Yes, breakfast on Las Olas Boulevard is the perfect start to your day and there are many places to choose from. Let’s take a look and note that this is in alphabetical order – no favoritism here 🙂
CJ’s is something of a Las Olas hidden secret – almost hidden in the lobby of the Sun Sentinel building. The cafe’s opens at seven in the morning, serves breakfast and lunch then closes at two in the afternoon – Monday to Friday. Breakfast specials are $3.50. Tip: The cafe also has a sundries section selling items such as toothpaste, medicines, wrapping paper and all sorts of useful items.
East End Eats
In a way, another location missed by visitors sometimes but a firm favorite with locals. East End Eats is a bakery and is most geared towards takeout but there is seating too – inside or out. Opens at 8am. Tip: You can call in advance to order and when you collect, park in 7-Eleven’s lot next door. (Ssh, I didn’t tell you that).
One of the oldest businesses on the boulevard, the Floridian is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you want breakfast at 3am that’s just fine. The menu is huge and there’s something for everyone. Free wifi too. Tip: The Floridian is cash only.
Another favorite with locals. This bakery was imported – in its entirety – from Italy so you’ll be sure of getting authentic Italian breakfast here in the form of delicious pastries. You probably won’t be able to resist a dessert too – I can’t! Gran Forno is closed on Mondays. Tip: Take home some of their delicious bread and look out too for the Italian cooking ingredients they sell.
Gran Forno Pronto
As you might have guessed, this is the sister of Gran Forno and all goods here are made right on the boulevard. Perfect for delicious pastries and fabulous coffee. Opens at 8am. Tip: Gran Forno Pronto is open for lunch and dinner too.
Indigo is the restaurant located in the historic Riverside Hotel. Breakfast starts early here – at 6.30 and is served until 11.30am. You can eat indoors or outside on their collonaded dining patio. – a great place for people watching. Indigo is also open for lunch and dinner. Tip: You can pick up a newspaper and other sundries in the shop in the hotel lobby.
La Bonne Crepe
La Bonne Crepe is another venue for the early birds – I believe it opens at 7pm. They have a huge menu and despite the name, it’s not all crepes (although the crepes are delicious). Like Indigo, this is a great spot for people watching as the most popular area to dine seems to be their lovely patio. Tip: There’s a large parking lot right behind La Bonne Crepe.