Brunch in Montréal: More than just a tradition
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.
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
French brunch: Leméac
Spanish brunch: Mesón
Australian brunch: Café Melbourne
Iranian brunch: Byblos
Syrian/Lebanese brunch: KazaMaza
Korean brunch: Jiep Jiep
Italian brunch: Farine
Japanese brunch: NOREN
Filipino brunch: Junior
Brunch spots listed by ambience
Sophisticated brunch buffet: La Maison Boulud
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
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, 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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