Healthy Breakfast Spots in Cabarete
When you’re on holiday, a hearty, healthy breakfast can sometimes be hard to come by.
I love breakfast, but it absolutely must set me up well for the day. I’m an active gal, so I need a kick of protein and healthy fats to send me on my way. That even rhymed.
What I don’t love is sugar crashing. I find that my whole day can be derailed by a carb-heavy breakfast. It leaves me in a sluggish heap on the floor, craving yet another chocolate biscuit.
Luckily, Cabarete is full of active people who care about what they put into their bodies.
Healthy breakfast options do exist that will fuel your day of adventure and let you focus on having an awesome time.
Just in case you want a change from our Breakfast Spot, here are 7 alternatives to try on your active vacation in Cabarete:
As the name suggests, Fresh Fresh has a range of healthy options to start your day off well. They do a range of customisable egg breakfasts, veggie and meaty, and a whole bunch of wraps, grain bowls, smoothie bowls, and more.
My personal breakfast favourite is the Holy Frijole wrap: omelette, black beans, guacamole and salsa rolled into a delicious, well-balanced Mexican delight.
Pictured above is the heavenly Hippie Bowl: pumpkin, avocado, chickpeas, kale, hummus, red cabbage, grated carrot, and quinoa. Wowser.
Where? Centre of town, opposite the street to the beach where Pomodoro is.
Opening hours: Every day 8am – 9pm.
Cafe Claro is a solid breakfast and brunch option. They do all the breakfast classics – bacon, pancakes, eggy dishes, breakfast burrito, French toast – and some powerful wraps and sandwiches to start your day right.
My favourite is the smokey Southwest Chicken wrap. Oh-so tasty and super filling.
Their Vegelicious wrap is a hummus, pepper, eggplant dream.
A heads-up: they will reopen in the early winter season.
Where? On the other side of town to eXtreme, past Janet’s.
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 8am – 2pm. Closed on Mondays.
No, not the TV show. In Cabarete, Friends is a cheerful eatery with fresh pastries and lots of breakfast options. Their Dominican breakfast is great, ask for it with ‘Los Tres Golpes’ (the three hits or blows) of cheese, egg, and salami. Yes, please.
They do a big breakfast burrito that is very yummy and satisfying.
Friends also have a decent-sized Bibliotheque at the back, stocked with French books to peruse while you wait.
The friendly staff, colourfully painted interior and banging coffee make Friends my regular post-surf jam.
Where? In the centre of Cabarete town, next to Dick’s and opposite the Chinese restaurant.
Opening hours: Every day 6am – 5pm.
La Mesa Taina
La Mesa Taina has a good number of breakfast options. You might opt to try the traditional Dominican breakfast, of which Mesa Taina does a few variations. If you’ve got a big day ahead of you, a whopping pile of mangu (mashed plantain) and some eggs will keep you fueled for hours and hours.
The organic ingredients are sourced from the aquaponic Taino Farm, who are blazing the way in sustainable farming in the Caribbean! Responsible and delicious.
Where? In eXtreme, by the ocean. You can’t miss it.
Opening hours: Every day 8am – 10.30pm.
Dick’s is a reliable shout for a scrumptious breakfast and a spot of WiFi. They do a traditional German, English, French and Dominican breakfast, as well as some omelette options.
The breakfasts are very cheap and include coffee and freshly baked bread.
Check out the counter for more baked goods, like a chocolate brioche hedgehog I had there once.
Where? In the centre of town, near the entrance to the beach street with the ATM and Pomodoro.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am – 5pm. Sundays 7am – 1pm.
The new kid on the block is La Cabana, a breakfast and brunch spot. Vegetarians and meat lovers are sure to be impressed by its diverse cuisine. Imagine creamy spinach and sautéed mushrooms, tuna tartar on a bed of arugula and a pineapple jalapeño chutney, or caramelized French toast with bacon, poached eggs, honey and dark rum-flavored hollandaise, lathered with cottage cheese on your plate. You’ll never skip breakfast again.
Where? Next to the pizzeria, La Chabola and the Jiu Jitsu school, Academia de La Costa.
Opening hours: Mondays 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Though this is a bakery, they also do some great ‘main course’ breakfasts that are a bit more substantial than a croissant (no offense to the French).
The menu has a European side, with omelettes and cold cut dishes, but be sure to flip it over to check out the Dominican options on the other side. I definitely missed the flip-side of the menu for at least my first three times there. Don’t make my mistake!
What I love about Belgian Bakery is that I can order a sensible omelette, then snack on a pastry while I wait.
Where? It’s a quick moto ride into town from eXtreme, just past the traffic lights. (There’s only one set in town!)
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am – 6pm; Sundays 7am – 5pm.
Go forth and find your breakfast
I hope that gave you some ideas for where to fuel up for your active day or, as we call it, just another day in Cabarete.
Shout out as always to the local comedors, most of which do a stomping traditional local breakfast. Load up a plate with eggs, sausage, fried cheese, plantain and sometimes yuca for a very small price tag.
Empanadas are also a popular local breakfast option. Look out for stands on the street selling these delicious fried pouches of goodness. Your adventure vacation is not complete without some street empanadas.
For the low-down on how to order at a comedor, check out our guide to local Dominican food.
Otherwise, stay healthy and enjoy breakfast in Cabarete!