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Fuel yourself for the day ahead
Sometimes the first lift of the day just isn't necessary. While this is rarely true in Niseko (no new snow is a perfect excuse), there are plenty of places also worthy of your morning other than the slopes. Whether you're looking for a hearty breakfast to fuel your day ahead or a cozy spot to relax and enjoy your morning, Niseko has it all. In this article, we'll take a look at the best breakfast places in Niseko, so you can start your day off right.
Elements, located in Always Niseko, hosts a breakfast buffet daily during the winter season. Fuel up for your day ahead with a wide selection of breakfast food to choose from. The quaint location has plenty of seating and accepts walk-in customers only for breakfast, meaning it's a great location for a spontaneous morning meal.
The Always Niseko Shuttle Bus is an excellent transport option for those staying in central Hirafu and runs throughout the day, stopping at major locations throughout the village.
If you're looking for a luxurious breakfast experience, An Dining is the place to be. Located inside the Ki Niseko Hotel, this restaurant offers a delicious breakfast menu featuring both Japanese and Western dishes. You can try their famous eggs Benedict, or opt for something more traditional like rice porridge. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, and the service is top-notch.
Located in central Hirafu on the main road, Café Cubanos is open for breakfast and lunch throughout the winter season. Their Cuban inspired menu is unique, offering distinct flavours found nowhere else in Niseko. Try out the famous Cubanos burger, made with a thick beef patty and pulled pork, which goes perfectly with a coffee. They also sell classic, Aussie meat pies for those hunting around the area to find one.
With such a central location, Café Cubanos is definitely worth visiting before heading out on the slopes for the day.
This organic café serves a variety of food using local, fresh produce, including vegetarian and vegan options. They also serve some of Grand Hirafu's most delicious coffee, roasted in-house. Their breakfast menu features dishes like eggs benedict, avocado toast, chia pudding, and smoothie bowls. The atmosphere is bright and welcoming, with a lovely view of the main street running through Hirafu.
This Swiss-inspired café offers a variety of dishes, including hand-made breakfast sandwiches and their famous homemade granola and yogurt. They also made excellent coffee and have a mouth-watering selection of home-made deserts. There is plenty of seating available, making it perfect for an impromptu morning visit.
Graubünden is located towards Midtown Niseko, around a 5-10 minute walk from the Hirafu main intersection. The Hanazono and Hirafu bus services both stop at Izumikyo right next to the café, a great choice for those who don't wish to walk.
Located on the first floor of Odin Place, KOKO bakes fresh bread and pastries daily. Their menu is French inspired, offering a selection of croissants, baguettes, succulent deserts and barista made coffee. They also offer takeaway, meaning you can grab a coffee on the go or take a baguette home to make your favourite sandwich.
Located on the ground floor of The Vale Niseko, Vale Bar and Grill is in a prime location for a hearty breakfast. With almost ski in and ski out access via Hirafu's Family Run, their breakfast menu is sure to please all who visit. Grab a barista made coffee and enjoy a selection of freshly cooked pancakes, gourmet avocado and poached eggs toast, yogurt and granola among many other fine choices to fuel you for a big day of riding on the slopes.
Niseko has an abundance of locations fit for a perfect breakfast, and unless you visit yearly (which you definitely should), there's little chance you'll get to try everywhere. This guide should serve as a recommendation for some of the more unique restaurants serving mouth-watering food for the start of your day, or at least get you salivating over all of the options available.
For days when the first lift is necessary, you can always grab a Seicomart special and chomp it down on the chairlift. At least that what's the locals tend to do.
For any further information or other recommendations, we highly recommend getting in touch with our Guest Services Team.
Blaize is a photographer and content creator from Australia, having worked for our team during the 22/23 winter season. He has an extensive knowledge of the Niseko area, frequently visiting to enjoy the world-famous powder snow.
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