We rise to the occasion with 27 breakfast buffets in the downtown core.

BiTES guide:

Price guide (nett)
$ wallet-friendly (below $50)
$$ just can’t resist a splurge ($50-100)
$$$ a special occasion ($100-150)
$$$$ indulgence galore (above $150)

Certified halal [Halal]
Does not serve pork or lard [NPNL]
Kid-friendly facilities [Kid]

 

CBD AREA

 

Café 2000 [$]

Strictly walk-ins only, but once you get a table in the warm and inviting restaurant, feast on an American spread ($28++, daily 6.30-10.30am) with local embellishments like plain naan, dim sum and porridge. There’s also a spread of yogurt, breads, muesli, bacon and an egg station.  81 Anson Road, Level 1, M Hotel Singapore. Tel: 6500 6112

 

Element [$]

Chafers beckon you with a myriad of international dishes like dim sum, nasi lemak, porridge, six types of cereals, cold cuts and prata. There are also egg and noodle stations ($37++, Mon-Sat 6.30-10.30am, Sun 7-10.30am). For 5-10 pax, inform the restaurant in advance that you’d like to sit at Café Oriental: the hotel opens this adjoining restaurant during busy mornings.  165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Lobby Level, Amara Singapore Hotel. Tel: 6879 2607

 

Farm to Table Café [$]

Hit up this pop-up café (till end 2014) run by coffee nerds who also serve plates of comfort fare. Opt for their breakfast semi-buffet ($23.55 nett, daily 7.30-10.30am) which includes gourmet coffee, two types of cereals, cold cuts, fresh fruits, French pastries, white bread, juices, milk, jam and eggs any way. They’ll take bacon requests too.  83 Duxton Road, The Duxton Hotel Singapore. Tel: 6227 7678

 

Orchid Café [$]

Keisuke Tonkotsu King and Cake Spade are literally a few metres away, but your best bet for breakfast is Orchid Café. Known for their porridge buffet, mornings however bring tidings of American breakfast ($22++, daily 6-10am). No queues for the egg station–you’ll find them prepared and laid out in the chafers.  1 Tras Link, Level 3, Orchid Hotel. Tel: 6818 6831

 

Plate [$]  

Stack your plate high with scrambled eggs, chicken wings, salad, yogurt, fruits, and croissants at this poolside getaway from the city. There’s also Hakka porridge and fried rice at the Asian section ($29++, daily 6.30-10.30am).  1 Gopeng Street, Level 3, Carlton City Hotel Singapore. Tel: 6632 8922

 

The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar [$]

Waltz in for classic British breakfast in this 60-seater Old World restaurant inspired by the vintage brass mail chute at the lift lobby ($30++, Mon-Fri 6.30-10.30am, Sat-Sun 7-11am). Choose a main: buttermilk pancakes; farm fresh eggs scrambled, made into an omelette or served sunny side up. Enjoy the buffet of bread, hot Asian and Continental specials, cold cuts, fruits, yogurt, cereals and juices.  2 Finlayson Green, Level 2, Ascott Raffles Place Singapore. Tel: 6509 3589

 

The Sleeping Rhino [$]

Ruminate as you make your way through the modest breakfast buffet ($22++, Mon-Fri 7-10.30am, Sat-Sun 7-11am) of ham, cheese sandwiches, eggs à la minute, croissants and yogurt. Bring some friends to share your sleepy musings with: reservations are accepted.  15 Hoe Chiang Road, Level 1, Klapsons, The Boutique Hotel. Tel: 6521 9001

 

Xperience Restaurant & Bar [$]  

This is a gorgeous new restaurant in a new hotel, with designer chairs in a sophisticated homely setting, a show kitchen and a spacious bar counter. As the sun’s first rays caress our island, the restaurant doles out American breakfast and French-local fusion fare for hungry early risers ($35++, Mon-Fri 6.30-10am, Sat-Sun 6.30-10.30am). Reservations accepted.  35 Robinson Road, G/F, Sofitel So Singapore. Tel: 6701 6800

 

Seasonal Tastes [$$]  

Fulfil your lofty palate aspirations before the sun reaches its full strength at this buffet restaurant with a view. Eat your way through its international menu of yogurt, cereal, eggs made-to-order, hash browns, bacon and nasi lemak. Look out for the regional Asian station which cycles through Japanese, Korean or Thai cuisines as you enjoy a bird’s eye view of downtown Singapore ($45++, daily 6.30-10.30am). First come, first served.  12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Level 32, The Westin Singapore. Tel: 6922 6968

 

CITY HALL

 

Café Mosaic [$]

Their breakfast buffet’s usually packed to the gills with hotel guests, but should you score a table, make a beeline for the noodle station ($33++, daily 6-10.30am). The chefs dish out chicken mee, but specials vary. Pair it with nosh from the omelette station, bread and yogurt.  76 Bras Basah Rd, Level 1, Carlton Hotel Singapore. Tel: 6311 8195

 

Café Swiss [$]

Early birds, this will be your first choice as the aromatic smells of bacon, eggs made-to-order, and other American and continental delights invigorate your senses ($38++, daily 6-11am). Just beside is Kopi Tiam, which opens its doors later ($38++, Mon-Fri 7.3010.30am, Sat-Sun, PH 7.30-11am) and helps ease the ravenous crowd. Both restaurants serve from a similar menu with no Asian offerings. Walk-ins only.  2 Stamford Road, Level 2, Swissôtel The Stamford. Tel: 6431 6156

 

Coleman’s Café [$]

A hidden gem in the City Hall area, walk-in for American breakfast ($28++, daily 6.30-10.30am): greet the friendly chef at the egg station and collect your order; then tuck into fresh fruit, coleslaw, Danish pastries and other sumptuous items.  5 Coleman Street, Level 5, Peninsula Excelsior Hotel. Tel: 6416 1132

 

Indulge at Park [$]  

Weave through the nostalgia of old shophouses to the hotel restaurant, which is set in an atrium against a gentle waterfall. Have American breakfast ($27++, daily 6.30-10.30am) with the full works: eggs as you like them, baked beans, cheddar and its dairy counterparts. Walkins only.  10 Coleman Street, Lobby Level, Grand Park City Hall. Tel: 6432 5888

 

Poolside Café [$]

The only way to enter the marine-themed cafe is if you’re a Singapore Recreation Club member or there’s one in your group. Ask for al fresco seats by the pool and start your day with a continental breakfast: bread, toast, juices, coffee, tea and other dishes ($15++, daily 7.30-11am).  B Connaught Drive, B1, The Residence, Singapore Recreation Club. Tel: 6595 0537

 

Prego [$]  

You won’t find pasta or any Italian dishes at this trattoria when it serves as a breakfast venue for hotel guests ($39++, daily 6-11am). The spread of American, continental and Asian here is larger than its eight-storey poolside counterpart Alligator Pear ($36++, Mon-Fri 7-10.30am, Sat-Sun, PH 7-11.30am). Weekday reservations at Prego only.  80 Bras Basah Road, Level 1, Fairmont Singapore. Tel: 6431 6156

 

Straits Café [$]

Sunday is family day, so enjoy a special breakfast rate when you stroll into the restaurant with your partner, parents and kids in tow (Mon-Sat $33++, Sun $18++; daily 7-10.30am). The spread remains the same: international offerings of dim sum, noodles, porridge, western fare, a live egg station, juices and cereal. Waffles and French toast are on rotation, while at the bakery, breads are made fresh in the morning and laid out, still warm.  9 Bras Basah Road, G/F, Rendezvous Hotel Singapore. Tel: 6335 1777

 

Table by Rang Mahal [$]

Indulge to your heart’s content with a healthy meal of fresh greens, eggs à la minute, cheeses, freshlymade yogurts, pastries, juices chockfull of super berries and beauty boosters; and a wide variety of hot entrees ($22++, Mon-Fri 7-10.30am, Sat-Sun 7-11am). Reservations are encouraged.  41 Seah Street, Lobby Level, Naumi Hotel. Tel: 6403 6005

 

Tiffin Room [$$]  

You’ll be sure to find vegetable dhal curry served with prata or plain rice and papadom at Raffles Singapore’s main dining room–even during breakfast ($45++, daily 6.30-10.30am). Find seven egg dishes at this semibuffet, including the Raffles omelette, topped with a dash of masala and grated emmental cheese; there’s also a wide selection of fresh fruits, cold cuts, breads, cheeses and tea to complement the most important meal of the day.  1 Beach Road, Lobby Level, Raffles Hotel Singapore. Tel: 6412 1816

 

MARINA BAY

 

The Clifford Pier [$]  

Stately chandeliers watch over you from the high arches at this restaurant on Singapore’s 1933 historical jetty. Expect local dishes reminiscent of our forefathers, such as herbal bak kut teh, congee, nasi lemak, fried beehoon; as well as American items like a salad bar, sausages, bacon and an egg station ($38++, Mon-Fri 6-10.30am, Sat-Sun, PH 6-11am).  80 Collyer Quay, Lobby Level, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. Tel: 6597 5266

 

RISE [$]

Rise and shine, is surely what they meant when they named this restaurant. Behold, six counters serving Western, Chinese, Japanese and Indian fare; with pastry, fruit and salad, and a cereal counter ($41++, daily 6.30-11am). There’s the de facto egg station and a live noodle station dishing out fishballs, seafood dim sum or a soup-based yong tau foo on a rotational basis. Walk-ins only.  10 Bayfront Avenue, Hotel Lobby Tower 1, Marina Bay Sands. Tel: 6688 5525

 

Sky on 57 [$]

Almost as good as being on top of the world, feast your eyes on the view and fill your rumbling stomach with any two of your day-starters such as eggs benedict and croissants, or Teochew porridge and laksa. Drink in the view as you sip on free-flow freshly-squeezed juices, then saunter around the mini buffet of salads, cereals, breads, Danishes and fruit ($41++, Mon-Fri 7-10.30am, Sat-Sun 7-11am).  10 Bayfront Avenue, Level 57  Sands SkyPark, Tower 1, Marina Bay Sands. Tel: 6688 8857

 

Town Restaurant [$$]  

Invite your friends and family to dine with you on the American breakfast and international spread ($45++, daily 6.30-10.30am). Eggs à la minute, pancakes, grilled vegetables and waffles aside, there’s also prata, samosa, grilled salmon, kaya toast and vegetarian fare.  1 Fullerton Square, Lobby Level, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Tel: 6877 8128

 

MARINA TRIANGLE

 

AquaMarine [$][Halal]

An American spread greets guests at this restaurant ($40++, daily 6.30-10.30am). There’s congee, turkey bacon, croissants and other Danish pastries, a live egg station, fruits, hot dishes which include fried rice and beehoon, toast and sausages. The restaurant’s central kitchen and all its food stations are Halal-certified. Open to walk-in guests.  6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, Marina Mandarin Singapore. Tel: 6845 1112

 

Edge [$$]  

Breakfast is a feast with housemade sausages, sugar cane juices, eggs any way from the live station, and other Pacific delights at this 316-seater restaurant which is famed for its food theatrics and Saturday’s Long Long Lunch. Mornings are a flurry of activity as hotel guests stream in for their first meal of the day, so seats are on a first come, first served basis ($48++, daily 6-10.30am).  7 Raffles Boulevard, Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore. Tel: 6826 8240

 

Greenhouse

Dine with a view of a luscious green garden fresh with dawn’s dew at Greenhouse ($49++, daily 6.3010.30am). Savour international dishes such as prata and curry, rosti, chicken and pork sausages, eggs à la minute, cereal, cheese and crackers, and toasty breads. Reservations accepted.  7 Raffles Avenue, Level 3, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Tel: 6434 5288

 

MELT ~ The World Café  

For a small party of four or below, MELT will gladly accept reservations for breakfast ($46++, daily 6.3010.30am). Partake in their Asian counter for dim sum, or choose American breakfast offerings, Indian dishes, noodles, and the must-have cold cuts, pancakes and eggs made-to-order. 5 Raffles Avenue,  Level 4, Mandarin Oriental Singapore. Tel: 6885 3500

 

Oscar’s  

Mornings are busy at Oscar’s, so you’ll be seated if you come early ($43++, daily 6-10.30am). The international spread boasts sushi, sashimi, waffles and ice cream, as well as a live egg station. Best part? They’re open 24 hours, so drop by for supper too.  Temasek Blvd,  Lobby Level 2, Conrad Centennial Singapore. Tel: 6432 7481