Instagrammable Connecticut: Brunch Last Updated 2/20
But first, brunch! It’s no secret that #brunch is one of the trendiest topics on Instagram and to provide some inspiration for your feed, we’ve rounded up some of the most mouthwatering spots in the state. From old-school diners to modern bistros and cafés — feast your eyes on these tasty, picture-perfect brunch spots in Connecticut. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures! Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!
The Place 2 Be in Hartford
Find creative breakfast and lunch items at The Place 2 Be plus fun, boozy concoctions to compliment your meal.
“The atmosphere inside was really trendy and hip. It’s a fun place to go and the food and drinks are very good. I recommend the stuffed French toast!” – @fromcheesetochocolate
The Corner Restaurant in Milford
The Corner Restaurant is not your average brunch spot. The restaurant specializes in innovative breakfast and lunch creations including Malaysian Pulled Pork and the South Indian Spiced Duck Tortilla.
“My experience at The Corner is always positive and fun! Their food is so enticing and I’m always so close to ordering the entire menu!” – @chowtownct
Arethusa al tavolo in Bantam
Arethusa al tavolo is a vibrant establishment that offers fine cuisine made from their own farm fresh ingredients and dairy products.
“Arethusa is the perfect al fresco brunch option in Litchfield county! Enjoy a glass of rosé and try their seasonally perfect pancakes...always changing with what is fresh and in season. Save room for ice cream next door at the dairy.” – Amber H.
The Eatery in Wallingford
The Eatery features rotating specials, so there is always something new to try. One of their most famous breakfast sandwiches is the Breakfast Bronut, which is served on a grilled glazed donut.
“The Eatery is one of my favorite spots! The food is always fresh and the staff is super friendly. My go to is the #7AM: Applewood smoked bacon, pico de gallo, avocado, pepper jack on a ciabatta roll. Add a little chipotle aioli for a kick.” – Alonda B.
Elm Street Diner in Stamford
Elm Street Diner is a family-owned diner that turns basic food items into monstrous and delicious treats.
“I’m obsessed with Elm Street Diner! Everything is amazing! Their Nutella Reese’s Churro French Toast is delicious and the chicken parm panini with vodka sauce is out of this world. Plus, their monstrous shakes are epic.” – @tastybitesnyc
RISE in Mystic
RISE is a full-service breakfast and brunch café located in downtown Mystic and features adventurous twists on classic fare.
“My experience was, and consistently is 5 out of 5 stars. The staff is wonderful, and the food is exceptional! I recommend the avocado toast with heirloom tomato, without hesitation and a chai tea.” – Farrah G.
Cafémantic in Willimantic
Cafémantic is an award-winning, farm-to-table eatery that focuses on chef-driven, seasonally delicious dishes.
“The staff is amazing and knowledgeable about the menu. I’d recommend any of their cured meats and cheese boards. The meal was so good, we wanted to stay and try a little of everything.” – Eric B.
Firebox in Hartford
Firebox uses only locally-sourced ingredients to prepare its dishes and a portion of their profits help to directly support Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood.
“We had a great experience! The service was friendly, and the food was delicious. The Pork Cutlet Sandwich was perfection - I would definitely recommend it! And also, don’t leave without an order of their home fries!” – Zoe G.
Caffé Social in Norwalk
Caffé Social is a trendy breakfast spot located in the heart of South Norwalk and is owned by three sisters who grew up in the restaurant industry.
“We LOVE Caffé Social, it’s our go-to breakfast spot! We have never been disappointed with the food or service. We recommend checking out their weekend specials.” – @clipboardtraveltips