Telluride is known for skiing, hiking and stunning views, but before you hit mountain you’ll want to find a great place to eat breakfast.
One great thing about staying in a vacation rental allows you to experience the beautiful, historical town of Telluride like a local. One of the best ways to experience a place is through the food. Fuel up and start your adventure of choice off right with the most important meal of the day — breakfast!
Whether you are looking for a cup of coffee and a quick bite before hitting the slopes, a cozy sit-down spot to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, or a special Sunday morning brunch, read on to discover the best Telluride breakfast restaurants.
Coffee, Quick Bites, Pastries
Coffee Cowboy, 131 E. Colorado Avenue
This one-of-a-kind coffee shop is actually a converted horse trailer nestled between two buildings on main street. Coffee Cowboy has a cozy, quaint patio perfect for a visiting with friends on a sunny morning. Locals love this spot for its affordable prices and culture of generosity. Coffee Cowboy allows customers to ‘pay it forward’ by purchasing a cup of coffee for someone in need. This neighborhood gem serves up a limited number of snack bars and pastries as far as food goes, but this coffee truck also offers refreshing and filling smoothies. The focus here is on coffee and espresso drinks, but if you’re in the market for a doubleshot of good karma, this place is for you.
Ghost Town Coffee
210 W. Colorado Avenue
Art and culture collide at Ghost Town. This restaurant, coffee shop, market store and smoothie bar combo feeds Telluride’s artsy soul. The vibe here is eclectic and cozy, with cloth napkins, a full bookcase, and mixed seating styles to suit your mood. The super fresh, mostly local and organic food coming from its tiny open kitchen beats your average coffee shop fare. Ghost Town offers breakfast burritos and granola bowls but locals will tell you: come for the coffee, stay for the toast — not only delicious and nutritious, but a breakfast bargain. You’ll find toasts topped with unique combinations including toppings like almond hummus, basil cashew pesto, and chili crunch.
Telluride Coffee Company
565 Mountain Village Boulevard
Right in the heart of Mountain Village, this is a great place to grab a quick bite or smoothie before heading up the mountain to hit the trails. If you need a little additional sustenance with your morning java, you can grab a bagel, omelette or breakfast platter with pancakes. If weather permits, sip your coffee and enjoy a leisurely breakfast out on the plaza and get in some people watching while you’re at it!
565 Mountain Village Boulevard
This latest addition to the Telluride breakfast scene is centrally located in the heart of Mountain Village and offers hand-rolled breakfast burritos and bowls topped with fresh eggs. Top a quick but hearty breakfast with one of their signature sauces or salsas, like local honey sambal oelek, kimchi salsa or tequila-braised black olive sauce. This quick-service, made-to-order breakfast spot offers a few outside seats and is close to plentiful outdoor seating.
Baked in Telluride
127 S. Fir Street
Another Telluride institution, Baked in Telluride has been serving up pizza pies and sweet treats for over twenty years. While you can get made-to-order food, you can easily snag a hot grab-n-go breakfast from the case packed with burritos and hot bagel or croissant sandwiches. Stop in for breakfast, but don’t stop there. Baked also has a giant case of homemade breads, cookies, brownies and its beloved donuts. Locals know that 2 for 1 donuts are sold daily after 2 PM.
Tracks Cafe and Bar
670 Mountain Village Boulevard
Gotta get right to the action after breakfast? The slopes, trails, lifts and gondola are steps away from this Telluride staple. Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, bowls and burritos provide energy for the day. Warm up inside or relax on the outdoor patio and watch skiers come down the mountain.
Sit Down Spots
The View Bar and Grill
457 Mountain Village Boulevard
Located within the stunning Mountain Lodge Resort, this restaurant is popular with locals and tourists for its incomparable views and classic American fare. The menu evolves with the seasons and offers fun twists on the classics. Giant bowl of Captain Crunch, anyone? Maybe the bananas foster belgian waffle or the hippie hash browns are more your speed. The breakfast burrito comes highly recommended.
103 W. Colorado Ave
Enjoy table service at Floradora, a Telluride institution where locals have been chowing down for the last forty years. Specials change daily and the fare ranges from bar food to french cuisine. Rated one of the best brunch spots in Telluride, locals rave about the food and the blood orange mimosa, a Floradora exclusive. The old saloon setting provides a cool, historic vibe and it’s a great option for families as booth tables are covered in brown paper and crayons and the walls adorned with some impressive table-created art. Slept in after a long day on the mountain? You can get your fried avocado & bacon eggs benedict or breakfast poutine until 2:30 pm!
La Cocina De Luz
123 W. Colorado Ave.
While you order your breakfast at the counter, La Cocina is the kind of place you want to stay awhile. Whether you sit in the large outdoor patio garden or inside the local-art-adorned restaurant, your food will be delivered to your table with a smile. Daily breakfast specials can’t be beat, usually coming in around $10. You can also get yourself a fresh, organic juice like “Green Lemonade” (apple, kale, lemon) or “Roots” (carrot, beet, ginger). Enjoy your migas or green chile cheese omelette while you watch Telluride pass by just outside.
The Butcher and the Baker Cafe
201 E. Colorado Avenue
This go-to spot has some traditional options for breakfast made with local, organic ingredients along with homemade english muffins and handcrafted artisan pastries (get your scones here!). Those with dietary restrictions may like the gluten-free blueberry waffle option. You’ll order at the counter and your food will be delivered to your table, the bar or the outside yard (with playground!) or patio, or grab a breakfast burrito or bagel to go. Coffee and espresso drinks are flowing and you can even get kombucha on tap, or perhaps a bloody mary or mimosa from the bar. You’re on vacation, after all.
The Chophouse at the New Sheridan Hotel
233 West Colorado Ave.
When it comes to old-world ambience, you can’t beat The New Sheridan Chophouse. The brunch menu offers elegant, tasteful classics along with coffee drinks and classic brunch beverages. In the summer sip your bellini at a sidewalk table and watch festival goers pass by. In the winter, hang your coat and rest your body while you enjoy a hot chocolate and a hot meal.
Altezza at the Peaks
136 Country Club Drive
Breakfast with a view! Located inside The Peaks Resort in Mountain Village, this plentiful breakfast buffet option provides spectacular views with floor-to-ceiling windows. Choose the express buffet for simple, filling breakfast choices like pastries, homemade energy bars, or cereal. Upgrade to the the full breakfast buffet for choices like smoked salmon, southwestern vegetables, eggs and gluten-free pancakes. Savor the food and the view before heading out for the day.
Off the Beaten Path
156 Society Dr # A
Located in Lawson Hill, just between Mountain Village and the town of Telluride, duck into this cafe for affordable, reliable breakfast choices like burritos or housemade granola. The paleo breakfast will fuel you for a day of adventure. While you’re there, grab a sandwich for lunch later in the day.
CindyBread, 168 Society Drive
Also in Lawson Hill, just between Mountain Village and Telluride is serving up baked goods and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches on their amazing homemade bread. Coffee and espresso drinks are available. Grab the newspaper when you walk in and have a seat, enjoy your coffee and the great deal you got on your breakfast sandwich.
So there you have it. Whether your idea of a great breakfast includes good coffee and good karma, Mimosas and Bloody Marys, gluten-free waffles or your egg sandwich on fresh, homemade bread, you are sure to find food that satisfies in Telluride!
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