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 or Maamm Bolduc
Very popular Québec brunch: Régine Café, Janine Café or L’Avenue
French brunch: Restaurant Leméac or Restaurant L’Express
Spanish brunch: Mesón
English brunch: Lawrence/Larrys, Bar George or Salon de thé Cardinal
Australian brunch: Café Melbourne or Café Névé
Iranian brunch: Byblos Le Petit Café
Middle East brunch: Restaurant Rumi
Hebrew brunch: Arthurs Nosh Bar or Bagel etc
Chinese brunch: Restaurant ChinaTown Kim Fung or Ruby Rouge
Italian brunch: Fiorellino Snack Bar - Ristorante
Japanese brunch: NOREN
Filipino brunch: Junior
Haitian brunch: Kwizinn
Louisiana brunch: Dinette Triple Crown
Mexican brunch: La Tamalera
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: Le Fabergé or Restaurant Well
Amazing avocado toast: L'Entre-Pots
Decadent eggs benedict brunch: Le Passé Composé or Le Vieux Vélo
Creative brunch: Comptoir Rhubarbe, Bistrot La Fabrique, Caribou gourmand, Lili.Co, Butterblume, Café Parvis or Bistro Rosie
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!