The Garnet Cafe
The Garnet Cafe

The Garnet Cafe Coeur d’Alene

Breakfast. Breakfast. Breakfast. That is all. Kidding, of course! However, breakfast at The Garnet Cafe in Coeur d’Alene is no joke and should be taken seriously. Look no further if you’re looking for an excellent breakfast downtown. I want to take a moment to share with you a little bit of a backstory on this joint and a few bite-sized tidbits to leave you with!


The Little Café That Could

According to the cafe’s website, The Garnet Café started in 2010 by the same founding members of a few other locals, might we add quality establishments in the area? Kristin Von Till, a team member since the day, took over ownership of this quaint cafe.

Why a Garnet?

The café was initially named and inspired by the star garnet. This garnet was designated by Idaho in 1967 as the state's official state gem. What makes this gem unique, besides Its breathtaking dark purple or plum coloration, is its locality. Only found in two places in the world, India and Idaho, this gem's rarity aligns well with the craft from this Coeur d'Alene kitchen.


All About The Menu:

You can expect to find a tasteful selection of breakfast options at this locally owned and operated restaurant with a northern Idaho flare. They keep their minimal at a nice, optimal size, prioritizing quality over quantity. You can expect to find your classic eggs, potato, bacon, and sausage platter and fun and unique options such as their ‘Duck Confit & Eggs,’ which consists of duck legs.

In addition to your meals, they have an excellent selection of omelets and sweets and a large selection of drinks to your availability. I personally love their Huckleberry Lemonade and would recommend giving It a shot!

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Pro Tip: If you’re a fan of lemon, consider trying The Garnet Cafe’s house-made lemon curd. Available in the restaurant and in jars to enjoy at home!


New to Garnet? Here are a Few Tips:

  • This little café was once located in Midtown, near Pilgrim’s Market, and was roughly a 5-10 minute drive from downtown Coeur d’Alene.
  • The café moved to its new home near Costco in Coeur d’Alene, in the previous Broken Egg Shell cafe pad site location.
  • Parking may be limited, and they do not take reservations – First come, first serve.
  • Since they specialize in being a breakfast joint, don’t expect them to be open long past lunch. We recommend checking their Google Business listing for up-to-date hours and directions.
  • If you want to keep up with the latest and greatest straight from the source, consider following The Garnet Café on Facebook!

Credit & Resources

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