Breakfast is an essential meal to start the day, and having a freshly brewed cup of coffee with your favourite Western breakfast is a great way to do it. From the classics of eggs, sausages, bacon, and toast smeared with jam, to crowd favourites of eggs benedict and fluffy pancakes glistening with butter, a hearty meal to nourish that early morning craving is a great satisfaction. Here are 12 restaurants in Hong Kong that serve some of the best eggs, toast, and potatoes in all forms in town.
If you are looking for a breakfast joint with a specialty coffee, Sensory Zero is the place to go, especially if you work close to the Kowloon or Hong Kong Island areas. This store is modern and spacious for meeting friends and family. We especially recommend the all day breakfast of Japanese scrambled eggs served with potato wedges, salad, beans, sausage, and Australian beef. Their homemade jam is a must-try, which has three flavours: strawberry & rose, fig & earl grey, and mixed berries & black tea. They also have plenty of vegetarian options, or try out their overflowing croissant with wasabi paste if you are looking for a spicy kick to start the day.
When The Diner isn’t busy frying up American classics like pulled pork burgers and grilled cheeses, they’re serving one of their three all day breakfasts. The retro restaurant’s pancakes topped with rashers and salmon fillet with pickled onions make delightful first meals of the day, and you can wash it down with bottomless coffee. You may even want breakfast with one of their signature milkshakes. Expect friendly service, authentic diner vibes, golden oldies in the background, and a long morning spent in their comfy booths.
G/F, Shiu King Court, 4-8 Arbuthnot Rd, Central | +852 2798 8219
If you are looking for the best weekend breakfast place to hang out with family, Oolaa is the place to enjoy a yummy breakfast in a relaxed atmosphere. The store is vegetarian-friendly and full of healthy options along with gluten- and dairy-free meals. The menu dances from eggs, breakfast burgers, and salmon with potato roti or a yeasty bagel to healthy brunch bowls, fruit salad, quinoa, and smoothies. You can also customize your own dish. These healthy dishes give you the burst of energy to go about your day with a fresh start.
Green Waffle is a diner concept with a founder hailing from Canada. The diner’s Central location has been a breakfast institute for a decade. They specialize in waffles with all the toppings and sauce drizzlings you could want, including their ‘green’ pandan waffles, bananas foster waffles, and fried chicken leg waffles. With a commitment to using minimal salt and sugar in wholesome items like smoothie bowls, satisfying skillets, homemade jam, and almond or oat milk lattes, the goal is simple – humble food that leaves you feeling great.
Central: G/F, Jiahao Building, 35-39 Graham Street | +852 2887 9991
Causeway Bay: Shop 1303, 13th Floor, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road | +852 2880 5123
Yuen Long: Shop G002, G/F, Phase 1, Yoho Mall, 9 Yuen Lung Street | +852 2363 0938
Elephant Grounds is a coffee roaster brand started in 2013 and a modern breakfast spot. Their professional baristas use quality international farm-produced coffee beans to create their own espresso blend by combining Brazilian Arabica, Sumatra beans and more. Their coffee is best paired with eggs, breakfast burritos, nourishing breakfast bowls, and their buttermilk stacks. Try out some exclusive menu items specific to certain locations, such as the Causeway Bay exclusive mango coconut overnight oats, the Mid-Levels charred avo, or the Sheung Wan Roastery’s pulled pork benny. It is a spot best-suited to enjoy a classic Western breakfast or brunch in a young modern atmosphere, with five locations throughout Hong Kong.
CATCH. is an Australian restaurant specializing in seafood and European-style breakfast and brunch dishes made from the freshest ingredients. Their Quarry Bay location offers a tempting breakfast set from 8am until 11:45am on weekdays. We recommend their Smokey D with duck breast and scrambled eggs or their Dirty Eggs with paprika potatos fried to just the right crispiness topped with mayo, avocado, and cheddar. Their KTown location offers many of the same breakfast signature dishes (with some bonuses – think French toast with candied peaches and white chocolate… can a sweet breakfast be more heavenly?), but only on weekends and public holidays.
Kennedy Town: G/F, 95 Catchick St, Kennedy Town | +852 2855 1289
Quarry Bay: No. 21 Hoi Wan St, GF 17-19, Quarry Bay | +852 2568 3299
Classified, which has seven locations around Hong Kong island (except for their Kwun Tong spot), is one café chain that hasn’t let expansion spread them thin. Their food, centered around casual European-style dishes, is consistently on point and this is true for their breakfast menu available until 11:30am daily. The new breakfast menu featuring sourdough tartines, halloumi breakfast, and baked frittata are available at all of their comfortable, inviting venues, save New World Tower. Pair your breakfast with a high quality coffee and you’re set for the first half of the day.
The Blue Goose Tavern is a gem on Lamma Island for a weekend getaway, where you can chill with a sparkling view of the sea and an original English breakfast. Their deck offers a panoramic view from Lamma, and is a great place to enjoy an early morning meal. Serving up “late breakfasts”, pub grub, homemade pies, and even wholesome Filipino dishes, for us the all day English breakfast is the absolute choice to order, and comes in two sizes for those of us who just need a little extra to start the day. On the menu are English sausages, bacon, mushroom, chips, toast, beans, and tomato with the additional option to add black pudding. There are also vegetarian options available and we recommend trying the Welsh Rarebit (oozy cheese on toasted bread).
G/F, 47 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island | +852 9869 1919
Fineprint was co-founded by Scottie Callaghan, a 2010 Australian Barista Champion, who manages and personally handpicks coffee beans to guarantee coffee quality. Their coffee beans are freshly roasted in Hong Kong, with dairy-free options if you’d like your morning boost a bit milkier. Their Central location is a narrow nook great for the grab-and-goers. Why has this café made it onto the list? Fineprint’s Aussie-style coffee pairs excellently with their signature sourdough toasts which are baked in-house daily – they make a delicious, nutrient-dense breakfast. We recommend trying the ricotta toast drizzled with honey and blueberries and spicy salami toast with n’duja.
Central: G/F, 38 Peel Street, Soho, Central | +852 5503 6880
Tai Hang: G/F, 1 Lily Street, Tai Hang | +852 5331 5205
Sai Ying Pun: G/F, 14 Second Street, Western District | +852 9440 4889
Jaspas is a one-stop family-friendly breakfast place with omelette, hash, wraps, egg benedict, toasts, pancakes, and various breakfast sets. Jaspas’s big breakfast and buttermilk pancakes are the most popular items that are must-tries. Here, you can also get a breakfast brunch that lasts till 4 pm from Monday to Sunday. Besides satisfying breakfast items, the store offers other items to service all tastes such as bruschetta, calamari, mini ribs, quesadillas, and lamb chop lollipops.
Kennedy Town: Commercial Unit B, Ground Floor, Manhattan Heights, No. 83 Catchick Street | +852 2872 0823
Sai Kung: G/F, 13 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung | +852 2792 6388
All-In Burger & Bar is well-known for its American-style burgers. But they also shine unexpectedly during breakfast – there is the classic All-In breakfast with three meats, baked beans, potato wedges, and eggs available daily. Expect an excellent English breakfast with an American twist. On weekends, there are delightful breakfast specials to order: caramelized banana pancakes with maple syrup, eggs benedict, and a well-priced breakfast set with a choice from five proteins. After breakfast, All-In offers burgers (fish/beef/spicy chicken/crab), submarines (cheese steak/pork/wild mushroom), dirty dogs (frankfurter, bolognese sauce with cheese) and fragrant fish and chips. A great location for a relaxing morning or late lunch in a tavern-like bar.
Shop B, G/F Sun Chun Building, No. 4A-7 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang | +852 9211 0879
Zaks is the ideal place to have a luxurious, Bali-style vacation breakfast. The family-friendly restaurant with an oceanfront view in Discovery Bay is a two-floor restaurant with welcoming, stylish indoor dining as well as breezy outdoor seating. They offer classic omelettes, pancakes, toast, eggs benedict, and fulfilling fruit bowls. Two breakfasts that stand out to us especially are the Potato Bravos and DB Big Breakfast (eggs, Cumberland sausage, bacon, tomato, beans, hash brown and toast). The store offers Illy classic drinks of chilled or speciality coffees. If your tot would like something a little different, they can browse the kid’s menu for a bit of tacos and fish bites with their eggs.
Shop G04, Block A, Discovery Bay Plaza, Lantau Island | +852 2987 6232
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