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Montreal has a serious brunch scene, and while most people think a late-afternoon breakfast needs to feature bacon and eggs, well they'd be very wrong. You don't need meat, or any animal by-products, to have a good brunch. The vegans reading know what I'm saying, and any of the skeptics can read on and find out just how needless meat, cheese, and eggs are for a delicious brunch experience. All vegans, please just take a gander and jot down spots you haven't been to yet, as Montreal has more than a few vegan brunch spots.
Photo cred - Aux Vivres
4631 St. Laurent
No list of vegan anything in Montreal would be complete without Aux Vivres. Each and every weekend from 10am to 4pm you can get several different special brunch offerings, including blueberry crepes, heuvos rancheros, a vegan-style breakfast plate (pictured), and my personal fave, the fried polenta with black beans, guacamole and salsa. The vegan brunch-er on the go can also just get their recently unveiled breakfast burrito.
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La Lumiere du Mile End
Truly a lesser-known star of the borough, La Lumiere du Mile End always comes through with the vegan eats (their burrito is amazing) and that is still true on the weekends for their vegan brunch. The brunch offering is changed each and every weekend, so don't expect the same meal twice, though they're all prepared with the same expertise and eclectic mix of flavours the resto is known for. Previous brunch dishes have included buckwheat and flax latkes with apple-cranberry chutney as well as pumpkin croquettes with millet and kale, just to give you an idea.
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Part jazz venue, part vegan cafe, Resonance has so much to offer your senses, including some solid began brunch options. While the breakfast tofu-egg scramble pictured above is now off the menu, you can still get it in sandwich form, or go the sweeter route with a yogurt parfait or a piece banana bread with almond butter, all of which are available from 10am to 4pm.
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Renowned as one of the best vegan eating options in the city, Crudessence has a pretty stacked brunch menu. Keep it simple with a fruit and almond-cashew yogurt parfait, or get a little fancy with a veggie-stuffed crepe florentine with herbed nut cheese. Blueberry-buckwheat pancakes and a vegan breakfast burrito are also available to brunch out on.
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Six different brunch items round out Invitation V's weekend brunch menu, served from 11:30am to 3pm. Quiche, crepes, parfaits, and even an omelette are always on the menu, so you've got plenty of options.
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5490 St. Laurent
Not only is Le Cagibi an amazing cafe to just chill and drink coffee at, but they also have a great vegan-friendly food menu, with some solid brunch dishes in the mix. Simple tofu-egg scrambles are up for grabs, though your best bet is the breakfast burrito, which you can easily vegan-ize by asking for tofu instead of egg and asking for no yogurt.
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4581 Parc + 545 Milton
If you feel like having something a tad different for your vegan brunch, get your belly over to Lola Rosa, who boasts a wide brunch menu on the regular. Classics like pancakes, french toasts, and scrambles (each with a unique twist) are available for those who want to keep it simple, but adventurous foodies will want to try the sweet potato and tofu fritatta.
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Each and every weekend, Cafe Verdure serves up a mean Mediterranean and Indian brunch (both served with fresh homemade bread) for those looking for a different cultural flair to their brunch. As good as both dishes sound, we can't deny the strong appeal of getting their pancakes and waffles, which, as you can see, are supremely enticing. You can also rest easy if your afraid of the sugar intake, as all of Cafe Verdure's dishes are made with sugar alternatives, and happen to be organic and gluten-free.
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Downtown's newly opened 100% vegan store has a wide range of drinks and foods for you to enjoy when you visit, including some legit breakfast and brunch dishes. Copper Branch has their own version the vegan breakfast burrito (seemingly a prerequisite for any vegan eatery) along with a house granola bowl, or a Quinoa Coconut Power bowl topped with berries, fruits, and maple syrup.
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3990 St. Urbain
Bagels are very brunch-y so that's why Santropol is making this list. Better known for their lunch offerings (they got tons of sandwiches to choose from), you can still get a psuedo-brunch with Santropol's B&B, a plate of bagel chips served with bread, butter, and your choice of vege pate or hummus. Cream cheeses are available for the non-vegans reading.
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1964 Notre-Dame W
If you're brunch-ing with a bunch of non-vegans (they're the worst, right?) you can placate their bitching about no-meat by heading to Cafe Aleatoire. The brunch menu only features a single vegan option, but since its buckwheat pancakes topped with cinnamon and maple syrup, you won't even mind.
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