They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day — and while that may be true, our perpetually packed schedules in Hong Kong mean our daily calorie count is usually allocated to rushed power lunches or after-work happy hours rather than sausage and hash brown platters.
True breakfast lovers, however, won’t let something as trivial as the time of day stop them from getting their fix of syrupy waffles and smoky bacon. When the clock strikes 4pm and you have a hankering for eggs Benedict and avo on toast, here’s where to get your breakfast fix all day, any day, from hip coffee shops to comfort food diners.
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With 10 locations in Hong Kong, each boasting an all-day dining menu, your breakfast fix is never far away at Classified. This casual café has been dishing up its straight-shooting menu of burgers, bacon ‘n’ eggs and eggs Benedict since 2006, and you can always be assured of a filling and wallet-friendly meal in comfortable surrounds. Don’t miss the eggs Florentine, a morning-to-night palate pleaser with fluffy English muffins doused in sunny Hollandaise sauce; pair it with the Immune Booster smoothie for a double dose of protein.
Classified, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2525 3454
Brick Lane is pretty much synonymous with all-day breakfast, as it’s best known for slinging full and hearty English breakfasts from dawn to dusk. And when we say hearty, we mean it: the Full English comes loaded with three eggs of your choice, bacon, baked beans, black pudding, cheese, corned beef, ham, hash brown, portobello mushroom, sausage, smoked salmon, vine tomato and Yorkshire pudding. Stop by the newly opened Causeway Bay location where you can try new creations, such as the 48-hour slow-cooked prime ribs and red prawn linguini, alongside your quinoa porridge and smoothie bowls.
Brick Lane, Shop G01, G/F, Lee Garden Six, 111 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2736 8893
Head to this bright and airy Sheung Wan hipster café for dishes that are as Instagrammable as they are delicious. After you’ve mastered the flat lay, tuck into the tempting breakfast spread from smoked salmon bagels to poached egg and avocado tartines. Fancy a breakfast-style B.L.T.? Go for the B.E.L.T., a crispy bacon, egg, lettuce and tomato burger stuffed in a buttery brioche bun.
R&R has to be our favourite new bagel spot, starting from their hand-rolled, freshly boiled bagels, which include options like multi-grain, sesame seed, and the classic “everything” bagel. Slather the chewy rounds with the light-as-air whipped cream cheese for a satisfying snack, or get a full meal in with all-day breakfast sandwiches such as Maple Bacon & Egg, with sweet and smoky thick-cut bacon and a runny egg; the Avocado Feta, with its tangy blend of feta and creamy avocado; and the Smoked Salmon, rounded off with briny capers and fresh dill.
R&R Bagels, 28 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2178 5168
This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it café has become a secret hideout for local music lovers, with live music several nights of the week, from ’80s to rock to Friday salsa nights. In addition to an extended happy hour from 3—8pm (HK$35 house drinks, HK$60 cocktails), Morrison’s menu includes a dedicated section for all-day breakfast — think triple egg omelettes, cajun avocado toast and lemon and banana pancakes. Also worth trying is the monstrous Brunch Burger, a stack of bacon, avocado, fried egg, cheese and a thick beef patty sandwiched between two English muffins.
Morrison Café & Bar, 284 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2310 9777
Proprietor and tea enthusiast Nana Chan has created a cult favourite with her perennially popular Teakha, a charming tea and pastries spot on quiet Tai Ping Shan Street. While you should undoubtedly come for the specialty teas and fresh-baked cakes (the scones are the perfect combination of moist and crumbly), Teakha also serves an irresistible brunch menu well into the afternoon, from a fluffy ham and broccoli quiche to brioche French toast with caramelised banana and the pineapple bun sandwich, a twist on the local Cantonese snack with scrambled egg, pork floss and tomato-basil salsa.
Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2858 9185
Pure Group‘s spinoff café brand, Nood Food, has just unveiled a brand new sit-down location at Pacific Place, ideal for enjoying their chicken and vegetarian wraps, organic bagels, porridge, muesli and açai bowls any time of day. Flaunting a light, nature-inspired space and the first open kitchen of any Nood Food location, the Admiralty shop is sure to be a tranquil haven for the area’s worker bees — a place to stop by for a boost of protein and energy whenever the day demands it.
Nood Food, Shop 101, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2298 5180
In addition to brewing a fine cup of coffee, Elephant Grounds serves up breakfast faves from 8am all the way to 6pm for all the late risers. Highlights include the kale quinoa bowl, avocado toast, pancetta mushroom omelette and the Elephant Breakfast, with two eggs, half an avocado, quinoa and toasted sourdough with butter. Stop by the latest Mid-Levels location to savour your breakfast on the sunny orange bleachers while rubbing shoulders with the hipster and creative set.
Elephant Grounds Mid-Levels, 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2535 7155
Hollywood Road health-food staple Grassroots Pantry serves a smashing breakfast menu, with dishes such as home-roasted granola with coconut-kefir yogurt, açai berry-cacao bowls, carrot-walnut French toast and lemon-chia seed pancakes reflecting chef Peggy Chan‘s brand of enlightened gastronomy. While the full breakfast menu is only available until 11:30am, you can still locate several breakfast faves on the all-day dining menu, including the earthy Teff & Oats Porridge (HK$98) with quinoa, chickpea miso, pickled vegetables and tamari sprouted seeds.
Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2873 3353
You can satisfy your breakfast pastry and croissant sandwich cravings any time of day at Urban Bakery Works, the trendy café located on the third floor of The Landmark. A popular stop with the local office crowds, this top-notch eatery serves buttery croissants and brioches, a selection of seasonal salads, and breakfast and lunch sandwiches ranging from ham and cheese croissants to the famous eight-hour duck confit. Grab your hot pastries to go or enjoy them in the communal dining area against the urban wall art by Portuguese street artist Vhils.
Urban Bakery Works, Shop 322, 3/F, The Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
This neighbourhood gem is frequented as a coffee haunt by an increasing number of residents in the up-and-coming Lai Chi Kok district, but also for its hearty all-day breakfast menu. In addition to their fully loaded breakfast platters served in sizzling cast-iron skillets, they’re also known for the fluffy Dutch baby pancakes with fresh fruit and stacked pancakes hiding a layer of ham and melted cheese, topped with a sunny-side-up egg and crispy bacon.
Little Break, Shop G03, G/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2742 2782
Breakfast is an all-day affair at Brunch Club & Supper, a Causeway Bay mainstay serving up breakfast faves in a cosy, homespun environment. Tear into the artisanal homemade breads ranging from wholewheat sourdough to walnut and raisin, then get your carb and protein fix with the Brunch Steak & Eggs (available until 6pm), featuring a charred USDA ribeye paired with a sunny-side-up egg, potato wedges and port-wine gravy. The Brunch Club also serves a fabulous croque monsieur, a double-decker beauty made with homemade sourdough and covered in béchamel.
Brunch Club & Supper, 1/F, 13 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2890 2125
Tucked away on Connaught Road away from the hustle and bustle of the island, this local gem serves up a delectable selection of smoothies, grab ‘n’ go snacks and all-day breakfast items. Pair a B.L.T. English muffin or cinnamon-banana French toast with a Super Smoothie for a protein-packed meal. We’re big fans of the Power Pack, an energising blend of banana, blueberries, goji berries, protein powder, almond milk, whey and açai.
Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 3460 3880
Finally, we can’t forget about the ubiquitous cha chaan tengs where you can get your share of fluffy French toast, pineapple buns and scrambled eggs over toast at any time of day. In addition to local favourites such as Australia Dairy Company, try seeking out the modern wave of Hong Kong-style diners such as Mr. S. Y. Punti, a quaint cha chaan teng putting a contemporary spin on dishes such as wonton noodles, cheong fun (rice rolls), pan-fried Chinese sausage and Chinese-style omelettes stuffed with dried shrimp and spring onion.
Mr. S. Y. Punti, G/F, 4 David Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2915 8885