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.
Jardí de Ses Bruixes
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.
Pipet & Co
Restaurant, European, Spanish, $$$
It’s been claimed that Pipet & Co do the best eggs in Menorca, and it’s certainly fair to say their breakfast options are excellent. Eggs are indeed poached to perfection, their numerous variations of avocado on toast are fantastic and the pastries, coffees and juices are very good. Top it all off with attractive interiors, friendly and relaxed service, and a handful of tables outside, and you are nearing cafe perfection. If you’re in Mahón and you’re craving a low-key but delicious breakfast then this is the place to go.
Cafe, Mediterranean, Fast Food, European, $$$
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.
Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, Mediterranean, $$$
Bakery, Pastries, $$$
serves great coffee and freshly-squeezed orange juice, sandwiches, ham and cheese croissants, and a huge array of pastries. It’s a lovely local bakery in the heart of Mahón’s old town, so a perfect place for a quick caffeine fix and a traditional ensaimada
(swirl-shaped local pastry) before a wander around the city.
Bar, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
This is an excellent traditional bar in Ciutadella offering breakfast both inside and alfresco. Try a local-style breakfast mini baguette with the surprisingly delicious sobrassada (traditional spreadable and slightly spicy sausage) or ham and cheese, or one of their excellent sweet pastries. For something more everyday with your coffee and fresh juice, they also do simple buttered toast, or you can pretend it’s not morning at all and skip straight to beer and tapas.
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Mediterranean, European, $$$
If you can’t live without your morning fry-up, White’s Bar
in Arenal d’en Castell
is a laid-back, beachfront restaurant offering the full range of cooked breakfasts. From the Full English, to scrambled eggs and bacon on toast, sausages and onions, beans on toast, or ham and cheese toasties, there is enough on the menu to ensure you won’t go hungry. For those who do want something a little more local there are some Spanish options too.