(SPOT.ph) It might take all of you to think of a better and more soul-warming meal than breakfast. After all, it is the most important meal of the day—and perhaps one of the few things that can motivate you to wake up at seven in the morning. If the glorious smell of bacon can’t get you leaping out of bed, we honestly don’t know what will.
Sourdough pan de sal at Panaderya Toyo
Eggs Benedict at Apartment 1B
Before breakfast and brunch even became a thing in the Metro, Makati was already serving up noteworthy morning munchies left and right. You’ve got Apartment 1B, which serves one of the best eggs benedicts in Manila. Wildflour Café + Bakery is a no-brainer, with their long and inviting table of oven-fresh breads and pastries, while newest-kid-on-the-block Panaderya Toyo seems to have mastered the art of making the perfect pan de sal.
The Early Bird Full English at Early Bird Breakfast Club
Early Bird Breakfast Club and Goto Monster, on the other hand, offer some tasty Pinoy breakfasts—from lemon-butter bangsilog and bacon chicharon to bagnet lugaw—each with their own unique twists.
Bacon and Potato Omelette at La Mère Poulard
Bonifacio Global City and Uptown Bonifacio are strong contenders when it comes to breakfast essentials. If you’re looking for the fluffiest omelettes in the Metro, head over to La Mère Poulard—their special bacon and potato omelette makes for a mind-blowing power breakfast. Just a few steps away is Providore, a Western-Filipino diner that has all your brunch hankerings in one place, like a simple avocado toast or an over-the-top longganisa platter.
Breakfast Burger at Little Flour Café
Wildflour Café + Bakery’s younger sibling, Little Flour Café, serves a mix of old-time Wildflour favorites and new breakfast eats exclusive to the new brunch joint.
B.A.D. Late Night Breakfast Bar
B.A.D. Arroz Caldo
For a classic American breakfast, serving size and all, Denny’s is the way to go. But if toasties and pancakes with unlimited syrup aren’t up your alley, you can always try B.A.D. Late Night Breakfast Bar for your fill of amped-up -silogs and arroz caldo, which can cure any kind of hangover.
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at Stockwell Café + Lounge
Admit it: Finding breakfast food in Quezon City can be a massive headache—with all the choices available, you just don’t know where to begin! Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you and grouped them between the two most popular foodie destinations in the city: Tomas Morato and Teachers Village, specifically Maginhawa Street.
Coffee-shop campers are a usual sight at Stockwell Café + Lounge, but who can blame them? Besides specialty coffee, they also offer yummy sandwiches and sausage rice meals that can be great additions to your sleepy mornings. Kanto Freestyle Breakfast will be anyone’s go-to when it comes down to worthwhile budget-friendly -silogs in Tomas Morato, while Maginhawa also has its fair share of tried-and-tested gems.
Flavored pancakes at Ally's All-Day Breakfast
Tag your friends to Pi Breakfast and Pies, a Teachers Village institution, and order their signature caramelized Spam bowl, with kimchi, pesto dressing, and a perfectly runny five-minute egg. Ally’s All-Day Breakfast likewise scores high among breakfast lovers for their big breakfast plates that won’t leave a hole in your pocket.
75 Lilac Café + Kitchen
Drive farther east and you’ll be surprised to know that Marikina is an underrated city for amazing breakfasts. Waffle aficionados shouldn’t miss Rustic Mornings by Isabelo, a homey and hidden garden-themed restaurant just a few minutes away from the city center, while 75 Lilac Café + Kitchen is a dreamy escape that serves a lip-smacking chori burger as well as pillow-soft pancakes.
Ube Champorado at Flossom Kitchen + Café
Latte at Bluesmith Coffee
Pasig and San Juan aren’t also short of good breakfast joints. You’ll find the IG-famous purple champorado at Flossom Kitchen + Café while Bluesmith Coffee at Ayala Malls The 30th has a spot-on Wagyu burger steak with egg that’s pleasantly reminiscent of a fast-food chain’s classic rice meal.
Big Breakfast Platter at Another Story
Other top-in-mind areas for great breakfast options are Alabang and Parañaque. Here, you’ve got Exchange Alley Coffee House for thick hot chocolate and a full English Breakfast, not to mention kickass third-wave coffee. Another Story’s rustic and floral-themed café, however, will make your mornings a bit brighter (their iced Thai coffee is a bestseller). When you’re around BF Homes, don’t miss the chance to try Bowen 24 Café, which offers an all-day breakfast menu that includes cheesy omelettes, pancakes, and a nice croque madame.
Sometimes, all you need is a good and hefty breakfast to get you through the entire day. The must-try lists may be long and overwhelming, but here’s where you can start. Below are three noteworthy picks for breakfast enthusiasts like you.
Wildflour Café + Bakery
The success of Wildflour Café + Bakery can be seen through its six branches spread all over the Metro. It seems they’ve figured out the formula to making a flawless brunch joint: Beautiful interiors paired with lip-smacking food made from real ingredients. Don’t leave without trying anything from their pastry counter—their kouign amann is a godsend and the perfect partner for their handcrafted espresso drinks.
Pi Breakfast and Pies
Chef Ed Bugia and his partners sure know breakfast down pat—from skillet hash and frittatas to staple Pinoy -silogs and a full English morning meal. Every visit will make you want to come back thanks to their generous servings at affordable price points. One item to check off your breakfast bucket list is the Pork and Beans, a thick, slow-cooked bacon slab in homemade barbecue sauce, stewed white beans, perfectly toasted brioche, and two gooey sunny-side-up eggs.
Café Mary Grace
Café Mary Grace is an essential breakfast hangout in the Metro where you’ll see diners of all ages: Titas, titos, heck, even your officemates have brunch here. Their all-day breakfast menu is simple and straightforward, and made up of dishes that will remind you of your mom’s cooking. Their Chicken Inasal breakfast platter is a homey version of the famous Ilonggo meal, served with their fragrant garlic rice and eggs cooked to your liking. Have it with their Mary Grace Hot Chocolate and signature ensaymada for a breakfast experience you’ll dream about days after.
Photos by Majoy Siason (Tyler's Café, La Mère Poulard, Providore, B.A.D Late Night Breakfast Bar, Flossom Kitchen + Café); Marikit Singson (Panaderya Toyo, Little Flour Café); Hans Fausto (Stockwell Café + Lounge); Jericho San Miguel (Bluesmith Coffee, Another Story); Jun Pinzon (Lilac Café + Kitchen; Apartment 1B; Early Bird Breakfast Club; Ally's All-Day Breakfast; Wildflour Café + Bakery; Pi Breakfast and Pies; Café Mary Grace)