Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here are the 10 best breakfast places in Hong Kong to check out for scrumptious waffles, eggs Benedicts, and Acai bowls.
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’s our pick of the best breakfast places in Hong Kong.
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. Their Acai bowl is beautifully Instagrammable, or snaffle up a grilled cheese sandwich (complete with piping hot tomato soup and salad to boot) if you’re feeling peckish. Whatever you choose, rest assured that Elephant Grounds is one of the best breakfast places in Hong Kong.
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: Sun & Public Holidays: 8am-11am
Located in the heart of Hong Kong, ‘APT’ Coffee stands for ‘A Personal Tailor’ which is – conveniently for us – a perfect description of their concept. With customisable everything from salads, breads, and coffee, you can truly create your own bespoke breakfast – making this hot spot suited to even the pickiest of appetites. The minimalist interior and signature open toasts are reminiscent of iconic Aussie brunch spots, bringing in an Asian flare through toppings that range from the basic avocado to premium Japanese crab meat. With a hearty, healthy breakfast packed with flavour, APT Coffee makes for the perfect little spot to start your day off right!
Insider’s Tip: Don’t miss out on their to-die-for pastries, which are made in-house every day using fresh, handpicked, seasonal ingredients.
Address: Shop C, G/F, 34 Cochrane Street, Central
Open From: 8am-6:30pm
Here’s one for the ‘gram! Hidden in plain sight just off the Mid-Levels Escalator, Barista by Givrés is a speciality coffee shop best known for their signature hand-crafted gelato roses. Giving the egg-yolk a run for its money are their beautifully sculpted (and delicious!) avocado roses which need to be seen to be believed. Of course, a meal here wouldn’t be complete without trying a bite of their much-lionized gelato which highlights rare, natural flavours such as hibiscus, white peach, and even butterfly pea flower.
Insider’s Tip: Mix and match up to three flavours on a custom gelato rose – not only do you get to sample more, but it also makes for a more visually aesthetic, Insta-worthy post!
Address: 7 Staunton Street, Central
Open From: 8am-6pm