We can't say it enough: it's important to start the day with a full belly. To help you with this task, here is a selection of restaurants offering delicious breakfasts during the week (and most as well as the weekend). It's not easy to choose as Montreal is full of fantastic places open in the morning or for brunch!
Whether you prefer the classic comfort food of egg, bacon, and potatoes, or are more attracted to the sweet, the French, the healthy, or the original, here is something for you to wake up to.
In the Hochelaga district, one of the must-see places is certainly the Canard Café. The owners Pierre and Amélie have managed to give a feeling of being at home as soon as you walk in the door. For breakfast, there is good coffee from 3rd Wave roasters and many delicious options such as their very popular duck confit egg tour. There are multiple vegetarian options and even a kids' menu. As of this summer, they have a patio, so you can enjoy the beautiful days and the excitement of Ontario Street. A second branch will open in the next few months...to be continued!
A new Villeray must-try is Fanfare Brunch. The menu was designed and prepared by chef-owner Julien Laporte. Under the same roof is their bakery, so all the bread and pastries are made entirely on-site. Only the best ingredients are used, most of which are organic and come from local artisans. Specialties include omelets, eggs Benedict, Fanfare burgers, savory puddings, and croque-madame croissants. Breakfast is offered from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 2 pm. In summer, you can even eat outside on their beautiful terrace.
Open since 1938, La Binerie is certainly an institution in terms of traditional Quebec cuisine in Montreal. The restaurant has changed owners a few times since then, but the authenticity of the dishes has remained. As early as 6 am, you can stop by for breakfast made with bines prepared on-site, steak, black pudding, pancakes and so much more. They also offer a dinner service from Thursday to Sunday with dishes such as pig's feet stew, chicken pie, or meatloaf.
Beauty's Luncheonette is an institution located in the heart of the Plateau at the intersection of St Urbain and Mount Royal. This dinner-style restaurant has been delighting Montrealers with its must-try dishes since 1942. Whether it's during the week (open from 7 am) or for weekend brunch, you can devour impressive plates: pancake, omelet, sausages, bacon, fried potatoes. For those with a sweet tooth, you can accompany it all with a smoothie or the famous Beauty's Milkshake.
Every day from 7 am to 3 pm, you can enjoy breakfast at Dame Tartine on Ontario Street in the South Centre. The menu seeks to adapt to all dietary styles by offering the option of changing to gluten-free bread, a vegetarian and vegan menu, and even replacing potatoes for ketogenic food. Pancakes, waffles, omelets, sandwiches, raclette, poutine, breakfast, and more. The plates are generous and one of the few places in Montreal that filter coffee is included in the price of the plate. There are other locations if you are from Laval or Saint-Hyacinthe.
Charming little cozy and relaxed café in Rosemont-la Petite Patrie, the Vieux-Vélo offers tasty breakfasts and brunches every day of the week from 9 am to 3 pm and at a more than affordable price. Whether you love eggs Benedict or you're into vegan food, the Vieux-Vélo and its trendy-cool Montreal spirit will charm you.
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am, Olive et Gourmando awaits you in Old Montreal for a simple yet chic breakfast. A plate of homemade ricotta, a bowl of granola, or a poached egg panini are among the dishes that will delight you. We also dare you to resist the generous pastries presented on the counter.
This iconic Montreal location celebrates its 74th anniversary in September. On weekdays, they are open from 5 am and on weekends after 7 am. A reduced breakfast menu is offered until 11 pm. All the classics of a traditional Quebec breakfast are there, like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, omelets, and what about their pancakes! The decor has remained unchanged for years which gives it its charm, we still find jukeboxes (not functional, but still present). It is impossible to talk about this restaurant without talking about their poutines. Generous, fatty and there is so much choice, that you will surely find one to your taste! No reservation is possible, it's first come, first served!
Café Vasco Da Gama is reminiscent of the old Portuguese counters. Owned by the Ferreira family, this café is open 7 days a week and is ideally located in the downtown area. When you visit, we recommend you order the Vasco da Gama omelet with chouriço and São Jorge cheese or their famous natas. In summer, enjoy the terrace overlooking Peel Street. You also have the possibility of ordering catering.
With a branch in Mont-Royal and one on Notre-Dame in St-Henri, L'Avenue offers a quirky menu and a festive atmosphere. Rated among the best brunches in the city, their reputation is well established. Various choices are available such as an American carrot cake crepe, California omelet, eggs Benedict with truffled duck, huevos rancheros, fruity breakfast, or a pecan French toast. Opening soon in Laval and even in Saudi Arabia!
Café Olimpico and its charming sunny terrace are a Mile End institution. Here, no big dishes but a simple breakfast with a good coffee and a croissant or a pastry. Olimpico is above all a cheerfully electric and relaxed atmosphere of a retro European café. And if you like to combine sports news and coffee, you will be served! This same atmosphere can be found in their two other locations downtown and Old Montreal.
Paulo et Suzanne is open 24 hours a day in the Ahuntsic district and has been serving traditional Quebec dishes since 1980. You can start your day with their good breakfast sandwiches or classic plates: egg, potatoes, baked beans, and its meat variations, French toast, pancakes, or waffles. If you have a good appetite in the morning, the place is also famous for its burgers and poutines.
A must for brunch in Montreal! Located in the Village, Le Passé Composé is open from 8:30 am from Friday to Monday and offers fresh, colorful, and generous bistro cuisine, sweet or savory. The service is efficient and friendly, in a relaxed and trendy atmosphere. Try the poached eggs on toast or the grilled cheese with a good coffee. Since the pandemic, it is possible to reserve your place to avoid the lines.
La Grand-Mère Poule offers breakfast every day starting at 7 am. On the menu: eggs and omelets of course, but also fruits, bagels, rosti , pancakes, and mixed plates with sweet and salty. They even have a children's menu with teddy bear-shaped pancakes!
Since 2010, we have been enjoying the Fabergé in the Mile End. They serve breakfast from Thursday to Monday. They are particularly famous for their poutine breakfast. Not only is the food good, but the drinks like lattes, smoothies, and mimosa are among the favorites of the clientele. In the summer, enjoy the terrace on the lively street of Fairmount West. However, be prepared to wait or arrive early, they do not take reservations!
Located in the Mile-End, Rosemère, and Downtown, Toi, Moi et café is a reference in the art of preparing espresso and offers a vast selection of organic and fair trade coffee. Starting at 7 a.m. on weekdays or for weekend brunch, you'll have a choice of omelets, eggs Benedict, toast, bagels, croissants, fruit, French toast, homemade cakes, with extras like a choco-nut sauce...
You will find l'Évidence on St-Denis near Sherbrooke station. This restaurant is reminiscent of French brasseries with simple recipes, a nice atmosphere, and a variety of fruits. The orange and grapefruit juices are freshly squeezed on-site, perfect for those hot summer days! Breakfast is served from 8 am to 4 pm daily and includes eggs Benedict, omelets, and several traditional plate options. We suggest you check out their listing, as coupons for 12% off and more are available! In the evening, they are open until 11 pm for a more brasserie atmosphere.
With close to 20 locations in and around Montreal, Petinos has been providing breakfast for many years. Petinos means rooster in Greek and comes from his childhood memories of hearing the animal crow every morning. Their star dish is the Monteregie which comes in many variations mixing sweet and savory. The menu is vast and allows everyone to find breakfast to their liking. For example, waffles, pancakes, sandwiches, cheesecake waffles (Mont-Blanc), or eggs Benedict. Lunch dishes are also available such as hamburgers or salads.
From 8 am on weekdays and 9 am on weekends, Café Bloom located in Pointe St Charles offers you its colorful dishes: Bun breakfast, granola, or waffles. Here all ingredients are seasonal, local, organic, or from local farms, and everything served is homemade. Vegetarian and vegan options are also on the menu.
Open since 1944, this establishment is a must in NDG. For many years, they have been known for their pancakes, eggs Benedict and a wide variety of fruits. Breakfast is served all day, every day, so you can enjoy it at any time of day. Don't forget to reserve your table on their website.
You don't have to wait for the weekend to enjoy a good brunch, there are so many places open during the week. You can check out the list of establishments that offer weekday breakfast options in Montreal.