Food & Drink

Why brunch is such a big deal in Montreal, and where you should get it

Published On 10/30/2013 Published On 10/30/2013
Le Vieux Velo Montreal Brunch
Katherine Sehl

Why is brunch such a big deal in Montreal? Why ISN’T brunch such a big deal everywhere else? It’s a general rule of thumb that the later you wake up, the hungrier you are, and the hungrier you are, the better things taste. It’s also a well-known fact that sleep is good for you, so brunch, by extension, is good for you too. It’s just science, folks. Here are Montreal's scientifically selected greatest bruncheries, and the reasons why they're so freaking good.

Katherine Sehl

Brunch is awesome, but waking up early is not.
Le Vieux Velo
Rosemont-Petit Italie
Le Vieux Velo, and their adjacent café, Odessa, makes mornings a whole lot easier. Their BAB dish, an eggs Benedict w/ brie, avo, and bacon, makes life worth living. And they serve brunch all day, ideal for even those up at the crack of noon.

Katherine Sehl

Montrealers like to have fun at night.
... But they like to have fun in the mid-day too (not too early now)! That’s why joints like L’Avenue end up having longer lines than most clubs. Also: a cooler bathroom, w/ black lights, graffiti, and wildlife nature programs playing on a flatscreen.

Katherine Sehl

In Montreal, brunch is basically another reason to drink more.
Mile End
... Which is why this bar, that moonlights as a restaurant, is an ideal spot from brunch drinking. Sip on their blood orange mimosa or their bourbon lemonade while you devour their red velvet waffles or their fried chicken and waffles plate.

Katherine Sehl

Somehow combining breakfast & lunch leads to endless, glorious options.
What’s better than a Montreal bagel? A Montreal bagel sandwich. Or how about a “mish-mash” omelet that includes a hot dog, salami, green pepper, and fried onion inside of it. Beauty’s has been making the meanest brunch combos since '42.

Katherine Sehl

Since you’ve already skipped one meal, decadence is strongly encouraged.
Bistro Le Passé Composé
Le Passé Composé takes things to a new level of decadence with dishes like eggs Benedictine with ratatouille, poached eggs with foie gras, or their Panko-crusted French toast. Brunch is the only meal that allows for this kind of gluttony w/out the impending sense of shame.

Katherine Sehl

You can have dessert after brunch!
Figaro, a Parisian-esque mainstay, was pretty much designed for a perfect brunch experience, because while you’re picking up your tab, you can grab a little something something from their dessert counter for the road.

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1. Le Vieux Vélo 59, rue Beaubien, Montréal, H2S 1R1

Le Vieux Velo is a great spot for an early morning breakfast, but if you're a late riser don't worry, they serve brunch all day.

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2. Café Odessa 65, rue Beaubien, Montréal, H2S 1R1 (Rosemont)

This cozy cafe and coffee shop pours a fine cup of Joe, as well as tea, and serves pastries and donuts in a friendly atmosphere.

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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. Bistro Le Passé Composé 950 rue Roy Est, Montréal, H2L 1E8 (Plateau)

If you're looking for a more upscale brunch, come to this bistro that features dishes like poached eggs with foie gras.

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7. La Croissanterie Figaro 5200, rue Hutchison, Montréal, H2V 4B5 (Outremont)

This is a quiet little brunch retreat in Outremont that is sure to satisfy, especially if you dig dessert after your brunch.



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