Brunch in Montréal: More than just a tradition

Gastronomy Breakfast and Brunch Restaurants
Laure Juilliard

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 mid-morning to mid-afternoon on the weekend and listen for the din of happy diners. The proof is in the pudding.

Olive et Gourmando - Brunch

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 local parlance—all this and more is what brings Montréalers out for brunch with friends, family or lovers, anywhere from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends, and even 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.

No matter where you’re from or how old you are, this ritual belongs on any foodie’s bucket list. On any given weekend, local restaurants fill up fast and dedicated brunch enthusiasts line up, sometimes over an hour, just to get a table at the city’s most popular establishments. The cherry on the top? Engaging in lively conversation with locals as you wait in line. Montrealers tend to be in a good mood as they anticipate one of their favourite moments of the weekend. All in all, it’s a festive and delicious experience that reflects the city’s personality.

Régine Café - 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, flavourful omelettes to dim sum or borani, an explosion of flavour awaits!

Typical Québec: La Binerie Mont-RoyalDame Tartine and Maamm Bolduc

Popular Québec: Régine CaféJanine CaféLe Vieux VéloCaribou Gourmand, Le Cartet, Le Toasteur Villeray and L’Avenue

French: Brasserie 701Restaurant Leméac, Henri Brasserie Française, Restaurant Gault, Brasserie Le Pois Penché, Restaurant Holder, Brasserie Bernard and Renoir

Spanish: Mesón

Turkish: Mirazu

English: Pub Bishop & BaggLarrysBar GeorgeWolf & Workman FreehousePub Burgundy Lion and the Cardinal Tea Room

Middle Eastern: Bar Le SparrowRestaurant BloomfieldCafé chez TétaRumi and Babacool

Iranian: Byblos Le Petit Café

Jewish: Arthurs Nosh Bar and Bagel etc

Chinese: Restaurant ChinaTown Kim Fung and Ruby Rouge

Fiorellino Laurier
Maison Boulud | Breakfast

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: Le Fabergé or L’Gros Luxe

Amazing avocado toast: L'Entre-Pots

Decadent eggs benedict: Le Passé Composé

A generous and unique breakfast sandwich: Olive + Gourmando et Dépanneur le Pick-Up

A decadent breakfast sandwich: Hélico Café and Café September

A toasty golden croque-monsieur: Restaurant Antipode

Olive et Gourmando

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

Originally from Paris, Laure Juilliard made Montréal her home over 15 years ago and has never looked back. Won over by her new city's unique energy, cultural vibrancy and gastronomic effervescence, she loves exploring all the coolest spots. A writer and blogger specialising in lifestyle, culture, travel and gastronomy, she has lent her pen to Tourisme Montréal for more than 10 years, in addition to magazines such as ELLE Québec and Clin d'œil, as well as a variety of well-known companies and agencies. Always on the lookout for innovative concepts and the best addresses wherever she is in the world, she is also always planning her next trip.

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