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We’ve mapped out our picks for the best brunch in Montreal

Brunch? Best meal of the day. With breakfast and lunch options, everyone can get what they want! There’s nothing like sleeping in then meeting up with a group of friends to talk, laugh and relax with some delicious food. Plus, that means it’s the weekend! Slow it down and savour the moment, it’s sure to be sweet at these restaurants that we think serve the best brunch in Montreal!

Maybe you overslept and need a dinner recommendation instead… head over to our article of the Best New Restaurants in Montreal for more of our top recommendations.

Old Montreal 

Classic and old school, but we’re not talking about the meals. We’ve also compiled a list of the Best Restaurants in Old Montreal.

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1. LOV

Local, Organic, Vegetarian brunch in the heart of the city, what’s not to love? With their dedication to clean, ethical food that’s expertly prepared to be oh so delicious, you can feel good about eating here in so many ways. Most of the dishes are vegan, but you can get organic eggs too! Stop by their beautiful restaurant and taste it for yourself. Just one question: sweet or savoury? lov.com

2. Le Cartet

This restaurant is bustling on weekends, everyone seems to want a taste of Le Cartet’s delicious brunch meals. The portions are big, too, so you can really dig in, and maybe even save some for later. If you end up waiting in line, there’s lots to see as the restaurant doubles as a boutique and a mini grocer where you can buy foods to go, coffee, a selection of edible goodies and even their own brand of jams! facebook.com/lecartetresto

3. Holder

This french Bistro serves brunch in style. They’ve got excellent service, delicious food, a pleasant atmosphere and… a great selection of cheese! Their upscale weekend brunch menu has it all: breakfast, lunch, and mimosas. You’re sure to love your meal at Holder and they’ll keep you coming back. restaurantholder.com/en

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4. Mélisse

With it’s light and airy decor and fresh, simple foods, having brunch at Mélisse feels like a breath of fresh air. When we say simple, of course, we don’t mean boring. Their food is prepared using quality ingredients and lets their natural flavours shine. Come by and try something new soon, you can even make a reservation online. restaurantmelisse.com

5. Tommy

They’ve got two locations now. The first is a darling and delightful cafe where you can stop by and grab a coffee, or have a sandwich too. The other Saint-Paul location just opened this month, filling in for the demands of the other cafe, and is already one of the best brunches in Montreal, hands down. You can sit down in bigger groups, take your time, and enjoy the more robust brunch menu of omelettes, sandwiches and salads, as well as their signature delicious coffee. tommymontreal.com

Downtown

These brunch places mean business. 

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6. Les Enfants Terribles

At the top of Place Ville Marie, Les Enfants Terribles is the highest restaurant in Montreal, so the views are unbeatable! Look out over the St. Lawrence, the mountain and all of Montreal as you eat. The food is spectacular too – try their blueberry donuts, served with a wild blueberry sauce and vanilla ice cream, or their crab BLT. jesuisunenfantterrible.com

7. Café Parvis

When you walk in from the busy streets of Downtown, you’ll be transported to a cozy haven, surrounded by lush greenery hanging from the ceiling. Try their creative breakfast pizza, with perfectly crispy dough, or sweet beaver tail, but make sure you make a reservation, as this place is really in demand! cafeparvis.com

Le Plateau

You can bet that Montreal’s party district knows how to do weekend brunch well!

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8. Le Réservoir

Le Réservoir is a brewpub, restaurant, and hot weekend brunch spot, all in one. You can chill on their patio, or escape the busy streets in their newly renovated interior, while sampling some delicious creations. Their famed brunch food is grown up and sophisticated, with unexpected elegance… we love it! reservoirbrasseur.com

9. Maison Publique

This classic British gastropub also gives brunch a meaty twist. People are raving about the creative dishes, such as a BLT sandwiched in a juicy beefsteak tomato. The place is cozy and quiet on weekends, nestled right in the Eastern part of the Plateau. With an ever-changing menu, it’s the perfect place to start any Saturday or Sunday. maisonpublique.com

10. Bagel Etc.

And now, the perfect place for classic brunch food. Bagel Etc. has the fun lively atmosphere of a good old diner full of students and regulars, but they’re serious about what they do. It was a favourite brunch choice for Leonard Cohen, who would bring his own plate for some quirky reason. They also have a huge array of hot sauces for the spicy ones among you to top your breakfast with. facebook.com/pages/Bagel-etc

Mile End

In this creative hub there are so many more good places to eat and so much to see. Here’s our Mile End Neighbourhood Guide to get you started, or have us escort you on the Mile End Food Tour.

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11. Lawrence

After a decade of being open, Lawrence has gone under construction until it’s grand re-opening on June 1st, 2018. We can’t tell you what’s to come, but we’re so excited to see what the reputable brunch place has in store… lawrencerestaurant.com

12. Bishop & Bagg

A perfect stop for a casual weekend brunch – they do solid, hearty, brunch fare, with a slight British influence. Come by for drinks in the evening too! A full English breakfast, steak rarebit, smoked meat benedict, and even a popcorn chicken hash… this brunch will leave you feeling satisfied in your stomach and your soul. bishopandbagg.com

13. Sparrow

The Sparrow’s brunch selections are unique, creative and flavourful, with options like the breakfast banh-mi, smoked trout, shakshuka and buckwheat pancakes. You won’t want to miss out on trying these dishes, so make a reservation if you can get there for 10am (and only 10am) on weekends, or try your luck later in the morning! lesparrowbar.com

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14. Butterblume

Butterblume is a spacious and airy restaurant that serves foods with fresh ingredients, and expertly combined flavours. They also always have fresh flowers, pottery, books and magazines on hand. The restaurant doubles as a little épicerie, and they have recently branched out into the takeout world by opening another storefront right next door. Maybe this Sunday brunch will be a picnic? lebutterblume.com

15. Arts Cafe

Stop by any time of day, whether it’s for half an hour or a few. They serve breakfast on weekdays, in addition to a weekend brunch, so you can get your fix of eggs any day of the week. In the evenings, they host art-related events. They’re especially worth checking out for the cool and friendly vibes as well as their striking outdoor patioartscafemontreal.com/en

Saint-Henri

Inevitably… brunch restaurants have been popping up like crazy in this up-and-coming neighbourhood

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16. Foiegwa

Just like its name – the food at Foiegwa is French with an American twist. After opening up a couple years ago, this diner has become a St-Henri staple. Their food is familiar and elegant all at once. Also… you can add foie gras to anything. When you stop by, make sure to pick up a jar of honey made right on the roof of the restaurant. foiegwa.com

17. Arthurs Nosh Bar

A family-run joint, named after the owner’s food-loving dad, serving jewish classics reimagined for this Instagram-driven world. Pretty as the restaurant is, its their comfort food and hospitality that are sure to charm you and keep you coming back for seconds. arthursmtl.com

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18. Restaurant 3734

This Portuguese inspired restaurant is known for its piri-piri chicken, which you can even get during their weekend brunch, but every dish is like a happy-dance for your tastebuds. 3734 is on the pricier side of brunch, but with their quality of food, service and and ambiance, you’ll know you got your money’s worth. 3734.ca/en

19. H4C

Located in a converted post-office and bank, H4C pays tribute to the area’s roots while pushing it into the future. As brunch meets fine dining, every dish you order is a culinary artwork made with fresh, local ingredients. You won’t have a brunch like this anywhere else, and you can dine on their cozy terrace in the summer. leh4c.com/en

Mile-Ex

The ‘ex’ stands for exciting when it comes to food – these restaurants are not your average brunch digs. And here’s some reasons to explore the area even more

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20. Dépanneur Le Pick-Up

This is not just any old Montreal dep… Le Pick-Up is nominated for Cult MTL’s award for Best Sandwich and Best Burger in the city. The convenience store/restaurant does a mean all-day breakfast too. You can sit up at the counter and dine among the snacks and local brews, or catch some rays on their patio while enjoying your sunny side up eggs and chatting with some locals. depanneurlepickup.com

21. Jiep Jiep

This is not something you get to try everywhere: authentic homestyle East-Asian brunch food, and its delicious! Everyone’s been raving about Jiep Jiep since it opened this winter, so stop by this weekend for a spicy twist on brunch, and indulge in the seasonal, healthy recipes. Make sure you try the kimchi and some of the other foods the chef-owner ferments in-housefacebook.com/Jiep-Jiep

Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie

Dine at a decadent brunch place, or hit up the Jean-Talon Market to get the freshest ingredients for your own culinary creations

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22. Régine Café

Régine Café is inspired by your aunt: serving baked goods and eggs to both the early bird and the snoozer, surrounded by mismatched velvet furniture and the sweet wafting smell of baked goods. Be prepared to wait, because this stylish aunt has a lot of eager, hungry nieces and nephews, but you might even be served little snacks in line! reginecafe.ca/en

We hope our suggestions have been helpful! If you’re looking for more recommendations in Montreal, look no further than these 18 Exciting Things to Do in Montreal this Summer!

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