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Best Breakfast & Brunch in Montreal

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Thé Mon Café

A meal at Thé Mon Café is a perfect way to start your day. Walk into this quaint coffee shop and grab some hearty breakfast dishes, like Eggs Benedict and breakfast bagels, and strong, flavorful coffee on your way to work or before a day of sightseeing. Their array of hand-crafted sandwiches with house-made sauces and toppings are also perfect for a light lunch. The cafe, with its cheery ambiance, white furniture and decorative lighting, is the perfect spot to catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee or to stop in for a bite while on a date.

Montreal, QC, Canada
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Eggspectation

Eggspectation gives breakfast its due, focusing on egg-focused dishes with delicious sides. Hand-squeezed juices and fresh fruit smoothies give you a burst of energy with signature choices like the Honey Blue and Perfectly Pink. Signature dishes like the Yolk Round the Clock, grilled bagel with sunny-side egg, bacon, and cheese served with Lyonnaise-style potato; Eggsuberant, two eggs cooked to choice with pancakes, grilled meat, and tomatoes are fast favorites. Their twist on classic Eggs Benedict are worth a try too. The menu is extensive and there is plenty to choose from for a savory or a sweet breakfast meal.

Montreal, QC, Canada
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Le Cartet

Le Cartet is a bright, modern cafe that is always bustling with life and cheer. The crowd that is always lined up outside this casual eatery will give you a good idea of the kind of popularity and attention it has garnered since it opened its doors in 2002. The cafe serves a fine selection of light meals, snacks, desserts, pastries, smoothies and coffees, alongside a selection of wines and alcoholic beverages. Although food is served all day, the breakfast, brunch and lunch menus are available only during designated hours, so be sure to check those out depending on the meal you have in mind. Blueberry French toast, crepes with fresh fruit, Ham and Cheese croissants, and the beef tartare are especially good and prepared fresh. Perfect for a relaxed brunch on a lazy afternoon or a quick, light lunch on a busy day, Le Cartet will soon become your go to choice for every occasion.

Montreal, QC, Canada
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Universel Déjeuner & Grillades

Universel Déjeuner & Grillades is a great place to kick-start your day with a steaming cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast. A chic family restaurant, replete with eye-catching decor and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, expect nothing short of a truly blissful experience from this place. Its extensive menu features an enticing variety of classic and modern Canadian delicacies, along with an impressive collection of wines, beers and cocktails. Extended breakfast hours and an all-day brunch services makes this place perfect for a light yet delectable meal.

Montreal, QC, Canada
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Chez Cora

This extremely popular breakfast chain has more than 20 locations on the island. Offering well-above-average quality and huge portions, the menu includes choices for both the health-conscious and for those who eat as if they are heading to the woods. Dishes include the usual bacon and eggs, crepes, waffles and maple syrup on each table. The bright color scheme and friendly service make it a perfect place for kids.

Montreal, QC, Canada
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Chez Jose Cafe

If you happen to be passing by this restaurant in the morning, be sure to drop in for a hearty breakfast. Chez Jose Cafe offers a wide range of breakfast items of both regular and vegan varieties. Along with sweet treats like danishes and croissants from their bakery, they also offer a variety of crepes, bagels, fresh fruit juices, omelettes and crepes. You can also stop in for a quick lunch and opt for a soup and sandwich combo. Providing diners with a pocket-friendly but delicious meal in a cozy ambiance, Chez Jose Cafe has definitely earned its popular acclaim.

Montreal, QC, Canada
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Bagel Etc

Located in the middle of Montreal's Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood Bagel Etc. is the perfect breakfast joint. With the likes of Leonard Cohen stopping by to enjoy "the classic" (or eggs benedict), it is the perfect place to enjoy brunch any time of the year. Each breakfast is served with your choice of bread, including a bagel of course! The urban/retro décor provides the perfect atmosphere, inviting you to take a trip back to when a diner was king! Always bustling with people, be sure to get there a few minutes before you would like to eat because everyone else has the same idea, especially on Saturdays and Sundays!

Montreal, QC, Canada
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Beauty's

Consistently voted Montreal's best brunch spot, this legendary diner is a must-visit, provided that you can deal with enormous weekend lines. Beauty's is neither hip nor health-conscious, but for wonderfully prepared breakfast standards, it has few equals. Piles of fresh fruit accompany every meal though regulars, spoilt for choice, have been known to leave it on the plate. On Sundays, aim to arrive before 10a or expect to wait upwards of an hour in line.

Montreal, QC, Canada
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L'Avenue du Plateau

As it is conversationally known, "L’Avenue" sits at number 922 on Montreal’s busy Mont-Royal Avenue. This restaurant serves up a classic array of gourmet-style American dishes amid a funky-chic atmosphere. Inside, a tattooed mannequin and graffitied walls greet guests while minimal, industrial tunes hum in the background. L’Avenue is favored for its brunch menu, but the omelets are available at any meal, and the sandwiches are also impressive. If you visit on a weekend morning, head out before 11a to avoid the inevitable line. Meals at L’Avenue are affordable and won't burn a whole in your pocket. Recommended are the Montreal Cheese-Steak, any smoothie, and the delicious potatoes served with breakfast plates!

Montreal, QC, Canada
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Lawrence

Of all the meals that are served at Lawrence, their delicious brunch remains the most popular one. It is the collaboration of Ethan Wills, Sefi Amir, Marc Cohen, and Annika Krausz. The vintage elements in the decor and light fixtures give it an inviting look. Opened in 2011, their seasonal menu is an ode to the cuisine of Quebec and is very much chef-driven. Mainly meat-centric with a few seafood dishes, their food highlights the regional ingredients with their texture and flavor. This busy spot is a local favorite, hence reservation is advisable.

Montreal, QC, Canada
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Le Vieux Vélo

Known throughout the neighborhood for its simply delicious meals, Le Vieux Vélo is the place to be for an enjoyable breakfast or brunch. Rustic, charming and intimate, this is the perfect spot to seek a hearty breakfast, and an engaging conversation. Featuring an enticing selection of classic French and Canadian delicacies, each item on the menu grantees you a palate-pleasing experience. Take your pick from the old-fashioned Benedictines, Le Florentine and Le Classique, and start your day with a simply delectable meal.

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