your day.  For a taste of real buttermilk pancakes, try a wheat short stack topped with fresh strawberries. All omelets are served with a choice of home fries, hash browns, cottage cheese, sliced tomatoes or fresh fruit. The Southwest omelet is a local favorite, made with grilled chicken, Ortega chilies, jack cheese, and guacamole, paired nicely with the Mexican omelet—a mix of seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, guacamole, and sour cream. It’s the best of both cultures.

The Palms Cafe
Location: La Quinta, Rancho Mirage


6 | Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge

Must Order: Deep Fried Bacon Bloody Mary

Eight4Nine is on trend when it comes to atmosphere and what they are serving up in the kitchen for brunch. Ina’s Scottish breakfast is a hot ticket item, consisting of one farm egg, British bacon, banger sausage, mushrooms, roasted tomato and a potato scone. If you’re feelin’ really frisky, treat yourself to the Deep Fried Bacon Bloody Mary made with vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, deep-fried bacon, jalapeno olives and a celery stick garnished with a lemon and lime with a half celery salt rim. Cheers!

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge
Location: Palm Springs


7 | ARRIVE Palm Springs

Must Order: Breakfast Burrito

Photography Provided By: ARRIVE Palm Springs

The Pool at ARRIVE  is not only an epic spot to sip a cocktail. This trendy Palm Springs hotel also features a hearty breakfast menu with offerings like Ricotta Pancakes with honey butter and blueberry maple syrup and a fully-loaded Breakfast Burrito with egg, cheddar, bacon, spicy yogurt, bell peppers, avocado, tomatillo salsa and breakfast potatoes. However, if you prefer to keep things light in the morning, you’ll love the Egg White + Vegetable Frittata or Organic Yogurt with crunchy housemade granola. Start working on those tan lines, and enjoy your morning meal poolside with a side of mountain views that just won’t quit.

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Local Insight: Stop by on the weekends and dig into a delicious special brunch menu!

ARRIVE Palm Springs
Location: Palm Springs


8 | Juniper Table

Must Order: Challah French Toast

Juniper Table specializes in Palm Springs-inspired cuisine that is sure to make your mouth water. Their signature avocado flatbread is a must, with wheat bread, house ricotta, cured tomato, herb puree, a fried egg and baby kale. If you have a sweet tooth, check out their dessert menu, which features items like Apple Cobbler, The Rowan Chocolate Bar and the Skillet Cookie.
Juniper Table
Location: Palm Springs

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9 | FARM

Must Order: Champignons et Fromage Crêpe

Experience a taste of the Provencal French countryside with the succulent breakfast menu items offered at FARM. The Champignons et Fromage Crêpe is just what you need to excite your palate, or for a more traditional approach, try the croissant sandwich with tomato, avocado and eggs over-easy. 

Local Insight: All of the produce, eggs and artisanal meats served at FARM are locally sourced. 

Location: Palm Springs


10 | Sherman’s Deli & Bakery

Must Order: Corned Beef Hash

Known for their delectable, freshly baked cakes, Sherman’s Deli & Bakery is also an excellent breakfast stop. Served all day, some of the breakfast menu highlights include the sweet Thick French Toast, flavored delicately with rich butter and syrup, the California Joe, consisting of ground beef, onions, mushrooms, spinach and Muenster cheese—scrambled together, and the Corned Beef Hash. All egg plates can be paired with potatoes or sliced ruby red tomatoes. A bagel or piece of toast can also be substituted and slathered with your choice of cream cheese or butter and jam. 

Local Insight: An episode of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with Guy Fieri was filmed here!

Sherman’s Deli & Bakery
Location: Palm Desert, Palm Springs


11 | Jake’s

Must Order: Healthy Scramble

Jake’s is an all-American eatery with plenty of dining options—even for the health-conscious—on its menu. We love the Healthy Scramble, made with scrambled egg whites, soy chorizo, sliced tomato and avocado on nine-grain toast topped with feta cheese and organic mixed greens.

Local Insight: Jake’s is named after the owner’s West Highland Terrier that passed away in 2016. Because of this restaurant’s love of dogs, your furry-friend is warmly welcomed here and treated with biscuits and their own water bowl while you eat.

Location: Palm Springs


12 | Cheeky’s

Must Order: Cheeky’s World Famous Bacon Flight

Cheeky’s is a bacon lover’s dream come true. The restaurant is known for its unique bacon bar, which hosts a variety of one-of-a-kind flavors, like Parmesan, jalapeño and on some occasions, sprinkled with Nerds candy or candy corn. Oh, they also have eggs, pancakes and other breakfast classics too.

Local Insight: The menu at Cheeky’s changes on a weekly basis, so it’s never quite the same experience!

Location: Palm Springs


13 | Norma’s

Must Order: Irresistible Banana-Macadamia Nut Flap Jacks

Serving up breakfast all day and night, Norma’s in Palm Springs always delivers a culinary collection that will make your mornings much sweeter. Try the mouthwatering Irresistible Banana-Macadamia Nut Flap Jacks (topped with whipped cream and brown sugar) or the Eggs Florentine, served with sautéed spinach, fingerling potato home fries and applewood smoked bacon for a delicious dining experience. If an old-fashioned, hearty breakfast is not your style, Norma’s also offers a wide range of breakfast salads on their Rabbit Food menu. Try the Zesty Rock Lobster and Mango Salad!

Location: Palm Springs


14 | Si Bon

Must Order: Lobster And Asparagus Omelet

This charming European bistro in Rancho Mirage plays tribute to Brussels with its red café chairs, hand-painted murals and menu of delicious Belgian-inspired dishes. Dig into favorites like the Authentic Twin Belgian Waffles, Nutella And Banana Crêpes or Maine Lobster And Asparagus Omelet. You can’t go wrong at this quaint desert cafe!

Si Bon
Location: Rancho Mirage


15 | The Cafe at Shields

Must Order: Machaca con Huevo y Frijoles

The Cafe at the famous Shields Date Garden offers breakfast specials that feature free-range chicken and all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef. Enjoy a refreshing mix of Mexican cuisine and homestyle country staples that are sure to be the highlight of your morning. Try the authentic Machaca con Huevo y Frijoles, consisting of two eggs with shredded beef, red bell pepper and onion, served with a side of beans and country-style potatoes. For a more traditional meal, the Biscuit and Gravy dish is smothered with The Cafe’s own homemade gravy over a warm biscuit, two eggs any style and a choice of a meat side dish.

The Cafe at Shields
Location: Indio


16 |King’s Highway

Must Order: Chia Seed Pudding

Dig into a tasty morning meal at this retro desert diner and bar at the iconic Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Whether you’re craving a full eggs-and-bacon brekky or just want a cup of coffee and a pastry, King’s Highway is the go-to spot for an insta-worthy meal. We can’t get enough of the chia seed pudding and Anson Mills grits!

King’s Highway
Location: Palm Springs



17 | bluEmber

Must Order: Smoked Salmon Benedict

Photography Provided By: Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Situated on the grounds of Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa sits bluEmber, the resort’s signature restaurant that puts a clever spin on California New American cuisine. Signature breakfast items include the Smoked Salmon Benedict (with spinach and hollandaise), Crab Cake Benedict (with grilled tomato and béarnaise) and Brioche French Toast (with marcona almonds and local dates). Diners can also build their own omelette or choose the breakfast buffet option!

Location: Rancho Mirage


18 | The La Quinta Baking Company

Must Order: Spinach Frittata

The La Quinta Baking Company is a restaurant, bakery and patisserie with a wide selection of breakfast dishes that are sure to satisfy your a.m. cravings. We recommend ordering one of their signature frittatas, which come with a homemade French roll. The Spinach Frittata, a local favorite, is equipped with three eggs, spinach, mushrooms and brie cheese. And even if you’re feeling full, be sure to order a Beignet to go—you’ll thank us later.

The La Quinta Baking Company
Location: La Quinta

19 | Chi Chi Restaurant

Must Order: Avocado Toast

At Avalon Hotel & Bungalows Palm Springs, Chi Chi shines with a menu of fresh, balanced California cuisine. Whether you’re feeling healthy or want to indulge, this stylish spot is the perfect place for a bangin’ breakfast. From avocado toast and acai bowls to the fully-loaded breakfast burrito, there are no bad choices here.

Local Insight: Try one of their cold-pressed juices for a morning pick-me-up!

Chi Chi Restaurant
Location: Palm Springs


20 | Grand Central Palm Springs

Must Order: Orange Ricotta Pancakes


If you’re in the mood for a real breakfast, head to Grand Central Palm Springs to enjoy their flavorful menu items, like the fluffy, dreamy orange ricotta pancakes served with an orange yogurt dressing and topped with fruit. Also try the prosciutto benedict with poached eggs, citrus hollandaise, tender spinach and sautéed cauliflower—it’s a delicious take on the classic brunch staple.

Grand Central Palm Springs
Location: Palm Springs

Palm Springs Breakfast

About the author

Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, Crystal Harrell is a Communication-Media Studies graduate from California State University, San Bernardino. She has contributed to various publications within Greater Palm Springs, such as The Desert Sun newspaper, Coachella Magazine, CV Weekly, Desert Health, and After School Magazine, as well as creating content for the Los Angeles Times' High School Insider website. When she's not writing, Crystal enjoys traveling, photography, fashion, and all things film.


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