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7 Up and At ‘Em Montreal Breakfast and Brunch Spots


Olive+Gourmando storefront. Photo by Dana McMahan.

Montrealers are huge breakfast-goers. Get going in the morning with seven of our favourite breakfast and brunch restaurants.

Doughnuts at Lawrence.

You may have to wait in line to sample some of the Mile End’s best breakfast dishes at trendy Lawrence, but it’s worth it. The menu changes frequently but a constant favourite are the chocolate, lemon or custard doughnuts. Your taste buds will thank you.

Yes, we’re recommending breakfast at Tiffanys—but not for the sake of a pun. If you’re feeling adventurous go for the Monte Cristo breakfast club, with challah French toast, bacon, ham, scrambled eggs and melted Swiss cheese. Or opt for basics like crêpes, eggs and bacon, or lox on a famed Montreal-style bagel at this Côtes-des-Neiges restaurant.

Egg sandwich at Olive+Gourmando. Photo by Structures:NYC.

Olive + Gourmando
The warm red decor and dark wood furnishings make casual Olive + Gourmando, a top Old Montreal pick. Order a latte along with the fabulous “poached egg on your face” sandwich filled with prosciutto, roasted tomatoes and cheese.  It’s a little spicy and a lot delicious. On your way out, pick up a breakfast pastry—the chocolate bread is to die for.

A fifties throwback with booths and a long formica counter, Beauty’s is Montreal’s go-to breakfast spot for the young and old in the Plateau area of the city. Simple-but-delicious options include smoothies, omelettes, lox-and-bagels and a sweet, savoury and fluffy challah French toast that is nothing short of perfection.

Burgundy Lion
Feeling a little British? Head to Little Burgundy to enjoy some traditional grub. The Burgundy Lion’s bubble n’ squeak (a mix of cabbage, potatoes, eggs and roast beef) or the full English breakfast with eggs, sausage, bacon and blood pudding will surely fill you up. For some added fun, get there during a football (i.e. soccer) match, but bring your earplugs!

Scotch eggs at Burgundy Lion.

L’Enchanteur Café Bistro
After shopping for your fruits and veggies at the Jean Talon Market, head a few blocks over to L’Enchanteur Café Bistro. The bright reds, blues and yellows in this space will wake you right up. Try their specialty, eggs Echanteur: poached eggs on an English muffin with Brie, mushrooms and hollandaise.

Boulangerie Kouign-Amann
The tiny Kouign Amann (322 Mont-Royal Av. W.; 514-845-8813) bakery in the Plateau has a huge following. It’s a great place to grab and go a coffee and one of the best croissants or chocolatines (pain au chocolat) in the city. If you’re lucky enough to snatch up one of the two tables, sit and enjoy the scenery on the street outside.


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