Hong Kong’s 10 Best Brunches: Sunday Morning in the City That Never Sleeps
Hong Kong is often described as a city that never sleeps. But when it wakes up on Sunday morning, it offers countless brunch options throughout Kowloon and the island. From brunching on the 108th floor to free-flowing Veuve Clicquot, these are Hong Kong’s best spots to get a late, lazy breakfast.
The Lobby at The Peninsula
The iconic Hong Kong institution that is The Peninsula does brunch like no other. It’s less about the food and all about Hong Kong’s colonial past at this stunning establishment: as the inspiration and set for various films since its construction in the 1920s, The Lobby’s neo-classical archways have become synonymous with luxury and fine dining here in Hong Kong. Deluxe brunch served with the local classic eggs benedict is best enjoyed with a glass of champagne.
The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2920 2888
View 62 by Paco Roncero
As the only revolving restaurant in Hong Kong, Paco Roncero’s View 62 claims to ‘elevate your senses’. Not only are your taste buds to be treated by this Spanish chef boasting 2 Michelin stars, but your fear induced in the private glass lift that whisks clients to the 62nd floor of a skyscraper, providing unparalleled views over the island. As one of the most esteemed chefs from Spain, Roncero provides diners with avant-garde fare; his specialty tapas pushes the focus from quantity to quality, with every bite promising to be a ‘sensory experience’.
208 Duecento Otto
Bringing a touch of the intimate New York community vibe to the promising neighbourhood of Sheung Wan. Under the keen culinary eye of Chef Alan Marchetti, 208 Duecento Otto continues to delight diners with its authentic interpretation of Italian cuisine inspired by the great kitchens of Rome. Similarly to many establishments in the Meat Packing District of New York, the venue has undergone a process of gentrification, formerly living life as a meat storage warehouse. This winning formula is complemented by an interior consisting of clean lines, steel, and marble, masterminded by the design team at Autoban; it’s no surprise, then, that 208 spurred surrounding businesses and eateries to also up their style stakes. The brunch menu here offers all the usual classics with an Italian twist, so don’t be surprised to see eggs florentine served on focaccia.
208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2549 0208
Lily and Bloom
Once described as ‘the crème de la crème of Hong Kong’s culinary scene’ by Time Out, Lily & Bloom does brunch their way. The most unique brunching experience in the city is accredited to Lily & Bloom for its innovative deli-esque brunch and Omelette Station concept. You can even pick your own eggs from the egg basket and hand them directly to the chef who will cook up your omelette of choice in front of your very eyes. The dark wood and lofty Upper East Side ambience at Lily & Bloom has even won it the award for Best Décor at the Hong Kong Foodie Awards.
As one of the most raved about restaurants in Hong Kong, Zuma is critically acclaimed worldwide with restaurants from London to Miami. Housed in The Landmark building, home to some of the most expensive design houses in the city, Zuma sprawls over the 5th and 6th floor, enveloped by a tranquil Japanese garden and terrace. To minimise waiting time and optimise choice, the Japanese buffet at Zuma runs the entire length of the restaurant. Its unique izakaya style of ‘sharing’ dining, free-flow Veuve Clicquot, and signature premium sashimi mean it’s never far from the top of the list of the best brunches in Hong Kong.
Zuma, Landmark F/5-6, 15 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3657 6388
If you like your eggs with a view then this is the brunch for you. Claiming the much-coveted accolade of the highest brunch (and bar) in the world, OZONE oozes style and excitement from the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Aptly named the Skyline Sunday Brunch, this isn’t the kind of brunch to tide you over until your main meal of the day. With four courses including appetisers, soup, a main course and a dessert, brunch at OZONE epitomises this gastronomically obsessed city. Choose from a mix of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Western dishes, including sashimi appetizers, udon noodles, and Indian butter chicken.
After acquisition by the Urban Renewal Authority of Hong Kong, this four-storey former colonial pawnshop was restored to its original splendour. The interior of The Pawn was designed by local artist Stanley Wong and manages to retain many original features whilst continuing to exude a fresh and contemporary vibe. Wong’s vision for an ‘adult playground’ came into fruition with a semi-covered rooftop-cum-botanical garden, serving cocktails with a view over the bustling Wan Chai and Admiralty districts. Brunch at The Pawn is offered under various headings: eggs, pastries (including the popular English crumpets), cereal and fruit, and roasts.
A firm favourite housed in a crisp, white space in the SoHo district of the city, the Brunch Club does just what it says on the tin. Traditional dishes are what keeps the venue on the gastro radar; their simple yet succulent mixed grill and scrambled eggs are guaranteed to please the palate of even the most exacting of brunch goers. The extensive magazine collection, both complimentary and available to buy, gives the Brunch Club its cosy vibe and its identity as an intellectuals’ café. The secret garden through the back of the restaurant provides alfresco dining in a city where space is not just a premium but almost non-existent, and has won the venue numerous reader’s choice awards from all manner of local publications.
Although Kowloon gets very little recognition on the Hong Kong brunch scene, The Alchemist should not be overlooked by those serious about brunching out their culinary experience of Hong Kong. Primarily a couch surfer and traveller’s café bistro, this alternative may the iconicity of many of the classic brunches; however, what The Alchemist lacks in grandeur it makes up for in originality. Find postcards and other travel memorabilia wedged under the glass tabletops, and even a small library of travel guides for your perusal. The most unique aspect of The Alchemist are its weekly Saturday lectures held by couch surfers for fellow travelers to share experiences and meet like-minded people. Be sure to try the Alchemist’s take on an English breakfast with paella-esque fried rice.
The Alchemist, Shop 1, G/F, Ka On Building, 27-29 Poplar Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2779 0559
The eco-friendly movement has finally reached Hong Kong in the form of ‘alternative fast slow food’. MANA! is not only organic in its food but natural and sustainable as a concept. This place has morals aplenty and prides itself on using only recycled materials, from its packaging to the building itself. Its signature brick oven-baked ‘flats’ are available all day long, with an extensive selection of toppings, for a leisurely laissez-faire brunch. The MANA! mantra of sustainability is also realised in their ‘Free Water For All’ policy which provides customers, and members of the general public alike, with free and filtered drinking water.
MANA!, 92 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2851 1611
By Hannah Rose Symons