Last Updated on May 4, 2023

Looking for the best full English breakfast, pancakes, waffles or a granola bowl before a day of sightseeing in York. Or maybe you’re trying to find vegetarian, vegan or gluten free breakfasts? Perhaps you’re looking for a breakfast that doesn’t cost the Earth.

Look no further. We have found options of the best breakfast for everybody in York no matter what your diet restrictions or budget. Find a round up below of the best cafes and restaurants for breakfast. Many of them have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options too! As information gets out of date quite quickly be sure to check the websites before you go. We have linked to the menus for you.

Happy eating!

Cosy Club

My 10 year old at the Cosy Club, York

I love the Cosy Club for it’s elegant and beautiful decor and atmosphere. Cosy Club is part of a chain and there are other branches in the UK but it’s still a great place to eat.

It’s the perfect place for a full English breakfast and there are lots of other option on the breakfast menu too. The full English breakfast isn’t massive but the quality is great. My kids (aged 10 and 14) enjoyed their breakfast so much they wanted to go back the next day during our stay.

There are vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Everybody has been thought of and catered for. In fact there is a separate gluten free / vegan breakfast menu.

Cosy Club, York

Baileys – Best On A Budget (before 11am)

If you’re looking for a no frills cafe with standard English breakfast at a reasonable price, this is the cafe for you. Go before 11am and the breakfast is much cheaper. It’s not the best English breakfast in the world but it’s still good and the service is quick and friendly. If you go before 11am it’s great value for money.

You can check out their menu on their Facebook page. They have a vegetarian breakfast and some gluten free foods.

Baileys Cafe and Tearooms


It’s top on trip advisor so well worth a look.  The breakfast is awesome and the service is second to none. The will cater for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets, just ask them when you’re in there. You can check out a simplified menu on their Facebook page.

The only downside is that the cafe isn’t open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It’s quite small and you can’t book in advance, so go early to avoid queuing!

Find out more at the Wheldrakes Facebook Page

The Blue Barbican

This Polish restaurant is another gem in York. The English breakfast is amazing and at the time of writing kids eat free, with a paying adult. Other breakfast offerings include scrambled egg, omelettes, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches.

Check out their website where you can find their breakfast menu online.

Pig and Pastry

The Pig and Pastry is a neighbourhood cafe which has excellent reviews on Trip Advisor and an extensive breakfast menu (check it out here). There’s vegan and vegetarian options. It’s been featured on The Guardians top 50 best breakfast places in the UK and The Times’s top 25 best places to brunch in the UK.

Perhaps the downside is that sometimes they are so busy there’s a queue to get in, but this just shows how good their breakfast offering is.

Find out more at the Pig and Pastry website.


At Plush in the Neon Room

If you not too fussed about an full English breakfast but would love the option of filled bagels, pancakes or a granola bowel check out Plush’s brunch menu (served before 12pm).

Plush is one of the most Instagrammable cafes in York with three themed dining areas. The Garden Room at Plush is popular with kids as it has swings for seats. The Bohemian room has low tables and lots of floor cushions and the Neon room is fun for photos (see above!)

For adults there is bottomless brunch. Choose from grilled ciabattas, waffles, pancakes or a granola bowl. Check out the bottomless brunch menu. 

Plush offer vegan and vegetarian options and a gluten free bread is available too. See the menu for more details.

Brew and Brownie

Pancakes at Brew and Brownie

You know that it’s a good place to eat when it comes with a warning about queues. Brew and Brownie is one such place. If you don’t want to wait, get their early.

It’s famous in York for it’s amazing pancakes and other sweet and savoury offerings. They also have an English breakfast offering (and a veggie option). Check out their breakfast menu.

If you don’t want to sit in the cafe, there’s a take out menu that’s very popular too. Choose between several breakfast sandwiches or pancakes.

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