Where Can You Get the Best Sanibel Island Breakfast During Your Vacation?

While you’re enjoying your vacation in Sanibel Island, there’s so much for you to explore. You’ll spend your days walking the white sand beaches, discovering the incredible nature around you, enjoying the gorgeous Sanibel weather, and mingling with the locals to find the best boutiques. Since you’ve got so much to get into, you need to start your day off right! Luckily, there are some of the best destinations for an authentic Sanibel Island breakfast just down the road from our Sanibel Island rentals!

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Lighthouse Cafe

Lighthouse Cafe has been proudly serving breakfast and lunch to Sanibel Island for years now and remains a staple of the community. Located on the east side of the island, Lighthouse Cafe is your destination for breakfast favorites like eggs benedict, omelets, Belgian waffles, French toast, and more. You can also get a mimosa or Bloody Mary to start the morning off right! They also have an extensive lunch menu that serves until 3 p.m. and a dinner menu served seasonally throughout the winter and spring. This is your ultimate destination for a casual and filling breakfast.

Lighthouse Cafe is located at 362 Periwinkle way. They are open daily from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Blue Giraffe Restaurant

Want a breakfast destination where you can bring your furry friend along? Check out Blue Giraffe! Blue Giraffe was taken over by new management in October 2016 and remains a favorite spot of both locals and visitors. Come try exceptional breakfast options like the Sanibel Scramble, Food Truck Tacos, Cinnamon French toast, and more. You can also add a morning libation or a fresh side to your meal. They have an extensive kids’ menu with selections like mini pancakes and French toast sticks, and if you want to visit for lunch or dinner, there are even more great options to discover.

Blue Giraffe Restaurant is located at 2075 Periwinkle Way #14. They are open daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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Sanibel Fresh

If you’re looking for a breakfast that’s full of healthy local food, Sanibel Fresh is your destination. This is the perfect place to bring your family if you have a gluten-free or vegan diet in your group, as there’s plenty of options for everyone. Some of the most popular selections include the acai bowl, Key Lime Pie pancakes, steel-cut oatmeal, and vegetarian wrap. If you’re not sure where to start, the staff is happy to help!

Sanibel Fresh is located at 1020 Periwinkle Way. They are open daily from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Sanibel Cafe

The Sanibel Cafe has been on the island for more than 30 years and allows you to enjoy a casual breakfast with the ones you love most. Let the welcoming staff seat you in the dining room or out on the patio, then see if you’re able to pick from one of the selections on the huge breakfast menu! Pick an island favorite like the breakfast quesadilla or fish and eggs, or go for something more traditional like a 2-egg breakfast or corned beef hash. You can also choose from cafe specialties, varieties of eggs benedict, omelets, pancakes, waffles, and more.

The Sanibel Cafe is located at 2007 Periwinkle Way. They are open daily from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Mudbugs Cajun Kitchen

One of the most unique restaurants in Sanibel Island is Mudbugs Cajun Kitchen, bringing authentic Cajun cuisine to the Florida shores. While this might not be your first thought for breakfast, give it a try! Don’t miss out on delectable selections like eggs benedict, waffles, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, and more. They also have Cajun classics like Larry’s Beignets and Coffee or Charlie’s Boudin Breakfast.

Mudbugs Cajun Kitchen is located at 1473 Periwinkle Way. They are open daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Start your day at any of these breakfast stops and you’re guaranteed to have a great morning! Best of all, each of these restaurants is conveniently located near our Sanibel Island beachfront rentals.

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