10 Best Hong Kong Breakfasts: It's the Best Meal of the Day

To say that Hong Kong is keen on eating would be the understatement of the millennium. So where does breakfast fit in? Traditionally, and from a Chinese point of view, it's not so much a time to ingest large amounts of food as an opportunity to meet friends and associates, chat and swap a few tidbits of information, browse the newspapers (whether dead-tree or LCD) and take stock generally, with a dim sum restaurant like Luk Yu being an ideal spot.

For anyone with a bit more of an appetite, somewhere like Cafe Too is irresistible. It's not so much the vast array that's laid out on the buffet with more than a little artistry, as the chefs at work frying, boiling, chopping and generally cooking up a storm just feet away from the dining tables that make this such an exciting place to break fast. Note that all the main hotels in Hong Kong run a pretty sensational breakfast buffet.

Alternatively, it's fun to duck into somewhere like Classified, where the other customers will mainly be in suits if it's a weekday; and while it bills itself as a cheese room, there's plenty of items like home-made muesli and scrambled eggs on sourdough toast: plus a Bloody Mary if the occasion warrants.



Photo courtesy of Wagyu


There are some people for whom the words "thick and juicy eight ounce sirloin with two eggs (any style), home fried potatoes, herb fried tomatoes and toast" won't set their taste buds tingling. But for everyone else, Wagyu is breakfast heaven....  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
Photo courtesy of Delaney's


Ireland's colonized the world with its pubs, serving up good cheer as well as good food and drink. Delaney's has been going in Hong Kong for the best part of two decades (there is another branch in Pok Fu Lam) and its popularity is as much down...  Read More



Don't be confused by the fact that celebrity chef Gray Kunz's name is attached to this upper crust hangout that morphs from breakfast room to lunch spot to smart dinner venue to late night drinkery as the day wares on. Don't come here expecting...  Read More

The Flying Pan
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Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Eggs Maharajah, Eggs Oscar, Eggs Norwegian, Eggs Nantucket ... you get the idea. Just about every breakfast combo is up for grabs here, in significant portions in relaxing surrounds. They serve alcohol, there's a...  Read More

Passion by Gerard Dubois
Photo courtesy of Passion by Gerard Dubois


If you like all things bread, you'll fall passionately in love with Monsieur Dubois' products. If you're not so keen, try walking in here first thing in the morning and then letting your nostrils do the talking. There is an absolutely fabulous...  Read More

The Verandah
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The Peninsula, aka The Pen, is the oldest hotel in Hong Kong. There may be newer, bigger, more spiffy hotels in the city, but this is the most venerable, and The Verandah is one of its principal restaurants and quite the most gracious place to...  Read More

Classified Cheese Room
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Classified – part of a chain that has rapidly spread across the city – is a Hong Kong success story. Founded by three friends who had studied abroad and reckoned that their native HK needed a slightly more sophisticated yet casual sort of...  Read More

cafe TOO
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Hotel buffets have gotten a bad reputation over the years, one that is largely deserved. At the Island Shangri-La, Cafe TOO is an exception, however. Skilled chefs at seven cooking stations prepare food to order so things don't linger too long...  Read More

Mandarin Grill
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A perennial winner on Hong Kong's dining scene, the Mandarin Grill exudes sophisticated ambiance, with decor by designer Sir Terence Conran. At breakfast, expect a certain elegance along with instant acknowledgement of what you like to eat first...  Read More

Luk Yu Teahouse
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board


Luk Yu has the distinction of being Hong Kong's oldest still-operating tea house. It opened back in 1933, and not much about the place has changed since. The setting is still charming, with ceiling fans, wooden booths, marble tabletops, wood...  Read More


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