Insiders know morning is the best time of day to visit South Coast Plaza. Parking is plentiful, lines are minimal and crowds are light until lunchtime. Early birds will benefit from a satisfying bite to get their shopping agenda off on the right foot. With spots that are both family-friendly and convenient, South Coast Plaza knows breakfast.
“The Purist” avocado toast at Boudin/SF is a winner. Signature sourdough is topped with fresh, mashed avocado and a cage-free, hardboiled egg. It satisfies without being heavy (added bonus—great social media shot). Another favorite is Boudin’s sourdough French toast, soaked in cinnamonvanilla cream and garnished withassorted berries. Details like Peet’s Coffee and organic sugar demonstrate a commitment to quality.
Boasting dual locations, Champagne French Bakery Cafe serves breakfast all day and is best enjoyed on the patio. A standout is the vanilla yogurt parfait, layered with berries and crowned with house-made granola. For something more substantial, craft your own omelet with fillings like smoked salmon, artichokes or aged cheddar cheese. Seasoned red potatoes and toasted baguette are included. Grab a signature Jésuite almond pastry for later.
Local eatery Pacific Whey Café offers all-day breakfast. Options include huevos rancheros with creamy refried beans or old-fashioned oatmeal served with warm milk, brown sugar, maple syrup, and berries and banana toppings. The freshly baked pastries are irresistible.
Ruby’s Diner, with its retro feel and cheerful vibe, offers full-service breakfast. A must is the airy beignets dusted with powdered sugar. The luscious cinnamon roll French toast combo includes two eggs any style and crispy bacon, ham or sausage.
Both Corner Bakery Cafe restaurants have a “Morning Rush” special—any breakfast power flatbread with a small coffee for $4.99. A longtime favorite is the chilled Swiss oats (muesli) with green apples, bananas, currants and skim milk, served with a house-made raisin pecan sweet crisp. The truffle hot chocolate is a special splurge.
Vie de France Bakery-Café’s always-delicious quiche selections change daily and are served with pan-fried potatoes. The seasonal fresh fruit plate with yogurt is generous enough to share in this full-service eatery with a popular bakery.