Waking up to the sounds of sizzling fried eggs and wafts of crispy bacon can really get the senses going. It’s that time of day – arguably the most important – the morning. After all, starting with a delicious meal first thing can really set the tone for the hours ahead. But in Hong Kong, what constitutes a ‘typical’ breakfast? Some prefer traditional cha chaan teng macaroni in soup with milk tea, while others like their classic English fry-ups. Here’s a mix of both to start your morning right.
This Aussie brunch specialist is the weekend go-to (or weekdays if you may) for some of the best breakfasts in town. Founded by husband-wife duo Alex and Danielle Malouf, the restaurant takes simple favorites to new highs with its creative culinary fare. From dirty eggs with chorizo to healthy kale concoctions, it’ll satisfy every breakfast belly. If you live in Quarry Bay, be sure to make use of the set breakfast deal which includes a hot main with a soft drink, coffee or tea and granola.
95 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, 2855-1289. Open every day, times vary.
21 Hoi Wan Street ,G/F 17-19, Quarry Bay, 2568-3299. Open every day, times vary.
Tuck into some cha chaan teng goodies at Australian Dairy Company. The traditional Hong Kong restaurant resides in Jordan and is one of the most famous of its kind in the city. Get the moist, fluffy scrambled eggs with buttery toast with steamed milk pudding. But prepare to wait – this spot typically holds lines and it’s easy to see why.
47 Parkes Street, Jordan, 2730-1356. Open Friday to Wednesday 7:30am to 9:00pm.
Cult classic The Brunch Club has long attracted Hong Kongers for its abundant selection of heartwarming dishes. As its name suggests, the restaurant offers a blend of breakfast and lunch menus that will feed your hungry mornings. Plus, its cozy, neighborhood appeal makes it feel like you’re part of a cool brekkie gang.
1st Floor, 13 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, 2890-2125. Open every day 9:00am to 9:00pm.
70 Peel Street, Central, 2526-8861. Open every day 8:00am to 10:00pm.
Although it may be a further trip for many of us, Ali Oli Bakery is worth the travel time. Sai Kung’s longstanding bakery serves scrumptious bread and pastries as well as the option to dine-in with its all-day breakfast menu. If you miss a good fry-up, this is the place to be.
11 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 2792-2655. Open every day 8:00am to 7:00pm.
What’s a Hong Kong breakfast without the occasional dim sum morning? We could chat for days on the choices of where to get dim sum but we’re keeping things simple today with one of the staples – Tim Ho Wan. It’s the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong and by a long shot. You can dine in or take out with a friend and can cost less than HK$100 each leaving you full. There are joints all across the city so find your nearest spot.
Several locations across Hong Kong.
For something more upscale, indulge your palette – and wallet – at SOMM in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental. Breakfast is no joke at this sophisticated eatery. Come in the morning for the SOMM BREAKFAST which includes a hefty selection of baked goods and a sweet or savory main with juice and a hot beverage. Feeling extra? Opt for the champagne add-on!
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2132-0033. Open every day, times vary.