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Where to eat the best brunch in Vancouver

These local spots serving the best brunch in Vancouver might just prove that the city is a “brunchy” place after all
33 Acres Brewing
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By Johanna Read |
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Vancouver isn’t the brunch-iest of cities. Many Vancouverites instead prefer to grab a kale smoothie and whole-grain, probiotic, vegan, organic protein bar at a casual restaurant or cafe before climbing the Grouse Grind, biking the Seawall, getting out on the water or tackling the many sights, attractions and things to do in Vancouver. Maybe they’ll stop in for a coffee afterwards, perhaps sneaking a pastry as a reward for all those calories burned?

A few spots will have Vancouverites lining up for brunch, at least when friends are in town and a late-breakfast craving kicks in on the weekends, and our list of spots to eat the best brunch in Vancouver attempts to put them all in one place.

Best brunch in Vancouver

1
Café Medina
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Café Medina

What is it: This is known as one of Vancouver’s very best brunch spots (the line-ups prove it) and it features Belgian waffles and Mediterranean-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and brunch. Everything is “crafted with love” and made with local ingredients.

Why go: You’ll eat food that feeds the soul here. We suggest you order the Harissa burger, made with harissa-spiced beef on grilled pita with fried eggs, hummus, baba ganoush and preserved lemon.

Price: Pricey

2
Sophie’s Cosmic Café
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Sophie’s Cosmic Café

What is it: Comfort food for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner is served amongst vintage toys, collectables and eclectic art.  

Why go: This is a brunch institution in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver that happens to be a favourite among kids as well.

Price: Average

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Red Wagon Restaurant
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Red Wagon Restaurant

What is it: A popular spot, often with a line outside to show for it, for all-day breakfast in the slowly-turning-hip Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood. Lunch and dinner are served all day as well.

Why go: For diner basics and classics done very well. One thing you’re sure to love: pulled pork pancakes complete with Jack Daniel’s maple syrup.

Price: Average

4
Jam Café
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Jam Café

What is it: Downtown all-day breakfast and lunch spot also serving BELTCH sandwiches. That would be bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, cheese and ham.

Why go: You’ve always wanted to try green eggs and ham, haven’t you? Same goes for red velvet pancakes.

Price: Average

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Honey Salt
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Honey Salt

What is it: Honey Salt serves brunch on weekends. Dine on local seasonal ingredients in a casually-sophisticated restaurant near the downtown side of the Cambie Bridge. Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau’s son, Cole, was instrumental in creating the kids’ menu.

Why go: Feel Vangroovy (Vancouver-groovy, get that?) at the juice bar or taste food inspired by the entire world, including poke and Quebeçoise tourtiere.

Price: Pricey

6
Tuc Craft Kitchen
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Tuc Craft Kitchen

What is it: A very popular farm-to-table restaurant that serves brunch on Fridays and Sundays.

Why go: Sometimes you need a proper weekend brunch on a Friday, especially when there is a dish called waffles and whateva on the menu (blueberry waffles with rum caramel and chocolate chips). Also opt for the chicken and waffles dish, shrimp and grits, plus mimosas and three kinds of Bloody Caesar (the Canadian version of the Bloody Mary, made with clamato juice).

Price: Average

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7
Café Zen
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Café Zen

What is it: A breakfast and lunch spot near Kits Beach, open every day save Christmas.

Why go: All kinds of eggs Benedict with fab hollandaise are served here, plus omelettes and sweet dishes. What else could you ever want from brunch?

Price: Average

8
Wildebeest
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Wildebeest

What is it: Decadently simple fine dining in Gastown, featuring local ingredients. This spot is great for dinner… but surprisingly awesome for brunch as well.  

Why go: Doughnuts with caramel sauce. Start off with one of those and follow that up with the exceptional brunch fare (poutine, hash, Benedicts and more). Or just order more doughnuts.

Price: Pricey

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9
The Victor
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The Victor

What is it: Located inside boutique hotel The Douglas, this seafood restaurant serves a very fine Sunday brunch.

Why go: A DJ spins tunes over a brunch that includes a special bar for build-your-own Caesars and Marys. Brunch features a wagyu breakfast burger, eggs Benedict, dim sum and a sushi bar. Save room to order just about everything on the brunch dessert menu.

Price: Pricey

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Cibo Trattoria
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Cibo Trattoria

What is it: This downtown eatery is warm and welcoming even on the coldest of days… and serves an awesome brunch.

Why go: If Italians had brunch, they’d indulge in the kind of food offered at Cibo Trattoria—think pizzetta, frittata, burrata with pesto, pancetta Benedict and focaccia French toast with mascarpone.

Price: Pricey

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33 Acres Brewing
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Rick C.

33 Acres Brewing

What is it: Not just a brewery, this local destination also serves pretty solid brunch fare.

Why go: Imagine devouring waffles in the same space you’ve enjoyed a beer tasting? It doesn’t get better than that. Also order the simply toast with jam and the avocado toast, made with sourdough from Nelson the Seagull.

Price: Average

12

Beaucoup Bakery & Café

What is it: A 16-seat café almost under the Granville Street Bridge with some of the best croissants this side of Montreal. Can’t get a seat? There are plenty of parks nearby.

Why go: To indulge in light brunch of 49th Parallel coffee with some pastries. Have a croissant, of course (try the rhubarb version during the spring). If you’re lucky enough to see the passionfruit tart, buy it all. Someone already ate it? The lemon tart is a very fine substitute.

Price: Bargain

 

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13
The NAAM
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The NAAM

What is it: A small natural foods café in Kits open 24-7, except Christmas Day.

Why go: Need breakfast early? Service here starts at 6am with dragon bowls, egg dishes, crepes and pancakes with maple syrup or organic blueberry syrup. Menus switch to lunch/dinner at 11:30am on weekdays and 1pm on weekends.

Price: Average

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