Rise and Shine: These Are the Must-Brunch Spots to Hit Up in Metro Manila

Our criteria: early openings, swoon-worthy eats, 'Grammable interiors-and maybe cocktails.

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(SPOT.ph) Brunch isn’t just a meal. It’s a lifestyle. Oh yes, we said it. It involves getting up late, getting some well-deserved shut-eye in the process, dressing to the nines to feel good, and heading out to start your day with good company and⁠—who can forget⁠—hearty eats guaranteed to keep you fueled up until evening. In our book, there are only three requirements for an excellent brunch spot: said delicious eats, semi-early opening hours, and cozy, Instagrammable interiors. Of course, the place gets bonus points for offering the glorious possibility of having a cocktail before 11 a.m. without any raised eyebrows.

Also read: The Under-the-Radar Cafés Near Manila That Are Worth the Drive

Start your day right at these essential must-brunch spots across the Metro:

Jones All Day

Mr. Jones’ Filipino Breakfast from Jones All Day
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In the late aughts, a breakfast joint called Mr. Jones first made a splash in the local food scene by making diner food cool. Over a decade later, spiritual successor Jones All Day is out to do the same—now with stronger all-day breakfast game, served up in a breezy al-fresco setting perfect for vibing first thing in the morning. To start on a sweet note, try the fully-loaded Banana Pecan Protein Pancakes (P295)—or if you’re feeling nostalgic, you can order Mr. Jones’ Filipino Breakfast (P350), which lets you choose from the OG diner’s famous tapa, longganisa, and smoked bangus.

Jones All Day is at G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City.

Apero

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If you and your crew are looking for an escape from the hustle of the daily grind, you need not look further than Corinthian Hills where you’ll find a cheery neighborhood cafe that makes it too easy to forget the world for a while. Apero’s bright interiors are inviting, and so is the smell of freshly-baked bread and pastries wafting from the two-by-two meter brick oven. You could keep things simple with their killer Coffee Sourdough Croissant (P125) and coffee—but if you’re looking to go all out, there’s nothing quite like the luxurious combination of Apero’s Caviar & Eggs (P430) and Mimosa (P380).

Apero is at Corinthian Hills, Temple Drive, Quezon City.

Bungalow

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Perfect restaurants to grab brunch in.
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Molito is home to many no-fail restaurants—but if you have a sweet tooth, cafe and bakery Bungalow has no competition. Though it’s best known for its Ube Cheese Pandesal (P35/piece), zesty and spicy Carrot Cake (P270/slice, P2,700/whole), and impossibly airy fresh doughnuts. But you’d be missing out if you didn’t grab a table to relax in its light, breezy, resort-like interiors—especially if you skip ordering its Maple-Blueberry & Ricotta Pancakes (P480). And if you’re not a fan of avocado on toast, the aptly-named Lux on Avo-Toast (P480) may change your mind with its combination of buttery croissant bread, gravlax, ricotta-scrambled egg, and avocado.

Bungalow is at Molito Lifestyle Center, 1780 Madrigal Drive, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Antipodean

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The first thing you’ll notice walking into under-the-radar cafe Antipodean’s warm interiors is the huge handwritten menu spanning several meters of wall. Breakfast alone features plenty of brunch classics like Eggs Benedict (P440) and a wide assortment of bagels and French toast—but throws in culinary curveballs like the Nasi Goreng Big Breakfast (P440) and deep-fried Confritters with Streaky Bacon, Tomato, and Pesto (P434) to spice things up. All are best paired with the coffee Antipodean roasts itself. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the refreshing Savasana Lemon (P143), which combines espresso, lemon, mint, and coriander. Nothing, however, is stopping you from ordering a bottle of wine or a cocktail!

Antipodean is at 111 Paseo de Roxas, Legazpi Village, Makati City.

Santé by Zig and Meraki by Oh My Greek

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Thinking of breakfast, hefty pancake stacks and bacon and eggs platters are often the first thing to pop into our heads. And it’s exactly this image that two-in-one restaurant concept Santé by Zig and Meraki by Oh My Greek deliberately stray from, instead making a case for healthy eating that isn’t just nourishing, but also inventive. With a name literally meaning “health” in French, Santé' offers whimsical breakfasts like the Signature Mini Croissant Cereal (P340)—a bowl of toasted mini croissants and fresh strawberries, made even more fun with T2 Tea-infused Very Berry milk. Take a seat in the more industrial Meraki, and you’ll be met with flavor-packed brunch options true to its focus on Greek cuisine—the Smashed Avocado (P365) served on sourdough toast with halloumi cheese and poached eggs is a prime example.

Santé by Zig and Meraki by Oh My Greek are at MOA Square, Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

Kitchen by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL)

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Huge windows, high ceilings, minimalist decor: these are the first clues that this isn’t the CBTL you know. This resto-slash-café—which has an open kitchen concept at their Megamall branch—ventures beyond coffee and navigates its way deep into cravings territory, offering hearty eats to go with brews like, say, a rich Caramel Macchiato (P250). (Just for reference: we can confirm that there is wine available.) Start your day with a banger: the smokey, meaty Chorizo & Egg Skillet (P455)—or if you prefer to fuel up by way of sugar rush, the dangerously addicting Pancakes with Blueberries (P365) and its generous dollop of whipped cream are an excellent choice.

Kitchen by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has branches at G/F High Street South, 9th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City and at UG/L SM Megamall (outside Building B), EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

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Blackbird

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Perfect restaurants to grab brunch in.
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If your mental image of Blackbird is of anniversary nights and celebration dinners with guests dressed to the nines, then you may not know that it opens before noon—let alone serves brunch. The aviation-themed restaurant and its beautiful white interiors glow in the morning sunshine, and the weekend brunch menu keeps things simple with only five items, but deftly elevates each with high-quality ingredients. Take, for example, the gorgeous play of textures in the Mushroom, Parmesan and Truffle Souffle Omelette with Toasted Sourdough (P680). If you want to take things up a notch, a bubbly, peachy Bellini (P460) is just an order away.

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Blackbird is at Nielson Tower, 6752 Makati Avenue, Makati City.

Caravan Black

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Perfect restaurants to grab brunch in.
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If your next brunch date is a convergence of coffee lovers, then Caravan Black is a no-brainer. Walk in, and you’re instantly greeted by floor-to-ceiling windows and the scent of hand-crafted coffee you can have made via V60 or Aeropress. Their Flat White (P155) and Cold Blonde (P165/14oz, P180/16oz) go well with house-made pastries like the sweet Orange Sticky Bun. But if you seek something heavier, try the Barista’s Breakfast (P385), a plate of fluffy pancakes, bacon, and creamy eggs, which you can (pro tip:) actually upgrade to add blueberry compote. (Bonus: Caravan Black is one spot where you and your friends can bring your furbabies along!)

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Caravan Black is at 7 NEO, 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

The Black Bean

Perfect restaurants to grab brunch in.
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Perfect restaurants to grab brunch in.
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Not all coffee culture is made equal—and if you’ve ever been to Australia, you’ll know that few places take their brews as seriously. And taking inspiration from it, The Black Bean means business when it says it wants to serve you one heck of a cup. Grab a table in its IG-worthy industrial interiors and order yourself their one-of-a-kind Meringue Cappuccino (P190), topped with a torched Italian meringue that melts slowly and sweetly into the coffee. Once you’ve got caffeine in you, it’s time to dig into their all-day breakfast menu—which includes their own take on Beef Pares (P350) and a Tropical French Toast topped with creamy zabaglione and slices of kiwi and strawberry.

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The Black Bean is at 2/F Eton WestEnd Mall, Chino Roces corner Malugay and Yakal Streets, Makati City and ServeQuest OneEighty, 180 J. Elizalde corner Concha Cruz Drive, BF Homes, Parañaque City.

Mirèio

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Perfect restaurants to grab brunch in.
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Named after the main female character of a Frederic Mistral poem, brasserie Mirèio doesn’t hide its inspiration from sunny Southern France, with everything from the gleaming Art Deco interiors and idyllic paintings of countryside life taking you there the moment you step in. This isn’t even to mention the Provençal-inspired cuisine it champions. You can have a taste with their signature Sunday Brunch Society Set (P1,850), which comes with no fewer than nine appetizers and seven desserts to go with your main course of choice—be it the Mirèio Eggs Benedict served with smoked forest ham, or the Black Angus Burger with truffle mayonnaise and Gruyere!

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Mireio is at Raffles Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati City.

Wildflour

Perfect restaurants to grab brunch in.
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Perfect restaurants to grab brunch in.
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No list of early-start spots is complete without Wildflour, which practically invented brunch culture in Metro Manila. Its bread and butter (pun intended) has always been whatever comes out of its ovens. This includes freshly-baked breads and pastries, as well as excellent takes on brunch classics like their hearty Croque Madame (P530) and crispy Fried Chicken and Waffles (P705). You could pair these with your usual coffee, but there’s no judgment here: breakfast cocktails like Mimosas (P420) and Strawberry Bellinis (P420) are highlighted in their drinks menu. True to its inspiration from homey city bakeries, they make this clear: you are welcome here.

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See a list of Wildflour branches.

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