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 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: 7 am – 10 pm
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 cozy 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 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: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm, Sun: 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
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 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: 8 am – 6 pm, Fri: 8 am – 5 pm
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 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: 8 am – 5 pm
Feeling like something wholesome and vegetarian? Then you need to check out Grassroots Pantry. With a motto that healthy and organic eating shouldn’t compromise good taste held closely to heart, this homely brainchild of HK chef Peggy Chan has quickly become a favourite amongst Hong Kong’s wellness brigade, and with good reason. Start your day right with a “Breakfast Buddha Bowl” and you’ll soon see why.
Insider tip: Set yourself up for a busy day ahead with one of their cold pressed juices – delicious and ridiculously good for you.
Address: 108 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan
Open From: Mon-Wed: 9 am – 3 pm, 5:30 pm – 11 pm, Thu-Sun: 9 am – 11 pm
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 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: 8 am – 8 pm, Sat-Sun: 9 am – 8 pm