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Where to Eat Breakfast in Tijuana Right Now

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No matter what side of the border you wake up on, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And with an active food culture and large population, Tijuana is a breakfast wonderland from sunrise through lunchtime.

Often overlooked by visitors seeking the hottest restaurants from local chefs or the busiest taco stands, Tijuana’s breakfast scene has something for everyone, from classics to modern morning starters.

Plan to cross the border earlier than usual and check out one of these sixteen spots.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Have your first meal of the day at this Playas bistro oozing with local influence. Omelettes here range from the traditional to coastal Mexican takes on the dish, with culichi shrimp and a gobernador-style, stuffed with the same mix of seafood and cheeses found in the taco gobernador, appearing on the menu. 

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La Choza Maya

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This Playas de Tijuana juice bar is the place for lighter fare during the morning hours for anyone headed to the beach or exploring the neighborhood. Egg white omelettes, sandwiches, and salads are popular items while vegetarian options are plentiful. Smoothie options range from fresh fruit medleys to green detox mixes.

Casa de Coronado's Café

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While the decor and facade might be very wild west in appearance, this Colonia Altamira favorite is the place for diner-style breakfast in Tijuana. While the house take on the grand slam breakfast is popular, the steak and egg platter is the real home run. Make a reservation or show up early, as wait times can get long even in the middle of the week. 

Mama Chuy

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Homestyle breakfast dishes are served all day at this neighborhood diner and taqueria in the west side of downtown. Standout items include the Mama Chuy chilaquiles and omelettes, made with a special spicy sauce, served with hand-pressed tortillas and your choice of rice and beans or fresh fruit.

Praga Cafe Bistro

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This bistro in the heart of downtown features a coffee bar, fresh pastries and a European-style breakfast menu. The crepes, both sweet and savory, and omelettes are morning standards here. While Avenida Revolucion can noisy, inside seating feels far away from the bustling city center.

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Azarosa

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Tucked inside the ever-popular Telefonica Gastro Park, chef Adria Marina Montaño’s morning concept applies her classical training to classic brunch staples. Creamy ricotta, fresh berries, and honey are perfectly balanced in Asaroza’s outstanding french toast. Have your camera ready, by the way, as every item is quite Instagram friendly.

Restaurante Chichos

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Fresh ingredients and quick service are the calling cards of this old school joint in the Zona Rio. Breakfast offerings include traditional Mexican items and egg plates. The fresh-baked baskets of mini pan dulce will make wait times feel a lot shorter. 

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One of Tijuana’s oldest diners, Restaurante Amor has a tried and true breakfast menu comprised of traditional Mexican meals, egg dishes, and pancake combos. Located on the bustling Boulevard Agua Caliente, breakfast at Amor’s window seating allows for great people watching.  

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Los Chilaquiles

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As the name indicates, chilaquiles are the main breakfast draw at this Zona Rio eatery where you have your pick of over 15 salsas to top your fried tortilla strips. Can’t decide? Try the half-and-half divorciados style with two sauces. Mexican lunch and pancakes are also available. 

Los Chilaquiles

Georgina

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While this modern European hot spot with Instagrammable design might be perfect for a night out, it is just as sure a hit for a date earlier in the day. Brunch entrees like the smoked salmon and ricotta pancakes are rich and elegant, while the bottomless mimosas, beermosas, and bellinis will keep you from running dry.

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Café de la Flor

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This local chain has become one of Tijuana’s go-to options for both fresh pastries and breakfast. The robust breakfast menu, which includes varied Mexican and American-style items, has something for everyone.

La Casa Del Mole Poblano

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While Puebla-style mole is the star of this Zona Rio institution, Mexican breakfast classics make it a popular morning destination. The popular chilaquiles come in a variety of sauces, including mole poblano, and in regional variants like huevos motuleños or tarascos. The cinnamon-infused cafe de olla is a must. 

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La Espadaña

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As one of Tijuana’s most revered restaurants, breakfast at La Espadana highlights chilaquiles, machaca, huevos rancheros, and other Mexican breakfast classics line. Its owners also operates Chula Vista’s popular breakfast haunt Talavera Azul.

Sal de Maple

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Drizzle your pancakes or waffles in maple syrup at this cozy breakfast and brunch spot. American brunch classics like eggs Benedict and chicken and waffles share the menu with select Mexican favorites like chilaquiles. Reservations recommended on weekends.

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Mantequilla

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Started by chef Pedro Velarde from The Cottage in La Jolla, this breakfast and brunch hotspot in the Hipodromo neighborhood combines SoCal brunch trends with Baja flair. The decadent French toast is among the most popular items along with the bottomless mimosas.

Tacos El Compita

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While birria is just starting to catch on in food culture north of the border, it has been a go-to breakfast choice favorite in Tijuana for generations. El Compita executes perfectly on its spicy beef broth, which is put into crispy tacos, quesadillas, and generous bowl servings.

Malvet

Malvet

Have your first meal of the day at this Playas bistro oozing with local influence. Omelettes here range from the traditional to coastal Mexican takes on the dish, with culichi shrimp and a gobernador-style, stuffed with the same mix of seafood and cheeses found in the taco gobernador, appearing on the menu. 

Malvet

La Choza Maya

This Playas de Tijuana juice bar is the place for lighter fare during the morning hours for anyone headed to the beach or exploring the neighborhood. Egg white omelettes, sandwiches, and salads are popular items while vegetarian options are plentiful. Smoothie options range from fresh fruit medleys to green detox mixes.

Casa de Coronado's Café

While the decor and facade might be very wild west in appearance, this Colonia Altamira favorite is the place for diner-style breakfast in Tijuana. While the house take on the grand slam breakfast is popular, the steak and egg platter is the real home run. Make a reservation or show up early, as wait times can get long even in the middle of the week. 

Mama Chuy

Homestyle breakfast dishes are served all day at this neighborhood diner and taqueria in the west side of downtown. Standout items include the Mama Chuy chilaquiles and omelettes, made with a special spicy sauce, served with hand-pressed tortillas and your choice of rice and beans or fresh fruit.

Praga Cafe Bistro

Menu.mx

This bistro in the heart of downtown features a coffee bar, fresh pastries and a European-style breakfast menu. The crepes, both sweet and savory, and omelettes are morning standards here. While Avenida Revolucion can noisy, inside seating feels far away from the bustling city center.

Menu.mx

Azarosa

Tucked inside the ever-popular Telefonica Gastro Park, chef Adria Marina Montaño’s morning concept applies her classical training to classic brunch staples. Creamy ricotta, fresh berries, and honey are perfectly balanced in Asaroza’s outstanding french toast. Have your camera ready, by the way, as every item is quite Instagram friendly.

Restaurante Chichos

Menu.mx

Fresh ingredients and quick service are the calling cards of this old school joint in the Zona Rio. Breakfast offerings include traditional Mexican items and egg plates. The fresh-baked baskets of mini pan dulce will make wait times feel a lot shorter. 

Menu.mx

Amor

Ken Montenegro

One of Tijuana’s oldest diners, Restaurante Amor has a tried and true breakfast menu comprised of traditional Mexican meals, egg dishes, and pancake combos. Located on the bustling Boulevard Agua Caliente, breakfast at Amor’s window seating allows for great people watching.  

Ken Montenegro

Los Chilaquiles

Los Chilaquiles

As the name indicates, chilaquiles are the main breakfast draw at this Zona Rio eatery where you have your pick of over 15 salsas to top your fried tortilla strips. Can’t decide? Try the half-and-half divorciados style with two sauces. Mexican lunch and pancakes are also available. 

Los Chilaquiles

Georgina

Georgina

While this modern European hot spot with Instagrammable design might be perfect for a night out, it is just as sure a hit for a date earlier in the day. Brunch entrees like the smoked salmon and ricotta pancakes are rich and elegant, while the bottomless mimosas, beermosas, and bellinis will keep you from running dry.

Georgina

Café de la Flor

This local chain has become one of Tijuana’s go-to options for both fresh pastries and breakfast. The robust breakfast menu, which includes varied Mexican and American-style items, has something for everyone.

La Casa Del Mole Poblano

TripAdvisor

While Puebla-style mole is the star of this Zona Rio institution, Mexican breakfast classics make it a popular morning destination. The popular chilaquiles come in a variety of sauces, including mole poblano, and in regional variants like huevos motuleños or tarascos. The cinnamon-infused cafe de olla is a must. 

TripAdvisor

La Espadaña

As one of Tijuana’s most revered restaurants, breakfast at La Espadana highlights chilaquiles, machaca, huevos rancheros, and other Mexican breakfast classics line. Its owners also operates Chula Vista’s popular breakfast haunt Talavera Azul.

Sal de Maple

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Drizzle your pancakes or waffles in maple syrup at this cozy breakfast and brunch spot. American brunch classics like eggs Benedict and chicken and waffles share the menu with select Mexican favorites like chilaquiles. Reservations recommended on weekends.

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Mantequilla

Started by chef Pedro Velarde from The Cottage in La Jolla, this breakfast and brunch hotspot in the Hipodromo neighborhood combines SoCal brunch trends with Baja flair. The decadent French toast is among the most popular items along with the bottomless mimosas.