Boasting unconventional customs, people in Guangzhou have reinterpreted the traditional brunch. From artisan cookies, world-class Italian dishes, and traditional Cantonese dim sums, to handmade Burgundy-inspired bread and signature carbonara pasta, brunch in Guangzhou is a varied affair. Here are the best brunch spots the city has to offer.
If you love cats and photography, Naxiaomiao Coffee Shop is hard to beat. With a sky-blue-painted facade, a white fence and red windows, this little coffee shop conjures images of the Mediterranean Sea coupled with Xiamen style. This brunch hotspot features souvenirs from all over the world, including glass teapots, old cruiser decorations, vintage bus models, and gaily decorated flower basket. Apart from serving ordinary coffee, the distinctive house coffee blend and the soda mixed with fresh fruits are the signature drinks at Naxiaomiao.
Ricci Creative Eats has an inviting and homely dining atmosphere with Continental features. On the horticultural-themed upper floor of Ricci, wooden tables are decorated with little pots, peeping out foliage, and the furniture exudes metallic industrial ambiance. The beverages at Ricci have blended Chinese flavors with European elements: it has taken Guangzhou by storm with its unique yet innovative coffee recipe, Sichuan spicy mocha. With a perfect balance between the chocolate flavor and pungent taste, the mocha has a frothy cream that tastes marvelous.
Retreat to an oasis of sumptuous culinary indulgence and enjoy a weekend brunch at the tallest luxury hotel in Guangzhou, the Four Seasons Hotel. Pampering guests with a panoramic view of the cityscape from the 72th floor, Caffe Mondo feasts your eyes on views of high-rise buildings and world-class casinos. Mondo also features a Sunday brunch buffet with a wide selection of gourmet cuisine. Over 60 choices of Italian delicacies are served, with signature dishes ranging from Rome-inspired roasted suckling pig porchetta, to red prawn on ice and salt crusted sea bass.
Perma Shop was opened by the French-born baker Xiao Ma and his wife Agnes. Every day at 7.30am, Xiao Ma is absorbed in kneading dough fermented with yeast and baking Burgundy-inspired breads, while by 4pm nearly all the gourmet breads will have been snapped up. The signature bread is ‘The Spring’, made of medlar, wormwood, brown sugar, and raisins from Xinjiang. For brunch, it’s perfect to have a lemon ginger tea with a sweet and fruity flavor, and apple pies that are fresh out of the oven.
Opened during the Qing Dynasty, Tao Tao Ju is a Cantonese-style tea house serving authentic Chinese brunch. The rooftop of the building is furnished with a hexagonal pavilion, while the interior is decorated with calligraphy by celebrities and poetic couplet. Their signature dim sums include chestnut cakes, custard buns, white radish and beef offal, and porridge with thin sliced pork and preserved eggs.
Located in Tianhe city in Guangzhou, Bocca Cafe is an exquisite venue offering distinctive coffees. Furnished in a modern yet cosy style, its homemade pasta is a legendary best-selling dish. The famous carbonara chicken pasta is wrapped up with cheese that produces a chewy texture with the spicy flavor of black pepper and the rich odor of chicken gravy.
Serving authentic British all day breakfasts, the menu at Covent Garden features signature omelette, salmon cheese sandwiches, mango salad with shrimps, and matcha chocolate cheesecake. Located in a courtyard garden of Zhujiang city, the simple and classy brown façade embodies the standard British street bar style. Don’t be confused by the red London antique telephone at the check-out counter, it’s actually a cash register. The walls are decorated with British signboards and road signs and with three sides of floor-to-ceiling windows, you can take time to enjoy the sights around the buzzing commercial street.
Wilber’s brims vintage charm and the aroma of its delicacies and fresh flowers. The lyrics sung by the American singer Barbra Streisand are carved on the walls inside. For brunch, try the avocado crab eggs benedict.
Enjoy a French champagne brunch at Sofitel 2 on 988 Cafe inside the luxury SofitelHotel. The brunch includes Asian dishes and a Western menu with authentic flavor, while the highlight is the French-inspired classic dishes. At the open kitchens you’ll see chefs busy preparing ingredients imported from France. The lobster, French-style meat pâté and caviar come highly recommended.
At Deli & Leisure a wide selection of tea, cakes and desserts provides an ideal brunch option. This wooden-furnished tea hut has a homely and relaxed ambiance. Deli’s three layer dessert tower is remarkable; it consists of sandwiches stuffed with ham, cheese, and beef at the bottom, an English scone in the middle and a mini cheesecake at the top.