Brunch in Champaign-Urbana

Whether you are visiting campus with your family or you are a freshman who is new to campus, there is plenty of exploring to do. Lucky for us, the Champaign-Urbana community is always whipping up some delicious breakfast. Below are a few of my personal favorite breakfast joints in the area!

  1. Le Peep
    Le Peep is not only delicious, but it will make you feel right at home. Their skillets are to die for, but even the simple choices, like eggs and bacon, are great. The staff is always smiling and happy to serve. Overall, Le Peep is my favorite breakfast place in the area.

    Photo from Rachel Hernandez
  2. Courier Cafe
    I love Courier Cafe for many of the same reasons that I love Le Peep. Courier Cafe is in downtown Urbana, which is absolutely beautiful in the summer. Courier Cafe serves dinner as well as brunch. This is a must-try for University of Illinois students. And did I mention they have $2 sundaes for dessert?

    Photo from Rachel Hernandez
  3. Original Pancake House
    The key to the Original Pancake House is going bright and early. I usually go around 7:45 a.m. and don’t have to wait long for a table, but if you go around 9:00 a.m., you may end up with a 40-minute wait. Many of the waitresses are college students, and they are the nicest staff I know (just ask any of the regulars!). You won’t be disappointed!


Class of 2020
I am studying Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Social Sciences and Literacy in the College of Education. Although I now reside in Champaign, I am originally from Vernon Hills, a Northwest suburb of Chicago.