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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Don't be fooled into thinking East Village Café is a case of style over substance. Despite their oh-so-instagrammable appearance, these guys are deadly serious about their food and drink, too. The emphasis is on nourishing, healthy, and delicious vegetarian food, that sends you on your way feeling invigorated and restored, but most importantly, with the satisfying feeling that you've eaten something tasty and lovingly prepared.

The food is crafted using meticulously sourced, mainly organic ingredients: fresh produce comes from the neighbouring Reg The Veg, bread comes from Old Market Assembly, and coffee from the inimitable Bristol-based roastery, Roasted Rituals.

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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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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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The Arts House Cafe is smack bang in the heart of Stokes Croft, and is instantly recognisable with its glorious bright red exterior and its floor to ceiling windows. The daily menu is wistfully jotted down on chalkboards on the walls (intermingled with an eclectic selection of artwork from local artists), whilst those instantly recognisable floor to ceiling windows flood the space with light, bathing it in a relaxing glow and making it the ideal vantage point from which to observe the hustle and bustle of Stokes Croft. Sitting inside at one of the cosy tables, your eyes will be drawn to the open kitchen. Here, you can watch head chef Craig at work, admiring his majesty as he concoct a range of delicious bistro-style dishes, and a glorious brunch menu, too. Simple but exceptionally well executed, the food at the Arts House Café is packed with seasonal ingredients of the finest quality, treated gently and skilfully to create a British and European-inspired menu. Descend on the Arts House Café to work, people watch, read, unwind and catch up with friends over a cup of Clifton Coffee Roasters coffee.

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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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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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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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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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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.

Read more about Ironworks Supply Co. (City Centre)

Published -16th April 2019