Rise and Shine: The Brunch Game Strong Is at These Vancouver Restaurants



Brunch, it's that perfect in-between-meal that beckons when the weekend hits. Throughout Vancouver, you'll find plenty of places to kick back and tuck into a tasty plate. Coffee's always on the menu, but Canadians are also known for enjoying a savory Caesar with brunch. Think of it as Canada's version of a Bloody Mary. Regardless of what you choose to wash it all down with, these restaurants will start your weekend off on the right foot.

Whether you're an early or late riser, the all day menu at the Red Wagon Cafe will be ready when you are. To truly experience the Red Wagon Cafe, you've got to order their pulled pork pancakes and Jack Daniel's spiked syrup. If you've passed the point of craving breakfast-y food, the all day menu also has sandwiches, soups, salads and burgers.

No visit to Vancouver would be complete without a trip to Medina Cafe for a lavender latte and a Belgian waffle topped with one of their creative accompaniments like white chocolate pistachio rosewater. For a lighter breakfast, order La Santé. This satisfying number comes with one soft boiled egg, marinated tomato salad, olive tapenade, avocado and Oyama charcuterie with grilled ciabatta.

For a super casual vegetarian brunch, Bandidas Taqueria on Commercial Drive attracts locals in droves. This family-friendly restaurant serves up Mexican-inspired dishes that hit the spot. Vegan? You can sub out eggs, cheese and sour cream here for vegan alternatives.



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Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant serves up delicious vegetarian and vegan fare in a contemporary atmosphere. On the menu you'll find locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, giving guests a taste of the Lower Mainland's bounty. The brunch menu is concise, featuring dishes like eggs Benedict, shakshuka, a hash, and a few other options. What's great is that diners can choose to opt for eggs or tofu, to make it vegan. Wash it all down with a mimosa, coffee or a freshly pressed juice. Located in the South Granville neighborhood, Heirloom is a short ride from downtown Vancouver and easily accessible by bus.


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Breakfast with the sunny taste of Southern France is replete with tempting croque monsieurs, crab cake eggs Benedict, fresh fruits, piping hot baked goods and fresh coffee. There are a number of omelettes and eggs Benedict to choose from if you're feeling like eggs. Otherwise, they also make sweet and savory crepes, waffles, and French toast., amongst a number of other tasty offerings. Thirsty? Provence Marinaside has 10 different mimosas to choose from, and a solid selection of Caesars and Bloody Mary's. They're open for brunch on weekends, but they also open at 8am during the week. Fresh air, a sunny patio, and people watching with a delicious breakfast? We're in.


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When you wake up feeling fancy, head to YEW seafood + bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Known for their seafood, you'll find plenty offered on their brunch menu. What's also great about brunch at YEW is that they have both healthy and indulgent dishes. Tuck into sweeter dishes like YEW's French toast made with raisin brioche, cream cheese mascarpone and finished with cinnamon syrup. For something savory, the lobster eggs Benedict on cornbread is a winner. Healthy options include salmon gravlax, yellowfin tuna tartar, a smoothie bowl, and freshly pressed juices. There are also gluten free items on the menu. A Canadian brunch isn't complete without a Caesar and these guys make a solid one.


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Catch 122 Bistro has been a Gastown staple for a number of years now. Known for their comforting dishes, this spot is popular amongst the brunch crowd. The menu is broken up into sweets and small dishes, a selection of eggs Benedict, brunch plates, and grains and salads. Suffice to say, you've got options. For something totally gratifying, go for The Catch Madame. This hearty sandwich on sourdough bread is loaded with a fried egg, ham, dijon mustard, apricot chutney, gruyere and a creamy béchamel sauce, served with a salad for a side of virtue. If you're all about the eggs Benedict, they have three kinds to choose from. Whatever you order, be sure to get some of their crispy potato hash.


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The atmosphere inside is anything but your typical Mexican-inspired restaurant. Instead, it evokes the retro furniture section in a thrift store. Although it's very charming, their reason for doing so is ethically sound and their devotion to the environment and the health of our bodies is dispersed from concept to menu. Local wines and beers mingle with organic and free-range ingredients to produce a socially responsible and healthy environment. They're constantly looking at ways to give back to the community. The menu is vegetarian, but also favors vegan diets. With the use of nuts, tofu and beans, it's hard to miss the lack of meat. For breakfast, tuck into breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, their version of eggs Benedict, and French toast, amongst other tasty options. Breakfast is affordable and satisfying at Bandidas.


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Locals flock to this popular brunch spot so don't be surprised to see people waiting outside to get a table on any given weekend. If you go on a weekday or when they first open, you likely won't have as long of a wait. Medina is known for their waffles, and though they may look small, they are quite filling. Choose from toppings like milk chocolate lavender, fig orange marmalade and mixed berry compote, to name a few. For your main, try the fricasse and enjoy two fried eggs, tender braised short ribs, savory roasted potatoes, sweet caramelized onions, arugula, applewood cheddar and grilled foccacia. Wash it all down with a lavender latte; it's pure heaven. Medina Cafe is definitely the place to go if you're looking to shake things up and veer away from your typical breakfast fare.


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Tuc Craft Kitchen has comfort written all over it from morning until night. Located in the heart of Vancouver's historic Gastown, Tuc is a local favorite. The casual and cozy atmosphere lends itself well to everything from date night to a meal out with friends. At Tuc Craft Kitchen they support local vendors so diners can expect the menu to change seasonally. They take inspiration from around the world and carefully craft their own versions in the kitchen.The dishes are hearty and comforting and it's hard to choose what to order because it all looks (and smells) so good. Tuc is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on the weekend. Because the menu is seasonally driven, the menu changes from time to time.


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Located inside of Vancouver's newest hotel, Parq, Honey Salt is a lovely spot to start your day. Sure, the dining room and lounge are perfectly Instagrammable, but Honey Salt is more than just a pretty space. This is the first collaboration for restauranteur Elizabeth Blau (who has multiple restaurants in North America) and her husband, Chef Kim Canteenwalla. Though it's a hotel restaurant, Honey Salt ticks the boxes of a neighborhood restaurant: the food's delicious and approachable, the space is beautiful and comfortable, and the service is hospitable. The menu focuses on farm-to-table, featuring a very British Columbian bounty. For brunch, you'll find classics like buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict, and a full English-style breakfast. Mixed in with the classics are dishes like a dungeness crab roll, a poke bowl, a breakfast galette, a Biloxi buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, flavorful salads, and healthy juices and smoothies.


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Inspired by North African cuisine, Chambar is perfect when you want something more than your typical pancakes and eggs. For something lighter, the yoghurt with fresh fruit, a mixed berry compote and roasted nuts hits the spot. A light but filling option is the Bon Matin. Served with prosciutto, tomato, avocado, olive tapenade, brie, a soft boiled egg and and sourdough, it's a bit of everything. Vegetarian? They'll sub out the prosciutto for their housemade falafel. A dish that's rich, filling, and will keep you going all day is the fricassee. Made with braised short ribs, balsamic cipollini onions, potatoes, watercress, fried eggs and applewood smoked cheddar, this is where it's at. Chambar's coffee and cocktails are the perfect addition to the table.


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Known for their pulled pork pancakes, The Red Wagon Cafe is an East Vancouver favorite. Some brunch places around the city stop service around 3pm, but these guys are open until 9pm on the weekend. This bodes well for those who may have had a late night and need a late start to the day. The all day menu includes brunch classics like eggs Benedict, a frittata, omelettes and pancakes. For something a little different, try the BBQ brisket that's served with two eggs, house-made BBQ brisket, jalapeno cornbread and homefries. If your idea of brunch leans more towards burgers and sandwiches, they've got plenty of lunch and dinner options on the menu too.


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