It's Brunch O'Clock Somewhere at These Top Toronto Restaurants

These days, we seem to define ourselves more by what we don't eat than what we do eat. We cut out the things that tempt us with aggressive force. The cakes that beckon us with ganaches and the coffees that beg to caffeinate us. We won't be swayed. We have the power to say no.

Until brunch comes rolling around. 

Brunch is our one exception to the rule of healthy eating. We forgive ourselves for drenching our pancakes in bacon and eating an omelette that is more cheese than eggs. Doughnuts and pastry that we previously snubbed on weekdays suddenly seem right when they are presented with a side of bottomless coffee and with a day that stretches endlessly in front of you.

Get excited for the weekend. If you aren't too committed to your Smartphone, they give you the chance to bear the fruits of your labour (and the maple syrups of your labour as well). These ten brunch spots do their best to ruin you for the rest of the week. Whether it is pastry at Bonjour Brioche or the blueberriest of pancakes at School, brunch is all play and no work. We're sorry, you're welcome...just grab the paper and a person who knows what it means to truly relax. That person could even be you.

High Park/Roncesvalles


Do you ever go out for brunch and feel vaguely disappointed? As in, I could have done that, and I could have done it better? The Westerly is the kind of restaurant you go to when you want to be absolutely certain that there is no way you could...  Read More

East Toronto


For those who didn't excel in high school French, Le Petit Dejeuner means, quite simply, breakfast. This Belgian-Canadian style eatery has been busy cracking eggs since 2003 with hefty portions of everything that you are craving or ever will...  Read More



When Farmhouse Tavern started to gain some traction, they opened up shop directly across the street with The Daughter. It didn't take long before both locations were filled to the brim with loyal customers and for good reason. The brunch items...  Read More

East Toronto


You are either a Marmalade person or you are not. However, everyone is a Lady Marmalade person. The daily breakfast is as conscious as it can be, with free range eggs and meats, organic bread and local produce whenever possible. The vibe inside...  Read More

High Park/Roncesvalles
Mitzi's Cafe
Photo courtesy of Courtney Sunday


Mitzi's Cafe is the type of place you go when you have time to linger. Tucked into an offshoot of Roncesvalles, if you are pretty sure you are lost in the middle of a residential area, you are in the right spot. On weekends, you will see...  Read More

Little Italy


Open 9am to 3pm every day, Aunties & Uncles takes the guesswork out of breakfast. It also takes out the boredom. People will stand in blizzards on weekends for the hope of French toast. Banana oatmeal pancakes rouse similar cries of...  Read More



On a small corner in Leslieville, the little Bonjour Brioche Bakery Cafe brings the taste of a true French patisserie to life. Known mostly for its brunch menu options, Bonjour Brioche is a great choice whether you crave a piece of quiche or the...  Read More



If school were always this fun, there would never be dropouts. School has giant clocks to remind you of the time, but by the throngs of businessmen and women ignoring it, you know that it is more for decor than function. Weekdays never looked so...  Read More



Rose & Sons doesn't follow the rules. It is hard to pin down what kind of food they specialize in, as their menu has as diverse ingredients as bagel and pastrami lox and fried rice with pork belly. It is no matter, as Torontonians love their...  Read More



If you aren't hungry at all, take a look at Mildred's Temple Kitchen Facebook stream. From blueberries that ooze off a mountain of pancakes to perfectly fried eggs that blanket crisp waffles, it will be hard to keep your stomach from rumbling. A...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney