The 10 Best Breakfast Restaurants In Manila For 2014

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Rise and shine! It doesn’t matter whether you’re just waking up or getting ready for bed, there’s no better way to start (or end) your day than with a delicious breakfast.

And with so many all-day breakfast restaurants popping up, it’s never been easier to eat breakfast food at any time of the day or if you’re a breakfast addict, for every meal.

Looking for the best breakfast that Manila has to offer? Here’s a list that compiles the best breakfast restaurants in Manila based on reviews submitted by the looloo community in 2014!

10. Slappy CakesSM City North EDSA, North Ave., Quezon City
Number of Reviews in 2014: 21
Average Rating for 2014: 3.95 / 5.00

If you’ve caught yourself playing with food a bunch of times (and you’re not a toddler), then Slappy Cakes is for you.

Slappy Cakes

Photo from Tracy M.’s looloo review for Slappy Cakes

They take DIY pancakes to another level. Instead of ordering how you’d like your pancakes made, you literally make it yourself.

There is a large pancake griddle on every table. You choose your pancake batter (they have 5 types), pick some fixins (chocolate chips, apples, mangoes, nutella) and add some toppings (honey, peanut butter, maple syrup). You can even add savory items like bacon, sausage, and salted duck egg. Their customization options are extensive.

Since you’re the one making your own pancakes, you can do whatever you want! Make pancakes that are shaped like hearts or that spell out your name. And if you’re feeling extra creative, maybe you can even make pancake art! Whether you end up creating a pancake masterpiece or just your regular pancake blob, Slappy Cakes is a place ideal for kids and kids-at-heart!

Locations in Jazz Mall, SM City North EDSA, Eastwood Mall, and SM Aura Premier.

9. IHOPUP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
Number of Reviews in 2014: 54
Average Rating for 2014: 3.84 / 5.00

This large US-based breakfast restaurant chain continues to expand in the Philippines exposing more Filipinos to its American-style pancakes, omelettes, stuffed French toasts, and crepes.

IHOP (International House of Pancakes) is known for its syrups of several different flavors like old-fashioned, blueberry, butter pecan and strawberry. As well as literally being able to eat breakfast all day long. Most locations open early and don’t close until midnight.

If you’ve eaten at IHOPs outside the country, you’ll be surprised to know that the IHOPs here actually serve Filipino breakfast favorites like longganisa, tapa, and tocino.

Locations in UP Town Center, Century City Mall, Araneta Center, SM Mall of Asia, Alabang, and BGC.

8. Pancake HouseGlorietta 1, Ayala Center, Makati
Number of Reviews in 2014: 15
Average Rating for 2014: 4.40 / 5.00

Pancake House needs no introduction. It’s hard not to recognize their orange and white colors in Manila. They’ve been around for almost 40 years and are the largest breakfast player in the Philippines. They’re like… everywhere in Manila.

Pancake House Waffle

Photo from Jayne Marie W.’s looloo review for Pancake House

Many Filipinos still think their soft and fluffy pancakes are the best. Their pancakes are used as the benchmark when comparing pancakes from other breakfast places.

Nowadays, locals go to Pancake House not only for their pancakes, but their tacos, and fried chicken as well. Usually, all in a single order.

It’s not hard to find a branch in Metro Manila. Find the closest one here.

7. π Breakfast & PiesMalingap St., Maginhawa, Quezon City
Number of Reviews in 2014: 114
Average Rating for 2014: 3.95 / 5.00

If it wasn’t already obvious due to their name, π Breakfast & Pies is known for its breakfast …and pies.

You won’t find your usual breakfast suspects here. They like to take a different approach.

Try their Dark Chocolate Champorado served with cereal milk and cream cheese. Or their Caramelized Spam: thick cubed SPAM, garlic rice, kimchi, six-minute egg, and pesto.

Breakfast and Pies Caramelized Spam

Photo from Candice M.’s looloo review for Breakfast and Pies

Other favorites include their Thick Homemade Brioche French Toast, Chicken and Waffles, Kitayama Wagyu Beef Sirloin Tapa, and Beef Belly Corned Beef.

If you’re the type to also eat pies for breakfast, be sure to try their Smack Pie (their version of NYC-based Momofuku Milk Bar’s famous Crack Pie) and Banana Cream Pie (banana cream, whipped cream, banana graham crust).

6. Kanto Freestyle BreakfastSan Joaquin St., Mandaluyong
Number of Reviews in 2014: 78
Average Rating for 2014: 4.04 / 5.00

It’s not called “kanto” (corner) for no reason. Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is literally beside the street and looks like your typical carinderia (street-food eatery). Dining here means your meal will include the sights and sounds of noisy jeeps, taxis, tricycles, pedestrians and even cats and dogs passing by.

But don’t be too quick to judge a book by its cover. The ambiance at this 24/7 breakfast spot might not be the greatest, but based on the reviews we’ve read, it seems like the quality and taste of the food make up for it.

They offer a variety of breakfast choices from Filipino dishes like Batangas Beef Tapa or Vigan Longganisa to American ones like Bacon and Eggs or Spam and Eggs.

Best of all, everything on the menu costs less than ₱100.

Locations in Mandaluyong, Libis, Kapitolyo, and Marikina.

5. Ally’s All-Day BreakfastMalingap St., Maginhawa, Quezon City
Number of Reviews in 2014: 102
Average Rating for 2014: 4.04 / 5.00

Create (and name) your own breakfast with their DIY pancakes and waffles at this humble breakfast nook in the Maginhawa area.

Not in the inventive mood? Try their signature pancakes like their Toffee Banana (3 pancakes, banana slices, walnuts vanilla ice cream, and caramel syrup) or Death by Chocolate Overdose (3 pancakes, nutella, chocolate chips, chocolate ice cream, and chocolate syrup).

They also have waffle sandwiches (pulled pork, tuna salad and cheesy chicken) and chicken and waffles. Students in the area are grateful to Ally because not only are their breakfast food good, but it’s allowance-friendly as well.

Locations in Maginhawa and BF Homes, Parañaque.

4. Stacy’sCapitol Hills Drive, Capitol Hills, Quezon City
Number of Reviews in 2014: 46
Average Rating for 2014: 4.16 / 5.00

With an interior that resembles a cute doll house, complete with bright pastel colors, you’ll definitely feel like a princess eating her breakfast here. If princesses aren’t really your thang, but you’re a true breakfast fan, eat here anyway.

Make sure to try their Big Breakfast Bangers which includes a grilled sausage patty, sugar-dusted French toasts, cheesy scrambled eggs, and a cup of fresh fruits.

Another popular dish is their Stacy Jones. A delicious plate of yakiniku-cut US sirloin tapa served with eggs, fresh tomatoes, and garlic rice that’s awesomely shaped like a heart.

Stacy's Breakfast

Photo from Ken K.’s looloo review for Stacy’s

Locations in Capitol Hills in Quezon City and Forbes Town Center in Bonifacio Global City.

3. MapleShangri-La Plaza, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong
Number of Reviews in 2014: 54
Average Rating for 2014: 4.16 / 5.00

Maple serves all-day breakfast and is known as the upscale version of Pancake House (both are from the Pancake House Group) due its nicer interiors and a fancier menu of gourmet breakfast items.

Favorites from looloo reviewers include their Big Breakfast: three buttermilk pancakes or a giant Belgian waffle served with maple bacon, breakfast sausages, country fries and two farm fresh eggs made just the way you like. And their Eggs Benedict: Canadian bacon, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce served with crunchy country fries.

Prime Rib Tapa from Maple

Photo from Inna A.’s looloo review for Maple

Don’t get too greedy though. Their food portions are huge and are usually best shared.

Locations in Shangri-La Plaza, San Antonio Plaza, and Alabang.

2. Early Bird Breakfast Club28th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Number of Reviews in 2014: 139
Average Rating for 2014: 4.08 / 5.00

The early bird may get the worm, but the Early Bird Breakfast Club gets all…the foodie photographers.

There is probably no other breakfast place in Manila that has been Instagrammed so much. If breakfast food had a beauty pageant, Early Bird Breakfast Club would probably take home the crown.

But food from this whole-day breakfast café isn’t just eye candy, looloo folks say it’s also delicious. Especially their Viva Longganisa, Angus Beef Tapa, Adobo Sunrise, French Toast Fondue, and Yin & Yang Champorado.

Serving sizes are big so make sure to bring an empty stomach… and a wide lens.

Locations in Bonifacio Global City, Century City Mall in Makati and Eastwood Mall in Quezon City.

1. Rustic Mornings by IsabeloIsabelo Mendoza St., San Roque, Marikina
Number of Reviews in 2014: 132
Average Rating for 2014: 4.21 / 5.00

Rustic Mornings by Cafe Isabelo is an Eden nestled among the busy city streets of Marikina. For a time, due to its off-the-beaten-path location, it was considered by foodies as one of Manila’s “hidden gems.” But as the highest rated breakfast place by looloo reviewers, it’s obviously hidden no more.

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Garden

Photo from Reisha D.’s looloo review for Isabelo Garden

When you visit this family-run garden restaurant, make sure to try their French toast, buttermilk pancakes, crispy waffles, herbed hash brown and …their entire menu.

No breakfast for dinner here though. Unlike other places on this list, they don’t serve all-day breakfast. They’re open between 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Sunday. At night, it literally transforms into a whole new restaurant (reservation required).

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Peanut Dela Cruz

A picky eater living vicariously through other people’s looloo reviews, she is either thinking of food or eating. Her hobbies include finding new places to eat and occasionally responding to spam text messages.

  • Jo Hunter

    Ooh… the calories…

  • mariobig

    bat walang tocilog, tapsilog at iba pa pang log yun bang style pinoy na agahan daming masarap ng log na agahahan sa bambang sta cruz manila murang mura kahit di klass pang masa pa ang presyo baka 1/4 lang ang presyo mga nabanggit mo bb.peanut dela cruz

  • Veronica Ester Mendoza

    Maybe you can try out this new place in Wack Wack Shaw area. It is called B&P Just Like Home which is from the Cravings group.

  • Sheila Dumayas

    I disagree with IHop in the list. So-so food, small servings, poor service and with huge prices! Never went back – just all about hype. Pancake House is far better with taste, presentation, service and value for money if you compare with IHop. Sometimes marketing (specially good pictures) just cover up the reality of eating there.

    • Cavitekid

      I think that to a degree you are correct. At the same time, it varies as to the location/outlet when dealing with chain style food. Many places on this list appear to be dessert dishes or it is just the typical Diabetic Pinoy taste buds.

    • Ashley Penabella

      I share your opinion Sheila. IHop serves not-so spectacular dishes and yes, I also think that Pancake House is superior in taste and value for money.

  • Anonymous

    Too commercial… iHop? Slappy Cakes? Maple and Pancake House? There are tons of great breakfast hole in the wall….research…research….

  • Dewayani Soebagio Anam

    ‘La bang kankamtuy? Kanin, kamatis and tuyo? This is a yummy breakfast fare for farmers from north to south in PH.

  • Fatima Phoenix

    The breakfast buffet of Legend Villas in Mandaluyong is great value for money, P390 lang, very good spread, not quite hotel-level but very good.

  • Dewayani Soebagio Anam

    Corned beef with egg, tapa with egg, and longanisa with egg, all served with rice and your favorite drink at Jollibee is the best. I usually order any two out of the three choices. Can one get any cheaper, more delicious, breakfast than these and you can take home the free dyaryo pa if you hadn’t finish reading it while enjoying these wonderful Filipino fares. A pity, they’re only till 11A.M.

    • Julie Ring

      Yummo! Sounds like a healthy way to start the day! How about some fresh fruit, oatmeal and yoghurt? You might actually live longer!

      • Dewayani Soebagio Anam

        Fruit ok, yogurt, oatmeal? Hmmm…

        • Julie Ring

          If you don’t like oatmeal then poached (not fried) eggs on whole wheat bread. Just keep away from fast food restaurants.

  • Daleman

    IHOP is not for me. My wife and I at Ihop.. as we were giving our order to the waiter, his attention was outside looking at the people passing and busy talking to the other attendants.
    To make the story short the food that he brought us was all messed up not the ones that we ordered. The manager was not in the store, it was 8 am.

  • ryq24

    Bat wala and tropical hut?

  • Julie Ring

    Good, healthy food in the Philippines? I guess if you love lots of fat,sugar and salt, you will enjoy eating those breakfast dishes. We have lived in the Philippines for some years and we rarely eat out.