Exploring Bend is a great way to spend a day in Central Oregon, so start the morning right by sitting down for a hearty farm-to-table breakfast, a boozy brunch or by grabbing a quick but delicious bagel on-the-go. Whether you’re looking for a new restaurant to try or you’re visiting town for the weekend, here are the breakfast spots in Bend that you won’t want to miss.
Sparrow Bakery is a popular spot in Bend to grab a loaf of fresh sourdough bread or a croissant in the morning. From its location in Bend’s NorthWest Crossing neighborhood, Sparrow focuses on crafting its infamous, carefully crafted pastries and brunch options. Recurring recipes at Sparrow include the bacon breakfast sandwich on a house made flaky croissant, and the signature Ocean Roll peppered with cardamom, vanilla and sugar. Open every day, The Sparrow Bakery is a Bend staple that cannot be missed.
A bed and breakfast feel without the bed; McKay Cottage is tucked away on Bend’s north side, just beyond Awbrey Butte. The building was built in 1916 and originally stood near Drake Park; it was moved in 1973 to its permanent home off O.B. Riley Road. The location features indoor seating and ample outdoor seating to enjoy breakfast in the open air. Open every day, McKay Cottage has a full breakfast menu from casual bakery items to eccentric French toast platters. The restaurant also has vegetarian options like the Farmer’s Veggie omelet and Cottage Granola—made from scratch at the restaurant.
Right off Newport Avenue on Bend’s west side, Chow offers a brunch menu similar to The Cottonwood Cafe in Sisters owned by the same chefs. House-specialties at Chow include the fajita breakfast skillet and the Vinny—Chow’s version of eggs benedict. The restaurant has a separate gluten-free and vegan menu with choices like the tofu scramble or the veggie benny. With tasty eats and fantastic outdoor seating for warm summer days, Chow is a tried and true breakfast option in Bend.
Open daily, Jackson’s Corner is located in downtown Bend on Delaware Avenue, in the historic Delaware Grocery and Ice House. The menu has a classic breakfast feel, with a local twist since Jackson’s Corner is committed to using locally sourced, fresh ingredients in their food. Try the breakfast sandwich with Well Rooted Farms sausage, or the veggie burrito with Casad Family Farms potatoes.
Tetherow Resort, west of Bend on the way to Mount Bachelor, is a wonderful place to celebrate big moments or treat yourself on vacation. Try a Florentine omelet or avocado caprese toast—anything can be made gluten-free—while enjoying the spectacular views of the golf course and the high desert from The Row’s deck. For a cozy breakfast cocktail, try the signature Hazelnut Coffee—Crater Lake hazelnut espresso vodka and whipped cream.
Paying tribute to the town of Sintra in Portugal, Cafe Sintra in downtown Bend is an authentic Portuguese restaurant. Breakfast ranges from the signature Portuguese benedict—topped with Linguiça sausage—to peach crepes stuffed with walnuts and whipped cream; the breakfast menu also has a number of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Watch the crowds pass by on a Saturday morning while dining behind wide windows in a timeless atmosphere that transports you to another side of the world.
The Victorian Café
A breakfast hub since 1983, the Victorian Café has had many names, but is now known as a traditional, cozy diner with innovative taste. With award-winning dishes like caramel apple french toast and nine different types of eggs benedict, the Victorian Café has plenty of options for everyone. On a nice day, dine outside on the restaurant’s patio and enjoy their signature twenty-four ounce breakfast cocktail—the Proud Mary.
The Lemon Tree
A classic menu with elegant twists, the Lemon Tree has a quaint, serene atmosphere in downtown Bend. Sit outside with the views of Drake Park while enjoying a spinach and feta frittata, or one of many delicious Metolius Teas on a foggy morning. Be sure to check out the Lemon Tree market inside the restaurant for fresh bread and specialty cakes and other desserts.
Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro
Dine in or get it to-go, the breakfast sandwiches at Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro are served on homemade bagels with different types of cream cheese to mix and match. The restaurant also has a full breakfast menu with biscuits and gravy and an option to build your own burrito. Rockin’ Daves is open Wednesday through Sunday, and is a perfect stop for a full meal before heading up to the mountain or the river.
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Winter Tours You Have to Try in Bend and Central Oregon
Twinkling lights, fresh snow and fire pits bringing people together; it’s winter in Central Oregon! Bend and the surrounding towns within Central Oregon are great places to cozy up when the snow falls, and even better places to take part in winter recreation. Locals love to explore the nearby Cascade Mountains, with Mount Bachelor and plenty of sno parks located just a 30 minute drive away. Back in town, there are several breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries waiting to be sampled. With so much to do, it can be tough to know where to start. Luckily, tours in Central Oregon that showcase the best outdoor and indoor recreation are available to help visitors make the most of their winter vacations.
Hot Springs in Central Oregon Near Bend and Beyond
Oregon is known for being an outdoor paradise; where else can travelers discover misty forests, snowy mountain peaks and vast desert expanses in one day? From the Cascade Mountains to the Painted Hills, volcanic activity has helped shape the many different landscapes of Oregon. Along with mountains and valleys, Oregon’s volcanic past helped create a host of hot springs scattered across the state. These hot springs are natural, hot pools of water—natural hot tubs. Some are more developed and have lodging nearby, while others feel completely remote and undiscovered. So whether it’s a soak under the stars in the high desert or a steamy pool in the forest, there’s a hot spring calling.
Ice Skating Rinks You Have to Try in Bend and Sunriver
Bend and Sunriver are two excellent winter destinations. The offering of winter activities in Central Oregon are immense. Snow typically falls fast and heavy and visitors get to experience a winter wonderland filled with snow capped Ponderosa pines and fresh powder. In such a winter wonderland, it makes sense that Bend and Sunriver would have a selection of ice skating spots. Whether guests choose to twirl on the ice, casually glide or just kick back with a hot cocoa while the kids play, a trip to the ice skating rink can help cap off any Central Oregon winter getaway.
Finding the Best Lunch Spots in Bend, Oregon
As Bend grows, so do the tasty options for a great lunch at a great price. With so many restaurants new and established to choose from, the only question is where to begin. Lucky for you, we’ve made finding the best lunch in Bend a breeze.
Top 5 Tours to Take in Bend, Oregon
Bend is a nature-lover’s paradise blended with a hop-head’s dream; nowhere else will you find this much craft beer and this many outdoor activities. The city’s been growing quickly, reaching 100,000 residents in 2020, and with the growth comes plentiful opportunities for adventure. From walking the very halls that brew your favorite beer to any number of adrenaline-inducing sports, we have you covered for the five best types of guided tours in Bend, Oregon.
Hopless in Central Oregon: Experience Scenic Cideries and Vino with a View
In an area dominated by craft beer, you might be wondering is there anything else on tap? The answer is, ‘Yes’. Central Oregon is home to award winning cideries and wineries and with postcard-worthy views from their tasting rooms – you won’t be disappointed. Named after the Three Sisters, Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards is just over 30 miles from Bend. It’s hard to complain about the drive though when furry faces from the Alpaca farm nearby greet you right before you turn onto the property.
Pumpkin Patches + Petting Zoos = Fall Family Fun
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Casual Family Weekend in Sunriver
Imagine this: you’re riding your bike through a rolling meadow, the Cascade mountain range in the background, and the only sound is from the whir of a prop plane taking off against a crisp blue sky. Up ahead, your children pull carrots from their pockets and present them to a gathering of friendly horses in an adjacent pasture.
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Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway: Pull Off For a Central Oregon Adventure
The Cascade Lakes Scenic byway is one of the prettiest drives in the U.S. But it might be the most recreationally rich road you’ll ever drive too. From Bend southwest to the Highway 58 junction, the Oregon Route 372 cuts through 66 miles unique volcanic formations and geological beauty that offers everything that makes Central Oregon an outdoor lover’s paradise.