Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. No matter what tasks you have ahead, it’s safe to say that a good, hearty breakfast can temporarily ease your worries away. On the days when I’m at a morning lecture with a 7-Eleven sandwich in hand, I’m probably daydreaming about one of these breakfast spots...
Lin Heung Tea HousePhoto credit: Judyarr wong
Located in Central, Lin Heung Tea House is a well-loved traditional morning dim sum spot for both locals and tourists. Think lo mai gai (savoury glutinous rice goodness steamed in lotus leaf), mai lai go (light and fluffy steamed sponge cake), juicy har gow (shrimp dumplings) and shumai (pork, mushroom and shrimp dumplings). Make sure you bring along some friends so that you can share more dishes. Opens at 6am.
160–164 Wellington Street, Central, 2544 4556
Sing Heung Yuen
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If you’re craving instant noodles in rich tomato soup and buttery toast, you might be a fan of Sing Heung Yuen. This famous dai pai dong opens at 8am and attracts long queues during lunch hour. If you’re a foodie on a quest for a good-value breakfast and don’t mind slightly uncomfortable stools or the lack of AC, this is the place for you.
2 Mei Lun Street, Central, 2544 8368
The Flying Pan
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While most of us know The Flying Pan as the post-party LKF binge-eating place, this 24-hour diner is a perfect spot either in the middle of the night or the early morning. Expect generous portions of eggs, breakfast meat, waffles, pancakes and toast – plus milkshakes. If you’re not a big meat eater, they also have a dish called Supreme Veggie Delight ($117) that consists of egg with spinach, mushroom, onion, avocado and artichoke, as well as two side dishes and a small juice.
Central: 9 Old Bailey Street, 2140 6333
Wanchai: 1/F, David House, 37–39 Lockhart Road (enter on Fenwick Street), 2528 9997
NOC Coffee Co.
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Coffee addicts will agree that there’s no such thing as a good breakfast without an amazing cup of joe. NOC Coffee Co. has a wide selection of both artisan coffee and light breakfast options such as avocado toast ($94), fig yoghurt parfait ($76) and all-day breakfast ($138). Their newest branch has opened in Sai Ying Pun, showcasing a spacious, clean, white space – perfect for a morning spent working or studying. Opens at 8am.
Central I: 34 Graham Street, 2606 6188
Central II: 18 Gough Street, 2870 3031
Sai Ying Pun: Shop 4, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, 3611 5300
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Quick, healthy deliciousness in a bowl. Supabowl might just serve up the most Instagrammable breakfasts in town with its vibrant açai and red dragon fruit bowls. With the option of customising your superfood toppings to include seeds, homemade almond butter and a selection of fruits, remember to have your phone ready to take a million photos of your brekkie. Opens at 9:30am Tuesday–Friday and at 10am on weekends. Closed on Mondays.
Shop A1, 4 Swatow Street, Wanchai, 3565 4379
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Veggie lovers’ paradise Grassroots Pantry offers more than just healthy, flavourful lunches and dinners – it‘s also open from 9am on weekdays for breakfast. I love the koji smoked carrot crêpes ($138), vegan, gluten-free crêpes filled with seasonal Chinese vegetables and pine-nut mousse. For those who are trying to ease into a greener diet, try the kelp and mung bean noodle soup ($138), which features Beyond Meat meatballs and homemade sriracha.
108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2873 3353
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