Schooner or Later near the Crest

Wake Up Call: Long Beach Coffee Shops & Breakfast Spots

Wake up and smell the coffee. Long Beach coffee shops and breakfast spots are open and welcoming customers for dine-in service. Long Beach is a breakfast-lover’s banquet of cute diners, trendy cafes, and beloved local icons. Feast on eye-opening menus from classic American-style cooking to creative cuisine, vegetarian, and gluten free options – some restaurants even serve breakfast all day! We love to support local businesses and entrepreneurs – many of our faves were founded by dedicated Long Beach residents with a passion for serving our community.

The Library A Coffee House  3418 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803

As one of the oldest but coziest coffee places in Long Beach, The Library has proudly served the community for decades. Anyone who has stepped foot inside immediately appreciates the eccentric comfy environment and congenial atmosphere. Customers are welcome to drink a cup of Joe or just read a book. The coffee selection includes fresh-roasted whole bean coffees from around the world. The food menu includes a selection of panini, bacon & egg sandwiches, salmon bagels, and cakes. Vegan options are available as well.

The Potholder Cafe Downtown  301 W. Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802

Some consider The Potholder Cafe to be the undisputed “King” of Long Beach when it comes to breakfast, which is proudly served all day. Weekday mornings and early afternoons you’ll find plenty of happy locals enjoying stacks of pancakes and bacon, omelettes, scrambles, breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, and more. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. In addition to Downtown Long Beach, The Potholder has locations in Belmont Shore, Long Beach Traffic Circle, and Los Alamitos.

Berlin Bistro  420 E. Fourth Street Long Beach, CA 90802

Perfectly located in the bohemian heart of the East Village Arts District, Berlin Bistro serves up a unique blend of healthy cuisine and bold brews in a contemporary bistro setting. Here, against the backdrop of reclaimed brick and wood, you’ll feed your hunger for great food, friendly service and congenial conversation. Berlin keeps it fresh – from soul-satisfying breakfasts to refreshing salads, delectable entrees and best-selling vegan pastries, the culinary selection is always full of surprises. From the creators of Portfolio Coffeehouse, Berlin also brings you the best baristas and the best coffee in town.

Starling Diner  4114 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90814

The Starling Diner is a casually stylish, independent local cafe serving updated diner eats, putting their unique spin on traditional meals and menus. Voted “Best Brunch” and “Best French Toast,” the Starling Diner has been featured on The Food Network, The New York Times, Forbes, L.A. and OC Weekly, and more. Using only the freshest ingredients, all menu items are made by hand, including house-made baguettes for their signature stuffed French Toast.

The Breakfast Bar  70 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802

Josh and Pamela Beadel are Long Beach locals who have lived and worked in DTLB since 2002. The Breakfast Bar is a creative blend of Josh’s expertise in the bar and beverage industry and Pamela’s expertise in the restaurant business. The couple’s dream was to create a restaurant where they could share their family recipes with the community they love. Indeed, many of their recipes were passed down from their grandmothers, great aunts, and mothers. With food like Grandma would cook, accompanied by specialty drinks and craft beer, The Breakfast Bar creates the perfect well-rounded dining experience.

The Crooked Duck  5096 CA-1 Long Beach, CA 90804

As a young boy, Joey Rooney heard about the legend of “the crooked duck” from his uncle at the family’s summer house on Island Lake in Illinois. A man accidentally hit a duck while he was out water-skiing and everyone thought it was a dead duck. But all of a sudden, the duck started to swim towards the shore in a very peculiar manner, and it was quite obvious the duck’s neck was now crooked. The duck was seen from time to time by people out on the lake and the legend was born. The Crooked Duck is Joey’s tribute to that plucky duck! This casual neighborhood grille offers a hearty array of egg specialities, omelettes, waffles, flapjacks, French toast, Mimosas, and more. Call for a dine-in reservation.

Schooner or Later  241 Marina Drive Long Beach, CA 90803

A real slice of Long Beach history, Schooner or Later has offered waterfront dining for over 30 years. Whet your appetite for eggs, omelettes, griddle treats, Mexican style breakfast dishes, and their most famous dish – Schultzie’s Mess, a tasty blend of grilled chopped ham, bell pepper, onions, eggs and hash browns, topped with melted cheddar cheese and served with sourdough toast. Feel free to sleep in – Schooner or Later serves breakfast all day, every day.

The Omelette Inn  318 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802

Located in the Farmers & Merchants Bank on Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach, The Omelette Inn is a cute cafe offering omelettes and other breakfast items, presented in a nautically themed setting with a patio. Omelettes are made with three eggs served with home fries or hash browns and your choice of toast or English muffin. Other breakfast dishes include pancakes, French toast, broccoli & egg scramble, breakfast quesadilla, and more.

Aroma di Roma  444 W. Ocean Blvd Suite 110 Long Beach, CA 90802

With a long history in Long Beach, Aroma Di Roma opened its newest location in 2019 at 444 West Ocean Blvd. right next door to 442 Residences. This popular coffeehouse serves Italian specialties such as espresso, lattes, cappuccino, breakfast panini, bruschetta, and pizza, along with fresh fruit, salads, wraps, and more.


Photo credits:

Photo #1: Schooner or Later

Photo #2: The Library A Coffee House

Photo #3: The Potholder Cafe

Photo #4: Berlin Bistro

Photo #5: Starling Diner

Photo #6: The Breakfast Bar

Photo #7: The Crooked Duck

Photo #8: Schooner or Later

Photo #9: The Omelette Inn

Photo #10 – Aroma di Roma