Whether you are rushing to the parks or looking for an exclusive dining experience, Universal Orlando Resort has a variety of breakfast options to suit any vacation style.
Where can I get breakfast in CityWalk?
If you’re looking to maximize park time, you’ll want to get something you can eat on-the-go. Luckily, Universal CityWalk hosts several places to grab a quick breakfast bite, whether you are coming from your hotel or entering Universal Orlando via the parking hub.
Located in the parking hub before you go through security, Fresh Eats serves up drinks, coffee, and grab-and-go snacks (think muffins, fruit, and other portable provisions) for those heading into the parks from the parking garages or from the bus drop-off and ride-share areas.
This small quick-service venue is one of two Cinnabon locations at Universal Orlando and is situated right across from Red Oven Pizza Bakery. If you’re looking for a decadent way to start your day, Cinnabon bakes their world-famous “original” Cinnabons fresh each morning. There are also other pastry options, such as Cinnabon Stix, and Seattle’s Best coffee to drink.
Starbucks Coffee is one of the most popular early-morning stops at CityWalk. This full-size location offers all the good stuff you’d find at your local Starbucks, including everyone’s favorite coffee drinks and a broad assortment of bakery items.
Shoreline and CityWalk Cafe food carts
Perhaps the most picturesque breakfast dining options in CityWalk, the shoreline has two food carts where you can grab breakfast on your way into the parks. The first cart is across from Bigfire, on the way to Islands of Adventure, and has breakfast sandwiches, croissants, muffins, and yogurt to stop your stomach from grumbling.
The second kiosk is near NBC Sports Grill & Brew, on the way to Universal Studios Florida. Calling itself CityWalk Cafe, the quaint food and beverage stand sells cappuccinos, lattes, espressos, and iced and regular coffee, as well as tempting beignets and other pastry treats.
This addition to CityWalk’s breakfast lineup is sure to elevate your sugar levels in preparation for your theme-park sprint. Voodoo Doughnut opens at 7:45 am and bakes up over 50 types of donuts daily – be sure to keep an eye out for limited-time creations only offered at Universal Orlando!
Some of our favorites include:
Voodoo Doll – $3.75
Raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly, topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake
Vegan Maple Bar – $2.10
Raised yeast doughnut with maple frosting on top
Memphis Mafia – $5.25
Fried dough with banana chunks and cinnamon, covered in glaze, drizzled in chocolate and peanut butter, with peanuts and chocolate chips on top
Where can I get breakfast at Universal Studios Florida?
Quick-service breakfast is also available at a few locations inside Universal’s theme parks. We don’t generally recommend that you stop at any of these locations because, by this time, you’ll be inside the parks, and you should be using the precious morning hours to experience as many attractions as you can with as little wait as you can.
Nevertheless, if you need to grab a bite to eat, here are your options at Universal Studios Florida.
Inspired by NBC’s staple morning program, Today Cafe is open during park hours and caters to guests with breakfast sandwiches, açaí bowls, and pastries. (You can even catch up on the morning news on the big-screen televisions that broadcast the day’s show!) If you want to skip the line, order ahead on your phone with the Universal app.
Our top picks at Today Cafe are:
Park Avenue Avocado Toast – $11.99
Smashed avocados, toasted cashews, shaved fennel, roasted tomato purée, lemon vinaigrette, arugula, radicchio, toasted artisan french bread, with fresh fruit
Overnight Oats – $6.99
Old fashioned oats, almond milk, agave, chia seeds, seasonal berries, toasted coconut, and toasted almonds
Açaí Bowl – $10.99
Topped with strawberries, organic granola, bananas, toasted coconut, and chia seeds
The Starbucks in Universal Studios is located on the streets of the New York backlot, with continental fare and, of course, coffee.
The Leaky Cauldron
One of the best-themed eateries at Universal, The Leaky Cauldron is the perfect stop for a late breakfast after you’ve hit some early-morning rides, and is a true experience for any Harry Potter fan.
The menu includes both British and American favorites, such as:
Traditional Breakfast – $17.99
Fresh scrambled eggs, sausage links, black pudding, English bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, sautéed mushrooms, and breakfast potatoes
American Breakfast – $17.99
Fresh scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, crisp bacon, and link sausage, with butter croissant
Pancake Breakfast – $17.99
Three fluffy buttermilk pancakes, crisp bacon, and link sausage, with butter croissant
San Francisco Pastry Company
This quick-service eatery is one of the few open with the park during Early Park Admission. Hitting San Francisco Pastry Company for a bite of croissant and a sip of coffee is a morning ritual for some locals.
Where can I get breakfast at Islands of Adventure?
If you’re starting your daily adventure at Islands of Adventure, there are plenty of choices for a delicious breakfast. As with Universal Studios Florida, we recommend that you get your morning meal before heading into the parks – or after you’ve hit a few of the headline attractions – so as to make the most of the morning’s short wait-times.
Croissant Moon Bakery
Croissant Moon has several distinctive breakfast options, such as:
Breakfast Burrito – $5.69
Egg, bacon, cheddar jack cheese, and salsa in a chipotle wrap
“On the Run” Continental Breakfast – $9.99
Includes a fruit cup, danish or muffin, and breakfast drink
Ham, Egg, and Cheese Croissant – $7.49
Ham, egg, and cheese on a freshly baked croissant
Yet another Starbucks resides in Islands of Adventure, where Port of Entry meets the lagoon. As always, expect plenty of grab-and-go options and all the typical Starbucks drinks.
The second Universal Cinnabon location is inside Islands of Adventure and nestled right next to the park’s Starbucks. Get your cinnamon fix with Cinnabon Stix, Caramel Pecanbon Rolls, or the classics.
The Three Broomsticks
Although the menu here is similar to The Leaky Cauldron’s, the back patio with a view of Hogwarts Castle makes Three Broomsticks one of our favorite places for a pit-stop, whether you’re sitting down for breakfast or just ordering a Butterbeer to go. Each breakfast platter is $17.99 for adults, and $12.99 for kids.
Traditional English Breakfast
Fresh scrambled eggs, sausage links, black pudding, English bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, sautéed mushrooms, and breakfast potatoes
A colorful array of fresh fruit served with croissants, accompanied with assorted jams
Old fashioned steamed oats with fresh fruit and butter croissant
Carts and kiosks
Islands of Adventure (and, okay, Universal Studios Florida, too) has an assortment of refreshment carts stocked with breakfast-appropriate foods in the morning, such as croissants and fresh fruit.
Can I get breakfast at Volcano Bay?
Unfortunately, there are no eateries open for breakfast at Volcano Bay. If you’re headed to the water theme park first thing in the morning, we recommend stopping by your hotel’s grab-and-go market for some breakfast snacks or at the Fresh Eats stand if you’re arriving at Universal via the parking hub.
What if we want to experience breakfast at our hotel?
Universal Orlando Resort’s hotels have a diverse array of breakfast options, with full-service restaurants for a more relaxed experience, quick-service for a speedier hot breakfast, or continental grab-and-go locations if you’re really on the move.
Portofino Bay Hotel
If you’re rushing to the parks while staying at Portofino Bay Hotel, swing by the Gelateria between 6:00 and 11:00 am for breakfast croissant sandwiches, smoothies, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, fruit cups, and cereal (or just have gelato for breakfast – hey, you’re on vacation!).
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Glazed – $2.00
Assorted variety – $2.50
Large Cinnamon Roll – $4.00
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Croissant Sandwich – $6.00
Trattoria del Porto
For a full-service breakfast option, the buffet from 7:00 to 11:00 am at Trattoria del Porto has pancakes, eggs, baked goods, fruit, coffee, and juice, as well as an omelet station where you can build your own omelet or ask for the chef’s choice:
Trattoria del Porto Breakfast Buffet
Freshly baked bagels, muffins, pastries, and breads; fresh-cut tropical fruits; yogurt parfaits and individual flavored yogurts; assorted dry cereals; chef’s daily special; cage-free scrambled eggs; roasted Yukon potatoes; French toast, waffles, and pancakes; sausage and bacon; smoked and house-cured salmon with various toppings
Adults – $25.00
Children – $15.00
There is a Starbucks located inside the hotel with both indoor and outdoor seating for guests to enjoy.
Hard Rock Hotel
Home to one of the most beloved breakfasts at Universal Orlando, Hard Rock Hotel’s The Kitchen has all the buffet staples, as well as Southern favorites.
Some of the top menu items here are:
“The Elvis” French Toast – $15.00
Baguette slices, bananas, peanut butter, caramel sauce
The Remedy – $14.00
Butter-toasted Kaiser roll, two eggs over-hard, applewood smoked bacon, and American cheese
The Spa Frittata and Chicken Sausage – $16.00
Egg whites, spinach, mushroom, tomato, cheddar cheese
Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace
Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace has grab-and-go breakfasts starting at 6:00 am, with smoothies, savory snacks, coffee, and more.
Royal Pacific Resort
Islands Dining Room
For a leisurely breakfast, you’ll want to visit Islands Dining Room from 7:00 until 11:00 am, where a traditional buffet is available for guests to enjoy. The price for breakfast is $25.00 for adults, and $15.00 for children ages three to nine (kids under three are free).
Buffet breakfast items include:
Sweet Potato Hash
Chorizo, roasted corn, peppers, heirloom beans, local honey-glazed sweet potatoes, and two eggs, any style
Toasted coconut, golden pineapple, roasted macadamia nuts
Classic Eggs Benedict
Toasted English muffin, two poached eggs, Canadian bacon, hollandaise sauce, asparagus
Tuk Tuk Market
Royal Pacific Resort’s grab-and-go stop is the newly unveiled Tuk Tuk Market, located in the hotel lobby.
Not to be missed at Tuk Tuk are the:
House-made Tuk Tarts – $4.00
Choose from: apple and cinnamon, cookies and cream, strawberry jam, or bacon mac and cheese
Egg White & Provolone Cheese Wrap – $8.00
With mushrooms, tomato, baby spinach
Sapphire Falls Resort
For a full-service breakfast at Sapphire Falls Resort, head to Amatista Cookhouse, where breakfast is served buffet-style, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. It features all-you-can-eat tropical fruit and flavors, with a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar on Saturdays and Sundays. A breakfast at Amatista will cost you $25.00 for adults, $15.00 for children ages three to nine, and children two and under are complimentary.
New Dutch Trading Co.
Additionally, just off the lobby, you’ll find the New Dutch Trading Co. which opens at 6:00 am with coffee, pastries, and more:
Blueberry-Banana Flaxseed Smoothie – $8.00
Plain Greek yogurt, blueberries, banana, almond milk, ground flaxseed
Sausage, Egg, & American Cheese Biscuit – $8.00
Add a side of potatoes – $11.00
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
The Bayliner Diner food court at Cabana Bay Beach Resort has both quick-service and grab-and-go options available between 7:00 and 11:00 am.
We love to order these and then sit and watch the retro television clips:
French toast with fruit topping and bacon (or chocolate chip pancakes for the kids!)
Onions, tomatoes, baby spinach, mushrooms, ham, peppers, cheddar cheese, bacon, pepper jack cheese, and American cheese
There is also a Starbucks located near the main gift shop, which is worth checking out for the retro mid-century modern interior design alone.
Although there is not a full-service restaurant that is open for breakfast, Aventura Hotel sports both a Starbucks and Urban Pantry in the lobby, so you’re bound to find something to sate your morning hunger.
Urban Pantry has some unique options, such as:
Daily Hash – $13.00
Select from a wrap or a bowl, then add cheese, protein, other ingredients, and scrambled eggs
Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Bar – $9.00
Create your own fruit and yogurt parfait
Endless Summer Resort
Beach Break Cafe at Surfside Inn and Suites
The Surfside Inn and Suites half of Endless Summer Resort has the ubiquitous Starbucks in the lobby, as well as Beach Break Cafe, a food court that features SoCal fresh options at the lowest prices you’ll find at Universal Orlando.
If you eat breakfast here, you won’t want to miss:
Breakfast Scramble Bowl – $6.99
Breakfast potatoes and choice of onion, tomatoes, baby spinach, mushrooms, ham, peppers, cheddar cheese, bacon, pepper jack cheese, and American cheese
Breakfast Pizza – $6.99
Sausage gravy, bacon, scrambled eggs, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese
Pier 8 Market at Dockside Inn and Suites
When it opens in 2020, the Dockside Inn and Suites half will also feature its own food court and coffee shop.
Can we order room service for breakfast?
Room-service breakfast is available at Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort, and Sapphire Falls Resort.
What about character breakfasts and other experiences?
If you’re looking for a truly special breakfast experience, consider the Despicable Me Character Breakfast, which is available most Saturdays in the Tahitian Room at Royal Pacific Resort (reservations are recommended). Enjoy a breakfast buffet in a tropical setting while you meet with Gru, Agnes, Margo, Edith, and – of course – the Minions. (Don’t forget the bananas!)
A seasonal option for character dining is The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous in Islands of Adventure. Available only on select dates in November and December, dine with the Whos of Whoville and the miserly green one himself. (Because this experience is located inside the park, you’ll need admission along with a paid event ticket.)
Finally, The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel hosts an Acoustic Brunch on Sundays from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm with live acoustic music and bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas.
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