Vancouver has started to take brunch very, very seriously. After all, what’s better than a Saturday spent hiking (or at a club in Vancouver) than a Sunday recovering over the best brunch in Vancouver? The city may have been late to the game, but now the brunch options are endless (and without the historic waits you might find in other North American cities). Read on for some of the most gorgeous and scrumptious breakfast restaurants in B.C., from family diners and grub hubs to hipster gems and fine dining. When you're done, hit up one of the many cool musuems in Vancouver or lounge at the beach for the perfect end to your weekend.
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What is it? A colorful, sunny breakfast spot in Yaletown, with prime seafood options and a stunning view to boot.
Why go? This new kid on the block boasts a massive menu featuring a lobster and shrimp crepe, an extensive list of breakfast poutines, and a wild boar spalla that you don’t want to miss.
What is it? A simple, bistro-style brunch joint that serves breakfast items with a French twist every day of the week.
Why go? Four words: Banana-stuffed French toast. This delectable dish come with a massive portion, but you'll still be tempted to grab an asiago scone to-go (go on, we won't tell). If you prefer savory, try an egg dish with baked beans to take your breakfast across the channel, but coffee will always come served in a French press.
What is it? Located in the Settlement Building, near a winery and a brewery, this eatery is best known for its dinnertime tapas, but also serves up a mean brunch on the weekends.
Why go? The kitchen's brunch skillets are eye-catching and delicious (wagyu meatballs, anyone?), as is their bread pudding French toast and Belgard bacon, a maple bourbon pork belly topped with maple caramel. Need an extra nudge? The seafood is Ocean Wise.
What is it? A Gastown gem, all exposed brick and wood, serving brunch until 3pm every single day.
Why go? Dishes here explode with flavor. Take for instance the the croque madame with smoked pork shoulder or the bulgolgi hanger steak and eggs. Don’t forget to check out the thick and fluffy rye hotcakes which come topped with dolce de leche, bacon, and a delicious banana cream.
What is it? A cozy and elegant Belgian restaurant (located in Chinatown) with breakfast every day and a lengthy brunch menu on the weekends.
Why go? For a classy brunch on a special day, this place has it all. The menu is short, but it has something for everyone, including a glorious chorizo paella and Ocean Wise mussels three ways. The fluffy Belgian waffles are a no-brainer add-on to your meal, and white chocolate-and-pistachio rosewater makes a wonderful dipping sauce or as an added shot of flavor in your latte.
What is it? Seriously huge portions of hangover food at a popular diner tucked away in Vancouver’s east side.
Why go? Fans have followed this popular eatery from their location on Dunbar to their current spot on Fraser. But one thing that hasn't changed is the size of their pancakes. Bigger than your plate and almost an inch thick, you can order your stack with chocolate and a shot of espresso, or try them stuffed with cinnamon apples.
What is it? Voted one of the best vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurants in the world, Acorn is an icon on Main Street and its brunch does not disappoint.
Why go? Delicately plated, colorful dishes each come with an ingredient list that's a mile long. Most of the dishes can be vegan, but don’t have to be — so you can hang onto your eggs if that’s your favorite part of brunch.
What is it? A handmade pasta joint in Gastown that does breakfast pastas on the weekend with half the wait time as dinner.
Why go? Pasta for breakfast. Brunch pastas include a poached or sunny-side-up egg to mix into your noodles. Depending on where you’re sitting, you can watch them make the pastas by hand right in front of you. Ask for the banana bread with cinnamon ricotta—you won’t regret it.
What is it: If brunch means seeing and being seen, then head to Medina, where the line outside proves it's one of the most popular restaurants in Vancouver. Rest assured, the menu is worth the hour you might wait. Locally sourced ingredients combine to make Mediterranean-inspired comfort food and famous, fluffy waffles.
Why go: ... for food that feeds the soul. We like the Harissa burger, made with harissa-spiced beef on grilled pita with fried eggs, hummus, baba ganoush and preserved lemon.
What is it: Comfort food is served amongst vintage toys, collectables and eclectic art.
Why go: Got kiddos in the mix? Take them to this brunch institution in the bustling Kitsilano neighbourhood. They'll be fascinated by the decor and you'll appreciate the prime people-watching from the patio.
What is it: A popular spot, often with a line outside to show, for all-day breakfast in the slowly-turning-hip Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood.
Why go: For diner basics and classics, especially eggs benedicts, done very well. One thing you’re sure to love: the pulled pork pancakes complete with Jack Daniel’s maple syrup.
What is it: A downtown all-day breakfast and lunch spot with crumbled biscuit-and-egg bowls. They have another location on 4th Street, and both remain local favorites.
Why go: You’ve always wanted to try green eggs and ham, haven’t you? Same goes for red velvet pancakes.
What is it: A very popular farm-to-table restaurant that serves brunch Friday to Sunday.
Why go: Sometimes you need a proper weekend brunch on a Friday, especially when there is a snack called Waffles and Whatever on the menu (strawberry waffles with salted caramel and shredded coconut). Other popular dishes include chicken and waffles dish and whirled peas and eggs, plus mimosas and three kinds of Bloody Caesars (the Canadian version of the Bloody Mary, made with clamato juice).
What is it: Decadent yet simple fine dining in Gastown, featuring local ingredients.
Why go: Doughnuts with caramel sauce. Start off with one of those and follow that up with the exceptional brunch fare (toast, pancakes, benedicts and more). Or just order more doughnuts.
What is it: This local brewery also serves pretty solid brunch fare on the weekends.
Why go: Waffles with beer? Yes, please. Also order the toast with jam and the avocado toast, made with sourdough from Nelson the Seagull.