Stack ’em high!
We’re constantly reminded that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, so we’re ready to give our morning a little upgrade. From light, airy crêpes, to the thick fluffy Japanese cakes constantly trending on IG, we’ve tasted our way through the best pancakes in Hong Kong. These sweet, buttery concoctions are literally freshly-made cakes that we’re allowed to eat first thing in the morning – what’s not to like? Whether you’re after hotcakes, crepes, galettes or the soufflé variety, these pancake places are worth exploring with your family.
We love this child-friendly cafe and we can’t get enough of its buttermilk pancakes that come with homemade caramel butter, Aunt Jemima’s maple syrup and freshly whipped cream. Yum! Take along your pooch to the branches where dogs are welcome out and have a fun family day out (just make sure to get there early on Sundays and public holidays!).
Take the pancake craving up a notch at the Brunch Club (only at Central, as the Causeway Bay branch doesn’t currently offer pancakes). This place serves pancakes, waffles, doughnuts or crepes with a variety of topping options. We love taking the kids here and the lovely outdoor patio area makes for the perfect setting for a small party.
Brunch Club, GF, 70 Peel Street, SOHO, Central, Hong Kong, www.brunch-club.org
Always a winner with the kids (and very friendly for babies and nursing mums), Oolaa is perfect for a relaxed Sunday morning breakfast or brunch. The Pancake Stack with three buttermilk pancakes is available at all three of its branches. These are freshly chopped strawberries, strawberry compote and vanilla ice cream. Strawberries and cream – definitely the dream!
La Crêperie offers healthy, gluten-free savoury buckwheat galettes, and a large selection of sweet crêpes. Besides the savoury crepes, we’d always recommend upgrading to get a dessert crepe too – the salted caramel is homemade and heavenly. With a relaxed atmosphere and accommodating staff, this spot is an ideal place for a casual business lunch, a team meeting and of course, the perfect spot to take the kids on a weekend.
Looking for a full American diner experience? The Flying Pan is a 24-hour stop for all things breakfast. Think: fluffy and filling traditional American pancakes, topped with a hearty dollop of butter and a generous dose of maple syrup. Bacon, hash browns and eggs are suggested sides! The portions are well-sized, so prepare to share.
Brick Lane’s pancakes are served at the table in a hot skillet, making sure you have the freshest flavours. Whether you’re after the Smoked Salmon with guacamole and sour cream, or leaning towards the Truffle Mushroom and Chicken – it’s set to satisfy your craving. There are delicious sweet pancakes too that the kids will gobble up in no time!
Mid-levels mamas love this restaurant with branches in Central and Sai Ying Pun. Though there is nothing complicated about the dish, we love the homemade pancakes served with maple syrup and vanilla ice cream. Naturally, the kids will want to add on strawberries, blueberries and Nutella!
Ollies Bar & Grill, G/F & 1/F, 151-155 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2811 8183, [email protected], www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/ollies-bar-amp-grill
This is another kid-friendly restaurant that serves awesome hotcakes. These buttermilk beauties are served with fresh fruits (banana or blueberries), maple syrup and vanilla ice cream.
Pan de Pain
This is a Japanese-style pancake speciality cafe, serving sweet and savoury pancakes. The most popular dish is a nod to French cooking (hence the name!) – fluffy soufflé pancakes. These are available from 1pm on weekdays and 12pm on weekends and holidays (not quite breakfast but they are worth the wait!). The cafe has a good range of drinks, from coffee for the parents to delicious shakes for the kids and is a family-favourite for brunch.
This casual all-day dining restaurant serves a variety of dessert-inspired pancakes. With countless decadent options to choose from, this is a spot you’re guaranteed to head back to over and over again. We love the sound of the extravagant Tiramisu on Pancakes and the summery Mango and Coconut Pancakes.
A Happy Pancake
Here’s another one for those who love Japanese pancakes. Opt for the soufflé pancakes topped with fruits or homemade granola. These are delicious and sure to get the kids’ approval!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2017 by Manishka Daryanani, updated in February 2018, and then with a further update in February 2021.