Beat those that are late-to-rise to these delicious cafes which open just after the break of dawn.
7 Hillcrest Rd., Tel: 6469-8834. Open daily from 7am.
Now who doesn’t love the smell of freshly-baked bread in the morning? The dense yeasty aroma is enough to pull anyone out of bed. If you’re are a stickler for sweet pastries and warm breads, Baker & Cook, opened by expert Aussie baker, Dean Brettschneider, is an ideal spot for breakfast. Get the full bakery experience and order a simple basket of oven-fresh baked breads and Viennoiserie, which is served with butter, jams and spreads. However, the daily toast and bagel are good bread-based options too. The place is perfect for kids as well, as there’s a small play area littered with toys to keep your tots busy while you tuck into your morning meal. Your little ones will love the warm Nutella-filled toast along with a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice.
#01-00, 22 Martin Rd., 6836-4695. Open from 8am daily.
We reckon you’re pining for a bold cup of morning Joe, especially if you’re the first to rise. The Spa Esprit Group teamed up with two Aussie coffee experts, Harry Grover of 40 Hands and Five Senses Coffee, to open Common Man Coffee Roasters. These coffee-pros source their beans directly from farmers from countries like Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Sumatra and Guatemala to create four unique house blends. The atmosphere at this Martin Road cafe is very Melbourne – industrial, rustic and cool. Breakfast is an all-day-affair at Common Man and the hearty grub is served on beautiful unpolished ceramic plates. The Common Man Full Breakfast is an obvious favourite, but we love the Turkish Common Man Breakfast: soft-boiled organic eggs wrapped in a flaky phyllo pastry and served with crispy feta, olives, hummus, pita bread and fresh cucumbers and tomatoes.
#01-28, Robertson Quay, 7 Rodyk St., 6341-9407, and more. Open from 7am daily.
Robertson Quay neighborhood cafe, Kith, started out in the little league, but it has proven itself to be one of the big players in the local cafe scene (they’ve since expanded to Park Mall and swanky Sentosa Cove). As with the food, the atmosphere is unfussy and casual in a comforting, unconscious way. If you’re going all-out with your first meal of the day, go for the Big Breakfast – you’ll get a big plate piled high with toast, eggs (cooked to your liking), bacon, smoked bratwurst, tomato and beans. But if you’ve woken up with a craving for something on the saccharine side, the pancakes with honey mascarpone, maple butter and fresh berries are a terrific choice.
Hatched (top pic)
26 Evans Rd., 6735-0012, and more. Open Tue — Sun from 8am.
If you like to be spoiled for choice, Hatched has your breakfast options covered. Although they specialize in the humble egg, they cook up dishes such as rosti, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie, quesadillas, burritos, waffles and pancakes, most of which, include egg. If you’re beefy enough to stomach a burger in the early hours, order the Cowboy Burger which is a steak served on an English muffin and topped with melted cheese, mushrooms, onions and a fried egg. Thick cut French fries are included. Another favourite is the Papillote, a scrambled egg dish which is served with smoked salmon, toast, sour cream and sauteed potatoes.
#01-10, 50 Craig Rd., Tel: 6225-4387. Open from 7:30 am daily.
Amidst the trendy Tanjong Pagar restaurants and cafes is The Plain, a sparsely decorated cafe that serves up only a few simple good eats (you could almost count the number of dishes on both hands). They’ve got an all-day breakfast, so even if you’re not one to rise before the rooster, the good folks here have got you covered. The stark interiors lacks the au courant hipster-esque Instagram-able interiors, but they make it up with the food. The sourdough toasties are a fault-less choice. Simple and good, they’re served with savoury ham, succulent Roma tomatoes and melted cheese. If you’re acquainted with the Australian palate, the Humpty Dumpty & Vegemite Soldiers will be a satisfying dish, it’s got two half-boiled eggs (served in the shell) and slivers of crusty toast slathered in Vegemite.
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