Whether you’re on a week-long vacation, you’re a seasonal resident, or you work in town, starting off the day right is key.

Cape Cod is made up of a series of towns, each with its own locally famous breakfast joint or café. From elegant resort buffets to homestyle diners to independent coffee shops, Cape Cod has tons of places for you to grab a bite to eat before a big day of exploring.

Below are a few local favorites in each of the main towns along the Cape.


The Daily Paper in Hyannis

This homey joint is so good it has two locations in the same Cape Cod town, with one at 644 West Main St. and another at 546 Main St.

The Daily Paper is known for its long breakfast hours from 6 to 11:30 a.m. and comfort-food lunches until 2 p.m.

The breakfast menu is so long it has sub-categories for all genres of breakfast burritos, French toast, and waffles. Top that off with a strong, flavored coffee or a cold brew in the warmer months, and you’ve got a perfect morning.

Twenty-eight Atlantic in Harwich

For something a little nicer, try the oceanfront Twenty-Eight Atlantic, the Wequassett Resort restaurant. This posh restaurant may be the closest thing you get to brunch on the beach. They have both a buffet and a la carte breakfast, which includes a mouth-watering seafood crepe. Find it at 2173 MA-28 in Harwich, MA.

Keltic Kitchen in West Yarmouth

Keltic Kitchen serves up a mean Irish breakfast in this restaurant that feels like your mum’s kitchen.

Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can get an early morning breakfast or a late brunch of scrambles, fries, and omelets. Try the Famous Corned Beef Hash, Keltic Fry, or the Irish Farmhouse Breakfast for something a little different.

The Red Cottage Restaurant in South Dennis

Located in a beautiful red building with a white picket fence at 36 Old Bass River Rd. in South Dennis, The Red Cottage is a breakfast favorite on the Cape.

Never been before? They offer some key info for first-timers: home fries are hand-cut and grill-cooked, eggs are cracked to order, and seasoned bacon is made exclusively for this restaurant. The Red Cottage serves up traditional American fare, including buttery grits, steak and eggs, and corned beef hash. They are open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cape Cod Bagel Café in Falmouth

For those who could eat bagels for any meal, Cape Cod Bagel at 419 Palmer Ave. is a must-stop on your east coast vacation.

This café serves an all-day breakfast of bagels topped with everything you can imagine – eggs, cream cheese, lox, veggies – as well as soups, salads, and wraps for lunch. The shop is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day and offers café-style indoor and patio seating.

Cape Cod Coffee in Mashpee

The coffee shop at 348 Main St. in Mashpee is a café and attraction in one, offering tours of how they roast and package their coffee – some people say it’s the best they’ve ever had.

They have coffee strengths and flavors to suit every palate, as well as teas, ciders, and other drinks, both hot and cold. From the bakery, try the blueberry muffin or the doughnuts. Pick up a bag or two of the Breakfast Blend to take home to your Cape Cod vacation rental.

Nirvana Coffee Company in Barnstable

If you’re a true coffee lover, Nirvana at 3206 Main St. in Barnstable is another café on the Cape worth visiting.

This coffee shop has white deck chairs outside where you can enjoy a cup of joe, read the newspaper, and people-watch before the day begins. You can also stop by after a whale-watching trip to warm up with a hot cup of coffee. Nirvana has a large selection of scones, pastries, and sandwiches, great WiFi, and friendly staff.

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