28 October, 2021
Breakfast Hong Kong: Little Cove Espresso
Breakfast Hong Kong: Little Cove Espresso
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Your Ultimate Guide To Breakfast In Hong Kong

28 October, 2021
Breakfast Hong Kong: Little Cove Espresso

We’ve done the legwork and rounded up the very best places to get breakfast in Hong Kong, perfect for your every morning mood.

We all know that Hong Kong does brunch big, so sometimes breakfast in our city can get a little overshadowed by its boozy older sister. But beyond the indulgent free-flow offerings, there are many great casual breakfast options to be found across town. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick coffee and a croissant, a greasy full English or virtuous acai bowl, keep reading for your ultimate guide to breakfast in Hong Kong…

Read more: Your Guide To The Best Free-Flow Brunch In Hong Kong


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Breakfast For Busy Mornings
Breakfast For Lazy Mornings
Breakfast For The Morning After
Breakfast For Active Mornings
Breakfast For Social Mornings
Breakfast For Morning Meetings


Breakfast For Busy Mornings

Breakfast Hong Kong: Maison Eric Kayser

Maison Eric Kayser

A great pit stop for artisan bread, breakfast pastries and freshly-prepared sandwiches in Hong Kong is Maison Eric Kayser. With great coffee to boot, it’s no wonder why this breakfast spot is always on our radar.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Maison Eric Kayservarious locations across Hong Kong, www.maison-kayser.com.hk


Marks & Spencer

A staple for Brits craving home-comforts (and Percy Pigs), Marks and Sparks actually have some pretty great breakfast options too. Pre-sliced fruit, yoghurt, Bircher Muesli pots and sausage sarnies (a hangover staple), are just a few of the breakfast options on offer. Admittedly you don’t bag quite the same value for money when you convert currencies, but it’s always worth checking out what’s on offer in the meal deal department before hitting the tills.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Marks & Spencervarious locations across Hong Kong, www.marksandspencer.com


NOC Coffee Co.

If you’re looking for a top-quality artisan brew to help kick start your morning, NOC is the place for you. Swing by to pick up a coffee and breakfast pastry on your way to work, or if you have time to spare, sit in and indulge in the more substantial brunch dishes, ranging from All Day Breakfasts, a special take on Avocado Toast and more.

Sassy Tip: If you’re an NOC regular, make sure to sign up to its digital loyalty programme here to receive your 10th coffee free!

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

NOC Coffee Co.various locations across Hong Kong, www.noccoffeeco.com

Read more: Where To Buy Coffee Beans In Hong Kong


Passion by Gerard Dubois

Make a beeline for this traditional French bakery cafe if rustic baked breakfast goods and crispy oven-to-plate baguettes are your morning love language. We love taking away a loaf of the crusty sourdough for a treat at home.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Passion by Gerard Duboisvarious locations across Hong Kong, www.passionbygd.com

Read more: The Best Bakeries In Hong Kong


Pret A Manger

We’ve tucked into more of Pret’s lunch sarnies than we’d care to admit, but it’s worth having a look at its breakfast options too. Those with a sweet tooth will love the honey granola pot, while bacon and egg baps will hit the spot on your commute. Pret even offers some cool substitutes for milk in your morning latte – coconut milk is worth giving a go!

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Pret A Mangervarious locations across Hong Kong, www.pret.hk


Breakfast Hong Kong: Rise by Classified

Rise by Classified

Classified’s artisan bakery concept Rise is a great option for grab and go breakfast viennoiserie classics, including croissants and pain au chocolat. If you have a little more time, sit in and feast on breakfast dishes like Benedict on Sourdough Tartine and a sweet Dutch Baby pancake. Plus, don’t miss the retail section, which features a range of locally-sourced products from Hong Kong brands, including PÜRA VÏDA, Alive Food and Nicole’s Kitchen.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Rise by Classified (Central), Exchange Square Podium, Shop 313, 3/F, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong

Rise by Classified (Tsim Sha Tsui), Shop 05, G/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.risebyclassified.com


Schragels

What better start to the day is there than a fully loaded breakfast bagel? We’re big fans of the Schragels SchReuben (with brown mustard, beef pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese) and the Loxy Lady (with scallion schmear, smoked salmon, capers, red onion).

Open from: 8am, daily (both locations)

Schragels, 37 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong

Schragels Food Factory (Pick-up/walk-ins), Unit A, 4/F, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 9667 3709, www.schragels.com


Winstons Coffee

Small but sweet, this Aussie-style coffee shop serves up a mean morning brew, along with delicious breakfast offerings like avo toasties, bagels and baked goods. It’s a beloved neighbourhood favourite for a reason!

Open from: 7am, daily (both locations)

Winstons Coffee (Kennedy Town), 11 Davis Street, Shop 8, The Hudson, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2697 1878 

Winstons Coffee (Sai Ying Pun), 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2559 5078www.winstonscoffee.com 

Read more: The Best Coffee Shops In Kennedy Town


Breakfast For Lazy Mornings

Breakfast Hong Kong: Baked

Baked

Tucked away on Elgin Street, it’s worth seeking out this hole-in-the-wall cafe for its amazing baked goods. Expect a menu of tempting brunch dishes, including loaded sourdough brioche, wraps and salads. Come prepared to queue, especially on weekends.

Open from: 8am, Monday to Sunday (closed on Mondays)

Baked, 14D Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2885 2121, www.bakedhongkong.com


Bakehouse

Helmed by Chef Grégoire Michaud, this bakery is far from run of the mill, with all of its baked goods made fresh onsite every day. Whilst its Sourdough loaves are some of the best in the city, we love trying out its new and creative twists on the classics which can often be found in the well-stocked cabinet, including the Sourdough Egg Tarts and Almond Danish. If you’re wanting something heartier, Bakehouse also serves up breakfast delights such as Brioche French Toast and Shakshuka for dine-in at its Wan Chai outpost. Just be sure to get there early to beat the inevitable queues – yes, even for takeaway!

Open from: 8am, daily (Wan Chai) or 7am, daily (Central)

Bakehouse, various locations across Hong Kong, www.bakehouse.hk

Read more: Brioche French Toast Recipe From Bakehouse


Blend & Grind

With three locations to its name (the Sun Street outpost is our fave!), this speciality coffee spot is known for its affordable and healthy breakfast bites. Head here for everything from Avo-Open Faced Sandwiches, Bagels, Toasties and Acai Bowls.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Blend & Grind, various locations across Hong Kong, www.blendandgrind.com


Café Causette (Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong)

Keep it classy (even if it’s early!) by heading for breakfast at Café Causette in the Mandarin Oriental. A luxury breakfast experience to remember, you’ll thoroughly enjoy tucking into your eggs here. For a taste of local cuisine, don’t miss the Chinese Breakfast offering, with dishes like assorted dim sum, congee, fried egg noodles and more.

Open from: 6:30am, daily (breakfast is served until 11:30am)

Café Causette, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2825 4005, www.mandarinoriental.com


CATCH

CATCH is a go-to for delicious breakfast bites and good coffee. You’ll find plenty of people who shout about its smashed avocado on sourdough (tip: add smoked salmon) and breakfast fry-ups. Pair with a cheeky Bloody Mary and you’ll be as golden as your hash browns!

Open from: 8am, Monday to Friday (breakfast is served until 11:45am)

CATCH, 21 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2568 3299, www.catch.hk


Classified

A staple for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Classified guarantees quality food and the perfect ambience to relax in. We especially love the nutritious and delicious smoothies; served in a mason jar, they contain grass-fed whey protein that promises a maximum energy boost – say goodbye to your usual cup of Joe!

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Classifiedvarious locations across Hong Kong, www.classifiedfood.com


Breakfast Hong Kong: Elementary

Elementary

Found in the quaint neighbourhood of Tai Hang, Elementary is one of our favourite breakfast spots in Hong Kong for slow mornings and smashed avo. Its brunch is available on weekends and public holidays, and features everything from French toast brioche to dirty eggs. This one is best enjoyed over long lingering chats with friends.

Open from: 9am, weekends and public holidays

Elementary15-16 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2362 2812, www.elementary.hk

Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide To Tai Hang


Fineprint

For the self-professed avocado toast and coffee enthusiast, Fineprint is an absolute dream come true with not one, not two, but three kinds of avocado toast! This chic little breakfast nook is reminiscent of Sydney coffee shops, but seamlessly fits into Hong Kong’s brekfast scene as well. The dimly lit interiors are fairly cosy, but we love sitting outside and people watching to our heart’s content.

Open from: 6am, daily (all locations)

Fineprint, various locations across Hong Kong, www.fineprint.hk


Green Waffle Diner

Looking for somewhere with gluten-free options? Green Waffle Diner is a tried and true classic. Its menu encompasses both sweet and savoury waffle and pancake dishes, loaded with toppings – simply ask the kitchen to switch your regular flour for buckwheat if you’re gluten-intolerant. This is an American-style diner, so expect large portions and a healthy level of carbs!

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; call directly for more info

Green Waffle Diner, various locations across Hong Kong, Facebook: Green Waffle Diner


Hjem

Cinnamon buns and smørrebrød await at Nordic cafe Hjem. Not only are the interiors totally on point in this Hollywood Road hideaway, but the coffee and Nordic-inspired health tonics go down a treat too.

Open from: 8am, daily

Hjem, 61 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2362 9193, www.hjemhk.com


Le Pain Quotidien

With a gorgeous outdoor area at its Wan Chai location, Le Pain is a great choice for a lazy morning spent in the sun. Whether you’ve got the company of friends or just a good book, while away a few hours over a pot of tea, homemade granola-topped Greek yoghurt and a soft-boiled egg with freshly-baked bread.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Le Pain Quotidien, various locations across Hong Kong, www.lepainquotidien.com


Little Cove Espresso

Breakfast by the sea? Yes please. It’s worth making the trip to Sai Kung for a morning at Little Cove Espresso. The Mediterranean-inspired food menu delivers on hearty comfort foods like Pulled Pork Benedict and French Toast, along with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options too.

Little Cove Espresso, G/F, Shop 1 & 2, Siu Yau Building, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 6397 0875, Facebook: Little Cove Espresso


Breakfast Hong Kong: NINETYS Coffee

NINETY’s Coffee

It’s hard to sleep on NINETY’s once you’ve passed by and caught a whiff of the expertly-brewed coffee. Food-wise, treat yourself to luxe twists on classic breakfast dishes like Crab Benedict or Nduja On Toast. This is another pick that commands queues, so best to go early if you can.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

NINETY’s Coffee, various locations across Hong Kong, www.ninetys.com.hk


One Dim Sum

Our guide to breakfast in Hong Kong wouldn’t be complete without a mention of dim sum! One of our favourite local spots is One Dim Sum in Prince Edward, and it’s perfect for a lazy Sunday morning feasting on “char siu bao”, “siu mai” and egg custard buns. Again, be prepared to queue – whilst the doors open as early as 8:30am on weekends, there will almost always be a wait.

Open from: 9:30am, Monday to Friday; 8:30am, Weekends

One Dim Sum, G/F, 209A-209B Tung Choi Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2677 7888, Facebook: One Dim Sum

Read more: The Best Dim Sum In Hong Kong


Today Is Long (TIL)

Inspired by Australia’s golden sunsets and the sandstone monolith Uluru, we are obsessed with this corner cafe’s burnt-orange theme. Head here for an extensive range of caffeine options (conveniently split into drinks for a “Short Day” which are lighter in caffeine and drinks for a “Long Day” which are heavier). Food-wise, loaded croissants, toasties and wraps all make an appearance for breakfast, along with the cafe’s famous “croffles” (a croissant and waffle hybrid).

Open from: 8:30am, daily

Today Is Long (TIL), G/F, Kin Hing Building, 172-180 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, Facebook: Todayislong


VEDA

VEDA proves that vegetarians can still have plenty of delicious dishes to choose from, whatever the time of day! The plant-based restaurant starts serving breakfast as early as 8:30am, with a line-up of avo toast, granola, pastries and much more. Many dishes here are also vegan or gluten-free, so it’s a great option for those with dietary requirements too.

Open from: 8:30am, daily (breakfast is served until 10:30am)

VEDA, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3755 3067www.veda.hk

Read more: Your Guide To Gluten-Free Restaurants In Hong Kong


Breakfast For The Morning After

Australia Dairy Company

Australia Dairy Company’s breakfast set is hard to beat for an authentic local breakfast in Hong Kong. Think fluffy, creamy eggs served on thick, generously buttered slices of toast and a bowl of classic macaroni and ham soup to boot. Grab your order and head home for a morning on the couch; whilst the food is hard to beat, the actual cha chaan teng itself is not the place to be if you want to soothe your hangover!

Open from: 7:30am to 9pm, Friday to Monday

Australia Dairy Company, 47 Parkes Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Facebook: Australia Dairy Company


Brunch Club

Brunch Club’s menu is packed full of breakfast comfort food faves, and it’s served all-day – perfect when you wake up a little worse for wear at midday. The homemade bread and desserts here from Marie’s Bakery are a must-try, or for a more filling option, go for the Chicken N Waffle with crispy golden chicken served on a homemade waffle.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Brunch Club (Central), G/F, 70 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2526 8861

Brunch Club & Supper (Causeway Bay), 1/F, 13 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2890 2125, www.brunch-club.org


McDonald’s

You may laugh, but how many of you have turned to the golden arches to cure a hangover? And with a McDonald’s on pretty much every street corner (and available for delivery!) you can’t go wrong. Did we mention McD’s in Hong Kong serves up its sausage McMuffins all day long?

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info (many are 24 hours!)

McDonald’svarious locations across Hong Kong, www.mcdonalds.com.hk


Mr. Wolf

Sure, there’s a good chance Mr. Wolf contributed to your raging hangover, but it also has the cure in the form of bacon sarnies, omelettes and full English fry ups. Let the breakfast feasting commence.

Open from: 8am, daily (breakfast served until 11:30am)

Mr. Wolf, 5/F, 70 Queens Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2526 0838, www.mrwolf.hk


Oldish

This quaint Poho gem ticks all the boxes in the aesthetics department, and it rustles up an excellent All Day Breakfast (complete with hash browns, score!). Other highlights include the decadent Four Cheese Beef Burger, along with the Black Truffle Eggs Benedict; both are sure to soak up that remaining alcohol in no time!

Open from: 12pm, Monday to Saturday; 10am, Sunday

Oldish, G/F, 53 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2697 3313, Instagram: @oldishhk


The Diner

Another great option for when you’re feeling a little fragile is The Diner. Start with the Morning After Smoothie, which is packed with antioxidants and coconut water to make that hangover disappear, before delving into the Breakfast Burrito or Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes. Breakfast is served until 3pm on weekends, so you can even have a lie in too!

Open from: 7:30am, daily

The Diner, G/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2798 8219www.thediner.com.hk


Breakfast For Active Mornings

Be-Juiced

Acai Bowls are the order of the day for breakfast at Be–Juiced, taking our indecisiveness to new levels with its endless combinations. Choose from toppings such as banana, mango, strawberry, dragon fruit, granola, cacao nibs and bee pollen, or opt for savoury or sweet bagels.

Open from: 8am, Monday to Friday; 10am, Weekends

Be-Juiced, 45 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2668 6231www.bejuiced-hk.com


Supabowl

For a lighter grab-and-go breakfast before heading to the gym, Supabowl is the place to go. This little shop serves up delicious and colourful made-to-order acai bowls. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the superfood options here – just the thing if you need a healthy kick-start in the morning.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Supabowl (Central), Shop B, 41-43 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2608 9878 

Supabowl (Wan Chai), Shop A1, 4 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3565 4379www.supabowlhk.com


nood food

Much more than just a juice bar (a great one at that), nood is a healthy haven that’s great for a nutritious breakfast bite on the go, or to sit in and savour. Grab one of the many yogurt or chia porridge bowls, or for something with a bit more bite, the hot food counter offers endless Paleo dishes, along with responsibly-sourced meat and fish.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

nood foodvarious locations across Hong Kong, www.allnood.com


Breakfast For Social Mornings

Breakfast Hong Kong: APT Coffee

APT Coffee

Standing for “A Personal Tailor”, APT Coffee is great for a breakfast catch up. The menu here allows you to customise your order, with the seemingly simple concept of toast and coffee taken to new heights! Guests can choose their bread type and a number of toppings – with options including all types of eggs, smoked salmon, mushrooms, avocado and more.

Open from: 7:30am, daily (Central); 8am, daily (Wan Chai)

APT Coffee (Central), G/F, Shop C, 34 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3590 9629

APT Coffee (Wan Chai), Shop A&B, G/F, 2-12 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3619 4393, www.apt-coffee.com


Bing Kee

Make like the locals and start your day with a hearty bowl of noodle soup for breakfast. This neighbourhood dai pai dong is famous for its flavoursome pork noodle soup, with juicy, peppery pork, greens, noodles and a warming broth.

Open from: 7am, Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays)

Bing Kee, 5 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, Instagram: @bing_kee


Oolaa

Oolaa is an ideal spot for a weekend breakfast and catch up with friends. The extensive menu features everything from Healthy Brunch Bowls to Eggs Benny, Pancakes and even Breakfast Pizza, so you should be able to please everybody in your squad here!

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Oolaavarious locations across Hong Kong, www.oolaagroup.com


Rajasthan Rifles

With its weekend breakfast offerings, Rajasthan Rifles is giving us an extra reason to get out of bed in the morning! Work up an appetite with a bright and early walk around The Peak, before tucking into hearty Indian-inspired breakfast dishes like Rifles Rolls (tandoor-baked naan filled with the likes of bacon and honey, sausage and crushed peppercorns and more) and Keema Anda Pau (spicy mutton and scrambled eggs). Don’t forget to bring your furry friends who will appreciate the housemade dog treats!

Open from: 8:30am, Weekends (breakfast is served until 11am)

Rajasthan Rifles, Peak Galleria, Shop G01, G/F, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2388 8874, www.rajasthanrifles.com

Read more: The Best Indian Restaurants In Hong Kong


Tim Ho Wan

Crowned the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong, it’s totally worth braving the queues for a delicious dim sum breakfast at Tim Ho Wan. Even if your eyes are bigger than your stomach and you have to take the rest away, you’ll be shocked by how little the bill comes to. The BBQ Pork Buns are a must-order!

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Tim Ho Wanvarious locations across Hong Kong, www.timhowan.hk


Breakfast For Morning Meetings

Elephant Grounds

With its convenient locations, free wifi and plenty of charging outlets, Elephant Grounds stands as a worthy alternative to any co-working space – and it has better coffee. The handmade pastries and Asian-inspired comfort breakfast dishes are a great motivator to get moving through your to-do list.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

Elephant Grounds, various locations across Hong Kong, www.elephantgrounds.com


The Coffee Academics

With branches dotted all over Hong Kong, The Coffee Academics is a convenient pick to have on your radar for breakfast in Hong Kong. Add in the spacious interiors and decent brews, and it’s fantastic for getting some work done.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

The Coffee Academicsvarious locations across Hong Kong, www.the-coffeeacademics.com


The Cupping Room

We’ve raved about the Avocado On Toast here on many occasions, but you know it’s good if we keep going back! The coffee is also good at The Cupping Room – which is the obvious draw so early in the morning, but its selection of egg dishes doesn’t go a miss either. Hey, if you have to work you may as well get fed while you’re at it.

Open from: Opening hours vary between locations; head here for more info

The Cupping Roomvarious locations across Hong Kong, www.cuppingroom.hk


Mansons Lot

Looking for a quiet spot to get your head down and power through some emails (with a side of eggs)? Mansons’ weekday Brekky Sets range from loaded Artisan Toasts and filled Croissants, to full fry ups (with a vegetarian option too!), and come with your choice of fresh coffee or tea. The cosy interiors are perfect for getting a spot of work done outside the office!

Open from: 8am, daily

Mansons Lot, 15 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2362 1899, mansonslot.com.hk


Ollie’s Bar & Grill

Originally Kim & Co., Ollie’s Bar & Grill can be found on Hollywood Road so it’s a convenient spot for morning meetings as any. The downstairs seating area is open onto the street, but there is additional seating upstairs for larger groups, or if you want a more private setting. Offering a little bit of everything, the breakfast menu includes scrambled eggs and omelettes, as well as croissants, fruit bowls and pancakes.

Open from: 7am, daily

Ollie’s Bar & Grill, 151-155 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2811 8183, www.casteloconcepts.com


R&R Bagels

While the seating areas aren’t the biggest in any of the R&R Bagels outposts, the convenient locations make it a great pick for a working morning or catching up with colleagues over a coffee. A breakfast favourite of ours will always be the Maple Bacon & Egg – a mouth-watering mix of sweet smoky bacon (glazed with Noble Tonic No. 01 maple syrup), a runny egg and cream cheese.

Open from: 7:30am, Monday to Friday; 8:30am, Weekends

R&R Bagelsvarious locations across Hong Kong, www.randrbagels.com


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 23, January 2018 by Annie Simpson and was most recently updated in October, 2021 by Team Sassy.

Hero image courtesy of Little Cove Espresso via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Maison Eric Kayser via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Rise by Classified via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Baked via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Elementary via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of NINETY’s Coffee via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of @holidaymood.now, image 7 courtesy of Be-Juiced via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of APT Coffee via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of Elephant Grounds via Instagram.

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