Weekday brunches in Montréal
This article was updated on May 8, 2019.
There’s nothing Montrealers like more than going out for brunch on the weekend. But where does this love for brunch go once the weekend ends? Where does one go for brunch during the week? Although the weekday brunch offer is not as extensive as the weekend’s, below are a few options you may want to check out.
Le Vieux Vélo
A Petite Patrie classic, Le Vieux Vélo excels at the all-day breakfast game and serves classics such as eggs, benedicts and more in an unpretentious and friendly ambiance.
Régine has built a reputation as a Montréal weekday brunch authority of sorts and or good reason! Their weekday brunch is served from 8am to 3pm and includes dishes such as corn waffles with trout gravlax and poached eggs with mushrooms. Their vertical plate with homemade pastries and jams is a must as well.
Larrys is a hybrid space in the heart of the Mile End that’s open all day, every day, or short of. Coffee, pastries, small plates to share (or not), breakfast items, excellent wine and more are available for your eating pleasure.
A classic Montréal establishment, Beautys Luncheonette has been serving Montrealers breakfast, brunch and lunch for the past 70 years.
This cutest café has become an instant favourite since the day it opened. Filled with natural light and serving simple, regional dishes filled with flavour, the Butterblume serves brunch Fridays to Sundays but a simpler breakfast menu is available the rest of the week.
Olive et Gourmando
One of my personal favourite eateries in Montréal, Olive et Gourmando is a great spot to catch a weekday brunch. Although the more elaborate brunch menu is only technically available on the weekend, the housemade ricotta plate, granola bowl or “poached egg on your face” sandwich make for a great start of the day.
This eclectic Mile End favourite serves an elaborate breakfast menu all week, which includes delicious items such as a shakshuka, a chicory and lardon salad, a duck confit poutine and cod cakes. Arts Café is also a favourite for instagrammers.
Located in the west part of Saint-Henri, Arthurs serves a Jewish-classics inspired menu with items such as the traditional bagel and salmon plate, a latke smorgasbord and challah bread with butter.
Open every day from early morning until late afternoon, Bagel etc is a classic retro looking institution in the heart of the Portuguese ghetto of Montréal. It serves your classic Jewish-inspired specialties including excellent blintzes with a variety of fillings.
Le Café Bloom
Deep in the heart of Pointe St-Charles is the lovely and eclectic Café Bloom, a great space to sit and eat, have coffee and spend a little time. Le Café Bloom serves colourful plates for any meal and loads of vegetarian and vegan options.
Universel Déjeuners et Grillades
A classic breakfast restaurant, Universel Déjeuners et Grillades is open every day and serves all-day breakfast or brunch. Their extensive menu includes a large variety of eggs benedicts, omelettes and several specialties such as steak and eggs.
This neighbourhood Hochelaga-Maisonneuve bistro serves brunch from Tuesday to Sunday. Les Affamés brunch menu features creative dishes using local products. You can enjoy such items as huevos rancheros with pulled pork, cheddar biskits with duck confit and maple bacon and French toast with chocolate, bananas, dulce de leche and macadamia nuts.
Le Toasteur Villeray
Le Toasteur Villeray is a classic all-day breakfast restaurant serving all your favourite classics from omelettes to eggs benedict to crêpes and waffles. Located in Villeray, it opens at 7 am and closes at 2 pm.
Le Passé Composé
Open from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm from Wednesday to Monday, Le Passé Composé serves breakfast in its convenient Village location. Its generous portions and elaborate eggs benedict creations will surely hit the spot.
La Petite Adresse
La Petite Adresse serves a weekly brunch menu from 9 am to 3 pm from Monday to Friday. The Plateau restaurant’s weekly brunch menu is French inspired with items such as zucchini pancakes and goat cheese omelette on the menu.
The quintessential classic French restaurant in Montréal, L’Express is on everyone’s list of favourites. Open from morning until the wee hours of the next morning seven days a week, the weekly breakfast is classic French bistro.
This lovely Old Montréal restaurant opens at 7:30 am on weekdays. Enjoy a breakfast tartine or the more hearty breakfast sandwich in Restaurant Mélisse’s charming Pinterest-worthy décor or on its terrasse come summertime.
If you find yourself in search of a weekly breakfast in downtown Montréal, head to Le Mount Stephen and its Bar George restaurant. The menu is British-inspired and includes a full English breakfast.
Old Montréal’s Taverne Gaspar serves breakfast from 7 am to 11 am every day of the week. The menu is varied and includes eggs, omelettes, pancakes and more as well as a kid’s menu.
An Old Montréal classic that’s been in operation for a few years now, Le Cartet is a welcoming space with warm woods and communal tables. They’re open from 7 am with an elaborate breakfast menu that also offers healthy choices as well as a kid’s menu.
Dépanneur Le Pick-Up
Mile-Ex’s Dépanneur Le Pick-Up is a cute and eclectic spot that is an absolute favourite for its hippie ambiance and delicious greasy-spoon cuisine. Its breakfast menu is available from 7 am to 11:30 am on weekdays and is best when eaten at the counter or on the adorable terrasse.
A recent addition to the Village culinary scene, Tendresse is open every day starting at 10 am and offers a fresh cuisine that’s sure to please everyone, even though it also just happens to be vegan.
Greenspot Restaurant is a Saint-Henri institution that’s been around since 1947 while managing to keep its original decor as well as the tabletop jukeboxes. It opens at 6 am every day and serves a classic diner/greasy spoon menu. - 3041 Notre-Dame Street West
L’Entre-Pots is a small and charming Rosemont restaurant that serves brunch and lunch every day of the week. The staff is friendly, the space cozy and the generous dishes market inspired. The adorable sunny terrasse is the perfect place to enjoy one of L’Entre-Pots’ sandwiches or bowls.
Verdun’s Restaurant Well is a breakfast and lunch restaurant that offers great and elaborate brunches every day. The tall pancake stacks are a must, but so are all the creative dishes on the menu.
Janine Café is Régine Café’s Verdun counterpart. Janine has her own identity, but the friendly welcome and warm ambiance are the same as her older sister’s. The weekday brunch is served from 8 am to 3 pm and the menu is like Régine’s but includes unique items such as latkes and chicken and waffles.
For a fancy weekday brunch around downtown Montréal, head to the Ritz-Carlton and its Maison Boulud. Choose between the buffet breakfast or the à la carte menu with items such as Eggs Benedict, waffles and French toast. Maison Boulud is especially charming in the summer, when you can get a seat around the courtyard’s pond.
Le Valois is in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and is open every day starting at 9 am. The cozy ambiance, great décor by architect Luc Laporte and beautiful summertime terrasse make Le Valois a perfect spot for a weekday breakfast. The French brasserie-inspired menu is served until 11 am and includes items such as Croque-Monsieur (or Madame), crêpes and omelettes.
Although best known for its poutine, Maamm Bolduc is a great place for a weekday breakfast starting at 7:30 am. Eggs, crêpes, bagels and other morning delights are all part of the colourful menu.
Mayssam Samaha, blogger
Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.