Food & Drink

The 12 Best Breakfast Restaurants in Montreal

Published On 05/20/2015 Published On 05/20/2015
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1. Beauty's 93 Ave du Mont-Royal Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2S5 (Plateau)

This is the perfect diner to stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, offering daily specials and classics that have earned them quite the acclaim.

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2. Engaufrez-vous 8 rue Rachel Est, Montreal, H2W 1C5 (Plateau)

An atmosphere we can only describe as "adorable-chic" runs throughout Engaufrez-vous, imbued into everything from the decor to the edible accoutrement found on every breakfast plate. But as cute as this French waffle house is, what will really keep you coming back are the waffles themselves. Almost every kind of waffle you can think of is expertly crafted at Engaufrez-vous, from the light and airy Bruxelloises waffles to the perfect-to-dip-in-coffee stroopwafel.

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3. Prohibition 5674 Monkland, Montreal, H4A 1E4 (Notre Dames Des Graces)

Prohibition certainly has acclaim as being a great drinkery, but they also serve up some surprising food, including deep-fried Southern fare and even North African dishes.

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4. Bagel Etc. 4320 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2W 1Z3

Bagel Etc. is a diner/cafe that's known for its brunch specials, and the bagels are all hand-rolled, Montreal-style. Grab a seat and admire the funky decor while you dig into your meal.

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5. Cosmos 5843 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, H4A 1X4 (Notre Dames Des Graces)

An institution in the borough of NDG, Cosmos has been serving up the best kind of hangover breakfast food (the greasy, no-frills delicious kind) for well over 35 years. Cosmos is a classic diner to the core, and you won't be impressed by its décor, but that's all part of the charm. You will love the food, and even though the menu isn't all that creative, each dish will fill your stomach and please your taste buds thoroughly.

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6. Fabergé 25, avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montreal, H2T 2L9 (Mile End)

If you're in the Mile End neighborhood, there aren't a lot of places that can beat Faberge when it comes to a quality breakfast. And be sure to hit up their bar for smoothies, fresh juices, mimosa,s and a variety of coffees and teas.

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7. Lawrence 5201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1S4 (Plateau)

This Montreal resto and cafe does the best breakfast and brunch in town. The reason? Instead of giving you fresh rolls before your meal, they give you fresh DONUT PUFFS. You're welcome.

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8. L’Avenue 922 ave. du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal, H2J 1X2 (Plateau)

This breakfast and brunch favorite often has a line of people waiting to get inside the artfully decorated confines of this Plateau resto.

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9. Sparrow / Le Moineau 5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1A5 (Mile End)

This resto & cocktail spot's always filled with Mile End neighborhood regulars who come back for The Sparrow's baller weekend brunch. On the must-eat list: banana and chocolate-filled donuts, smoked salmon & scrambled eggs, and a potato & cabbage dish called Bubble 'n Squeak.

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10. Ma'tine 1310 Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, H2L 2A5

This Ville-Marie spot features cafe fare in the morning, bistro/takeout at lunch, and 5 Ă  7 snacks with natural wines and a gorgeous terrasse.

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11. Le Cartet 106 Rue McGill, Montreal, H2Y 2E5

This hip Downtown spot serves up seriously good breakfast and brunch items, at prices that won't empty your wallet.

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12. Aux Vivres 4631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1R2 (Mile End)

Even the most meaty of meatatarians have to admit that this vegan resto's meat substitutions can taste better than the real thing, and that's why this makes for one of the best-kept secrets in the city.

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