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What do you get when you marry excellent coffee, whimsical cocktails, and damn good breakfast food? Toss in some of your closest friends dressed to impress, and you’ve got the ideal brunch date

There’s something about brunch that feels sinfully luxurious. It’s a time to unwind, sit down with friends, and indulge in a long, slow meal over coffee or cocktails as the clock ticks by unnoticed. Whether it is enjoyed after an early morning barre class or as a much-needed feed after one drink too many, a lavish brunch is always a good idea—especially when it’s set within one of these 16 must-try brunch spots. Put on your Sunday best and ring up some pals, you’re in for a great weekend feast.

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1. Antipodean

Brunch means different things to different people, but there’s a good chance you’ll find them all at Antipodean. With various cafés across Southeast Asia, the Manila outlet offers fragrant nasi goreng with chicken satay, a healthy selection of bagel sandwiches with chorizo, smoked salmon, and bacon, and many more. Their coffee list also features beverages with origins around the world, like the piccolo latte, Vietnamese coffee, and flat white. As an added plus, the establishment is also pet-friendly.

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2. Nono's

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For those of us who believe breakfast food and comfort food are all but synonymous, Nono’s is the place to go. Across this growing restaurant chain, chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto serves nostalgic dishes and childhood favourites, including the all-day breakfast items. Treat yourself to smaller bites like the parmesan ensaymada and the kesong puti pan de sal, each served with hot chocolate, or go for gold with the Pepito steak and eggs or the tinapa bowl with garlic fried rice and salsa.

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3. Blackbird at the Nielson Tower

The cuisine at Blackbird is tough to pin down, boasting an eclectic portfolio of dishes from lamb rendang to tuna poké and prawn scotch eggs. Thankfully, the restaurant’s weekend brunch offerings are equally vibrant and just as tasty, speaking to the palates of brunch purists and inquisitive diners alike. Our tip? Order plates for sharing so you can all travel through flavours with traditional fare like grilled custard French toast with toffee apples and still have room for the likes of crab omelette, and nasi goreng. 

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4. Mirèio

Forget your tita’s book club - Mirèio’s Sunday brunch society is back in business, and you’re invited. Their weekly brunch set includes a mouthwatering spread of appetisers like foie gras terrine with berry coulis and mozzarella di buffala with tomato jelly, basil, and mango salsa; as well as your choice of main and a handful of desserts to graze through. To top it off, you can even add on a beverage package to enjoy some vino, too.

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5. Bungalow Café & Bakery

You know you’ve arrived at Bungalow when you’re met with a line of customers waiting to take home some fresh-baked pastries or snag a table at the relaxed brunch spot. The southside café takes inspiration from French, American, and Filipino cuisine, providing a brunch experience that is uniquely Bungalow. Sip on a mimosa with your classic eggs benedict, slurp on an outrageously thick milkshake while chowing down on maple blueberry and ricotta pancakes, or start your day with a caramel cold brew and snack on the delicious crispy grain bowl - choose your own brunch adventure.

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6. Sala Bistro

Make your way to the ever-sophisticated Sala Bistro on a weekend to indulge in classic brunch fare, complete with bubbly booze to start the meal and decadent desserts to end it. The name of the game is eggs your way - have them fried with Wagyu sirloin steak; scrambled with hot smoked salmon, or even whipped into a soufflé omelette florentine with ham, spinach, and gruyere. However, if you’re looking for a serious feast, look no further than the Bistro British fry up with pork, sausage, black pudding, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, and two eggs any way you’d like them. 

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7. Southbank Cafe + Lounge

As its name suggests, Southbank is a celebration of the café culture and bustling bars that thrive in the city of Melbourne, Australia. Naturally, the philosophy invokes crafted signature cocktails, perhaps the best barista-made coffee you can find south of the metro, and of course, excellent brunch fare. Much like the cafés that line the lively streets of Melbourne, Southbank’s menu breaks all boundaries, featuring dishes like shakshuka, brekkie gyudon, smashed avocado toast, and chilli crab scrambled eggs on the all-day breakfast line-up alone.

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8. The Lobby at the Peninsula Manila

More than just a pretty face, brunch at The Lobby at The Peninsula Manila has long been a part of discerning Manileño’s morning routines - especially after a big night out. Perk yourself up and out of the impending hangover with a bold brew of coffee, or opt for the hair of the dog with its array of cocktails and wine. Supplement your morning meal with the bakery basket, buttermilk pancakes, and other breakfast staples that call to the child within.

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9. Caravan Black Coffee

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Find buttermilk pancakes, tuna melt, and skilfully-brewed coffee at Caravan Black. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this bright space is sure to wake you up in a positive mood as you feast your tastebuds on their brews and breakfast. For speciality picks you may not find elsewhere, be sure to try their citrusy-spicy orange sticky buns glazed with earl grey tea.

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10. Elephant Grounds

Elephant Grounds is a Hong Kong-born coffee concept that made its way to Manila in 2019. Ever since, the cosy yet modern destination has revitalised the café scene, serving dishes from the original Hong Kong menus and original Manila-only exclusives. On the menu today? Gruyere grilled cheese, beef tapa donburi, and a slew of coffee options to get you going.

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11. Wildflour and Little Flour Café

There isn’t much that Wildflour can’t do, especially when it comes to brunch. Their extensive breakfast menu is filled with dishes that nod to cuisines near and far, including a croque madame, kimchi fried rice bowl, and steak and eggs - not to mention the tempting treats in their pastry cabinets. Its sister concept Little Flour Café leans further into the realm of Filipino fare, serving nostalgic all-day breakfast dishes like tocino, champorado, and even adobo fried rice.

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12. Breakfast at Antonio’s

To enjoy a meal at Breakfast at Antonio’s is to bear witness to chef Tony Boy Escalante’s fervent passion for breakfast food. Since 2003, the charming Tagaytay haunt has attracted diners across the country with serene views of the famed lake and a generous selection of comforting dishes. Whether you’ve come with a hunger for luscious eggs, pancakes and waffles, or fuss-free Filipino favourites like longganisa or beef tapa (served with rice and eggs, of course), you’ll feel right at home at Breakfast at Antonio’s.

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13. Farmer’s Table (Tagaytay)

What could be more refreshing than soaking in a lush garden, fresh buko in hand? Make your way down to Farmer’s Table in Tagaytay for a picturesque escape from the metropolitan landscape and indulge in their brunch favourites menu. The Filipino -silog breakfast equation is well-represented with a variety of viands on offer, together with fun twists on the classics like the ube champorado and the beef and potato hash skillet.

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14. Pablo Bistro

You may know them for their flavourful Spanish food, but did you know that Pablo Bistro also churns out some killer breakfast dishes? Egg fanatics can have their pick of the truffle-kissed mushroom, the classic ham and cheese, or the decadent three-cheese omelette, while those looking for a heavier brekkie will love the Wagyu beef tapa and Angus corned beef steak.

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15. Single Origin

Coffee, cocktails, and waffles galore - that’s what you get at Single Origin. The café’s coffee selection is among the longest (and perhaps most niche) around, allowing coffee-connoisseurs to select their own extraction methods and bean blends in addition to their list of indulgent espresso beverages. If booze is your poison for the day, you’ll also be well looked after with their creative craft cocktail menu. Similarly, those who’ve come hungry will have no difficulty with their breakfast creations sweet and savoury, from Nutella banana waffles to a cheesy omelette with three types of chorizo.

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16. Sunnies Cafe

From its photo-friendly interiors to its unique all-day brunch fare, everything at Sunnies Cafe exudes the creative touch that its founders are celebrated for. Classics like the eggs benedict take new form with a crown of crispy potatoes, and the beloved ricotta pancakes are taken up a notch with a sweet banana brûlée. Meanwhile, crispy tacos are reeled into the world of breakfast with the addition of rich quail eggs for an umami-packed start to the day. 

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