It’s time to up your morning game.
Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day and, although it’s a tried and tested method, there are times when running to the nearest Starbucks and grabbing a latte just won’t cut it. Luckily, whether your kids are early risers or fans of sleeping in, there are plenty of family-friendly spots to check out across the city. With everything from Western comfort food to Japanese soufflé pancakes on offer, the options to tempt your tastebuds are almost endless.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Crystal Lau on 29, September 2017 and updated by Izzy Baehr on 27, March 2019
With six beautifully designed locations across Hong Kong island, NOC Coffee Co. caters to coffee addicts and design lovers alike. Each serves house-roasted speciality coffees, which are guaranteed to perk you up at any time of the day. The Roastery in Sai Ying Pun also has a full brunch menu that’s getting great reviews, while its Gough Street outlet serves a smaller menu of favourites (including Acai and Buddha bowls). If you’ve got kids in tow, we recommend heading to the SYP location, which has just introduced two “secret” delicious and healthy items for your little ones – a Babyccino (coffee-free of course!) and Avo tinyToast. But make sure you remember to request them when placing your order, as you won’t find these options on the menu!
Mention Sassy Mama when paying for your adult brunch and coffee items, and the secret menu picks will be free for your kids (until Tuesday, 30 April 2019!).
We love that at The Flying Pan it’s breakfast all day, every day. This iconic Hong Kong breakfast restaurant is open 24/7, so if the kids are asking for pancakes for dinner, this is where to go. With omelettes, French toast and bottomless coffee, it’s sure to keep you coming back for more. The whole family will love the old school vibe, which makes you feel like you’ve been transported to an American diner.
The Flying Pan, G/F, 9 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2140 6333
The Flying Pan, 1F/L David House, 37-39 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2528 9997, www.the-flying-pan.com
Looking for a place to bring the entire family on Sunday morning? Make a stop at The Diner in Central. The a-la-carte options (including eggs Florentine and a breakfast burrito) and the kids’ menu will leave everyone feeling full and content. Your little ones are sure to love the back end of a real 1958 Cadillac automobile that has been turned into a couch – it makes for the perfect backdrop for photos. Open from 7:30am on weekends, it’s a good option for early risers who want to grab breakfast before it starts getting crowded.
The Diner, G/F Shiu King Court, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2798 8219, www.thediner.com.hk
Bring your furry friend and catch some rays in the outdoor garden at Brunch Club‘s Peel Street location. The homemade bread and desserts from Marie’s Bakery here are truly something to write home about. For a more filling meal, opt for the waffles or choose from one of its many Eggs Benedict options (from $78), washed down with a cup of gourmet coffee or a fresh juice. Opening hours vary by location.
Brunch Club, G/F, 70 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2526 8861
Few restaurants cater better to families than Oolaa. Complete with a baby changing station, high chairs and a great kids’ menu, dining here with little ones is an absolute breeze. Kick back and relax on the comfy sofas in the lounge area and treat yourself to a well-earned mimosa while your kids slurp down a smoothie. Oolaa is open daily from 7am.
Classified guarantees quality food and a relaxing ambience, making it a great bet for a healthy breakfast with the kids. While the eggs benedict ($115) is a must-order, we also love its nutritious and delicious smoothies. Served in a mason jar, they contain gourmet grass-fed whey protein, which promises to give you an energy boost. Opening hours vary by location, so make sure to double check before you head out.
Mr Wolf is conveniently located in the heart of Central. The kids will love its delicious wolf cub-sized pancakes ($50), as well as being given the opportunity to colour in. If you have an early start, its nutritious breakfast bowl ($130) will set you up for the day. It comes with poached eggs, avocado, halloumi, quinoa, kale and hummus. Breakfast is served from 7am to 12pm on weekdays and from 7am to 4pm at weekends.
We love this coffee shop! It buys its amazing beans from farms around the world which have ethical growing practices. It roasts its coffee according to season and takes into account harvests around the world, so you’ll get the opportunity to try new flavours throughout the year. Head to the Poho branch for a relaxed vibe, great coffee and delicious food. Try out the coconut chia seed pudding (with a roselle tea-poached apple) while the kids dig into the French toast. Cupping Room is open every day from 9am to 5pm.
Cupping Room, Shop 8, Silver Jubilee Mansion, 62-72 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 3705 0208, www.cuppingroom.hk
This Japanese restaurant is sure to be a hit with the kids. Try to get a table facing the kitchen so the kids can watch the chefs make the huge soufflé pancakes. Picky eaters can opt for the plain version, while more adventurous foodies should try out the pancakes with milk tea sauce and granola. If you’re craving something savoury, opt for one of its meal sets, which also come with a fluffy omelette. Make sure to get to A Happy Pancake before opening at 10:30am to avoid the long queues that can form throughout the day.
A Happy Pancake, 2/F, Lee Garden Three, Shop 203-205, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2338 4315, www.ahappypancake.hk
We love the atmosphere at Zak’s, so it’s well worth getting the family out of the house and heading to Discovery Bay. If you’ve come with an appetite, the potato and chorizo skillet bake ($95) is a suitably hearty breakfast. Or if you fancy something lighter, the smashed avocado ($110) is equally delicious. Kids can choose from eggs, pancakes or fruit to start their day. There’s also a great play area for them outside! If you need more convincing, the ocean views should do the trick. Breakfast is served daily from 8am to 11:30am.
Zak’s, Shop 98, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2987 6232, www.casteloconcepts.com
Kids are more than welcome at this Kennedy Town brewery, so Little Creatures will be a hit with breakfast lovers and beer lovers alike. Try out the sourdough toast with vegemite ($40) or a delicious breakfast pizza ($125). And while you’re there, sample the Little Creatures Pale Ale or one of its other classic brews. Breakfast is served from 9am to 11:30am on weekdays and from 8am to 4pm on weekends and public holidays.
This American eatery is sure to be a hit with the kids. Green Waffle Diner serves up ultimate comfort food dishes, with an emphasis on waffles (which can be made gluten-free). We love the dark chocolate chip waffle with chocolate sauce, that you can pair with your choice of ice cream. For those who prefer savoury, try out the eggs benny or a breakfast skillet. If you’re hoping to keep it healthy, opt for the spirulina smoothie bowl ($98). Opening hours vary based on location.
Green Waffle Diner, various locations across Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Green-Waffle-Diner
It’s hard to go wrong with High Street Grill. This cosy spot has great décor and indoor heating (for those chillier days), making it the perfect place to kick back and relax. We love that there are lots of unique items on the menu, including pumpkin smash on sourdough toast ($128) and goat cheese scrambled eggs with pesto sauce ($128). The friendly service is also a bonus, especially when bringing kids.
Le Pain Quotidien stays true to its name (which means The Daily Bread), with its delicious array of bakery items including croissants, pain au chocolat and scones. For something more substantial, sample its smoked salmon breakfast or the farmer’s breakfast. It would be a crime not to try the Belgian waffles, too – it is a Belgian café, after all! The kids can wash their breakfast down with a hot chocolate while you take your time over a coffee.
Le Pain Quotidien, various locations across Hong Kong, www.lepainquotidien.com/hk
Featured image courtesy of Realmac Dan via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of NOC Coffee Co., image 2 courtesy of The Flying Pan via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of The Diner via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Brunch Club via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of Oolaa via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Classified via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of Mr Wolf via Facebook, image 8 courtesy of Cupping Room via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of A Happy Pancake via Facebook, image 10 courtesy of Zak’s via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of Little Creatures via Facebook, image 12 courtesy of Green Waffle Diner via Facebook, image 13 courtesy of High Street Grill via Facebook, image 14 courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien via Facebook