Brunch in Montréal: More than just a tradition

Laure Juilliard

Brunch is to Montréal what the baguette is to Paris. When you think of one, you necessarily associate it with the other. Not convinced? Head to any city restaurant between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on a weekend and listen for the din of happy diners. The proof is in the pudding.

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Brunch à la Montréal

Intoxicating smells, bursts of laughter, clinking dishes and the sounds of waiters warning “hot plate coming through”—or chaud, chaud, chaud in the local parlance—all this and more is what drives Montréalers out for brunch with their lovers, family or friends. They arrive anywhere from mid-morning through to mid-afternoon, and even indulge on weekdays. Far from being a simple continental breakfast enjoyed over the noon hour, brunch in Montréal is a gastronomic experience unto itself. It’s a serious affair that’s squarely focused on good food and good company.

If you’re a foodie, you’ve got to try Montréal brunch. No matter where you’re from or how old you are, this ritual belongs on any epicurean’s bucket list. On any given weekend, local restaurants fill up fast and dedicated brunch enthusiasts line up outside the city’s most popular establishments. As the cherry on top, you can expect to have jovial conversation with locals standing in line. Montréalers tend to be in a good mood as they anticipate one of their favourite moments of the whole week. All in all, it’s a festive and delicious experience that reflects the city’s personality.

And, in case there was any doubt, any occasion is a good reason for going out to brunch.

Brunch spots listed by style

Montréal is home to restaurants from around the world, meaning you can go on a culinary tour of the planet while you’re here. From authentic Quebecois baked beans to patatas bravas, mixed omelettes, dim sum or borani, an explosion of flavour awaits you!

Typical Québec brunch: La Binerie Mont-Royal

Very popular Québec brunch: Régine Café or l’Avenue

French brunch: Leméac

Spanish brunch: Mesón

English brunch: Lawrence or Salon de thé Cardinal

Australian brunch: Café Melbourne

Iranian brunch: Byblos

Syrian/Lebanese brunch: KazaMaza

Turkish brunch: Barbounya or Su

Hebrew brunch: Fletchers, Beautys, Hof Kelsten or Arthurs Nosh Bar

Chinese brunch: Restaurant ChinaTown Kim Fung or Ruby Rouge

Korean brunch: Jiep Jiep

Italian brunch: Farine

Japanese brunch: NOREN

Filipino brunch: Junior

Brunch spots listed by ambience

Sophisticated brunch buffet: La Maison Boulud

Chic brunch: Colette Grand Café or Perles et Paddock

City views brunch: Les Enfants Terribles - Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie

Family brunch: Café Sfouf

Vegetarian-friendly brunch: Santa Barbara

Vegan brunch: Résonance! Café

Diner brunch: Greenspot

Brunch spots listed by specialty

Whether you’re looking for classic brekkie (two eggs, bacon, potatoes and fruit) or sophisticated creativity, this list has something for everyone, including conservative eaters, refined foodies, adventurous palates and those with hearty appetites. Dig in!

Poutine brunch: Fabergé

Incredible crepe brunch: Hopkins

Decadent eggs benedict brunch: Le Passé Composé

Pizza brunch: Elena

Hummus brunch: Birona Hummus Bar

Creative brunch: Caribou Gourmand, Lili.Co, Le Butterblume, Café Parvis or Bistro Rosie

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Brunch to enjoy in your hotel room

Does your appetite outweigh your social skills in the morning? Feel free to make your own brunch by picking up goods from Montréal’s best bakeries and pastry shops. You won’t go hungry here!

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard, blogger

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

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