Best Breakfast Spots in Winston-Salem

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People enjoy sidewalk cafes in the Nissen building on a warm spring day.
People enjoy sidewalk cafes in Winston-Salem outside the Nissen building on a warm spring day.

Arguably the most important meal of the day, breakfast, should always be enjoyed! It’s a good thing Winston-Salem offers many options so you can start your day off right. From fancy restaurants to southern gems, there’s something for everyone.


  • 211 3rd St E
  • Open Monday – Friday 8am – 3pm and Saturday – Sunday 8am – 2pm
  • (336) 722-3016
  • Menu

A downtown gem located near Bailey Park known for its locally roasted coffee, Krankies serves creative and delicious biscuits. Relaxing outdoor seating is available. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Young Cardinal Cafe and Co.

  • 424 4th St NW
  • Open Tuesday – Sunday 8am – 3pm
  • (336) 448-5188
  • Menu

This popular breakfast spot on 4th Street offers classic breakfast options, including pancakes, omelets, and biscuits, all served with a modern twist. Order espresso from the coffee bar. Outdoor seating is available.

Famous Toastery

  • 770 Liberty View Ct
  • Open 7 days a week 7am – 3pm
  • (336) 306-9023
  • Menu
waffle topped with blueberries and whipped cream and a side of sausage with mimosa jpg
Classic waffle with a side of sausage and mimosa from Famous Toastery.
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Located in the Arts District of Downtown, this restaurant offers a tasty all-day breakfast, serving flavored flapjacks, biscuits and gravy, classic benedicts, and more. Outdoor patio seating is available.

First Watch

  • 1602 S Stratford Rd Suite 140
  • Open 7 days a week 7am – 2:30pm
  • (336) 773-8440
  • Menu

This award-winning restaurant located by Hanes Mall offers many breakfast options and freshly squeezed juice. Enjoy classic menu items or items from the seasonal menu.


  • Old Salisbury Rd
    • 3450 Old Salisbury Rd
    • Open 7 days a week 6am – 3pm
    • (336) 764-8868
  • Hanes Mall Blvd
    • 1650 Hanes Mall Blvd
    • Open 7 days a week 6am – 3pm
    • (336) 477-3120
  • Menu
French toast topped with bananas. Photo by Aniya Ellison.
French toast topped with bananas at Breakfastime.
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

With two locations in Winston-Salem, this NC franchise will welcome you with southern hospitality. Breakfastime has signature breakfast choices such as their California omelet, hash browns, and pecan french toast.

Midtown Cafe and Dessertery

  • 151 S Stratford Rd
  • Open Sunday – Thursday 7am – 8pm and Friday – Saturday 7am – 9pm
  • (336) 724-9800
  • Menu

Located in the heart of Winston-Salem, this family-owned cafe serves breakfast all day. Breakfast items include Carolina shrimp n grits, breakfast quesadilla, and blueberry pancakes. Outdoor seating is available.

Cagney’s Kitchens

  • Cloverdale Ave
    • 2201 Cloverdale Ave
    • Open Monday – Saturday 6am – 9pm and Sunday 7am – 2pm
    • (336) 724-0940
    • Menu
  • Stratford Rd
    • 828 S Stratford Rd
    • Open Monday – Friday 7am – 8pm, Saturday 7am – 3pm, and Sunday 7am – 2pm
    • (336) 659-1983
    • Menu

Stop by one of the two locations in Winston-Salem to enjoy an all-day breakfast. Focusing on homestyle cooking, this restaurant offers popular items such as country-fried steak, eggs, and hashbrowns.

Mama Zoe Michael’s

  • 2859 Reynolda Rd
  • Open Monday – Saturday 7am – 9pm
  • (336) 722-4946
  • Menu

Feel right at home at Mama Zoe’s. With many options for breakfast – omelets, pancakes, french toast, eggs, and biscuits – you’ll find something you love.

Bagel Station

  • The Bagel Station
    • 129 Oakwood Drive
    • Open 7 days a week 6am – 2pm
    • (336) 724-3959
  • Bagel Station II
    • 1977 Peace Haven Rd
    • Open 7 days a week 6:30am – 2pm
    • (336) 760-2055
  • Menu

A NY-style bagel shop with two locations in Winston-Salem. Bagel Station has been the go-to place for bagels since 1990. Enjoy their sweet, savory, or seasonal options.

Can’t Decide Between Breakfast Or Lunch?

If you prefer to go out for brunch, we review some of the best brunch spots in Winston-Salem.

Got a favorite breakfast spot in town? Let us know what it is in the comments!

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