A hearty breakfast is the best way to start your day.
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Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it is essential to have a hearty one every day. While breakfast at home is the best way to start the day, there may be times when you would rather go out for your first meal of the day. And if ever you’re in the Queen City of the South, you’re in luck because there are a number of breakfast restaurants in Cebu that are worth visiting.
Where:80 Tres Borces Street, Mabolo and Filinvest Cyberzone, Cebu IT Park
Mabolo branch: Monday to Sunday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Filinvest Cyberzone branch: Monday to Sunday, 6:00 AM to 12 MN
Recommended budget for two:PhP 650
Cozy and comfy interiors make breakfast even heartier at Yolk.
Image: Yolk - Coffee and Breakfast
Yolk is an all-day breakfast restaurant offering meals with an egg in it. Yes, you read that right: most of their meals have an egg or two in it, including their club sandwich and rice meals. The place also has a special section on its menu offering unique egg dishes. They also offer three-egg omelets served with toast and a salad. But if you are cutting down on your egg consumption, the restaurant also offers meals without eggs, like their garden salad and grilled cheese sandwich.
Mabolo branch: From Ayala Center Cebu, take a jeepney headed for Mabolo and get off at the intersection of Pope John Paul 2 Avenue and Ayala Access Road. The restaurant is located across the street.
Filinvest Cyberzone branch: From Ayala Center Cebu, ride the Beep Bus to Cebu IT Park and get off at the first bus stop at the Cebu IT Park. Take a leisurely walk to the Filinvest Cyberzone. Yolk Coffee & Breakfast is located at the ground floor of the building.
Where:Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Banilad, Cebu City
Operating Hours:Tuesday to Sunday, 7:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Recommended budget for two:PhP 1,800
You can eat the way the French do when you drop by Tymad Bistro for breakfast.
Image: Tymad Bistro
If you are looking to have breakfast is a French restaurant, you may want to go to Tymad Bistro. It cannot get any more authentic since the place is owned by a Frenchman. The name of the restaurant has a Celtic origin and means “good restaurant” or “good house.” Tymad Bistro specializes in crepes and galettes (savory pancakes).
The place also offers a good selection of breakfast menu items, including their omelets and Eggs Benedict. In addition, they also offer a good variety of crepes for their guests.
How to get there: From Ayala Center Cebu, take a taxi to the restaurant along Maria Luisa Road in the Banilad area. While you can take a jeepney to Banilad, you will have a long walk ahead of you since the jeepney stop is located far from Maria Luisa Road.
Where:Cantipla 1, Barangay Tabunan, Cebu Transcentral Highway, Cebu City
Operating Hours:Monday to Sunday except Tuesday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Recommended budget for two:PhP 400
Simple yet tasty breakfasts await guests at 21 Kilometers Coffee.
Image: 21 Kilometers Coffee
21 Kilometers Coffee is one place where you can have breakfast while enjoying a breathtaking mountain view. The place offers not-so-typical breakfast items, like the banana pancake with bacon and toast and eggs. In addition, they also have a food selection of hot and iced drinks. Among their best sellers are their Traditional Dark Chocolate, Cappuccino, and Iced Matcha.
But the main attraction of the 21 Kilometers Coffee is its Instagram-worthy view. Located along the Transcentral Highway, many people visit this specialty coffee shop due to its panoramic view of the mountains of Sudlon National Park.
How to get there: From Ayala Center Cebu, you can take a van-for-hire at the PUV Terminal to Balamban. Just tell the driver to drop you off at 21 Kilometers Coffee in Cantipla.
4. Camden Cafe
Where:Unit 3 Rosal Apts. Rosal Street, Capitol Site, Cebu City
Operating Hours:Tuesday to Sunday, 7:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Recommended budget for two:PhP 800
The simple yet chic décor makes breakfast extra special at Camden Café.
Images: Camden Café
The industrial interiors and subdued colors of Camden Café blend well together to give it a hipster feel. Despite its simple interior, this hole-in-the-wall restaurant is a popular breakfast place. The café gained its popularity due to its omelets and pancakes. While these regular breakfast items are relatively easy to make at home, Camden Café seems to have perfected it. In addition, people also flock to the place for their pasta and meat and sausage platters.
How to get there: From Ayala Center Cebu, take a jeepney headed for uptown Cebu and get off at the corner of J. Llorente Street. Walk towards the direction of Chong Hua Hospital and turn left on the third corner. Camden Café is located at the end of Rosal Street.
Where:Ground Floor Tsai Hotel, Wilson Street, Cebu City
Sunday to Thursday, 6:30 AM to 12 MN
Friday and Saturday 6:30 AM to 1:00 AM
Recommended budget for two:PhP 750
A chic facade greets guests who stop by for a bite at Tazza Cafe and Patisserie.
Image: Tazza Cafe and Patisserie
If the idea of having a big breakfast appeals to you, you may want to visit Tazza Cafe and Patisserie. This quaint little café offers a wide variety of menu items, from sandwiches to pasta and soups to rice meals. But one thing that has caught the attention of guests at the café is the significant size of the servings of their food items. In addition, the place also offers a good selection of coffee-based and coffee-free drinks.
How to get there: From Ayala Center Cebu, get on a jeepney headed for Lahug. Get off at JY Square Discovery Mall and walk along the road leading to Camp Lapu-Lapu. Tazza Cafe and Patisserie is located on the ground floor of the Tsai Hotel.
6. Manuel’s Restaurant
Where:Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Escario Street, Cebu City
Operating Hours:Monday to Sunday, 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM for breakfast
Recommended budget for two:PhP 1,450
Simple and elegant are two words that best describe the décor at Manuel’s Restaurant.
Image: Cebu Parklane International Hotel
An article about breakfast restaurants in Cebu will never be complete without at least one restaurant offering a buffet breakfast. And the restaurant that made it to the list is Manuel’s Restaurant. What makes this restaurant stand out is its offering of traditional Cebuano dishes featuring the danggit (dried rabbitfish) and pusit (squid). Both these dishes are as Cebuano as the Cebu lechon (roasted suckling pig). You can pair these two with the itlog maalat (salted egg) and sliced tomatoes.
How to get there: From Ayala Center Cebu, you can walk across two streets to find Parklane International Hotel. Manuel’s Restaurant is located on the ground floor of the hotel.
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Breakfast in Cebu is more than just eating. It is a culinary experience you have to try at least once in your lifetime.
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