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Start Right: Esquire's 25 Places to Get the Best Breakfast in Manila

Here are the best places in Manila where you should start your day
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we're often told that we can get away with eating a lot of it. Many, however, are quick to admit to skipping this morning meal for a little more time in bed or to beat the metro’s insufferable traffic.

Don't miss it though, and we're not just advising you to eat breakfast for health reasons. If you don't have the time and patience to cook your own, you should know that Metro Manila's breakfast scene is just too good to pass up. Some of the best breakfast places in Manila have established themselves in almost every key neighborhood. From north to south, there’s a restaurant open so very early in the morning and ready to serve you with a cheery plate of pancakes, a hearty bowl of silog, or a generous platter of freshly baked pastries.

Here, a list of the places with the best breakfast in Metro Manila that should be top priority in your day’s itinerary. If you're feeling a little extra, the city also has places that offer breakfast booze that will help kick-start your day.

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Note, we didn't include hotel breakfasts because that deserves a list of its own.

1| Wildflour Café + Bakery

You can't buy a better breakfast anywhere else because Wildflour simply serves the very best breakfast in Manila. This restaurant always up there at the top, not only because of the Ricotta Cheese Pancakes or the Avocado Toast or the Shakshouka or the Fried Chicken and Waffles, but also because Wildflour promises a fuss-free experience every time—attentive service, a fully outfitted space, and the most appropriate atmosphere to kick-start the day. 

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wildflour.com.ph

2| Apartment 1B

Eggs Benedict. That’s it. No one else in Manila does this classic breakfast fare better. Toasty English muffins, decadent hollandaise, bouncy spinach, and thick Canadian ham make up this masterpiece. There’s a smoked salmon option also for those yearning for a lighter option. But, really, stick with the eggs Benedict and your day is made.  

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Branches in Salcedo Village, Makati, and The Henry Hotel, Pasay

3| Refinery

There are spaces that do coffee well, while there are others that excel in food alone. It’s rare to find a a breakfast place in Manila that does both so excellently, which is why Refinery is an exception. Its lengthy menu of specialty coffees, tea blends, and boozy beverages is one of most carefully curated in town. Then there’s that breakfast plate of bacon slab, potatoes, and twin eggs. Best part? Breakfast extends until 5 p.m.

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Refinery branches

4| Single Origin

Photo by Majoy Siason

You should check out Single Origin for its Salted Caramel Latte alone. Deal is done. And once you pair that with its Strawberry Cream Cheese Pancakes or Nutella Banana Waffles or the S.O. French Toast, then your day is set. But don’t worry if everything sounds too indulgent—it also offers a quick breakfast of bagel with lemon caper cream cheese, a light plate or white fish omelette and fruit-filled smoothie bowls.

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Single Origin branches

5| Eggs for Breakfast

Once a secret breakfast destination in Antipolo, Eggs for Breakfast recently opened a sibling branch in the up-and-coming area of Marikina. As its name suggests, this breakfast spot specializes in eggs—from more than a handful of omelette varieties and every possible permutation of eggs Benedict on toast to quirkier items like a breakfast burger with a runny fried egg and a potato salad amped up with poached eggs.  

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Blk 10 Lot 7, Buenviaje Subdivision, Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue, Sto. Niño, Marikina 

6| Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

Escape the city via a quick drive to one of Marikina’s most treasured gems and one of the country's best breakfast places. A step into the homey restaurant or a seat in the garden area transports you to a soothing space where a languid pace and a stress-free vibe are prescribed. Chef Portia Baluyut peppered her menu with the most playful pancakes and waffles, the most soothing cheese omelettes, and the most comforting Pinoy rice bowls.

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11 Isabelo Mendoza Street, San Roque, Marikina

7| Pancake House

Photo by Sasha Lim Uy

How can we create a list of the best breakfast options in Manila without Pancake House? The legendary chain (and one of the oldest in the country) was, in fact, created to diversify the city's (at that time) one-dimensional -silog options with the introduction of American breakfast favorites. Through the years, however, it's come to add Filipino almusal on its menu and we have to admit that its daing na bangus and tapa are definitely at the top of our breakfast must-haves. Pancake House can do no wrong that even Mar Roxas' waffle + spaghetti hack weirdly...works. Pancake House also has a more upscale version, Maple, at San Antonio Plaza.

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Pancake House branches

8| Kanto Freestyle Breakfast

It’s easy to find yourself visiting any of Kanto’s multiple branches every day of the week. Most dishes are kept at a P100 price point, whether it’s the Chocnut Champorado with Tuyo, Oreo Cookie Butter Pancakes, or Bacon Congee Topped with Poached Egg. Kanto has succeeded in striking a balance between leveling up the most ubiquitous breakfast fares and turning higher end items more approachable.

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Kanto Freestyle Breakfast branches

9| Providore

Photo by Jericho San Miguel.

Hearty, generous, and loaded. These are just some of the descriptions befitting Providore’s breakfast dishes. True to The Raintree Group’s ethos, nothing is typical on the menu. The tapa is made with pastrami, the tocino with bacon. The classic avocado toast is transformed into a luscious creation featuring crab and roasted tomatoes, while the Belgian waffles come with a choice of ube coconut glaze, salted egg syrup, or maple bacon.

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SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

10| Dean & Deluca

Having breakfast at Dean & Deluca conjures early mornings in New York—slightly frantic, highly cosmopolitan, and gratifying even with just a bagel with a schmear of cream cheese and jam on one hand and a cup of joe on the other. With its array of pastries and baked goods, this breakfast spot makes eating on the go—and in style!—possible.

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11| Little Flour

Little Flour is that little sibling of yours who can never do wrong. As the actual younger sib of Wildflour, this space promises the same high quality of service but with more approachable menu items. There’s champorado using 61-percent French chocolate, sarsiadong isda over garlic red rice, and a hearty breakfast sandwich featuring a longganisa patty. While you’re at it, don’t miss out on dessert. Say yes to that buko pie, cassava cake, or maja blanca!

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wildflour.com.ph/littleflour

12| Apero

If you’re in a rush, there’s duck fat pan de sal, Valrhona pain au chocolat, muffins, scones, and other pastries that Apero peddles way before sunrise. But really, this breakfast spot merits a long, leisurely morning meal away from frantic Manila. Imagine slowly eating your way through a spread of baked eggs, savory porridge waffles, and overloaded yoghurt bowls. You deserve nothing less.

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Corinthian Hills, Temple Drive, Quezon City

13| La Creperie

A warm, soothing crepe is truly one of the best breakfasts in Manila. Whether it’s sweet or savory that you prefer to have first thing in the morning, La Creperie promises an experience that pleases your appetite and lightens your mood. But aside from the crepes, winner menu choices are the Filipino rice meals and the loaded French toast, too.  

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La Creperie branches

14| Café 1771

This breakfast nook in El Pueblo, Ortigas is a must for anyone looking to energize before a big working day. The menu is brimming with items that promise to send your heart aflutter. Golden French toast with strips of crispy bacon, kesong puti fried in butter with pan de sal and hot chocolate, Juevos Rancheros loaded with ricotta and chicken. Here, comfort is king!

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El Pueblo, Dona Julia Vargas Avenue corner ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City

15| Bean & Yolk

Eggs and coffee—it’s hard to beat this breakfast duo. But at Bean & Yolk, both come in various shapes, sizes, and flavors. Despite the brief menu, picking an order might actually take some time. How can you choose between Farmer John, a sandwich of egg, cheese, ham, and barbecue mayo, and Lucy, a brioche bun stuffed with chopped eggs in a sriracha dressing? Then there’s also the coffee. Make sure to allot a couple of hours on your visit.

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Westgate Hub Alabang, Muntinlupa

16| Manam

Is there anything more comforting that your favorite Filipino almusal at the very beginning of the day? Last year, Manam decided to open a little earlier for those looking for a good Filipino breakfast option and we're grateful. Its chorizo hash is a perfect pick-me-up and so is its ube champorado. We can't dare leave out sisig silog and the chorizo ensaymada. Never mind. It's just a really good breakfast menu that'll make you want to have everything.

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Available at Manam BGC and Manam Greenbelt

17| Tyler’s Cafe

Katipunan has long been yearning for a breakfast nook and Tyler’s has been the best solution to that. A product of the same minds behind Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cellos Doughnuts, Tyler’s offers morning fare sans the fuss. There’s bacon, eggs Benedict, pancakes, and French toast that are all done well minus the froufrou.  

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317 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

18| La Mere Poulard

Browsing through La Mere Poulard’s menu of classic French dishes can be quite overwhelming. But for your first meal of the day, look no further than the puff omelettes section. This alone puts the restaurant on this list of best breakfasts in Manila. One taste of its creamiest, fluffiest omelette, whether filled with bacon, salmon, scallops, or prawns, is enough proof.   

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Level 1 SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

19| CHINO MNL

Photo by Sasha Lim Uy

It took eight months for the owners of Chino to realize that its neighborhood required a higher level of breakfast. The Hong Kong haunt immediately went to the drawing board to create one-of-a-kind Chino dishes that were perfect for an early-morning start. "Essentially, anything we can put an egg on," said co-owner Tracy Wei. It's available only on Sundays, but you know what they say about having too much of a good thing.

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One Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; 0917-142-0588

20| Toby’s Estate

The Australian brand has made its mark for its specialty coffee. Nothing can compete with their flat white, really. But Toby’s Estate should also be known for being one of Manila’s best breakfast spots. Its baked eggs in a skillet—light yet satisfying—is a cheery way to start the day. While the Big Breakfast is a generous bowl of beans, eggs, mushrooms, and sausages.

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21| Poco Deli

Bacon steak! Imagine: A thick slab of sweet-salty bacon with toasty edges, served with a side of decadent soft-yolked eggs and heady bacon fried rice. How can your morning even go wrong? On another day, move on to the sausages, each varying in flavor and punch, but offering that same interminable satisfaction. Then the next day, meatloaf; then gourmet tapa, then smoked ham.

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Poco Deli branches

22| Mary Grace

The Mary Grace tandem of grilled, toasty, buttery ensaymada and thick, hot chocolate might as well be awarded the National breakfast duo of the Philippines. You just can’t go wrong here. But of course, there are hearty meals, too! The Fried Boneless Bangus is sure to please appetites of all ages, while the Brioche French Toast is a worthy weekend indulgence. But back to that ensaymada and chocolate…

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23| Angel’s Kitchen

Angel’s Kitchen feels like a home away from home, which is why many consider heading to the humble space at the break of dawn. Those in adjacent villages even troop down in the most comfortable of outfits. Serving some of Manila's best breakfast, the menu ranges from the classic Wagyu beef tapa and garlicky skinless longganisa, but there’s also the Hainanese arroz caldo and Spanish champorado with tuyo flakes, perfect to warm up on chilly mornings.

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57 Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan

24| Mamou

Surprise! Mamou deserves to be on this list of best breakfast spots in Manila, too. Sure, you can enjoy its well-loved steaks—with truffled sunny side-up eggs and steak rice on the side—early in the day, but it’s really the pancakes that should be your first choice. They’re nothing like you’ve tried anywhere else in the metro: thick, fluffy, golden, and generous. 

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Mamous is ranked a little lower because it's only available on Sundays.

Mamou branches

 

25| Early Bird Breakfast Club

Early Bird Breakfast Club deserves its spot as one of Manila’s best breakfast places because of its ingenuity. Every dish here has gone through a creative transformation that promises to surprise diners. Black and white champorado, katsu tocino, and Pinoy croquet monsieur are just some of the dishes that promise to make early mornings extra playful.

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earlybirdbreakfastclub.com

With additional reporting from Sasha Lim Uy

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