One great thing about having kids is that you never miss breakfast! While brunch and late suppers seem to be more common in Hong Kong, some fab breakfast haunts still exist. The city has a whole load of tasty early morning offerings for those who have woken early with the little tribe and are searching for good coffee and child-friendly breakfasts. Little Steps has the definitive lowdown on the best breakfasts in Hong Kong, from eggs benny to steamed dumplings that start serving as early as 6 am. Rise and shine superstars!
Bagels Alley is almost a well-kept secret. The cozy café is hidden in a little alley adjacent to the bustling core of Central. Their delicious collection of bagels includes the forever favorite plain, sesame, poppy, onion, jalapeno, and even blueberry flavors. Their bagels are carefully hand-rolled, stone-baked, kettle-boiled, and slow-proofed. The bakers use only natural ingredients with no hint of preservatives or additives; they are oil-free and low in sugar—a great and healthy start to your day. Go traditional with the bagel filled with Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Capers, Red Onion, Rocket, Cream Cheese, or the pastrami bomb with Beef Pastrami, Mustard, Gherkin, Tomato, Swiss Cheese, Rocket, Cream Cheese. Veggie alternatives are available too!
Bagels Alley, Shop A1, G/F, Haleson Building, 1 Jubilee Street, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, https://www.bagelsalley.com.hk/
Ninetys celebrates diversity. The diversity of people, places, and food. They've won numerous awards, including Asia Art Of Cuisine Society (AOC) Master Chef Recommendation Restaurant 2020, the Paris Design Awards 2020 with the interior design of NINETYs AIA Central Coffee Kiosk, and TOP80 Asia list, to mention a mere few. The chefs have created menus that appreciate the taste palettes of different backgrounds. Choose from their delicious menu and create your own multi-cultural brekkie. Their signature dishes include the salty egg yolk Boston lobster, half a spring chicken, and sous vide char siu. Eggs are equally delish with the Little Steps favorite black truffle scrambled egg or poached eggs with lemon yogurt. There's a healthy selection with mushroom salad, strawberry and avo salad, and dressed purple kale.
Ninetys, various stores across Hong Kong, https://www.ninetys.com.hk/
The delicious Canadian-style diner is open for all-day breakfasts. It serves the best comfort food, including some all-time favorites such as pancakes, waffles, Rueben sandwiches, mac n cheese, eggs benedict, and steak and eggs. It's a hearty way to start the day with the kids. Ample fresh coffee is always on the go to boost your day! There are gluten-free and dairy-free items on the menu as well.
Green Waffle Diner, 1303 Hysan Place 500 Hennessy Road Causeway Bay 852 Hong Kong, +852 2880 5123, https://www.facebook.com/Green-Waffle-Diner-1266248073414937, https://www.greenwafflediner.com/
Pop into The Conservatory nice and early and enjoy a yummy breakfast. The indoor-outdoor restaurant is great for kids that are raring to go! Try their lobster benedict or breakfast burger while the kids tuck into a baby bruschetta, bacon toastie, or fresh fruit and granola for a healthy start. The relaxed restaurant sits right on the square, so the kids can run around while you keep one eye on the paper and the other eye on them. Highchairs are available.
The Conservatory, 26 Wan King Path (The square), Sai Kung, +852 2792 1105, http://www.enotecagroup.com/conservatory/
Bagels is Hong Kong's first premium bagel and coffee shop. Their bagels are baked according to their painstakingly researched recipe, for a perfect dough to ensure the best bagels in Hong Kong, if not the world. They serve artisan bagels, bagel sandwiches, sweet treats, and specialty coffee and cocktails. Choose your bagel from flavors including plain, poppy, sesame, garlic, and onion. Then, choose a mighty filling from English breakfast, maple, bacon and egg, or the gardener's breakfast with salmon.
R&R Bagels, 28 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong
R&R Bagels, 1/F, Devon House, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
R&R Bagels, 1/F, 28 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Le Pain Quotidien means the daily bread. Their bread emerges from the oven hot and fragrant (there really is no better smell!). Gather around the communal reclaimed wooden table nice and early; they open at 8 am; and tuck into Le Pain Quotidien’s simple organic fayre with homemade organic pastries, eggs, tartines and sweet bites, and of course, plenty of bowls of piping hot chocolate or a café au lait. The rustic setting and ample open space take you on a journey to Belgium; the experience is like dining with friends.
Le Pain Quotidien, Shop 1089C, 1/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2521 1377
Le Pain Quotidien, Shop 008, LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, +852 2808 1837
Le Pain Quotidien TST Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, Shop G38, G/F, 66 Mody Road, Kowloon, +852 2352 4588
Le Pain Quotidien, 401, 4/F, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1-13 Hollywood Road, Central
No matter your mood, J.CO has the perfect donut for you! Choose from a vast selection that includes some of Little Steps' favs like cheese cakelicious, caviar chocolate, forest glam, heaven berry, snow-white, and jacky chunk. They’ve also got various coffees that will make you happy and soothe your nerves, including caramel jcoccino, avocado frappe, macchiato, white chocolate espresso frappe, or a simple Americano. Savories include the cheezy rich and chicken salami. Don't forget the kids in your haste! It’s a fab place for a fun and indulgent breakfast.
Oolaa has a distinctly Mediterranean vibe for breakfast or brunch. Each Oolaa is in a unique location, and there are a few to try! The restaurants open early at 07.00 with freshly ground Illy coffee and freshly baked pastries. Little Steps love Oolaa's Big Breakfast with two eggs with pork sausages, bacon, roast vine tomatoes, baked beans, field mushrooms, home fried potatoes and sourdough, wholemeal or white toast (yum); it's also available in a pizza version with scrambled eggs. Other firm favs are the avo and smoked salmon on sweet potato toast, steak and eggs with crisped breakfast potatoes, and the super healthy warm green brunch. The build your own benedict is a deliciously fun way to start the day! Kids will love the yummy milkshakes while you savor a prosecco cocktail.
Oolaa TKO, Shop G16, G/F, Capri Place, 33 Tong Yin Street, https://www.oolaagroup.com/restaurants/oolaa-tseung-kwan-o
Oolaa Central, G/F, 28 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, https://www.oolaagroup.com/restaurants/oolaa-central
Oolaa Tung Chung, Unit G30, G/F., Citygate, 18-20 Tat Tung Road. Tung Chung, Lantau, https://www.oolaagroup.com/restaurants/oolaa-tung-chung
Oolaa Star Street, Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, https://www.oolaagroup.com/restaurants/oolaa-petite
Cooshti, G & 1/F 35G, Lee Tung Avenue, Wanchai, https://www.oolaagroup.com/restaurants/cooshti
Probably the most authentic American diner in Hong Kong, The Diner is open all day and has the key ingredients to make for a deliciously hearty breakfast. On occasion, they serve up their impressive BIG breakfast stack with two American-style pancakes with SMASHED browns, Monterey jack cheese, caramelized onions, American bacon, and topped with a sunny-side-up egg and lashings of organic Canadian maple syrup. The fun red booths mean that you feel you are in your own little bubble of fun. If you don't want to venture out, then don't forget you can order on Deliveroo or Foodpanda.
The Diner, G/F, 48 Wyndham Street, Central Hong Kong, https://www.facebook.com/thedinerhongkong
If you or the kids are early risers, head to the Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons for indulgent treats. Choose from their set American, Hong Kong, Japanese or well-feeling breakfasts or your brekkie favorites like the grilled sourdough bruschetta with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, basil, caper, and rocket. If you are a traditionalist, then the eggs benedict or scrambled eggs on an English muffin with salmon and asparagus are worth trying. Expect top-notch silver service with exceptional views of the harbor. The kids will love feeling all grown up here. Highchairs are available.
Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance St., Central, Hong Kong, +852 3196 8888, https://www.fourseasons.com/hongkong/dining/restaurants/the_lounge/
For s super-healthy start to the day, pop into Supabowl and choose your fruit and fiber to kick start the kids and your energy. Your little ones will love the cocobowl, a high-speed blend of acai powder, frozen bananas, and coconut water; you'd be forgiven for telling them it's ice cream, or could that be nice-cream as it's completely vegan? Top it with whatever you choose from yummy fruits, crispy coconut chips, and granola. If you like a burst of color, then the firebowl is a great choice with pitaya, otherwise known as pink dragon fruit, banana, and luo han guo; top the bright pink bowl with blueberries, cacao nibs, and strawberries for a treat. You can eat in, takeaway or order online for home delivery.
Supabowl, Shop A1, 4 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, +851 3565 4379
Supabowl, Shop B, 41-43 Graham Street, Central, +851 2608 9878
Simplylife at LANDMARK in Central, Hong Kong, is a regular early morning haunt for the city's hipsters grabbing a coffee on the way to work. At weekends, it's got a more relaxed and easy-going vibe. The stylish café serves a freshly-made selection of salads, baguettes and pastries, and yummy sandwiches made from freshly baked bread. The frozen yogurt bar offers healthy choices and flavors that will satisfy even the sweetest tooth, fresh juices, and hot teas. If you are heading to 3hreeSixty, then Simplylife is an excellent pitstop!
SimplyLife, Shop B32, B/F, Landmark, Central, +852 2978 3929, www.simplylife.com.hk
You might already know Feather & Bone as Hong Kong's premium butcher. They do everything spectacularly well, from their power-up breakfast steak and eggs with wilted spinach and Aussie eggs, to the spicy crab crumpet or lobster benedict. The kids will love the thick-cut bacon and Aussie free-range bap. Mom can have a cheeky breakfast mimosa while the kids tuck into their moo yogurt. After breakfast, chat to the trained butchers who dish up advice on food preparation; the store assistants will help make friendly recommendations on everything from artisanal cheeses and accompanying pickles. If you are stuck for a pressie idea; they even do cooking classes!
Feather & Bone, various locations, +852 6313 0513, featherandbone.com.hk
Established in 2003, HABITŪ is a local brand devoted to local food. For almost two decades, HABITŪ has been serving gourmet meals and quality coffee to its customers. You'd be forgiven for thinking that it's a cozy European café. The chefs are super picky about the ingredients they use and ship them from across the world and prepare them in inventive ways that highlight their unique flavors. Some of the Little Steps' favorites include the truffle mushroom benedict, a cheesy mozzarella mixed mushroom, poached egg, toasted sourdough with balsamic rocket salad, and the mighty all-day breakfast with creamy scrambled eggs, Cumberland sausages, bacon rashers, and home-smoked salmon. Their signature caffe acai rosa will keep you energized throughout the day! HABITŪ offers an elevated dining experience for their health-conscious breakfasters!
Café Causette is the chic and bustling café in the Mandarin Oriental on Victoria Harbour. Watch as your dishes are prepared in the lively show kitchens. Choose from the Mandarin, Chinese or continental breakfasts, or make up your own. Highlights include the assorted steamed dim sum basket with shrimp and mushroom, pork, vegetarian dumplings, barbecued pork bun, or the Mandarin cooked breakfast with bacon, Cumberland sausage, York ham, black pudding, house-smoked salmon, or potato cake served with your choice of eggs. There is a super-healthy collection of juices to start your day on the right note. Kids will love that they get an activity pack and coloring pencils every time they go!
Café Causette, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 0111, https://www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/victoria-harbour/fine-dining/restaurants/international-cuisine/cafe-causette
For over a decade, The Coffee Academics has created distinctive stores across Hong Kong’s various districts. Each store has a unique personality that showcases the essence of its surrounding neighborhood. You'll taste the difference in their coffee from the state-of-the-art brewing equipment and talented baristas. Enjoy the vibe with the well-considered playlists, reading materials, and stylish décor. Breakfast is served all day. A firm family favorite is the classic Academics breakfast with pork sausage, crispy bacon, salmon, portobello mushroom, borlotti beans, Roma tomato, halloumi cheese, sunny-side-up egg, and sourdough toast. Kids love their pancake stack with buttermilk pancakes, bacon, sunny-side-up egg, cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Start your day with one of their perfect espresso-based coffees.
The Coffee Academics, various locations across Hong Kong, https://www.the-coffeeacademics.com/
Inspired by London’s Borough Market, Urban Bakery Works deliciously combines art with food. The concept ‘Bakery is Art’ is further illustrated by the feature wall created by award-winning Portuguese graffiti artist and sculptor Joey Ho. The unique European experience is a thrilling playground for bakers and chefs to showcase their creativity and produce edible works of art. Pop in for breakfast and enjoy their impossibly tasty croissants with fun fillings like Mrs Cow, double brie and ham croissandwich, langoustine croissandwich with curry emulsion, or smoked salmon with egg mayo. The kids might prefer something more traditional, like the yummy chocolate croissant.
Urban Bakery Works, Shop 322, 3/F, The Landmark, 12-16 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, https://www.landmark.hk/en/dining/urban-bakery-works
Want More? Check out these amazing breakfast joints in Hong Kong too!
Apt Coffee, https://www.apt-coffee.com/
Butchers Club, http://thebutchers.club
Eric Kayser, http://maison-kayser.com.hk/
The Roastery X, https://www.instagram.com/theroasteryx/
Wagyu Lounge, http://www.casteloconcepts.com/wagyu-lounge
Noc Coffee, https://noccoffeeco.com/en/
The Cupping Room, https://cuppingroom.hk/
Blend & Grind, https://www.blendandgrind.com/
Ali Oli Bakery, www.alioli.com.hk
Mansons Lot, http://mansonslot.com.hk/
Little Cove Espresso, www.facebook.com/littlecoveespresso
Elephant Grounds, http://www.elephantgrounds.com/en/home
Mr Wolf, https://mrwolf.hk/