Breakfast on the island of Menorca is mostly a relaxed affair, often involving sitting outside just watching the world go by from a pavement cafe. It usually consists of coffee, freshly-squeezed orange juice, and a pastry, but don’t fret if a croissant just isn’t enough – there are plenty of places offering something more substantial. Whatever kind of morning meal you’re looking for, here are our recommendations for the best eateries to help you kick-start your day on the island.
Breakfast at the Jardí de Ses Bruixes boutique hotel in the centre of Mahón, is something worth lingering over. Served in the picturesque internal courtyard of the 18th-century townhouse, the menu consists of fresh fruit, homemade bread and jams, eggs cooked to order, cheeses and ham, smoked salmon, fresh squeezed juices, and plenty of tea and coffee. Pretty plantlife, a relaxed atmosphere, and excellent service, make for an incredibly calm and peaceful start to the day. Open to the public, breakfast is served until 12.30pm and on Sundays they offer a special brunch menu. If by some miracle you are still hungry after breakfast, their homemade cakes are sublime.
Meal service:Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Piqniq, in the picturesque port town of Ciutadella, is small, bright, and contemporary, and serves an excellent range of freshly prepared healthy food. Seating is limited, and a huge chunk of their business is take-away, but their food (and packaging) is well suited to eating alfresco on a park bench or wherever takes your fancy. They do a great range of juices and smoothies, yoghurt bowls with fruit and nuts, granola, and delicious pastries and cakes. The only downside is that they don’t open until 10am, so if you’re an early riser it’s probably not the place for you.
Meal service:Brunch, Lunch
Located next to the main port in the island’s capital, breakfast at Café Baixamar is accompanied by some wonderfully quirky interiors. Originally a grain warehouse, the cafe opened in 1980 as the first of its kind in the area, and is stuffed full of interesting architectural touches such as roof beams made from masts and pillars from street lamps. Enjoy their excellent guacamole on toast with a coffee or freshly made smoothie, but don’t forget to take a peep upstairs at their small theatre with pretty coloured-glass lamps and walls lined with hand-painted tiles depicting Greek mythology.