Most days, we’re shoving cereal into our mouths just before we run out the door to make it to work on time. But on chilled days, we love nothing more than a late (or lazy) brekkie. Breakfast foods are truly magical and should not be confined to specific times of the day.
Here are our top picks for all-day breakfasts in Hong Kong:
Australia Dairy Company
An absolute legend on the Hong Kong dining scene, Australia Dairy Company’s reputation precedes itself. Most of the conversations about this cha chaan teng revolve around the perceived “bad” service. The service is rushed, yes, but rude? Not necessarily. They manage an impressive operation considering the crazy amount of customers they see on a daily basis (including a queue that goes round the block but always moves quickly). The focus should not be on the service but on the BEST SCRAMBLED EGGS IN HK (or possibly the world). We’re pretty sure they’re 90% butter, but they’re so good! You can get a set breakfast ($36), complete with the classic macaroni and Spam soup, milk tea and scrambled eggs and toast.
47–49 Parkes Street, Jordan, 2730 1356
Classified boasts an extensive all-day menu, but it specialises in café-style breakfast and brunch dishes. With comfy locations all around Hong Kong, Classified is always a reliable breakfast option – any time of the day. We’re obsessed with the creamy eggs Benedict ($115) and fluffy pancakes with ice cream ($68). For an extra energy kick, we highly recommend adding in a Protelicious smoothie (from $68), which come in a variety of different versions complete with fresh fruits and unique flavours.
Branches around Hong Kong; click here for locations
Green Waffle Diner
For comforting, American diner-style fare, look no further than Green Waffle Diner. This menu is hearty, syrup soaked and hangover friendly. Obviously the waffle combos (from $84) are a real selling point, with options of pandan-flavoured waffle, white/dark chocolate chip waffle and even a buckwheat gluten-free option (+$12 each). Other menu items we love are the breakfast skillets. They come in an actual skillet, with breakfast treats served over the diner’s “home fries” (crispy potato chunks). Try the spicy tomato and sausage skillet ($79/baby or $112/big) or the herbed veggie skillet ($74/baby or $104/big).
Causeway Bay: Shop 1303, 13/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, 2880 5123
Central: 35–39 Graham Street, 2887 9991
Yuen Long: Shop G002, G/F, YOHO MALL I, 9 Yat Long Road, 2363 0938
NOC Coffee Co
NOC became the Foodie 2019 Forks Readers’ Choice Best Café winner thanks to its gorgeous minimalist-style cafés, commitment to excellent coffee and delicious and nutritious food. For a lighter breakfast, the avocado toast ($94) is where it’s at. The all-day breakfast ($148) is a hearty helping of sausage, bacon, portobello mushroom, tomato, egg (+$10), potato gratin and guacamole on a mini baguette – for those hungrier souls out there.
Branches across Hong Kong Island; click here for locations (note: food is only served at the Graham, Gough, Mercury and Roastery shops)
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APT. Coffee, with its tiny street-side location in Wanchai, is always jam-packed, and its success seems to lie in a very simple, customisable menu. At APT. Coffee, you can choose coffee blends that are either black or white, hot or cold, seasonal or nutty and open-faced toasts with two ($65), three ($80) or four ($138) toppings. First choose between sourdough and fig and walnut bread, then your spread (either beetroot hummus – for that Instagrammable pink touch – or lemon cream cheese) and then your toppings, which include egg, spinach, crabmeat, tomato with feta and more. Simple, effective and absolutely delicious.
2–12 Moon Street, Wanchai, 3619 4393
As we realised during our NINETYs Night Brunch, Australian café-inspired NINETYs has garnered quite the cult following. On weekends, you’ll be lucky to get a table, but if you’re willing to queue round the block, you’ll be rewarded with espresso-based custom-roasted coffee and creative brunch dishes such as salty egg baked potato with truffle egg and applewood bacon ($108) and turkey chocolate toast with scrambled egg ($98). At the SoHo location, you also can create your own bespoke brunch board with four ($108), five ($138) or six ($168) items.
Central: 2–4 Shelley Street, SoHo, 2701 0883
Wanchai: 222 Queen’s Road East, 2369 0118
Cupping Room Coffee Roasters
Photo credit: @littlemsfoodie
Good coffee is absolutely necessary for any breakfast spot, and Cupping Room Coffee Roasters has this down to a T. This is evident from the caffeine fiends who fill up all four of their locations every day of the week. Their all-day breakfast menu is aptly named “Breakfast of Champions”, and you’ll certainly feel ready to face the world after a portion of eggs Benedict with smoked salmon ($108) or brioche French toast ($98).
Branches in Central, Sheung Wan and Wanchai; click here for locations
Another Foodie Forks 2019 Best Café winner, Fineprint got our Editors’ Choice vote thanks to its laid-back, Aussie-style neighbourhood vibe. It’s open bright and early, the salted chocolate chip cookies ($30) are cray- cray, the avocado toast ($85) is perfection, and the always excellent Redback Coffee is available. What’s not to love?
Central: 38 Peel Street, SoHo, 5503 6880
Tai Hang: 1 Lily Street, 5331 5205
Blend & Grind
Those Aussies sure know how to make a mean brunch! Another popular Oz-style spoto, Blend & Grind recently opened a new Wanchai location. While they specialise in smoothies and coffee, the real appeal lies in one of the most decadent versions of eggs Benedict ($118) around. This bad boy is served on toasted olive and thyme sourdough, covered with smashed avo and then topped with super-thick manuka-smoked bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. We’re also fans of the B&G Breaky Board ($128), which comes with scrambled eggs, muesli, pickled beetroot, smashed peas, avocado and more.
Mid-Levels: 1 Prince’s Terrace, 2887 3272
Wanchai: 1 Sun Street, 5422 8060
We love a restaurant that does one thing and does it well. R&R Bagels is a cosy spot tucked away in an alley serving up – you guessed it – bagels! Here you can get a bagel with a variety of toppings any time of the day, but sadly the breakfast bagels are only served until 11am on weekdays and 12:30pm on weekends. Start your day with a maple bacon and egg bagel ($65) or an English breakfast bagel ($65) and then head back for lunch or early dinner to enjoy the bacon jam BLT ($85) or roasted vegetable bagel ($75) – or make your own! Vegan options are also available.
28 Li Yuen Street West, Central, 2178 5168
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