It’s true that brunch is a popular weekend (or weekday) tradition in our city, and there are plenty of options when it comes down to who serves it best.
From traditional hearty plates such as eggs-and-bacon, to Southern-inspired dishes like chicken-and-waffles, all the way to contemporary multi-course brunch menus with cocktail pairings, Vancouver definitely has something to offer for each type of palate.
So whether you enjoy waking up in the morning or not, consider thinking about which spot to check out for your post-breakfast-pre-lunch meal—it’ll be worth it.
Here are 12 places to find delicious brunch menus in town.
Belgard Kitchen (55 Dunlevy Avenue)
Feast on steak and eggs or some gravlax hash in a beautiful, Instagram-worthy eatery. We like its appetite-waking Belgard Bacon—maple bourbon pork belly topped with maple caramel. Its menu also features a Postmark stout sausage skillet, steak + eggs, and smashed avocado + sourdough (salmon and/or burrata can be added for an additional charge). If you're feeling like something sweet, we suggest its bread pudding French toast served with blueberry compote and chantilly cream. Brunch at this eatery is served on weekends between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Red Wagon Café (2296 East Hastings Street)
This neighbourhood joint has an all-day menu with buttermilk pancakes, frittatas with goat cheese and caramelized onion, as well as classic eggs Benedict topped with hollandaise and its signature homefries. Don’t fret if you’re craving brunch even at 2 p.m., its all-day menu is available seven days a week.
Chambar (568 Beatty Street)
Wake up with paella (fried egg, curried orzo, hot Spanish chorizo, charred tomato salsa), roast beef with galangal root dressing, or some decadent waffles at this Belgian restaurant. Waffle topping flavours range from dark chocolate lavender to salted caramel, white chocolate pistachio rosewater to mixed berry compote—drooling yet? Brunch is served here on weekends between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Medina Café (780 Richards Street)
You’ll find Mediterranean-inspired morning eats like Israeli couscous (roasted eggplant, marinated beets, and more), and simple but tasty choices like avocado toast (grilled focaccia, olive oil, and tomato salsa). Of course, you can’t leave without trying its most famous item—Liege-style waffles. Add a sweet topping like salted caramel and/or dark chocolate to your dessert, or if you want to go all-out, add a scoop (or two) of ice cream. Indulge in its menu Monday to Friday (8 to 3 p.m.) and weekends (9 to 3 p.m.).
The Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Pacific Rim (1038 Canada Place)
For a luxurious brunch, try its new five-course cocktail brunch with a Japanese twist. The menu starts off with your choice of red tuna tataki or torched wagyu beef salad, before proceeding to heavier dishes such as wild salmon motoyaki “benny” and sushi omakase. Finish off with a yakult shooter in an oyster shell, and a delicate plum gelée. Guests can choose to make it a boozy brunch and pair each course with a unique cocktail for an extra charge—think bloody marys and sparkling Junmai sakes. This brunch menu is available on weekends (accompanied by live music) from from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Yolk’s Restaurant & Commissary (various locations)
This popular establishment (with two locations and a food truck) can be argued to be the go-to spot for brunch-lovers around town. It specializes in creating perfectly poached eggs, with customizable options that feature doubled smoked bacon to hand carved maple ham. Top it off with real hollandaise sauce and truffle lemon hashbrowns on the side for the ultimate eggs benedict dish. Its brick-and-mortar store locations are open Monday to Friday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and weekends and holidays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.); its food truck is in business Monday to Friday (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar (2201 West 1st Avenue and 1055 West Hastings Street)
This seafood restaurant offers a hearty New Orleans brunch, with one specific dish that outshines most of the other brunch items. Its Southern fried chicken and waffles (topped with a Cajun honey butter drizzle) is the perfect way to wake up on the weekends without an alarm—one you taste it, you’ll never look back. Other menu items include pulled short rib hash, Southern crab cake benny, and a breakfast poutine, among others. Brunch is only available at its Kitsilano location (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Coal Harbour location (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) on weekends.
Jam Café (556 Beatty Street)
Ever since Victoria’s brunch hub opened a location in Vancouver last year, everyone’s been clamoring for a spot to try out its menu. Purely a breakfast joint, Jam Café is famous for its generous portions and comfort food. Popular items include green eggs and ham (who doesn’t love some Dr. Seuss?), fried chicken benedict, and red velvet pancakes. Get here early if you want a table, the wait tends to go out the door. Its all-day menu is available daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.
L’Abattoir (217 Carrall Street)
When you’re feeling like morning food with a French touch, this Gastown spot is where you want to be. Start off with their freshly baked pastries or currant scone, before proceeding on with the heavier and savoury items. Try its poached eggs with smoked pork belly or crepes stuffed with ricotta and lemon zest. If you want to add even more class to your meal, L’Abattoir now offers a special selection of bubbles (for those who want an early kick). Brunch is offered here on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant (1509 West 12th Avenue)
This South Granville restaurant is a favourite not just among vegetarians and vegans, but also those who prefer healthy and clean dishes that still taste great. Some of the features on its vegetarian brunch menu include a mouth-watering grilled cheese sandwich with local apples and arugula on cranberry sourdough, and a mushroom benedict with caramelized onions. For vegans, check out its buckwheat pancakes, banana French toast, or tofu ninja bowl. Its brunch/lunch menu is served daily from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m, no reservations allowed.
Catch 122 Café Bistro (122 West Hastings Street)
Offering contemporary Canadian fare in a rustic-chic space, this Gastown eatery serves up delicious brunch items. Some of the featured dishes on its menu include truffle-scented mushroom omelette; the Gastown classic (two eggs, yukon nugget hash, maple pork sausage, and more); and a pulled pork breakfast sandwich. It also offers a variety of brunch cocktails that include everything from mimosas to caesars to bourbon bellinis. This menu is served Monday to Friday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and weekends (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Jules Bistro (216 Abbott Street)
You don't have to travel all the way to France for some good French food—this Gastown spot does it just as well. Guests can start off their first meal with a basket of freshly baked mini butter croissants & toasts (served with butter and jam), before proceeding to heavier items such as scrambled eggs or a breakfast cassoulet (coco beans, bacon, chorizo, duck confit, and a poached egg). If your appetite is larger since it's already later in the day, ribeye steak, moules frites, and croque-monsieur is also available. Brunch is served on the weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.