As much as we adore American-style waffles, Bennies, and bloodies, the Denver metro area has a bounty of restaurants, cafes, and bakeries producing early-day specialities from around the world. Whether you’re in the mood for Vietnamese coffee and pastries or a full English breakfast, there’s a spot in town to satisfy your appetite.

If you love: Chinese food
Go to: Star Kitchen on Mississippi Avenue for the best dim sum in town. You’ll wait for a table on weekend mornings (brunch is served daily), but the pan-fried turnip cake with XO sauce, shrimp-stuffed eggplant, and congee with duck egg are worth it. Star also has a liquor license should you need something stronger than tea. 2917 W. Mississippi Ave.

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Dim sum dishes at Star Kitchen. Photo by Patricia Kaowthumrong

If you love: English food
Go to: The British Bulldog because if you’re going to spend your weekend mornings watching Premier League matches, you may as well do so over a full English breakfast—two eggs, a banger (sausage), rashers (bacon), mushrooms, beans, fried tomato, and toast—at this 12-year-old Five Points pub. 2052 Stout St.

If you love: Ethiopian food
Go to: Colfax Avenue’s Africana Cafe, which opens at 8 a.m. Monday–Saturday (and 10 a.m. on Sunday) to serve traditional breakfasts such as the fried-egg-topped ful (crushed fava beans spiked with onion, jalapeño, olive oil, and tomato) and chechebsa, a comforting dish similar to a savory bread pudding that’s infused with berbere-spiced butter. 5091 E. Colfax Ave.

If you love: Vietnamese pastries
Go to: Bánh & Butter Bakery Café in Aurora, pastry chef Thoa Nguyen’s ode to her Vietnamese roots and the Asian flavors she grew up eating. There, you’ll find ultra-flaky cruffins—croissant-muffin hybrids in flavors such as vanilla bean brûlée, pâté, and matcha—photogenic crêpe cakes, baguette sandwiches, and other must-haves to pair with the shop’s Vietnamese coffee. 9935 E. Colfax Ave.

The Turkish breakfast for two at BOCO Restaurant in Boulder. Photo by Patricia Kaowthumrong

If you love: Turkish food
Go to: the BOCO Restaurant in Boulder, one of the only places on the Front Range where you can get a spread of Turkish breakfast dishes (Wednesday to Monday, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.). The multi-plate meal comes with house-made bread for you to eat with honey and clotted cream, hummus, jam, beef sausage, halva, olives, and other accoutrements. 4800 Baseline Rd., A109, Boulder

Pastries at House of Bread. Photo by Denise Mickelsen

If you love: Armenian food
Go to: House of Bread on South Parker Road to be mesmerized by cases lined with pastries, breads, and other goodies commonly eaten in Armenia and Georgia, including baklava, mante (meat-filled dumplings in tomato sauce), lahmajun (thin flatbread topped with ground beef), and matnakash (a focaccialike bread). 2020 S. Parker Rd

If you love: Spanish food
Go to: Corrida in Boulder, where brunch triumphantly returned to the upscale steakhouse’s lineup this spring. Chef Samuel McCandless’ offerings include tortilla de patatas, a traditional Spanish egg and potato omelet, and langostinos, prawns served with bomba rice, chermoula, pomegranate, and coriander pickles. Pair either with one of the eatery’s signature GinTonics, such as the Bright with elderflower tonic and watermelon radish. 1023 Walnut St., Ste. 400, Boulder

Callie Sumlin
Callie Sumlin

Callie Sumlin is a writer living in Westminster, and has been covering food and sustainability in the Centennial State for more than five years.

Denise Mickelsen
Denise Mickelsen

Denise Mickelsen is 5280’s former food editor. She oversaw all of 5280’s food-related coverage from October 2016 to March 2021.

Patricia Kaowthumrong
Patricia Kaowthumrong

Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to be overseeing all of 5280 Magazine’s dining coverage. Follow her food reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.