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Top 8 Local Brunch Spots near UF (Updated for 2024)

By Mackenzie

Whether your parents are coming to visit you at school, you’re celebrating a friend’s birthday or just looking for some good french toast on a Sunday morning, brunch is the perfect activity.

Read next: Top 6 Local Coffee Shops near UF

Gainesville has many different brunch options, and each one can be perfect for different occasions. So, we’ve written this article describing the 8 best brunch spots in Gainesville and how far they are from Sweetwater.

8 Best Brunch Spots for Students near the University of Florida

1. Original American Kitchen (OAK)

Two UF students laughing in front of the neon Oak Gnv sign at Original American Kitchen in Gainesville

Distance from Sweetwater: 4-minute drive

Address: 15 SE First Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Best for: Bottomless mimosas

OAK, best known for its eclectic American menu, is the perfect spot to enjoy a lovely brunch and snap some trendy pictures while you’re there. Its menu is somewhat small, but there’s definitely something for everyone. Being located downtown, the restaurant is pretty central and easy to get to, and there’s plenty of parking in the area. However, if you’re planning on having bottomless mimosas on Sunday morning, Uber or Lyft is probably the way to go.

OAK Menu

2. Flying Biscuit Cafe

Brunch food at flying biscuit cafe in gainesville florida

Photo courtesy of Flying Biscuit Cafe.

Distance from Sweetwater: 10-minute drive 

Address: 4150 NW 16th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32605

Best for: Cheesy grits and biscuits

Slightly further from campus, Flying Biscuit Cafe definitely has a more local feel. And, that local feeling continues into its menu, which is filled with southern delicacies including cheesy grits and fluffy biscuits. But, it throws in a unique twist to southern breakfast with its fun mimosa flights. Flying Biscuit Cafe is the perfect place to take your family when they come to visit you at school, just be mindful that there is practically no phone service in the restaurants.

Flying Biscuit Cafe Menu

3. Peach Valley Cafe

Brunch food at Peach Valley Cafe in Gainiesville Florida

Photo courtesy of Peach Valley Cafe.

Distance from Sweetwater: 11-minute drive 

Address: 3275 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32608

Best for: Cinnamon apple fritters

Peach Valley Cafe, known for its Orchard Fresh Apple Fritters, has a special mix of southern classics and American favorites, including french toast and egg benedicts. The setting at Peach Valley is perfect for catching up with friends, and it has a nice outdoor patio to enjoy your brunch in the sunny Florida weather.

Peach Valley Menu

4. Bagels & Noodles

Distance from Sweetwater: 1-minute walk

Address: 1222 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Best for: Pad Thai

Bagels & Noodles is a classic hangover brunch spot. Whether you wake up at noon and want some chicken Pad Thai or you get up at 9 a.m. and need a bagel to wake you up, Bagels & Noodles is the perfect casual brunch spot. The service is a little slow at Bagels & Noodles, but the food is worth the wait.

Bagels & Noodles Menu

5. Metro Diner

Brunch food at the metro diner in gainesville florida

Photo courtesy of Metro Diner.

Distance from Sweetwater: 10-minute drive 

Address: 2130 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32608

Best for: Chicken and waffles

Metro Diner is local to Florida and has many locations across the state. The Gainesville location is a very popular spot on Sundays after Saturday game days, so if you plan on going on a weekend in the fall, be prepared to wait around an hour for a table. However, this place is definitely worth it; no matter what you order, you’re sure to leave Metro Diner full and content.

Metro Diner Menu

6. 43rd Street Deli & Breakfast House

Exterior view of front window at 43rd st deli and breakfast house in Gainesville Florida

Photo courtesy of 43rd Street Deli & Breakfast House.

Distance from Sweetwater: 12-minute drive

Address: (Northwest location) 4401 NW 25th Pl, Gainesville, FL 32606

Best for: Two egg breakfast

43rd Street Deli & Breakfast House is a nice place to get a casual meal. This local favorite is a little farther from campus, but it’s also on the cheaper end, so the extra few miles of driving ends up being worth it. 43rd Street Deli has many different meal options, ranging in size and flavor, so the menu is full of options for everyone.

43rd Street Deli & Breakfast House Menu

7. Big Top Brewing Company

Light up BREWERY sign hanging over the front door of Big Top Brewing Co in Gainesville Florida

Photo courtesy of Big Top Brewing.

Distance from Sweetwater: 4-minute drive 

Address: 201 SE Second Ave Unit 101, Gainesville, FL 32601

Best for: Breakfast burrito

While Big Top Brewing Company is best known for its brewery options, including beers and ciders, it is also known for its bottomless mimosas and brunch foods. This casual downtown brewery has a fun brunch vibe. The menu is small and simple, but still offers southern favorites, including buttery biscuits and egg platters.

Big Top Brewing Company Menu

8. Afternoon

Inside view of Afternoon restaurant in Gainesville Florida

Photo courtesy of Restaurant Guru.

Distance from Sweetwater: 4-minute drive 

Address: 231 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Best for: Poached eggs and shakshuka

Looking for a trendy brunch spot with an eclectic collection of breakfast and lunch favorites? Afternoon is the spot for you. Owned by the same people who own Crybaby’s, a popular downtown bar, the vibe at Afternoon is equally good as the quality of food. The menu is somewhat short, but it still offers options for everyone. The restaurant is not too far from campus, but it’s tucked away in a different area than most of the other popular restaurants in Gainesville, so it feels a bit like an adventure getting there.

Afternoon Menu


We hope this review helped you learn more about brunch options in Gainesville! Next time you’re trying to find a nice place to grab brunch with friends, we hope we’ve inspired you to try one of our favorite spots!


Mackenzie is a Community Assistant at Sweetwater. She is sophomore at UF majoring in Pre Law. Her favorite Daydreamer drink is an iced white mocha.

December 20, 2023

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