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13 spots for the best brunch in Toronto

The best brunch in Toronto is being served at homey cafés, dim sum joints, French bistros and more.

By Sandra Osojnik |
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When it comes to culinary offerings, this Canadian city is surely spoiled (poutine, anyone?): just browse through our picks of spots serving the best brunch in Toronto to get an idea of what kind of gastronomical excellence you're about to be treated to.

The city’s diverse cultural landscape allows foodies the luxury of never having to settle for bland when it comes to choosing a great restaurant – especially when it comes to midday meals. Every neighborhood is home to a hidden gem that's waiting to be discovered by the hungover and the hungry (the city's nightlife scene will undoubtedly leave you begging for a pancake or three the next morning). Whether you prefer the tried and true classics or are looking to step out of your comfort zone, Toronto's melting pot of cuisine will deliver. 

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Best brunch in Toronto

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Cafe Cancan
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Café Cancan

What is it: This funky, French bistro lends whimsical flare to the space that previously housed neighborhood favorite, the Harbord Room. Chef Victor Barry has created a menu with food that is familiar but has an elevated twist, with the likes of truffle scrambled eggs, smoked trout crepes and a rich croque madame.

Why go: If you're looking to treat yourself to a nice Sunday brunch, come here. Cancan’s playful design and refined brunch menu strike the perfect balance between feeling fancy and not taking yourself too seriously. Reservations strongly recommended.

Price: Blowout

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Kiin
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Kiin

What is it: Thai food for brunch? Yes, please! Kiin’s menu is inspired by royal Thai cuisine and offers a unique brunch experience in the heart of downtown Toronto. From small, shareable plates to larger mains, flavors and textures are expertly combined to create dishes that will take you on a culinary adventure before it’s even noon.

Why go: The team at Kiin (of local fave spots Sukhothai, Pai and Sabai Sabai) offers the city true Thai hospitality with a menu based on traditional dishes, personal experiences and memories. That passion comes through in every dish.

Price: Pricey

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Maha's
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Maha’s Egyptian Brunch, Little India

What is it: Maha’s Egyptian Brunch is a gem hidden away in Toronto’s East End. Don’t let the unassuming website “foole” you: Maha’s is a vibrant and warm family-run brunch spot that celebrates the flavors, culture and heritage behind Egyptian cuisine.

Why go: You’ll find traditional dishes like foole medames, shakshuka and kebda eskanndarani. For those not familiar with Egyptian cuisine, the staff is happy to give you recommendations. Prepare to wait, as space is limited, or plan to arrive early.

Price: Average

4
Farmhouse Tavern
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Farmhouse Tavern

What is it: A Junction Triangle favorite for six years running, Farmhouse Tavern brings a bit of country to the city and focuses on seasonality and local products, with a rotating chalkboard menu that offers great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Why go: Farmhouse Tavern is all about #FarmDrivenFood and features many of the awesome ingredients found locally in Ontario. It’s rustic, cosy and a perfect place for a casual brunch with family or friends.

Price: Pricey

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5
Egg Bae
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Egg Bae

What is it: Egg Bae, which stands for "eggs before all else," is favorite in Toronto’s beloved Kensington Market neighborhood. It specializes in loaded breakfast sandwiches with amusing names such as the Eh Bae Bae, the Bae-Sic and the Bae Don’t Kale My Vibe.

Why go: This place is quick, easy and darn cute. Egg Bae’s sandwiches are as delicious as they are Instagrammable; their soft, fluffy buns are all made in house and they offer gluten free options as well.

Price: Bargain

6
Carousel Bakery
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Carousel Bakery

What is it: One of the city’s finest institutions, especially when it comes to Toronto’s own peameal sandwich. Not familiar with the local delicacy? It's bacon that was once coated in yellow peas (hence the name) to crisp it up, but is now rolled in cornmeal instead. This food stall in St. Lawrence Market crafts it to perfection.

Why go: If not for the peameal wedge, then go for the freshly baked breads and pastries. Or bag a chicken parmigiana sandwich for later and do a bit of people watching in the market.

Price: Bargain

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Aunties and Uncles
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Aunties and Uncles

What is it: Aunties and Uncles is quintessential Toronto. Since 1998, it has offered casual brunch items at an affordable price, good coffee and a fun space that feels like home.

Why go:Whether you’re a tourist looking for an affordable meal or a local meeting the crew for brunch, you will feel welcomed and leave satisfied. Heads up: this place is cash only and doesn’t take reservations.

Price: Bargain

8
Kwan Dim Sum
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Kwan Dim Sum

What is it: Regardless of where you’re from, dim sum is a must-try when it comes to brunch experiences. And when you’re in Toronto, there are few better places than Chinatown to enjoy this Asian tapas, but Kwan Dim Sum is one of them. Head north to taste the delicious dumplings.

Why go: Steaming baskets of stuffed dumplings, congee, hot pots of tea and creamy egg tarts are just some of the delicious items waiting to be discovered at Kwan’s sleek York Mills location.

Price: Average

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9
The Drake Hotel
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The Drake Hotel

What is it: The Drake is one of Toronto’s OG boutique hotels. Located in the hip West Queen West neighborhood, it offers an awesome underground music venue, stunning rooftop patio and a weekend brunch served from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Even if you’re not staying in one of the swanky rooms, with a brunch reservation you can still experience the Drake’s signature style of artistic luxury.

Why go: For a classic brunch with added indulgence and artsy flare. This is the go-to spot for when you’re feeling a little bad and in need of a pick-me-up.

Price: Blowout

10
Baddies Café
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Baddies

What is it: Australian coffee culture has officially arrived in Toronto and, at Baddies, locals are really happy about it. The café’s crisp interior is juxtaposed with bright, colourful menu items such as the smashed avo, the vegan one and the Frenchie.

Why go: Baddies is the café cool kid and offers fresh, thoughtful menu items. It also happens to be one of the most Instagrammed places in the city so, if you’re just going for the ‘gram, make sure to at least stop and appreciate the menu’s creativity as well.

Price: Average

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11
Bonjour Brioche
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Bonjour Brioche

What is it: Riverside’s little darling, Bonjour Brioche is known for its French-style baked goods and weekend brunches that always result in a wait list. With reasonable prices, charming patisserie vibes and French bistro style fare, there’s a reason this place has been around for over 20 years.

Why go: Prepare to be enticed by sweet smells of baking and the promise of a quiche du jour. Additional fun fact: Bonjour Brioche was used as a filming location in season one of Handmaid’s Tale. Cash only, no reservations.

Price: Average

12
Buca Osteria & Bar
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Buca Osteria & Bar

What is it: Buca’s Yorkville outpost is a sophisticated and truly premium dining experience. From the service to the prepossessing culinary creations, this modern Italian restaurant radiates cool. The brunch menu alone is impressive and includes a blend of house-made and imported ingredients.

Why go: If you’re okay with eating instant ramen noodles for the rest of the week, go splurge on this seriously swoon-worthy Italian-inspired brunch. Buca is elegant, refined and worthy of a celebratory meal.

Price: Blowout

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13
The Lakeview

The Lakeview

What is it: The Lakeview is one of those magical places you might see in an indie movie, with worn, penny-tiled floors and yellow-tinged light that make this 24-hour diner feel like a dream. Whether you’re drunkenly craving brunch at three in the morning or just want a casual dinner at seven in the evening, The Lakeview is always open for business.

Why go: This diner has seen its share of first dates and family suppers, and has been the beginning or end (or both!) to plenty a wild night since 1932. If nostalgic charm doesn’t hook you in, the $3 mimosas and $4 Caesars surely will.

Price: Average

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