During a company meeting with the guides at EAT Saint Louis Food Tours, we were talking about how, with such an abundance of breakfast/brunch restaurants in St. Louis, it often becomes a challenge to try new places. Often you find a place you vibe with and just stick to it because you know you like it and you always leave satisfied. In this blog post we make an effort to give you that little nudge you need to channel your inner explorer and steer you to some hidden gems that we think are among the more unique and cozy locales in St. Louis. Places to relax, explore and enjoy.
Maypop Coffee & Garden Shop
This is one of the most unique spots in St Louis to sip your coffee and take it all in. The menu is petite– Blueprint coffee, pastries from Whisk: a Sustainable Bakeshop, quiche, etc.—but the atmosphere is where the abundance really kicks in. Once you’ve ordered in the large historic house, wander from room to well-decorated room, consider a toasty spot by the fireplace, or maybe settle into a chair by the old wooden staircase. All of those options more than fit the cozy-comfy bill. But the grand finale is still waiting for you in the greenhouse (pictured). Cracking open the door for the first time is magic. Living art in the form of tropical plants greets you on every side. The temperature is comfortable even in the winter, the tables are small but inviting. A few hours at Maypop feels like a mini vacation.
803 Marshall Avenue | 314-764 – 2140 | maypopshop.com
Pieces Board Game Cafe
Just across the street from the Soulard Farmers’ Markets, there’s a hidden gem. It’s home to fantastic omelets, high ceilings, spacious windows, and over 900 board games. The service is attentive. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun. It’s a great place to people watch. Tip: the Southwest Omelet is as FULL of flavor as it is filling—packed with chorizo and boasting 5 eggs! Stay and play a few games with friends, or just pop in for brunch. The joy there is contagious.
1535 S 8th Street | 314-230-5184 | stlpieces.com
This cozy little cafe on Cherokee has won many fans. The space is small and quirky, and that’s part of what makes it so loveable. On the weekends, a cheerful hum of conversation fills the room. The brunch items are best categorized as comfort food, and they’re executed with a mature and creative twist. Bottomless coffee is an option here too!
2101 Cherokee St. | 314-776-6599 | themudhousestl.com
Formerly Winslow’s Home, the new Winslow’s Table is a class act. It’s beautiful inside and out. The food focuses on good craft and attention to detail. The ambiance is elegant and warm— worn wooden floor, soft cream-colored tin ceiling, walls lined with artfully arranged shelves of provisions. Even the simplest dish here is memorable—they know what they’re doing. FYI, the baked goods are a must. As is the front patio in the warmer months!
7213 Delmar Blvd | 314-725-7559 | winslowstable.com
Egg Restaurant (Benton Park)
This much adored STL institution is cozy both for its ambiance and for its satisfying and creative food. Going on a Sunday when the live music is flowing and the owner stops by your table to chat is unforgettable. The generous spirit of this place is evident. Big flavors, satisfying heft, constant innovation, good presentation. Egg is a delight.
2200 Gravois | 314-202-8244 | eggstl.com
Seed Sprout Spoon
Once a week on Sunday, Seed Sprout Spoon opens their storefront for Brunch. Set a reminder for this one — it’s Sundays only from 9am to 2pm.. It’s worth the wait though. Among our favorite features: a craft Bloody Mary/Mismosa Bar and seasonal menu. It has an adorable atmosphere, thoughtfully chosen local ingredients, concise and engaging menu. Vegan friendly options available.
3137 Morgan Ford Road | 314-606-0165 | seedsproutspoon.com