Not part of the late to rise brunch crowd? Want your biscuits and gravy before 9 a.m. on the weekend? Believe it or not, in a town that tends to take its time, there are plenty of breakfast spots on the peninsula — and beyond — that open their doors before the hungover hordes start waking up. Sharpen your knives and dig into all the deets.

Downtown

Toast! Charleston starts serving breakfast 6 a.m. daily.

The Marina Variety Store offers breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m.

Brown’s Court Bakery is open every day at 7 a.m., selling breads, pastries, and coffees.

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit dishes em out on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 8 a.m. on King Street AND the Market.

After 7 a.m., you can enjoy breakfast or a brunch cocktail (or both!) at Another Broken Egg Cafe.


Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at Saffron

At 7 a.m., Kitchen 208 starts their all-day brunch every weekend.

New breakfast all-day hot spot Millers All Day is open starting at 7 a.m. daily.

Swamp Fox Restaurant in the Francis Marion Hotel has a breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. until noon.

Even during its renovation and expansion, Jack’s Cafe opens bright and early at 7:30 a.m. on weekends.

City Light’s Coffee starts serving breakfast and their signature coffee at 7 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Indulge in scones and other baked goods at Bakehouse Bakery Cafe, which opens at 8 a.m.

Pick up some amazing gourmet donuts from Glazed at 8 a.m.

Grab a breakfast sandwich at North Central Delicatessen starting at 8 a.m. on Sat.

Queen Street Grocery opens its doors at 8 a.m. on Saturdays.


On Saturdays, Hannibal’s Kitchen is open at 8 a.m.

New, hip Westside breakfast spot Daps is open starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday

On Saturdays starting at 8 a.m., Virginia’s on King serves brunch.

Cafe Framboise opens at 8 a.m. on Saturday to provide their delicious sandwiches and crepes.

Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. every day at Eli’s Table.

North Charleston

Hello Deli is open starting at 6 a.m. on Sat. for breakfast.


The EVO Craft Bakery inside EVO Pizza serves brunch at 8 a.m. on Saturdays.

Mixson Market has bagels and sandwiches beginning at 8 a.m.

At 8 a.m., head to The Orange Spot for breakfast and their signature coffee.

West Ashley

Good bagels can be hard to come by. Luckily, Bagel Nation opens at 7 a.m. every weekend.

Enjoy the diner-like atmosphere of Bear E Patch Cafe during your Saturday breakfast, starting at 8 a.m.

Enjoy brunch at Bluerose Cafe, which opens at 7 a.m. on Saturdays.

Normandy Farms Artisan Bakery in South Windemere opens at 7 a.m. on Sat.  

On Saturdays, the Early Bird Diner lives up to its name, opening at 8 a.m.

Head to The Mason Jar at 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays and 8:30 a.m. on Sundays for breakfast.

The Sunflower Cafe opens at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday for breakfast and lunch.

Start your morning with a smile at the charming Three Little Birds; doors open at 8 a.m.

Only an hour later than its downtown counterpart, Toast! West Ashley opens at 7 a.m.


Locally operated popular breakfast chain Famous Toastery opens at 7 a.m. 

Mt. Pleasant

Charleston’s Cafe in Mt. Pleasant opens for breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

Collective Coffee Co. opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday — order the huevos, you won’t regret it. 

Eat you Saturday breakfast at Johnny’s Hot Dogs, beginning at 7 a.m.

Metto Coffee & Tea starts serving breakfast and coffee at 6 a.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sunday.

At 6 a.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sunday, Mozzo Deli opens for breakfast.

Go out for brunch at Page’s Okra Grill starting at 8 a.m.

Enjoy the baked goods and coffee of the Village Bakery on Saturdays starting at 7 a.m.

Sullivan’s/IOP

The Co-Op on Sullivan’s is open 7 a.m. Sat. and Sun.

Beardcat’s Sweet Shop (below Obstinate Daughter) is open 7:30 a.m. for breakfast Sat. and Sun. 

Sea Biscuit Cafe on IOP is open at 7:30 a.m. on Sat.

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen serves breakfast daily starting at 8 a.m.

IOP’s The Refuge is open Sat. starting at 7 a.m.

Daniel Island

If you’re traveling through Daniel Island after 7:00 a.m. on the weekend, you can stop by Honeycomb Cafe for breakfast and coffee.


Blondies Bagels & Cafe opens up at 7 a.m. Sat. and Sun.

Folly Beach

Lost Dog Cafe opens Sat. and Sun. starting at 6:30 a.m.

Blu Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast starting at 7 a.m.

Black Magic Cafe opens daily at 8 a.m.

James Island

Like their West Ashley counterpart, Bagel Nation on James Island opens at 7:00 a.m. — we’ve ordered the Denver on sourdough at this location more times than we’d care to count. 

Enjoy the all-day breakfast menu at Cory’s Grilled Cheese, which opens at 9:00 a.m.

Sweetwater Cafe opens up at 7 a.m. — get there ASAP, it’s always packed.

Baguette Magic serves up the best almond croissants in town starting at 7 a.m Sat. and Sun.

The Hen and the Goat is open daily starting at 7 a.m.

Johns Island

Wake up with Sunrise Bistro on Johns Island, which starts serving breakfast at 7:00 a.m. on Sat. 

Baker and the Farmer opens up at 8 a.m. on Sat. 


Are we missing your favorite breakfast joint (and you’re willing so share it)? Email maryscott@charlestoncitypaper.com.


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