What It’s Like to Have Breakfast at Tiffany’s

If you’re anything like me, you may have rewatched the legendary movie multiple times over the years wishing you could have an actual breakfast at Tiffany’s one day. Well, I have some good news for you. The flagship store on Fifth Avenue now allows you to live out your dream!

A girl standing outside the Tiffany's flagship in New York City

As I mentioned in my random facts post, Audrey Hepburn is my biggest role model. From the moment I first watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I was mesmerised. I would spend my evenings watching her movies and reading about her on the Internet or in the books I’d ordered, utterly convinced I was born in the wrong era (it may or may not have been perpetuated by the story of Princess Ann and Joe Bradley that I was absolutely living for).

I proceeded to spend the following years trying to incorporate Audrey-related places into my travels. In high school, I travelled to Rome where I walked the Spanish Steps and saw the Mouth of Truth (watch this clip if you don’t know what I’m talking about – I love the fact that it wasn’t scripted and you can see Audrey’s natural reaction to Gregory Peck’s prank in the movie). Last year, I got to see the place she called home for the last 30 years of her life and I visited her grave in Tolochenaz, Switzerland. This year, I planned out our visit to see Holly Golightly’s apartment on the Upper East Side (which is a funny story for another time)

There was one more thing missing, the cherry on top of my Audrey Hepburn bucket list… have breakfast at Tiffany’s. When I found out their flagship store on Fifth Avenue now gives you the option, I instantly jumped at the chance and started researching how I could make this a reality.

Making a reservation

The Blue Box Cafe, located on the 4th floor of Tiffany’s flagship store on NYC’s Fifth Avenue, does not accept walk-ins. The reservation system opens 30 days in advance at 9 AM EST. I knew it was going to be hard to get a reservation, but I didn’t realise just how hard. Within a minute or two, all spots had gone. I tried again the next day and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw these magical words on the screen – “reservation booked”.

Tip: In order to make a reservation, you need to have a Resy account. I learned this the hard way. I was redirected to the sign up page and by the time I finished creating an account, there were no spots left. Make sure you have a Resy account up and running, you have provided your card details (no payment is taken, but there are late cancellation fees), and you are logged in. A lot of people make cancellations, so it’s also good to turn your email notifications on. Good luck!

A girl admiring the window display at Tiffany's flagship in New York City
The window display at Tiffany's flagship in New York City

We got to the flagship early so we could take a mandatory photo of me admiring the window display. As we walked inside, we made our way through the bustling store towards the lift that would take us to the 4th floor. The lift operator seemed really impressed with our ability to snag a spot, which made us even prouder of our accomplishment!

A display of suitcases at Tiffany's store on Fifth Avenue

Our dining experience

Once we arrived at The Blue Box Cafe, they promptly seated us and gave us our menus. The café is relatively small. There are no more than 10-12 tables inside, which explains the struggle to get a reservation.

People sitting inside The Blue Box Cafe in New York City

The inside of The Blue Box Cafe

It is all decked out in the company’s signature Tiffany blue, from the colour of the walls and furniture to the tableware. And if that wasn’t enough, they also have shelves stocked with giant cans of Tiffany Tea and glass cases filled with diamonds. Not exactly the same kind of breakfast experience Holly Golightly had in the movie, but I have a feeling that she would be a frequent visitor…

Menu options

The menu is exclusively prix fixe and consists of three options – breakfast, lunch, and tea. I found their afternoon tea option tempting (I’m not one to turn down a scone unless there’s dried fruit in it), but I simply couldn’t leave without having an actual breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Breakfast at Tiffany's at The Blue Box Cafe in New York City

Breakfast at Tiffany’s comes with a bowl of seasonal fruit and berries, a croissant, a choice of main dish, and tea or coffee. First, they brought us our fruit bowls and tiny croissants with three different spreads – Nutella, honey butter, and sour cherry-cranberry jam.

Everything was fresh and the croissants were perfectly flaky, but I thought the portions were really small. While I would pass on the fruit, I could easily eat one more croissant.

Avocado toast with a poached egg at The Blue Box Cafe in New York City

For the main dish, there are four options to choose from – smoked salmon with bagels, coddled egg, avocado toast, and buttermilk waffle. I decided to go for the avocado toast with radish, nasturtium, sorrel, sunflower seeds, sprouts, and a poached egg. My boyfriend chose the smoked salmon and bagel stack with cream cheese, beefsteak tomato, red onion, and capers.

Smoked salmon and bagel stack at The Blue Box Cafe in New York City

We were both very satisfied with our choices, and we agreed that it was one of the best meals we had during our time in New York City. I can definitely see why the avocado toast is a breakfast favourite, as it’s hands down the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying (not that I’ve tried many, but still). I loved the combination of an avocado with an egg, and the edible flowers on top were a really nice touch.

Service and payment

During our visit, two different waiters served us. One brought us water and food, and the other made sure to keep those coffee refills coming. One thing I love about dining in the US is the fact that they never let your coffee cup run empty. My inner Gilmore was very happy indeed!

Is it worth the money?

Having breakfast at Tiffany’s is a fairly expensive experience. The current price is $32 (I had to pay $5 extra for the poached egg on my toast). If you add state tax and a tip, you can rack up a pretty hefty sum. Another thing you need to bear in mind is that they only accept debit and credit cards as a form of payment. It can be a bit of a hassle if you’re a cash kind of person like me!

A girl inside Tiffany's Fifth Avenue store in New York City

“What I’ve found does the most good is to just get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind of men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets. If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”

Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Glass cases inside Tiffany's Fifth Avenue store in New York City

Still, I feel like it was a relatively low price to pay for the ability to live out one of my biggest dreams and have my Audrey Hepburn moment. After we’d had our breakfast, in true Holly Golightly spirit, we decided to walk downstairs for a bit of window shopping. I could definitely see why she loved Tiffany’s so much! It was an experience I would love to one day be able to relive… and maybe even walk out with a little blue box of my own!

Would you like to have breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Necklaces and a postcard inside Tiffany's flagship store in New York City
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34 Comments

  1. October 30, 2019 / 6:52 am

    Oh wow, this is such a wonderful experience. I want to do this the next time I visit NYC though I have to be vigilant with the reservation process. Thanks for sharing, great post!

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    • Dominika
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 6:27 pm

      Thanks, lovely – I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed reading the post! You should definitely add it to your list, the fact that it’s so hard to get a reservation makes the entire experience even more unique!

  2. Erin
    October 28, 2019 / 12:03 am

    HELL YES that sounds amazing!!! I would so love to go!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 29, 2019 / 5:44 pm

      I really hope you get to go one day!

  3. October 27, 2019 / 5:56 pm

    it looks so beautiful inside. I love the decor. It would deffo be an expensive trip because i wouldn’t be able to resist buying something sparkly

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 29, 2019 / 5:44 pm

      I can relate – I was REALLY tempted to buy something!

  4. October 26, 2019 / 1:19 am

    I love Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favourite films. (I also love the Book). I went through a phase of trying to copy her outfits and makeup and learning about her as well. What an amazing experience to have. The food looks amazing.

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 27, 2019 / 9:59 am

      Audrey Hepburn was such a style icon, I drew a lot of inspiration from her outfits when I was younger too! I’m really glad they decided to open a café and offer this one-of-a-kind experience.

  5. Kayleigh Zara
    October 23, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    I totally agree with you the fruit and the croissant looks like tiny portions but the mains, the egg on avocado toast looks to die for! So yummy. What an iconic place to have breakfast, I can see why you got there early for photos too x

    Kayleigh Zara ❄️✨ http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 24, 2019 / 9:01 pm

      The avocado toast was scrumptious, everything tasted so fresh! It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind experience – I would gladly come back for afternoon tea!

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 23, 2019 / 9:58 am

      It really was, I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post!

  6. October 22, 2019 / 10:32 am

    I’ve heard about this place my whole life but I’ve never been or seen the movie. I must say this will be on my New York To do list when I go back next year.

    This review was very detailed and it is clear that you had an amazing time.

    Jenna
    https://www.jennasworldview.com/

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 23, 2019 / 9:57 am

      I had the best time, and I’m so glad to hear you will be adding this to your list after reading my review!

  7. October 20, 2019 / 11:40 pm

    This post was so much fun to read! I had no idea you could literally have breakfast AT Tiffany’s! What an experience! I’m happy you got to fulfill your Holly Golightly dreams!

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 21, 2019 / 8:31 am

      Thank you very much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!

  8. Alice Spake
    October 20, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    Oh what an incredible experience! I’m not all that familiar with the film but I am aware of the store and the idea of breakfast at Tiffany’s so what a wonderful thing to enjoy! It looked so yummy! I’m totally here for refillable coffee too xx

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 21, 2019 / 8:30 am

      It was delicious, I’m so glad I got to experience that! xx

  9. October 19, 2019 / 8:18 pm

    This all just looks so beautiful!! That’s such a good tip about the reservation too, this is going firmly on my bucket lista

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 20, 2019 / 6:15 pm

      It was really beautiful – you should definitely try and book a table!

  10. October 18, 2019 / 6:40 pm

    Oh wow this is the dream, how perfect is all that Tiffany blue decor? The food looks delicious too, especially your avocado toast! I’ll definitely have to remember to try and book this one if I’m ever heading back to New York 🙂

    Kate | http://www.katelovesx.co.uk/

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 19, 2019 / 6:30 pm

      I know right, I loved how perfectly on-brand everything inside the café was! You should totally try and go there, I couldn’t recommend it enough!

  11. Chris
    October 17, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    Great read and thanks for providing the clip for context. Really helped me see New York and Tiffany’s through your eyes.

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 18, 2019 / 7:54 am

      Thank you very much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and found it informative – the clip always makes me chuckle!

  12. Honestly Holly
    October 17, 2019 / 5:04 pm

    I was named after Holly Golightly! It’s my actual dream to do this. To be honest, it doesn’t sound any more expensive than an average weekend brunch in London. I’ve paid £50+ for themed brunches before and never one in such a beautiful setting!
    I hope by the time I manage to get myself to New York they’ll still have this!

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 18, 2019 / 7:53 am

      Oh wow, that’s so amazing – I spent years wishing my name was Audrey! The café is extremely popular, so I highly doubt they will close their doors! xx

  13. October 17, 2019 / 1:49 pm

    Oh wow, I had no idea you could actually have breakfast at Tiffany’s! That’s my favourite movie, so I’d definitely be very tempted to go if I make it to New York – and was lucky enough to get a reservation! I do agree that they were a little stingy with the croissants – it’s not like it’s the cheapest meal ever so maybe two each would’ve been a bit better. But the mains look delicious and the cafe is so beautiful, well worth a visit!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 2:03 pm

      I’m so glad I googled it as I was planning our trip because I didn’t know either! Getting a reservation is definitely the tricky part, but it’s doable, especially if you’re flexible with dates. You should definitely add it to your bucket list for when you make it to New York – it’s worth every cent xx

  14. katy gilroy
    October 17, 2019 / 1:00 pm

    Looks like such an amazing experience!! Defo on my bucket list if I go back to NYC x

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 1:56 pm

      You should totally go – I would gladly do it all over again! xx

  15. October 17, 2019 / 10:42 am

    I’ve never actually seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s, sorry! But this looks like an amazing experience. Pricey, yes but I think it’s worth it. Your breakfasts look incredible – I’m seriously hungry! Love the signature blue decor too x

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 11:38 am

      You should totally add Breakfast at Tiffany’s to your list, it’s the perfect movie to watch on a chilled weekend! I’m glad you enjoyed the post – the food definitely tasted as good as it looked xx

  16. October 17, 2019 / 8:41 am

    Well, I know what is being added to my bucket list when I visit the US! It all looks amazing and absolutely delicious! And thank you for adding in the clip, it really made me laugh and knowing it was unscripted made it even better.
    Bella x
    theruralsoul.com

    • Dominika
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 11:34 am

      I would highly recommend it, it’s such a luxurious experience and the food tastes great! I’m also happy to hear you enjoyed the clip I posted, it’s one of my personal favourites xx

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