When planning any vacation–whether to an exotic destination or a city with more lights than people–there are definitely too many moving pieces to the process to even count; how many days am I staying, should I grab an Airbnb or a hotel, what sights do I want to see, what should I pack, and so much more! BUT, honestly one of the most important parts of any vacation (at least for me :) ) is the food. Whether I’m visiting a new city or returning to an old one, I always want to scope out some restaurants and cafe ahead of time so I know where I can grab a great meal without having to stress last minute. And what equates with vacation more than a luxurious brunch. It’s the perfect meal, combining my favorite parts of both breakfast and lunch with extra time to sleep in and the ability to sit at a table with friends and/or family for more than an hour, just talking and enjoying delicious foods. So, if you’re in the midst of planning a trip and are looking for a fantastic place to dine in the late morning with great views and even better food then you’d better keep scrolling. And if you aren’t looking for a place you should still keep scrolling because I guarantee you’ll be convinced. Brunch is one hundred percent my favorite food group, and after seeing these amazing spreads I’m sure it will be yours too!
The Alvear Palace Hotel combines old world charm with personalized service and South American flair. The hotel is an iconic part of the city, sitting on the corner of Avenida Alvear and Calle Ayacucho and is socially responsible with a mission to help spur growth in underprivileged sectors of the country. The hotel has all the amenities you could imagine and most importantly has amazing restaurants - yes there are multiple in the hotel! (I think) the most popular restaurant at Alvear Palace is L'Orangerie. L'Orangerie is common meeting place for people in Buenos Aires, partly because of all the natural light and elegant decor and mostly because of the food. The chefs here seamlessly integrate a variety of international culinary techniques to create a flavor palette that you just cannot miss. L'Orangerie serves a complete breakfast buffet every morning (Monday - Saturday), complete with classic breakfast options and warm, freshly baked pastries. On Sundays, we brunch. Sunday Brunch at L'Orangerie should be an event in an of itself. Although laid out in a relaxing manner alongside the winter garden, brunch is no joke. There is an international flair to the foods presented (which change by season). You can enjoy savory seafood, fresh meats, delectable desserts, champagne and more. Some popular brunch items that keep guests coming back for more include golden quail sauce over black rice and couscous, bocconcini with cherry tomatoes and basil, and over twenty freshly baked French patisserie options!
Don’t be fooled by the “Farm Hotel” description for the Babylonstoren, because it is anything but. The hotel actually combines elements of a farm like beautiful fruit gardens and elegant gables with luxurious accommodations including private cottages, suites, salt rooms, and more. You may be exploring and adventure-ing in South Africa, but you will always be relaxed while at the Babylonstoren. And, you’re always in for a fantastic meal. You can (and should) start your day at one of the onsite restaurants - my favorite being Babel. Babel is actually located in an old cow shed, continuing the farm theme, but wonderfully incorporates Cape Dutch architecture with contemporary finishes. The restaurant has a “farm to fork” ideology, so everything you eat will always be fresh and in season - also resulting a rotating menu. Although breakfast is only served from 8 to 9:30 AM, you really should try to make it at least one day of your visit because you won’t be disappointed. Some popular breakfast staples include wood-fired artisan bread with homemade farm butter, fresh pressed juice, and a full on farm breakfast with grilled boerwors, roasted vegetables, free-range farm eggs and more!
While the De Russie brand has hotels all around Europe - the Rome location beautifully blends modern glamour with classical architecture and (in my opinion) has the best location in the city. It is right on Via Del Babuina, which is close to the Spanish Steps and gives you amazing views over Pizza del Popolo. It brings in world renowned guests, from writers to world travellers, and has much for you to do both and in the hotel and out. One thing that you just cannot miss, whether you’re staying at Hotel de Russie or in another part of Rome is weekend brunch at Le Jardin De Russie. The weekend brunch has a specially curated menu with fresh delicacies and “live food stations” like pasta, seafood, sushi, and of course a dessert bar. You can grab authentic and freshly made Italian dishes like fettuccine bolognese, ravioli cacio de pepe, or grilled lobster with agretti and citrus fruits. And obviously you must round off brunch with tiramisu, vanilla creme brulee, and gelato!
The Landmark London provides you all the quintessential London charm you desire with more luxury than you could possibly need. It’s an enchanting oasis, with a romantic history dating back to the 19th century and also has won countless awards for its hospitality and restaurants! While London may be famous for afternoon tea (or scone time, because tbh that’s why I’m there), brunch should not be overlooked - because it always involves scones and other yummy treats! Brunch at The Landmark London is legendary and known as the “Sunday Champagne Brunch”. Reservations are highly recommended because they always fill up, and people tend to stay because of the amazing food and endless options. You can start off with traditional breakfast options including a hot english breakfast, then make your way to the salad buffet where you can sample from over a dozen types of salad like the “nicoise salad”, “British cheese board with chutney and grapes”, or “couscous and courgettes”. Then, if you are so inclined you can hit up the fish and seafood station for some fresh dishes from under the sea. Or grab some soup to accompany your “main course” which includes hearty dishes like “blanquette of veal with basmati rice”, “aubergine and spinach tortellini with tomato and herb sauce”, “roast sirloin of beef with red wine”, “yorkshire puddings” and so much more! And don’t forget dessert - sample one or sample them all, just be sure to try my favorites - caramel eclairs, eton mess, and macaroons! The options are truly endless (and so is the champagne), so you know you don’t want to miss this.
The Landmark London
Address: 222 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6JQ, UK
Where to eat breakfast/brunch: The Landmark Main Dining
The Atlantis Hotel in Dubai is already iconic enough for being located on The Palm and of course having its very own waterpark and aquarium. But, to help you power through your day of adventures either at Atlantis or elsewhere in Dubai you must do brunch first. The hotel has some of the best buffet brunches in Dubai, and if you like mixing things up then this is definitely the place for you because five of the on site hotels offer brunch on Fridays and Saturdays - giving you the variety you didn’t even know you wanted. Saffron, a Southeast Asian restaurant offers exotic and flavorful dishes full of spices from Southeast Asia. You will have more than 200 dishes to choose from, ranging from dim sum stations, to pizza, to fresh seafood, to steak. This is definitely a more upbeat brunch with top 40 music, a wine zone, sake shots, and even pineapples filled with mai tais. In case you couldn’t tell, Saffron brunch is limited to those 21+. High Brunch at Nobu is a bit more sophisticated, with a fusion of Japanese and Asian decor in an understatedly glamorous restaurant. Unlike other all-you-can-eat brunches, Nobu combines a multi-course sharing menu with live cooking station like sushi, sashimi, salads, foie gras, and a lot more! While you may have experienced Nobu in other places, the Nobu in Dubai features menu items specific to Dubai and pairs it with a Dubai-specific view ;) If neither of these are your style then you can try out Yuan for authentic Chinese food, Gordon Ramsey’s family friendly restaurant Bread Street Kitchen & Bar featuring a more European style menu with plenty of activities tailored for children, or Ronda Locatelli for flavorful Italian dishes (which is also great for families).
As you make your way to Paris you may be wondering: How can breakfast at a hotel be any better than breakfast at a Parisian cafe with views of the Eiffel Tower? Well, clearly you haven’t eaten at The Peninsula. Brunch at Le Lobby is one of the most elegant and tastiest brunches in Paris. With a breakfast buffet, cold buffet, cheese and charcuterie, main courses, desserts and more you won’t room on your plate (or your stomach) to try it all. If you did want to undertake the admirable challenge of eating one dish from each course I would recommend starting with a selection of breads and the apple & praline brioche, then grabbing some quinoa salad and cold mezze, topping off your plate with assorted cheese (because yum), and then choosing a main course of your liking (these rotate, so you’ll never be bored!). AND, don’t forget dessert - because honestly how can you even think about forgoing the pain au chocolat, crepes, or mousse au chocolat?
The Baccarat Hotel in New York is known as one of the best hotels in the world (with one of the best bars in the world). It is known for it’s limitless luxury and truly lives up to this because you won’t feel like anything is lacking in your stay. Guests have a luxury car service available to them at all times, the spa de la mer where guests can relax and be pampered with La Mer skincare products, or you can eat your way through the hotel at one of three experiences at the Grand Salon, The Bar, or Afternoon Tea (curated by a Tea Sommelier). And since you’re in New York, you’re obviously going to want to explore your surroundings whether that’s strolling through Central Park, watching the ballet at Lincoln Center, or catching a Broadway show. And so, what better way to start your day in the city that never sleeps than with a delicious, freshly made breakfast? You grab your petite dejeuner at at the Grand Salon and choose from a variety of foods. You can choose a quick(er) breakfast with freshly baked breads and bagels, or spend a bit more time enjoying eggs, omelettes, belgian waffles (my personal favorite), and more! Accompanying your meal is an array of sides like various types of bacon, fresh berries, fingerling potatoes, etc.
What’s better than breakfast in a luxurious hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea? A free breakfast with Greek specialities in a luxurious hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea! Yes, you read that right! If the free airport transportation, breathtaking sea views, free fruits and wine, and on site beach bar wasn’t enough, almost all vacation packages at the Mykonos Theoxenia include their breakfast buffet! Breakfast options rotate daily so you’ll never be bored and you’ll have a chance to try something new every day. While classic mediterranean staples will always be present - like hummus, greek salads, and halva (honestly, do you really need anything else besides hummus?), you’ll also be able to try unique yet traditional dishes like spinach pie (trust me it’s WAY better than it sounds), local marmalades, turkey sausages, chicken slices, ntakos (cretan rusks), and just so much more.
The Library in Thailand is the epitome of an island retreat. Located in Koh Samui, Thailand, this hotel is the perfect place to lounge on the sand with a book in hand (and generous layer of sunscreen). The Library seamless integrates minimalism with comfort, quality, and nature. But, although the design and decor may be minimalistic their dining certainly is not lacking. For an utterly unique breakfast experience you simply must go the The Page restaurant where you can lay on one of the white mattresses on the beach, enjoy the sunrise (or risen sun because nobody has to be up that early), and have breakfast overlooking the sea. While this amazing take on “breakfast in bed” would be enough to make a moldy bagel taste good to me, you don’t have to worry about the food not being equally as amazing. You will have a selection of breads, coffee, cured meats, and other international fusions with a Thai influence.
Last, but certainly not least is the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Since you’ll be mesmerized by the lights and music that surrounds the strip and will need your energy to stay up and enjoy all that Vegas has to offer, you should definitely indulge in a hearty and filling brunch to keep you running all day and night! So, the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace is the place to go. It has been voted as the best breakfast buffet in Las Vegas and just the smells from it will make your mouth water. There are over hundreds of dishes to choose from every day, with at least fifteen rotating daily chef specials. Some brunch favorites include acai breakfast bowls, red velvet pancakes, green applewood smoked wagyu, seafood laksa, made to order dessert crepes and a whole lot more (remember there are over 100 offerings)! You better make your reservation asap if you don’t want to wait in line, in fact they even offer an express pass so you don’t have to wait in lines!
It means it’s time for brunch - so you better call for your reservations so you don’t miss it.