Brunch may get all the buzz, but breakfast has its own charms. A daily ritual, the first meal of the day can often be rushed but the weekends allow for a more leisurely pace. Since this is one meal that you shouldn’t skip – we’ve all been told it’s the most important meal of the day – make it memorable by dining at one of these top breakfast spots in Cayman.
Over the Edge
This North Side eatery is full of island charm and personality. Robust breezes roll in from the sea, where diners enjoy panoramic views from the outdoor terrace perched over the water.
It is ideal for enjoying a long, lazy breakfast and is a popular dining destination at the weekends. The food is simple and flavorful (including traditional Caymanian and Jamaican dishes) and there’s a good variety to satisfy a range of palates.
Casual and relaxing, it is easy on the wallet as well. Breakfast is served daily from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Best bets: The menu features all the classics, from French toast and pancakes to hearty bacon and eggs, but for a Caribbean twist try the callaloo omelet, served with toast and potatoes. Callaloo is known as the West Indian spinach – and it’s a winning mix. Another good bet is the ackee and codfish, Jamaica’s national dish. This hearty breakfast combines the fruit of the ackee tree, which looks and tastes like scrambled eggs, with sautéed cod, Scotch bonnet peppers, spices and tomatoes. Both ring in under $8. Pair it with coffee or ramp it up with a Bloody Mary, Caesar or Mimosa, also reasonably priced at $7.
The Sunshine Grill
This casual dining spot offers a great mix on the menu. Located in Sunshine Suites Resort, the poolside restaurant is hailed for its burgers (it boasts it has the best burgers in Cayman, as many rave reviews on TripAdvisor will attest).
Its breakfast options are also notable. The service is friendly, the prices are reasonable and the portions hearty. Breakfast is served daily from
7 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Best bets: Like its burgers, Sunshine Grill says its pancakes are the “best on the island – and maybe anywhere!” They are, indeed, delicious – fluffy and slightly sweet – and will satisfy a big appetite. The eatery offers a great selection of omelets as well. Try the George Town Omelet – a filling mix of spinach, bacon, onions, peppers and cheese, served with home fries, toast and a choice of Applewood bacon or house-made sage sausage (which is delectable).
This lively diner in the Falls Plaza on West Bay Road boasts an extensive breakfast selection, making it a great spot for families. Casual and affordable, it is noted for its oversized portions and friendly service.
And the choice is delectable: 11 types of omelets, 10 breakfast combos (including Moons Over My Hammy), an assortment of pancakes, French toast and all-you-can-eat waffles. There’s even a few health-conscious items thrown in such as the Back Packers Granola & Yogurt. It’s open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. for breakfast.
Best bets: The combos are inviting, and will definitely tip the scales. Try the Lumberjack Combo – three eggs any style, three buttermilk pancakes and two slices of French toast served with your choice of ham, bacon or sausage. The Country Scramblers Combo is another good choice – scrambled eggs atop buttermilk biscuits that are smothered in country gravy, and served with home fries and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage.
Take a morning break at this great little eatery tucked behind the small plaza across from Casanova restaurant on North Church Street in George Town. It’s known for healthy and delicious fare, with gluten-free and vegetarian options.
The Greenhouse embraces the farm-to-table philosophy, sourcing locally as much as possible. It has a nice selection of cold-pressed juices, along with smoothies and protein shakes. Best of all, breakfast is served all day. Opening hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Best bets: The avocado eggs are a winner, a creamy sensation that is both healthy and satisfying. For bigger appetites, try the Spicy Po Boy Fry Up, which offers a choice between scrambled or sunny-side up eggs, served with avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato and quinoa. For a veggie option, substitute the eggs with ackee and skip the bacon. It’s served in a wrap or as a flatbread sandwich.
The Waterfront Urban Diner
The extensive breakfast menu at this casual diner in Camana Bay features all the usual suspects plus a few Caribbean twists, such as mango pancakes and island-style French toast (the bread is dipped in coconut milk and topped with toasted coconut).
There are hearty options alongside lighter fare, and it’s at an affordable tab.
Choose to dine inside or on the harborfront, where your four-legged friends are welcome too. The diner is open from 8 a.m. and serves breakfast until 11 a.m., Monday to Friday, and until noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
Best bets: Those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss its yummy cinnamon bun – a popular option any time of the day. It is also served as French toast, with the cinnamon bun soaked in egg and griddled to perfection.
The Waterfront Fry-Up – two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, baked beans, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and breakfast potatoes – is a great deal at $13, and is available all day.
This intimate eatery in the Caribbean Plaza on West Bay Road serves home-style French fare. It’s not a breakfast spot but its fresh-made crepes served on Saturdays are ideal for the late-risers, as the restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m.
Best bets: There are sweet and savory options, with fillings changing weekly (they can also be made to order). Fresh and delectable, the savory crepe is topped with a fried egg, with the runny yolk adding a creamy dimension. The thin and buttery crepes are done to perfection, and will no doubt have patrons returning to sample different combinations.
Fidel Murphy’s Public House
For a hearty pub breakfast, Fidel Murphy’s in Queens Court Plaza is the place to be. It’s an island icon, known as a hub for English Premier and Champions league football and rugby matches.
The fare is homemade, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast is served all day, opening at 8 a.m. daily. On match days, it opens early.
Best bets: Fidel’s Big Breakfast is a satisfying combo – two eggs, homemade pork sausage, beans, black pudding and breakfast potatoes. The Mac Biscuit is another filling option – a homemade biscuit sandwich with bacon, avocado, tomato, fried egg, sharp cheddar and Hollandaise sauce, served with breakfast potatoes.
This trendy bistro in Camana Bay is a great weekend retreat, offering options for the health-conscious, such as the CrossFit Paleo Omelet (vegetable confetti, shredded roast chicken cooked in coconut oil). It serves traditional breakfast fare, including a selection of eggs benny options, along with selection of fresh-baked breakfast pastries. There is a good selection of coffee, fresh juices and health-boosting smoothies too.
Dine indoors, or enjoy people-watching on the outdoor patio on The Paseo with your four-legged friend.
Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with several items available all day.
Best bets: Boost your energy with The Wellness, a smoothie with berries, hemp seed, cacao powder, maca, coconut water, avocado and cucumber. On the other end of the scale, try the “All In” Breakfast Bap – a sunny side up egg, smoked bacon, baked ham, pork sausage and sliced tomato with Swiss or cheddar cheese.
Those seeking a stylish breakfast experience should head to Seven at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Known for its exquisite Sunday brunch and top-end steaks, its breakfast fare is just as delightful – with the atmosphere adding to the flavor.
Choose to relax in the light-filled dining room or on the outdoor terrace overlooking the expansive pool with vistas of Seven Mile Beach. Enjoy the buffet or order a la carte.
It’s open daily for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Best bets: The buffet is irresistible – guests are definitely spoiled for choice. Among the many offerings are made-to-order omelets, eggs benny, pancakes, French toast and quiche with bacon, sausage and sweet potato hash to accompany. There is a great selection of breakfast pastries – try the pain au chocolat – smoked salmon, cured meats and cheese, cereals, breads, muffins, doughnuts, fresh fruit, yogurt parfait and oatmeal.
Not to be missed is the fresh-squeezed orange juice – it is bursting with flavor. A nice touch is your own individual coffee pot at the table. The buffet is US$46/CI $36.80, including service charge, and is worth splashing out.
This vibrant Caribbean eatery in the Marquee Plaza is an island mainstay, named after a ship owned by the Cayman Islands Motor Boat Company. It was the first locally built, motorized sailing ship in Cayman, launched in 1927.
Family friendly, the food is fresh and reasonably priced with a good variety on the menu. Breakfast is available from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays and from 7 a.m. to
3 p.m. on weekends.
Best bets: Order its “5 for 5 Dolla!” weekday special, featuring five breakfast items for just $5. It includes two eggs any style, a choice of Applewood-smoked or Canadian bacon, herb-roasted potatoes and honey wheat toast.