I'm fairly certain that the word 'brunch' was made into a verb here on the West Coast. Vancouverites love brunch as much as they love hiking, drinking coffee and breathing fresh mountain and ocean air.
We've rounded up the best brunch in the city that you need to try at least once in your life. Or, if you go every weekend it will only take you 8 months to get through the whole list! Depends on how ambitious you are.
Go ahead, drink your OJ with champagne and indulge in all the fluffy pancakes and hollandaise your heart desires. Brunch is always a good idea.
Catch 122 is one of the best places in Gastown to grab brunch. The brick interiors, good coffee and menu full of decadent brunch items makes it irresistible on a Sunday morning. If you need a filling brunch but still want it to be classy, then this is a great place to brunch with your friends.
You simply can't do a brunch round-up without mentioning Honey Salt in the Parq Casino. You'll almost always get a table here and if you're even the least bit worried, they take reservations for brunch. The place is spacious, comfortable and the decor is next-level farmhouse chic. You'll get fantastic service here and I haven't even mentioned the food yet, have I? The menu is full of B.C. classics and it's impossible to order something that's not totally amazing. Try their stuffed French Toast or their classic benny.
Red Wagon Cafe
There's almost always a line-up at East Vancouver's Red Wagon, but it's more than worth the wait. The modest neighbourhood diner serves up some of the most satisfying and unique brunches in the city! Try their breakfast bánh mì sandwich or one of their seasonal specialties like these unreal sweet and savoury avocado stuffed pancakes.
This cool brunch spot will really impress. It's inside a historic building in Railtown and it's like no other place in the city with its rich vintage decor. Don't miss out on their glorious eggs benedict or go new-school and try avocado toast or a brunch burger with a fried egg.
Heirloom is one of the few vegetarian brunch spots in the city. Their kitchen is slinging out filling bennies, hashes and omelettes every day of the week. Their bright and airy dining room in a heritage building on South Granville makes for a charming atmosphere for brunching.
Homer St. Cafe
Are you the type to use brunch as an excuse to drink? This place has a special brunch cocktail menu. Enough said! Though they may be better known for their rotisserie chicken, this funky spot in Yaletown serves a seriously tasty brunch on the weekends. They have all kinds of benedicts and a sweet brunch item called ricotta fritters that you have to try.
This place is totally committed to the farm-to-table experience. Their brunch focuses on fresh B.C. ingredients and also features unique hand-crafted brunch cocktails. Try their halibut cake benny and a whisky latte for a one-of-a-kind Vancouver brunch!
Tuc Craft Kitchen
Tuc Craft Kitchen is a brunch spot with a sense of humour. On their menu, you'll learn that all their eggs come from 'happy, local free-run chickens' which makes me think that there might be actual chickens roving around Gastown near the restaurant. They also have an item called 'Waffles & Whateva', which I think speaks to the casual nature of this hip brunch spot. Try their decadent lavender latte with their simple fried cabbage and eggs dish. Also, their mimosas are amazing!
Without a doubt, Acorn is where you go for the most artful brunch in Vancouver. Their entirely vegetarian menu is constantly rotating with the seasons and features fresh-from-the-farm produce. If you want to eat a good brunch without feeling totally stuffed and greasy, then you should try out this romantic brunch spot. Acorn is consistently one of the best restaurants in Vancouver and you definitely need to try their brunch at least once in your life.
Fable on West 4th is one of the top spots in Kits to go for a tasty and hearty brunch with friends. It's almost always packed on the weekend but if you brave the crowds then you'll be rewarded. Their menu includes classics like french toast and bennies and many of their ingredients are made in-house so it's bound to be fresh and delicious.
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro revamped their brunch menu this year with great success. Try their satisfying bennies or their celebrated brunch poutine to see for yourself how cheese curds and gravy go well with eggs just like a good hollandaise.
Burdock & Co.
This unexpectedly cool restaurant in Mount Pleasant is a hidden brunch gem. This is one of the dismally few places in the city that's owned and operated by a female chef. This chic and casual spot has a small brunch menu that their small menu highlights farm-fresh produce beautifully plated.
Anh and Chi
I lived in Vietnam for a time and was surprised to realize that phở is actually a breakfast food! Anh and Chi is one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver. Although they don't technically have a brunch menu, you can indulge in a lunch that's packed with mouthfuls of fresh herbs, rich broth and noodles.
Tucked into a dead strip of Broadway in Mount Pleasant, Chicha is easy to miss. You need to go here at least once in your life for brunch because their Peruvian-inspired cuisine will floor you. Their scratch made house-specialties are unlike anything else on the Vancouver brunch scene.
It's hard to believe that Café Medina only opened their doors in 2008. They've always been a staple of the brunch scene, it seems. Whether you love their Belgian waffles or their savoury Mediterranean dishes, this favourite brunch spot can do no wrong.
West is a sophisticated spot on South Granville known for their spectacular cocktails. You have to check them out for brunch at least once because it's quite the experience. This place is perfect for a birthday brunch or other special event. Try their brioche french toast or their filling steak and eggs.
What's going on with those pancakes? It's Jam cafe's lemon and blueberry special! It used to be that the only downtown brunch spot with a huge lineup would be Café Medina, but now Jam joins them. People are hungry for Jam's honest brunch classics and curious offerings like brunch bowls and gravy coops.
Up-and-coming brunch star Hunnybee Bruncheonette is a new concept by the folks at Birds and the Beets. Their menu is full of healthy options and a couple of brunch classics. This is an adorable spot to bring your friends who aren't usually into a super fancy brunch.
Hidden just off of Granville Street, Farmer's Apprentice is an absolute must-eat brunch spot. You should try it eat least four times a year to savour all the flavours of each season. As you can tell by the name, Farmer's Apprentice is a farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on quality produce and makes their own business and bread from scratch.
At TurF, you get to combine two favourite Vancouver past times: working out and going for brunch! This spot is a part-fitness centre and part-cafe. Their menu is full of plant-based goodness. You need to try their carrot lox toast or one of their delicious breakfast bowls ASAP!
Would you look at that glorious pastrami eggs benedict? I think the universe has got our back when it can provide us with such a brunch. Get one for yourself at Wildebeest where they also serve sweet things like Guinness doughnuts and banana toast crunch.
49th Parallel/Lucky’s Doughnut
49th Parallel Coffee Roasters and their Lucky's Doughnuts are a favourite here in Vancouver. Their spot on Thurlow serves breakfast and lunch. It's worth braving the downtown morning rush for one of their egg burgers! Plus, they obviously serve up amazing coffee, lattes and doughnuts.
Bandidas serves up massive portions of their Mexican-inspired brunch on the weekends and everything is totally vegetarian. Even though a mimosa or ceasar is the traditional brunch cocktail here in Vancouver, you might be persuaded to swap it for one of Bandidas fresh and addictive margaritas.
Dinesty Dumpling House
In a multicultural city like Vancouver, it's obvious that brunch for many means dim sum! Dinesty is one of the most solid places to go for dim sum. Fill up on dumpling, congee and pork buns. Dim sum is great for brunch because you share everything at a roundtable with your friends and family so it feels very cosy.
This Vietnamese and French cafe serves an unbelievable breakfast poutine with a half lobster. With a poached egg, gravy, ham and swiss cheese, it's a French-inspired twist on a Canadian classic. It's one of the few places you'll find Phở and Bun Cha alongside cassoulet and Lyonnaise salad.
Forget Bon's on Broadway, Nice Cafe is the ultimate budget brunch spot! $6.50 gets you toast, 2 eggs any style, and a generous portion of the best hashbrowns in the city. Nice Cafe is a staple of the Mount Pleasant community and its value for money is unparalleled!
Nero Belgian Waffle Bar
Going to Nero is dangerous! Their waffles are so amazing that you'll be tempted to eat both a savoury and a sweet one on your own. Choose from a Brussels or Liege style waffle topped with sweets and brunch goodness. You've been warned!
We all have to thank the folks at L'Abattoir for setting the bar in this Golden Age of brunch we're all experiencing in Vancouver. From freshy baked scones and fluffy ricotta pancakes to the perfect eggs benedict and full english breafkast plate, this place has everything you need. It's ground zero for the brunch movement.
Parlour in Yaletown is one of the rare spots in Vancouver that takes a brunch reservation. No lines for you! Just plenty of benedict pizzas and $4 mimosas. Their brunch menu is small, but mighty.
Joe Fortes might be a bit of a touristy spot, being placed as it is right on the bustling corner of Robson and Thurlow downtown. Don't let that detract from the fact that it's consistently one of the most delicious restaurants around! Their brunch menu includes seafood bennies that will melt in your mouth.
We don't have enough Latin American-inspired brunch spots in the city, but at least we have Mezcal! Their brunch menu is bursting with the flavours of Mexico but they also serve brunch classics with a chipotle twist.