Breakfast spots in the CBD
Power grub at 8am
Trust the good folk over at Grain Traders to show us just what the humble bagel can do. Imagine it heaped with Tequila-cured salmon and slathered with roasted jalapenos cream cheese. Or perhaps a serving of tuna tartare and avocado kissed with the slow heat of wasabi? Either way, it's clear that the bagel of your dreams is waiting right here for you. If you're after a more virtuous start to the day, opt for the coconut and tropical fruit oatmeal bowl. Looking to go the whole hog? Hulk up with the polenta eggs rancheros, it's chock-full with mixed beans. The cold brew coffees here are excellent, too. Grab a bottle to go.
#01-01/02/03 CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street | #01-03/04, 100 AM Mall, 100 Tras Street. Open from 8am on weekdays.
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If your acai bowl craving strikes first thing in the morning, these guys will have it sorted in no time. Here, they top the rich purple slush with chia seeds, house-made granola, goji berry, and tropical fruit. Bound by multiple dietary restrictions? You're most certainly welcome here. No one's going to judge if you request for a dish free of gluten, dairy, and nuts. Feel free to call for a side of gluten-free toast and omelettes made with only free-range eggs. There's a carb-free take on the big breakfast, too, that includes Aussie grass-fed beef, mushrooms, and avocado.
28 Stanley Street. Open from 8am on weekdays.
Newfangled cafés come and go, but The LoKal has held its ground for three years and counting, boasting a longevity that's anchored in the consistent delivery of well-executed comfort food. With Aussie chef Darren Farr at the helm, breakfast here sees the likes of toasted banana bread paired with homemade vanilla yogurt and macadamia nuts; and toasted sourdough heaving with creamy ricotta, smashed avocado, and juicy bursts of pomelo. You also get to customise your own breakfast plate from over 22 ingredients ranging from poached eggs to cauliflower and cheese.
136 Neil Road. Opens from 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends.
Tucked away in a back alley beside sister restaurant Maggie Joans, Gemmills is one of our favourite spots for post-work charcuterie treats paired with a glass of wine. Mornings at this cosy nook gives us good reason to pass on the snooze button, too. Think buttery ham and cheese croissants, homemade granola bowls, and for the homesick Aussie — vegemite and melted cheese toasts. Come early to grab a seat at the sofa by the light well — it's arguably the best seat in the house.
#01-02, 11o Amoy Street. Open from 8am on weekdays.