Kick your day off in Hong Kong’s Central district with a fabulous breakfast, whether that’s a grab-and-go coffee or a breakfast of champions.
As one of the busiest areas in one of the buzziest cities in the world, it seems right to kick your day off in Hong Kong’s Central district with an excellent breakfast. Whether you’re looking for a grab-and-go coffee, a breakfast of champions, some healthy fare or a traditional, Hong-Kong-style start to your day, there’s plenty out there for every taste and budget. Here are the breakfast places in Hong Kong that get the Hive Life team up and out of bed each morning.
Born out of founder Kim Oelrich’s desire to improve the coffee scene here in Hong Kong when she first arrived from Australia, Kim & Co Café is a personal favourite of many of us at the Hive. Known around town for its almost magically creamy lattes, this local spot is also the purveyor of an excellent bacon sandwich.
Insider’s Tip: You can’t go wrong with any breakfast item really, but the eggs Benedict is a fantastic choice here.
Address: 151-155 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan
Open From: 7am-10pm
A cute breakfast joint tucked up in Soho, the Brunch Club is a good shout if you’re looking for a simple, but quality breakfast. Offering visitors an exceptional sourdough bread and a smoked salmon eggs Benedict, plus a whole slew of sweet dishes like pancakes and waffles, you’ll feel right at home curled up on one of their cosy armchairs. With a colourful back wall populated with an assorted range of novels and magazines, it’s a good place to bring your laptop, settle in and get some work done.
Insider’s Tip: Pop along on a Sunday morning, and treat yourself to a cheeky mimosa along with your brunch.
Address: 70 Peel St, Central
Open From: Mon-Fri: 7:30am-9pm; Sun: 7:30am-6:30pm
As one of the few surviving authentic cha chaan teng options in the Central area, simply by virtue of Darwinism, this local favourite must be amazing. Tucked away inside the Sheung Wan Cooked Food Centre, its menu ranges from eggs and noodles to French toast and buns, all of which embody the simple, no-frills thrill of a local Hong Kong breakfast – whilst also being extremely cheap (averaging HKD 15-20 for a dish, and another HKD 10-15 for a drink).
Insider’s Tip: The HK-style French toast is loved by everyone who orders it, whilst their milk tea served in old-school glass bottles makes an Insta-worthy side.
Address: Shop 17, 18167, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building
Open From: Mon-Thu & Sat: 8am-6pm; Fri: 8am-5pm
If you want to breakfast like a local, you need to head to a dai pai dong – roughly translated as a big, open-air food stall. This one on Mee Lun Street is a city stalwart. Open from 8, it has been dishing out comfort food to weary folk for decades as the bustling city comes to life around them. Signature dishes to look out for are the tomato noodles, and crispy toast with condensed milk.
Insider’s Tip: Make sure to get here early because the crowds get huge and the queues get long.
Address: 2 Mei Lun Street, Central
Open From: Mon-Sat: 8am-5pm
Hidden away on Elgin Street, this trendy hipster café lives up to its descriptor as a ‘hole-in-the-wall brunch spot’ and serves up a bright mashup of breakfast styles that’ll satiate even the most sophisticated palate. Best known for their freshly baked sourdough, this foodie haven offers a one-of-a-kind brunch – one that’s worth the slightly longer-than-expected wait. Popular items include their über Instagrammable Baked Eggs on Toast, their beast of an open steak sandwich and, our personal favourite, the ‘Oh My God’ sourdough featuring sautéed portobello mushrooms with mozzarella, cream and black truffle pate and served with a perfectly poached egg.
Insider’s Tip: If you’re interested in learning how to make your own sourdough, be sure to keep an eye out on their Facebook page for their workshops, which are offered for a limited time each month.
Address: 14D Elgin Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong
Open From: Tue-Sun: 8am-4pm
Best known for its Aussie-style all-day brunch menu and world-class lattés, Ninety’s is an amalgamation of Australian culture, food and speciality coffee – with an Asian twist. Foodwise, go for their Chili Scrambled Eggs, Salty Egg Baked Potato with Truffle Eggs and Applewood Bacon, and Avocado Toast. For those looking for something a little different, you can even assemble your own brunch board from scratch, mix-and-matching items from their diverse menu which includes options like Okinawa Cha Siu, salty egg yolk lobster, Canadian uni with pickled ginger and drunken chicken.
Insider’s Tip: Be sure to book your table in advance as this stylish café nearly always has lines out the door.
Address: 2-4 Shelley Street, SoHo, Hong Kong
Open From: Mon-Fri: 8am-10pm; Sat-Sun: 8:30am-10pm
Elephant Grounds first popped up in a tiny spot on Gough Street back in 2013. Now, the café sports five locations around town and scores of loyal customers who love them for their impeccable coffee, delicious eats and spoiling treats. With its cool, industrial interiors – think cosy banquettes and raw wood accents – this spot sits on Caine Road right next door to the Mid-Levels escalator, making it the perfect spot to grab something delicious on your way down to work.
Insider’s Tip: Head there for breakfast late enough in the morning, and you might just find an excuse to try one of their signature ice cream sandwiches.
Address: 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central
Open From: Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-8pm
Named after the Indian Army’s most elite rifle, Rajasthan Rifles is Hong Kong’s latest Anglo-Indian mess hall that’s sure to impress. Primely situated at The Peak, this Black Sheep treasure draws influences from colonial British India, transporting you back to the 1920s through both its nostalgic menu and military venue. Serving up the best of both nations, including Masala Omelettes, Bhurjee (scrambled eggs) and their signature Rifles’ Rolls (baked naan with toppings), the breakfast menu at Rajasthan Rifles is one to keep you fuelled throughout the day. Don’t forget to pair your meal up with some steaming masala chai!
Insider’s Tip: Become a member of the Rajasthan Rifles Peak Society and reserve a table ahead of time! Nobody likes to queue up on a Saturday morning.
Address: The Peak Galleria, Shop G01 G/F, 118 Peak Rd, Central
Open From: Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 8am-11am