Start the Day Off Right with the Best Breakfast in Montreal

Montréalers know breakfast is the best meal of the day, particularly after a night out on the town. Whether you're looking to recover from a late-night revelry or fuel up for a day's adventure, this city has some great options-- healthy and not-so-healthy.

Join in the great Montréal debate over whether St-Viateur Bagel or Fairmount Bagel Factory have the best bagels in town, or on the continent for that matter. 

The classic 1950s diner is a staple on the Montreal breakfast scene and while there are many versions of this popular restaurant, seating can be limited and reservations are unheard of, generally speaking. The turn-over can be quick however so the lines move well. Early birds are the clear winners here. Visit the Man of Grease at his family diner for the famous mish-mash breakfast, enjoy a café au lait with a freshly baked croissant at Boulangerie Première Moisson or get healthy with fresh fruits and smoothies Chez Cora. Looking for something a bit more exotic? Because it's Montreal, you can find breakfasts from all over the world, like the buttery date omelette at Byblos along with other Persian specialties. Like most meals in Montreal, it's hard to find a bad one.



Tired of the same old breakfast choices? Head to Byblos near Laurier and Papineau (though it can be easy to miss) for a Persian slant on the first meal of the day. This arty cafe is warm and friendly in a bright setting with high ceilings. Try...  Read More

Restaurant L'Anecdote


Poutine for breakfast? Yum. Enjoy it with your classic two -egg breakfast - any time of the day. This stylish 1950's era diner is a classic serving students and professors and shoppers with their children and local dwellers who can set their own...  Read More

Boulangerie Première Moisson


Owner, Liliane Colpron is on a mission to provide the dining public with healthy food free of preservatives and additives. Follow your nose to this delicious bakery. Nothing beats Premiere Moisson (first harvest)for the quintessential French...  Read More



St-Viatuer Bagel is one of two bagel shops that has been serving the signature Montreal bagel since 1957. Owner Joe Morena stays true to the Eastern European version of the bagel which is hand-rolled, blanched in honey water and then baked in a...  Read More



A Montreal classic, Fairmount Bagel was founded by Isadore Shlafman who has been baking these original bagels since 1949. His hand-rolled, blanched bagels are baked in a wood-fired oven to create a chewy bagel that is sweet and dense with a...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Tri Le


This chain of Montreal restaurants offers a terrific all-day breakfast with unlimited coffee at five different locations. As the name suggests, all the dishes are centred around eggs--everything from omelets to your basic breakfast of two eggs...  Read More



Dubbed the "man of grease," Cosmos former owner, Tony Koulakis and his family have perfected the diner breakfast. Everybody knows the cure for a hangover is a big greasy breakfast and there is no better place to recover from the night before at...  Read More



Montrealers love their breakfasts, particularly those served late in the morning. Beauty's, a 1950s retro greasy spoon, is one of the best and most popular brunch spot in the city. The standard breakfast comprises fresh-squeezed orange juice,...  Read More



There really is Cora with a rags to riches story who now has over 37 locations. She has created a great breakfast menu with lots of healthy choices. Order a plate of fresh fruit with yogurt accompanied by freshly squeezed juices or a smoothie...  Read More

NDG / Westmount
B & M Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Coutresy of B & M Restaurant


With three locations throughout Montreal,this family style restaurant has been serving breakfasts starting with the NDG location for coming on 70 years. It remains one of the few places where you can still get the classic two egg any style...  Read More


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