A weekend is never quite complete without brunch. Wether you're eating it at home in bed or splurging on mimosas - a tasty brunch is an essential ingredient to a successful weekend. A drunken night out wouldn't be complete without clumsily piecing the night together over bacon and bloody Caesars the morning after.
Montreal has a lot more to offer than just typical diner-style and greasy spoon brunches, though. This city is filled with restaurants that offer a unique experience and their very own spin on the standard eggs and potato brunch formula.
Over the next few pages, we will look at some of the key brunch spots throughout the city that offer a lot more than just bacon and eggs. A combination of ambiance and quality food is key when shopping for your next brunch adventure. Here are a few good options to add to your list!
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Perles et Paddoc
Where: 403 Rue De Seigneurs // Old Port
Why you should go: Pearls et Paddock is new to town and definite must try for an elevated brunch experience. The restaurant is built out of a renovated garage, giving it a unique urban vibe.
Where: 1498 Rue Belanger // Rosemont
Why you should go: New brunch spot alert! This little Rosemont spot is cozy, warm and inviting. They will serve up a classic home cooked brunch that might even be better than your moms.
Bete a Pain Griffin Town
Where: 195 Young Street // Griffintown
Why you should go: Bete a Pain Griffintown is for those peeps out there who just can't get enough of sweet brunch items. They do have savory options as well, but it's all about satisfying your sweet tooth here.
Restaurant Santa Barbara
Where: 6696 Rue De Vallier // Plateau
Why you should go: Santa Barbara is all about giving you a little taste of SoCal without the 5 hour flight. Serving up healthy and wholesome brunch options, it's a great spot to hit up with your girlfriends on a Saturday.
Where: 5836 Saint Laurent // Mile-End
Why you should go: Butterblume is all about fresh local and market-driven ingredients. The menu changes often and offer delicate and elevated brunch options. You will always leave feeling satisfied.
Where: 4720 Rue Marquette // Plateau
Why you should go: Maison Publique is a Plateau staple. It's got a warm, rustic and homey environment and the food is just as comforting. Perfect spot for a Sunday mimosa brunch with the crew.
Where: 4524 Saint Laurent // Plateau
Why you should go: Hof Kelsten is a casual Eastern European inspired bakery and cafe. Serving up some light meals options with the most scrumptious bread you ever tried in the city.
Where: 1524 Notre Dame West // Saint-Henri
Why you should go: This Saint-Henri spot has a serious bistro vibe and serves up classic brunch dishes that will always leave you feeling full and happy. Perfect for that intimate brunch for two on the weekends.
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Where: 1964 Notre Dame West // Griffintown
Why you should go: For a seriously mouth-watering and unique brunch experience visit Junior in Griffintown. They're a family-run Philippino restaurant specializing in classic Philippino dishes. The brunch is that perfect balance between greasy and fresh.
Where: 5674 Monkland // NDG
Why you should go: Porco is a little piece of Italy right in the heart of NDG. Serving up rustic Italian dishes in a modern atmosphere, this is just what Monkland Village needed. Brunch is awesome too.
Where: 1886 Notre Dame West // Saint-Henri
Why you should go: Le Boucan is a low-key southern-style BBQ house with a local twist. This is a meat-lovers brunch only. Do not bring your veggie or vegan friends. You've been warned.
Where: 1840 Beaubien East // Rosemont
Why you should go: Régine Café serves the cadillac of brunch. The price is nice and the plates are enormous. There is really no going wrong with this choice, there is something on the menu for everyone.
Where: 5322 Saint-Laurent // Mile-End
Why you should go: Sparrow is a brunch staple for the Mile-End crown, but there's a good reason for that. Brunch is killer at the atmosphere and service is on point. The dishes themselves are on the indulgent side and are always flavourful and comforting. Perfect.
Where: 433 Mayor Street // Downtown
Why you should go: For those of you that have already read a couple of my food articles, you may have realized I talk a lot about this place. Say whatever you want, i'll keep talking about it, that's how good it is. Their brunch is decadent and savoury, perfect for a cold winter morning.
Arthurs Nosh Bar
Where: 4621 Notre Dame West // Saint-Henri
Why you should go: Arthurs Nosh Bar is a Eastern European deli with millennial friendly packaging and ultra-fresh ingredients. Get there early, this spot get busy fast on brunch days.
Where: 5201 Saint-Laurent // Mile-End
Why you should go: Lawrence is a intimate restaurant serving European-style dishes in the Mile-End. Don't go expecting classic bacon and eggs, this place serves refined yet rustic dishes that have a British Pub feel to them. Meaning, they will always leave you full and happy.
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Where: 500 Rue Beaubien // Rosemont
Why you should go: Cafe Pista is a beautiful airy space serving up a great cup of coffee, of course- but also light menu of breakfast, brunch and lunch options. This is particularly great spot for weekend brunch with the girls.
Le Vieux Vélo
Where: 59 Beaubien East // Rosemont
Why you should go: Le Vieux Vélo is known for one thing, the no-frills perfect egg brunch. Seriously, the eggs are perfectly cooked every time, no matter how busy they are. Serving classic dishes like eggs benny, you can't go wrong with brunch here. Get there early, the only downside to this place is the line up.
Where: 201 Fairmont West // Mile End
Why you should go: Arts Cafe does brunch justice. This is not your classic floppy eggs and frozen potato brunch. No, this place cares about selecting fresh and unique ingredients, creating beautiful and delicate elevated brunch dishes that will look equally as beautiful on your IG feed.
Where: 4675 Saint Laurent // Plateau
Why you should go: Lili.Co makes some seriously indulgent brunch. But not in the greasy and heavy feel-like-you-need-to-sleep-for-20hours-brunch. No, this is more of a refined and decadent brunch experience. Perfect spot for that romantic brunch for two.
Olive et Gourmando
Where: 351 St=Paul West // Old Port
Why you should go: Olive et Gourmando is an Old Port staple. They serve food all day long in a casual setting, but they also do brunch specials on the weekend. Perfect spot to bring your out-of-town friends and then show them around the Old Port afterwards.
Where: 1425 Jeanne Meance // Downtown
Why you should go: If your looking to treat yourself or impress, head to Brasserie T for brunch. In the summer they also have a beautiful outdoor terrace. This is the perfect spot for a romantic brunch for two.
Where: 1995 Rue Masson // Plateau East
Why you should go: L'Entre-Pots in the Plateau East serves up some hearty and filling classic brunch options in a warm and charming environment. It's a good option for that group brunch on the weekends.
Le Bon Vivant
Where: 275 Notre Dame West // Saint-Henri
Why you should go: Trendy brunch done right. This spot serves up rustic brunch dishes in a warm and woody environment. Perfect for a special brunch date for two.
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Barley Bar A Cereal
Where: 2613 Notre Dame West // Griffintown
Why you should go: Barley Cereal Bar is the only one of its kind in Montreal. They specialize in cereal and granola bowls and speciality drinks. All served up in a stunning modern interior.
Where: 1041 Van Horne Ave // Outremont
Why you should go: Boxerman's is a a little rustic-style bistro in Outremont. Serving delicate and refined brunch dishes on the weekend. This is the spot to bring your parents to impress, or a intimate brunch date for two.
Where: 4567 Rue Wellington // Verdun
Why you should go: Restaurant Well is located it in the quickly gentrifying borough of Point St-Charles. Let's all help contribute to the gentrification of working class neighbourhoods and visit beautiful little gems like Restaurant Well for weekend brunch.
Where: 719 Rue William // Old Port
Why you should go: A trip to Restaurant Mélisse for a weekend brunch will earn you some serious boyfriend points. This spot boasts a beautiful fresh and airy ambiance and excellent Mediterranean-inspired brunch dishes.
Where: 5115 Saint Laurent // Plateau
Why you should go: L'Inconnu is the spot to go to if you want a unfussy classic brunch, but that's still made with care. This is the perfect spot for a Sunday brunch with a big crew of friends.
Les Enfants Terribles
Why you should go: Les Enfants Terribles now has two locations. The original is in Outremont, and their new location just opened at the very top of Place Ville Marie. So - if you're looking for a one-of-a-kind brunch experience, this is your spot.
Where: 4001 Rue Notre-Dame West // St-Henri
Why you should go: Ludger is a popular little bistro with the St-Henri crowd. In the evening, it's a great spot for oysters and drinks. But on the weekend you can hit them up for a simple and easy brunch as well. In the summer they have a great outdoor terrace as well.
Where: 3734 Notre Dame West // Saint-Henri
Why you should go: 3734 is a tapas bar and restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean-inspired dishes. They serve up a delicious and healthy looking brunch all weekend long too.
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Restaurant Rubis Rouge
Where: 1008 Rue Clarke // China Town
Why you should go: When you're tired of eggs and bacon, fear not! Montreal has plenty of alternative brunch options around. One standard is, of course - delicious and savoury Dim Sum. This is best with a big group of friends. This way you can sample everything on the menu.
Where: 3001 Notre Dame West // Griffintown
Why you should go: Foiegwa is a nice little intimate spot in the heart of Griffintown, right down the street from Lionel Groulx Metro. They made a delicate twist on classic brunch. Perfect for a romantic brunch for two.
Restaurant La Prunelle
Where: 327 Duluth East // Plateau
Why you should go: La Prunelle is a BYO french bistro in the Plateau that also serves brunch on the weekend. The warm and inviting atmosphere is perfect for an intimate brunch with the family or a romantic brunch for two.
Where: 9 Avenue Fairmount East // Mile-End
Why you should go: Larry's is a little treasure of the Mile-End. Serving dinner every night, but brunch as well, the intimate atmosphere is perfect for a quiet brunch date for two.
Pub Burgundy Lion
Where: 2496 Notre Dame West // Griffintown
Why you should go: Burgundy Lion is perfect for drunk brunch with friends on the weekend. This is Griffintown staple serves classic and pub-inspired brunches that will leave you full and satisfied every time.
Where: 5206 Saint Laurent // Mile-End
Why you should go: For elevated brunch at a nice price, check out Eldas in the Mile-End. This place is relatively new and opened about a year ago and is still going strong.
Where: 374 Victoria Avenue // Westmount
Why you should go: For a unique brunch experience head to Lavanderia in Westmount. With a beautiful and inviting atmosphere this spot is perfect for an intimate brunch with the fam.
Where: 464 Mcgill Street // Downtown
Why you should go: Restaurant LOV specializes in vegan and vegetarian brunch and is one of the few spot in Montreal that is genuinely 100% vegan. Perfect for when you need a healthy detox brunch with girlfriends.