If there was one thing weekends were made for, it is breakfast and brunch. This lovely meal can be as early or late as you want it, meaning you still get a lie in and the chance to indulge. If you've gone that little bit too hard the night before, there is nothing that a big plate of goodness (bloody Mary optional) cannot put right. 

But where is the best breakfast in Bristol? Depending on how far you want to walk you might be surprised to find a lot of them are right on the doorstep! How many have you tried? If you're after a boozier morning affair, check out our bottomless brunch guide

A launderette that you'd like to hang out in? Not likely. Yet that's exactly what At the Well's owners, the Grist sisters, have created. It's a unique cafe-come-launderette – so, even if you don't need to freshen up your threads, it’s still well worth a trip. Their pancake brunches (Charlie & Wriggles favourite in the city!) are spectacular, mounds of pancakes dripping in maple syrup with bacon or blueberries and a big cafetiere served with an egg timer to ensure the best cup of coffee. Also, the eggs/mushrooms on toast or boiled eggs & soldiers are excellent value. After a short time sat in here (amidst the tinkling of coffee cups and washing machine white-noise), you’ll really appreciate the creative interior of this hub of inclusivity and community.

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In Montpelier is where you will find The Bristolian Café on Picton Street. This joint appears numerously on many breakfast recommendation lists and what you can expect from this venue is imaginative and free range (including vegan and vegetarian) brekkie options all coming in for under a tenner. However, if you are planning that pub crawl, you may want to splash out on 'The Bristolian Challenge' – a HUGE version of their classic breakfast. All produce used here is free range.

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Pretty Clifton has lots of lovely brunch haunts for the perfect Saturday or Sunday start. Bakesmiths on Whiteladies is set-up so that all the baking takes place in plain sight. Great coffees, artisan breads, breakfast and brunches are catered for here, and the team are passionate about using the best of what is on the doorstep in Bristol. Bakesmiths often run specialty evenings and classes at their venue, so it is worth keeping your eyes open for these.

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A wannabe food photographer's rainbow dream, a symphony of high vitality deliciousness and a wood-clad, upcycled, health-hub-hideaway: Beets n' Roots on cosy Cotham Hill will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with their texture-laden, nutrient-rich plates, freshly squeezed juices and all manner of invigorating plant-based elixirs. Taking inspiration from owner Rebecca's travels and mindful retreats across the Americas, Africa and Asia, Beets n' Roots' menu is packed with such an abundance of amazing raw, veggie, vegan and vibrant choices that you'll probably look (and feel) 10 years younger just by looking at it. The juices are so fresh they're positively evervescent with colour (and packed with more beetroot, tumeric, ginger, lemon, spinach, apple or cucumber than you can shake a chakra at) and the organic wraps, burritos, hotpots and Buddha bowls so generously laden with seeds, pulses and oils, making this a heavenly brunch spot.

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From the ashes of Roll With The Soul comes Quay Street Diner, a Californian inspired bar and restaurant serving beautiful brunches and delicious crave-worthy dinners in the shadow of some of Bristol's most incredible artwork. The menu is built around their love of great produce and cooking over open fire. Seasonal, locally sourced ingredients make-up their fresh and ever-changing offer. Expect the likes of a properly made, delicious full English breakfast, or how about a gently spiced shakshouka? While you're there, why not go for a mimosa or three? It's brunch, after all...

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Pioneers of Bristol's vegan food scene, the lovely folk at Cafe Kino have been serving up delicious healthy food in Stokes Croft since 2004. After starting out as a pop-up way back in 1996, their popularity has brought them to their current base in trendy Stokes Croft. It is through these art filled streets that vegan food lovers roam to get their mitts on Kino's fresh local grub. From falafel platters to their 'Kino' muesli made with toasted coconut, fig, and sultanas - there is something for everyone, whatever your appetite. Cafe Kino is the perfect creative hang-out to sit back, watch the world go by, and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Stokes Croft through their floor to ceiling windows.

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Workout Bristol's waterfront cafe/bar is a proper hidden gem (gym) on Welsh Back. Boy have they done a good job with their recent refurb - repurposed squash court flooring with bright flecks of colour, flanked by French windows looking out over the water, and lots of outside seating for the length of the building - all containing a truly surprising selection of beers, quality of coffee and ambitious food. What's more, they're super friendly, and they make a fabulous cooked brekkie that's an absolute bargain. Oh, and there's​ two ping pong tables on a Friday night. Two. Free. Ping. Pong. Tables.

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The guys behind The Ox, the Milk Thistle and Pata Negra have turned their hands to something a little bit summery – and boy have they nailed it. Bambalan is a dreamy rooftop bar and restaurant that overlooks the heart of Bristol. Think fresh and healthy food: their yummy homemade breakfast granola bowls, topped with yoghurt, berry compote and fresh berries are simply divine.

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The Juice Box may be small (this svelte little operation fits into one of the more petite shipping containers down at Wapping Wharf), but the team are on a mighty mission. Their goal? To help busy people (that's me and thee, Wriggler) fit all the vitamins, minerals, and other healthy bits that our mums used to bang on about into our oh-so-hectic schedules.

The luxuriously topped smoothie bowls come particularly recommended – we're particularly smitten with the cacao and almond butter number – ideal for a healthy lunchtime feed. It's not all fruit and veg though; these guys also knock up a mean flat white if you need an extra bit of rocket fuel to get you going in the morning.

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PIGSTY – the first permanent (and stylish) space – is now open in the exciting new Cargo development next to the M-Shed on Wapping Wharf, Bristol. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a focus on great tasting and local produce; it's your chance to see how these folks aren't telling any porkies when it comes to cracking food. The Pigsty Breakfast comes with two jolly hog proper pork sausages and two rashers of black treacle bacon with scrambled egg, potato rosti, black pudding, roasted tomato and chestnut mushrooms served with a slice of sourdough toast. Yum.

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Across the way is The Crafty Egg. This quirky cafe overlooks the street art which adorns plenty of surfaces in Stokes Croft, and is a relaxing environment to come and grab something to eat or enjoy a locally brewed coffee - these guys use firm favourite Extract again.

As the name would suggest, the brunch options here are eggcellent (sorry), and you can indulge in a variety of free-range options from the crafty egg portion of the menu. Eggs are served in a griddle pan with tomato sauce and your choice of bread, choose from Afghan eggs with mint and cumin, kale eggs with toasted pumpkin seeds, garlic peppers and the good green stuff, or (and this sounds lush) cheesy eggs with mozzarella, basil and oregano.

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Ever been to Bar 44 for brunch? No thought not. Grab a +1 and Wriggle over over for a sumptuous, absolutely delicious 6-dish brunch and gorgeous bottle of wine. Pick your wine from the house red, rose or white, and each indulge in the following dishes: Pan con tomate, Piquillo, caramelised onion and Arlington egg tortilla, Basque cider poached chorizo, Seasonal tomatoes, avocado, herb migas, Spanish ratatouille, crispy Cacklebean egg, truffled manchego, Wild crab and prawn fritters, spring onion & lemon salsa. What a Saturday!

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Bristol Beer Factory manages Arnolfini's cafe and bar - a perfectly located hub overlooking Bristol harbour. Kick start your morning with a decadent breakfast that'll bring sparks of joys to your tastebuds - it's that good. We know you’ll want to try them all, so why not make this the reason to get out of bed that little bit earlier and indulge on your way to work? Happy Breakfast!

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The Galli offers up delicious brunch options every day, but Saturday is the one you should really look forward to. First, head to the Galli and select a brunch dish from their menu. There are two brunch dishes on the Galli daytime menu – you'll be able to spot them as they're priced at £8. Their menu is always changing in line with the fresh ingredients sourced by the Galli's chefs. Our most recent favourite was the sweet Potato Rosti, Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper & Black Bean Salsa.

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Portwall Tavern is your traditional British pub with its hearty grub, lavish range of ales, wines, craft gins and pub vibes we love so much. Dating back to 1847, Portwall Tavern is situated at the edge of where Bristol’s Old Portwall once stood, opposite the Anglican parish church of St. Mary Redcliffe. Portwall Tavern has this welcoming and laid-back atmosphere that's so typical of British pubs - perfect to grab a pint with your mates, catch a good sports match or even just enjoy a Full English Breakfast, really.

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How do you like the sound of a delicious cooked breakfast on a sunny roof terrace with panoramic views across the floating harbour? Keen on the idea of tucking into a locally sourced, perfectly cooked plateful of fresh, seasonal produce as the late morning sun warms your face? Of course you bloody are! These guys offer a full english with all the trimmings and can be enjoyed in the glorous weather whilst watching the boats chug by. What a treat. .

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Brunch is possibly the best meal around - a lazy relaxed, extended breakfast that's the perfect way to ease into your day. Kate's Kitchen are based at the wonderfully welcoming BS3 Community Centre so if you're in the area why not pop in for "The Beauley Brunch", which is creamy scrambled egg on a toasted muffin (or toast if you prefer) and topped with grilled tomato. Kate's Kitchen is committed to serving up only the freshest and most seasonal produce - so settle into the day with a locally-sourced, brill brunch.

Read more about Kate's Kitchen Southville @ BS3 Community Centre

St Werburghs is one of Bristol's vibrant, wholesome, and community-focused areas. Stuffed full of alternative lifestyles, vegan eaters, and creative types, it's also home to a fantastic community centre. It's here you'll find Neck of the Woods, and a feast of ridiculously affordable, home-grown edible goodness. Load up on healthful breakfast sarnies, Eastern fusion stacks, or gorgeous, fiery salads. Other quirks include menus printed on recycled coffee cups, completely compostable takeaway containers, and suppliers situated within a 25 mile radius. Expect deliciousness galore!

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A trusted and highly praised cafe taking Bristol by storm, Spicer + Cole are serving consistently great coffee, freshly prepared seasonal food and delicious brekkie creations. We love the veggie brunch, a plate piled high with poached eggs, smashed avocado, thyme mushrooms, vine cherry tomatoes, rosemary roasted new potatoes aaaand grilled halloumi.

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The Budapest Cafe is a small family-owned cafe in Clifton with a sprinkling of Hungarian taste scatted among its global flavours. Their delicious coffee from Bristol-based Extract Coffee and traditional Hungarian cakes are all homemade with love and passion, and are definitely worth a try! Head to the Mockinbird for a homespun, friendly and comforting taste of Hungarian vibes with a uniquely Bristolian twist.

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Quite possibly Wriggle's favourite opening of 2017. Dela means to ‘share’ in Swedish, and owners Mike and Lara have created a place that's all about spending time sharing food and eating together. Whilst sounded by scandi goodness you can enjoy brunch bowls packed full of good things like a seasonal base of cavolo nero, sauteed potatoes, caramelised onions and soft herb salsa and topped with anything from salmon, mushrooms and smashed nuts. Yum! Don't forget to try one of their cakes for breakfast pudding.

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Rosemarino is another city favourite which scooped best brekkie at Bristol Good Food Awards for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 consecutively. Owners Mirco, Sam and Tony believe in using the best produce from the South West simply and effectively. There is a lovely section on the website in which the restaurant and café list the suppliers and local businesses who make Rosemarino what it is; the selection includes Clifton Coffee, Arch House Deli, Severn Project and Attic Tea to name but a few. The breakfast and brunch menu is split into 'breakfast legends', 'classics', 'brunch' and 'light bites', so if you are hankering for something Italian inspired then you may want to pay the team a visit.

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Alongside one of West Street Kitchen's top-notch coffees, enjoy either American Fluffy Pancakes (with Salted Caramel, Toasted Walnuts and Bourbon Apple Sauce), Ham and Eggs (with mustard mayo and parsley on sourdough toast), Oatmilk Porridge (with homemade spiced damson sauce, toasted hazelnuts, raisins and cinnamon sugar) or Psychedelic Breakfast (paprika fried egg, on homemade treacle soda bread with remoulade, pickled beets and mustard). Wriggle recommends the Pyschedelic Brekkiee - it's ace!

There's often a special or two on the menu - so keep your eye out for those as well!

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Over on North Street is Tincan Coffee Company, where they originally started, and boy, do they know their coffee. The coffee house specialises in brewing their own coffees, alongside the guest stars that they believe to be outstanding for the season. Roasting is done by Clifton Coffee. They have also recently introduced a new brunch menu, and trust us when we say it has some banging options. Big, bad-ass breakfast sarnies including egg and sausage or a classic BLT comes on chunky sourdough bread, and are filled with fresh ingredients. If you fancy eggs and/or mushrooms on toast these also appear on the menu. These guys have decided to take avocado off the menu recently is response to the social and environmental issues and we applaud them for that.

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Bakers & Co is an institution for breakfasts and brunches on Gloucester Road - as their saying goes, ‘bakers gonna bake’. Their menu has a great selection to choose from whether you want to be healthy or indulgent with fantastic speciality coffees from Extract Coffee Roasters, all made in a la Marzocco coffee machine and topped with organic Ivy House milk. There are also plenty of fresh juices to set you up for the day. The café-come-restaurant is a delightful bright spot - the team drew their inspiration for the food and interior during their travels to San Francisco. Sit inside or out before continuing on with your weekend. The brunch menu is served from 9 - 4pm. (Pic credit of Bakers & Co)

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Muiño was born from an outpour of creative juices and a desire to bring the best of everything together under one establishment. Bringing yet a touch more class to the well-established Cotham Hill, the brunches are in-vogue and fresh - think baked eggs, decadent full english breakfasts stacked pancakes with smokey bacon and maple syrup. Definitely the place to go to sit by the window and people watch whilst eating very well indeed.

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Amongst the cool collection of independent venues and stores that stretch along North Street, you’ll find one of the most picturesque and laid-back cafes in town: enter Albatross Cafe. For us, the initial draw to Albatross Cafe was part of our continued search for the world’s greatest coffee. And they don’t disappoint; using locally sourced beans they turn out rich and rewarding brews in beautiful ceramic cups. Their flat whites in particular, make the gods themselves weep with joy. But it’s not just the coffee that tickles our fancy. Albatross Cafe have plenty more tricks up their sleeves in the guise of brunches and homemade cakes. On the brunch menu, the team take an innovative approach to old-school favourites: smooth porridge topped with pomegranate seeds and crunchy pistachio, crumpets ladened with rhubarb compote and custard, and your favourite avocado on sourdough toast topped with a crumbling of feta.

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A true feast for all the senses, Souk Kitchen represents the crème de la crème of Bristol's Mediterranean cuisine scene. If you like eggs in the morning, you must pop in and try their shakshouka, a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions and cumin. For a real feat add spinach, feta and Merguez sausage. Mopped up with a fresh flatbread, this will set you up for the day no problem.

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If you are making the effort to leave the house for brunch it better be blinking special. The Ox is not only a beautiful space to eat, lots of leather, wood and curios on the walls, it's also serving beautiful food. You can look forward to the best quality bacon, poached eggs, black pudding, hash brown, breakfast sausage, grilled tomato, grilled mushroom and sourdough toast (or a veggie option if you prefer) and a cup of coffee. Pay extra for their bottomless Bloody Mary and you have got yourself a party.

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Take a trip into Bristol’s city centre and you are met with some proper picturesque postcard brunch settings. Most notable are neighbours Broken Dock and Spoke & Stringer. The former has beautiful views across the water and over towards the SS Great Britain, and is also a truly glorious sun trap. Breakfast can be enjoyed outside in the warmer weather, or in the cosy intimate restaurant during colder months. Enjoy a proper Bristol breakfast or poached eggs and black pudding on sourdough, with the restaurant's suppliers all hailing from our city.

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It's hard to narrow-down what makes Ironworks just so awesome. But we'll give it a try: there's the fantastic owners, Buster and Jackie, and their infectious never-ending enthusiasm. The equally brilliant Tinka – the tiny little cafe-dog, running around like a mini-Chewbaca. The Di Lorenzo coffee (this is the only place in Bristol you'll find the top-notch Aussie coffee) or the awesome food (top tip – the stunning rich Meatballs & Ciabatta with a big glass of red-wine; pancakes to follow if you're feeling hungry) – and a great selection of beers. Basically Ironworks do a bit of everything, and they do it all with a whole lot of love. For brunch, you just cannot beat their delicious topped bagels – we are smitten.

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A Mongolian yurt beside a listed railway station, serving modern cuisine made by renowned guest chefs...Yurt Lush is the epitome of Bristol eating. There's perhaps nowhere else that promises a sun-trap terrace or blazing log fires, food made from 100% sustainably sourced ingredients, and a bar made for fine cocktails beneath a tented ceiling. Depending on the time and day, check out the renowned brunch, the lighter lunchtime, or the unrivalled Sunday roast menu. This is one to round up the mates for. Head into this glorious canopy, be greeted by fat friendly smiles, and channel your inner cool.

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This super-trendy joint on Stokes Croft is a more upmarket Mexican offering, part of the ever-growing family of restaurants which include Bravas and Bakers and Co., so they are in stellar company. Building their menu from their namesake, expect unconventional taco choices, carne asado grilled offerings alongside fresh plates of ceviche, oysters and habanero-spiked salads. For brunch we’d recommend trying their next-level Carne Aada - fire grilled beef rump, black beans, fried eggs, chilli jam and smoked buffalo cheese. It’s the stuff of dreams. Wash it down with a fiery mezcal Mary.

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Published -14th November 2019