What Are Mummy Breakfasts And Where Should One Go For Them?


Karachiites are known for lateness. Our weddings start when they should be ending, bazaars start operating at 1 p.m., and did you call someone for dinner at 8? Well, nobody’s showing up before 9.30.

On the other hand, busy moms find themselves with a little window of alone time after the early morning school drop-off. It’s the best time to run errands or take time out for themselves.

However, it’s great to see that many restaurants have taken notice of this. Many eateries now have early opening hours for customers who would like to enjoy a delicious breakfast with their friends before getting back to the hard knock life.

Also, here’s what happens to your body when you skip breakfast. More reason to go!

We have lovingly picked up the term ‘mummy breakfast’ as it is often used in such situations. These breakfasts aren’t simply for the purpose of social activity, but they often serve as a fantastic opportunity for one to get acquainted with their child’s social circle. It promotes feelings of community, a bond among parents and a friendly environment to discuss parenting challenges and solutions.

On a personal note, I have felt that having a no-kid breakfast with other parents allows me the space to voice concerns and get a whole support system to lift me up with words of motivation.

Related: 7 worst breakfast foods to start your day with

Now. Where does one go for a good breakfast? The number one rule is that it must open early, so that one can go directly after school drop-off.

Here’s a list of restaurants that open early, in order of which opens the earliest:

FLOC: 7 a.m.


FLOC is located on Zamzama and II Chundrigar Road. It’s the perfect café for coffee lovers as they offer a wide range of brewing techniques. They also have an impressive number of hot chocolates on the menu.

Did you know? Coffee is actually healthy!

N’eco’s: 7.30 a.m.


N’eco’s is now a household name for organic and clean eating meal options. It has recently opened a new branch on Shaheed-e-Millat in addition to their iconic Bukhari branch.

Butler’s: 7.30 a.m.


Located conveniently on main Zamzama, Butler’s is one of the few cafés that has managed to maintain consistency with its meals.

Esquires: 7.30 a.m.

Relatively new to Karachi’s food scene, Esquires on Zamzama has quickly become a regular option for breakfasts.

Café Aylanto: 7.45 a.m.

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Aylanto has gained popularity as a no-fail dinner restaurant and since it is located near so many preschools, it was a wise decision to start serving breakfast too.

Espresso: 8 a.m.


Never disappointing, Espresso is a favorite among many breakfast-ers. Easily the best coffee in town.

Xander’s: 8 a.m.

Xander’s is an absolute favorite. Always consistently good, friendly service, quick with caffeine, and an amazing breakfast menu.

Lal’s: 8 a.m.

It’s easy to feel guilty going to Lal’s without the kids but hey, you can finally finish your milkshake all by yourself.

Chatterbox and Chatterbox Deli: 8 a.m

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Another favorite. The Chatterboxes have maintained quality and are the type of places you never get tired of frequenting.

Mews: 8 a.m.


Mews can be a hit or a miss, but it’s still a beautiful place to sit and have a chat. Especially with all the natural light pouring in.

Cosmopolitan: 8 a.m


Dessert for breakfast is never a bad idea, and Cosmopolitan has capitalized on that. Fererro pancakes, anyone?

Marcel’s: 8 a.m

Spacious, with a warm ambience, Marcel’s is a place you can easily over-stay comfortably. Make sure you get some freshly made croissants in the morning. Dare I say, the best in the city?

Evergreen: 8 a.m

Eating clean never tasted this good. Just one look at the colorful, veggie filled photos of Evergreen’s dishes is enough to make you call for reservations.

Read: 6 Healthy Breakfasts For When You Don’t Want Eggs

Coco 9: 8.30 a.m.

Even though it opens slightly late than the others on the list, it’s worth a mention. Some say once you have Coco 9’s breakfast, you wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.

Other notable mentions:

Del Frio: 8 a.m.

Bella Vita: 8 a.m.

Vintage: 8 a.m.

Dialogue: 8 a.m.

Chaaye Khana: 8 a.m.

Have we missed out on any of your favorites? Do let us know in the comments!

Have to have breakfast at home? Try these delicious egg recipes that will make you feel like you’re in a restaurant!


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