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The 8 Best Hotel Breakfast and Brunch Buffets in Manila

It's the most important meal of the day.
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In a city that’s awake almost 24/7, there is never a shortage of places to have a meal at any given time of the day. There are even more options for busy bodies who like to start the day with a great meal. We listed the best places for breakfast in Manila as well as the best hotel buffets in Manila, but we've combined the best of both worlds: If you just can't get enough of this early-morning pick-up, we have more: the best breakfast buffets in hotels. 

These smorgasboards offer variety and value-for-money topped with that impeccable hotel service. From intimate setups to a diverse menu, these are Esquire's best hotel breakfast buffets.

1| Mireio at Raffles

Mireio is a great start to your day. Its breakfast buffet spoils you with a stunning scenery overlooking the Makati skyline. Available only once a week, the aptly named Luxe Sunday Brunch features a streamlined assortment of continental fare and dessert. You can also opt to pair your meal with free-flowing Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne, select wines, cocktails, and other beverages. For every other day of the week, Mireio also has an a la carte selection.

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Price: P2,750, P4,200 (with drinks)

Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

1 Raffles Drive Makati Avenue, Makati; [email protected]; (+63) 279-50777book online 

Photo by MIREIOATRAFFLES.COM.

2| Spectrum at Fairmont

Spectrum's breakfast buffet offers a mix of both local favorites and a little piece of something from all over the world. If you can't decide between comfort and novelty, make a beeline for Fairmont's well-curated selection.

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Price: P1,450

Time: 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Monday to Friday); 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. (weekends and holidays)

1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati; [email protected]; (+632) 795-1840www.fairmont.com/makati

Photo by FAIRMONT.COM.

3| Spiral at Sofitel

Sofitel has inarguably the most famous hotel buffet in the Philippines, especially after its 2012 revival. While its breakfast buffet is much more streamlined than the lunch and dinner (no foie gras!), Spiral still serves the biggest variety in all the Metro. Pancakes, cereals, fresh fruit, congee...all 21 ateliers are open, presenting a breakfast option for every palate. You can even add champagne.

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Price: P3,000++

Time: 6 :30 a.m. to 10 :30 a.m.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay; (+632) 832-6988book online

Photo by SOFITELMANILA.COM.

4| Tapenade at Discover Primea

Discovery Primea's Tapenade is the breakfast buffet to go to for a morning meal with a Mediterranean twist. During the morning, it has the usual pancakes, garlic rice, bacon, and all that, but it also peddles stone-baked feta cheese and an extensive salad bar. For Sunday brunch, you can enjoy unlimited paella from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. It's also one of the more affordable options around.

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If you want something extra, Tapenade has great burgers and pizza, too.

Price: P1,100++

Time: 6 a.m. onwards

G/F Discovery Primea, Ayala Avenue, Makati; .(+632) 955-8888book online

Photo by DISCOVERYPRIMEA.COM.

5| Kusina Sea Kitchens at Hilton

If you’re looking to eat everything under the sea, look no further than Kusina Sea Kitchens. Along with your favorite Filipino breakfast staples like a panaderia station and classic Pinoy street food, this hotel buffet is famous for its comprehensive "dampa-style" seafood station.

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Price: P1,450++

Time: 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

3/F Hilton Manila, 1 Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay; (+632) 239-7788www.rwmanila.com/restaurants/hilton-manila/kusina-sea-kitchens 

Photo by RWMANILA.COM.

6| Café 1228 at New World Makati

For the complete experience, a visit to Café 1228 is perfect. Its breakfast buffet offers everything from freshly baked bread to sushi, with bonuses like a grilling station and a carving station (yes, even during breakfast). It's not as big as other options, but there are five cooking stations at this hotel buffet that can satisfy every craving.

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Price: P1,535++

Time: 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati; (+632) 811-6888manila.newworldhotels.com/en/dining/cafe-1228

Photo by NEWWORLDTHOTELS.COM.
Photo by NEWWORLDHOTELS.COM.
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7| Café Ilang-Ilang at the Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel may be the oldest hotel in the Philippines, but its dining establishments never run out of style—and food. Diversity is definitely something you will find at Café Ilang-Ilang. From Japanese to Italian, Indian to Filipino food, there’s something for everyone, no matter how they like to have their breakfast. The layout is a bit scattered though so make sure to sniff out all the corners of this hotel buffet to make the most of it.

Price: P1,550/breakfast; P2,675/Sunday brunch

Time: 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

One Rizal Park, Manila; (+632) 527-0011www.manila-hotel.com.ph/cafe-ilang-ilang

Photo by MANILA-HOTEL.COM.PH.
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8| High Street Café at Shangri-La the Fort

It's not really a buffet. High Street Cafe is a food hall that has all the unlimited excitement of a buffet, but it also offers signature dishes that you can have cooked on the spot, letting the chefs show off their mettle. On top of the usual carving and dim sum stations, it also has vegan, vegetarian, keto and gluten-free options. The ice cream is a must, too.

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Price: P1,350++

Time: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (weekdays); 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (weekends)

30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; (+632) 820-0888www.highstreetcafe-fort.com

Photo by INSTAGRAM @dineshangrilafort.

9| Nobu at Nobu

The Sunday brunch buffet at Nobu is special for many reasons, the first because it's the only one that cooks only Nikkei dishes, the glorious fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines. Enjoy a buffet breakfast of sushi, ceviche, yakisoba, and more. Make sure to go to the very end. That's usually where the chefs keep the roast pig or prime rib.

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Price: P2,699++

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

G/F Nobu, City of Dreams, Aseana Avenue, Parañaque; (+632) 691-2882cityofdreamsmanila.com/whats-on/nobu-sunday-brunch

Photo by Jason Mariposa.

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