Rise and Shine with Whistler's Best Breakfast Spots

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and when you're in Whistler, (about two hours from Vancouver) your body will likely agree. Whether you're hitting the slopes, racing down bike trails, or taking to one of the local rivers, starting your day with a solid meal is essential for endurance.

While Whistler is known for the great outdoors, its also known as a great place to party. When you're in need of a little sustenance after a night out, there's nothing better than a hearty breakfast at Southside Diner. The breakfast poutine sounds crazy (and maybe it is), but if you're in the mood to throw caution to the wind, order it. This rich dish is loaded with potatoes, eggs, hollandaise, gravy, cheese and meat. If you're keeping things light, options like oatmeal and yogurt are available.

For something quick and casual, head to Purebread. All you need to do is follow your nose and you'll find this decadent bakery. While the display is jaw-dropping and the smells are incredible, the flavor of these buttery baked goods are next level. It's easily Whistler's best bakery.

When your body's telling you it needs some real nourishment, head to The Green Moustache. It's here that you can start your day with cold-pressed juices and healthy breakfast bowls that are loaded with grains and fruit.



The philosophy at Stonesedge Kitchen's is that food should be nourishing and indulgent so comforting dishes are made with the best ingredients. Much like their philosophy on food, the decor is also a balance. You'll find rustic pieces juxtaposed with leather banquette seating and crown moulding accents. The breakfast/brunch menu has both meat and veggie lovers covered. The avocado bagel with gem tomatoes, spinach, black garlic oil, fresh fennel, dukkah, two poached eggs and balsamic is a tasty veggie option. However, if you really want to indulge, the breakfast poutine is the way to do it. Cheese curds, potato hash, eggs, veggies and hollandaise-what's not to love? They don't open until 11am during the week, but the weekend brings a 9am opening.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Breakfast because: Stonesedge Kitchen combines a stunning environment with comforting dishes; it's the perfect way to wake up.

Natasha's expert tip: They're open at 9am on the weekend and serve brunch until 3pm.

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Located in Whistler Village, Basalt Wine + Salumeria is such a treat whether it's after a day of skiing, or before you hit the slopes. The menu is chock-full of seasonal and local ingredients so they change the menu up throughout the year. Breakfast/brunch items include the usual suspects, like eggs Benedict and pancakes, but you'll also find the Basalt burger and a loaded grilled cheese with Kennebec fries-both of which are perfect if you've imbibed a little too much the night before. If you're in more of a snacking mood, the cured meat and cheese boards will hit the spot. The summer brunch menu is Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 3pm.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Breakfast because: Basalt Wine & Salumeria is more brunch than breakfast, but buttermilk pancakes with strawberry rhubarb compote, smoked bacon and fresh fruit will hit the spot.

Natasha's expert tip: Basalt Wine & Salumeria offers happy hour from 3pm-5pm so you can keep it going into the evening.

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If your morning breakfast isn't complete without a solid cup of coffee, you'll want to head to Mount Currie Coffee Co. These self-confessed coffee geeks are an independently owned and operated coffee shop where an awesome cup of coffee is as important as the environmental footprint they leave. For something different, try their Canadiano. It's a latte with a shot of maple syrup. The breakfast offerings include a variety of breakfast burritos and egg sandwiches (with both meat and veggie options), a granola parfait, and plenty of baked goods. Mount Currie Coffee Co. is just the spot when you want to grab something quick and caffeinated.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Breakfast because: Mount Currie Coffee Co. makes some of the best coffee in Whistler and it's ideal when you want to grab something quick and affordable.

Natasha's expert tip: You can buy coffee beans to take home with you.

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Located in the Chateau Fairmont Whistler, this casual family-friendly restaurant is a great place to come and grab something quick and tasty before heading out on the slopes. That being said, if you've got time to eat-in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, you can. For something filling, the Scrambler Bowls are a solid choice. Made with scrambled eggs, local potatoes, apple-wood smoked cheddar, tomato fondue and a flaky country-style buttermilk biscuit, they really hit the spot. There are a few different types of these bowls to choose from, depending on what you're craving. If you're after a smaller bite to eat, they have plenty of baked goods to choose from that pair well with a cup of coffee. Opening at 7am, Portobello is ideal for early birds who want to make the most of their day.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Breakfast because: Portobello's donuts are out of control. The unique flavors and beautiful presentation make them a real treat.

Natasha's expert tip: You can call ahead to have your meal ready for eat-in or take-out.

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Whether you're hitting the slopes or the trails, a solid meal is important to sustain the energy you need. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Green Moustache is the perfect spot to go when you're craving something nutritious and delicious. This vegetarian cafe has plenty of vegan and raw options, too. These guys like to use organic, local, and seasonal ingredients in each of their dishes. Start your day with the Swiss-style Bercher muesli. This tasty bowl is loaded with oats, coconut and raisins that are soaked overnight. It's then topped with goji berries, chia seeds and apple. Wash it all down with one of their cold-pressed juices for an extra hit of health. While you're there, grab a treat for later. Their raw desserts will easily tempt.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Breakfast because: The Green Moustache's healthy breakfast options are available all day. The gracious grain oatmeal bowl is packed with flavor, and nutrients.

Natasha's expert tip: They have multiple locations and two of them are in Whistler.

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The Four Seasons' SIDECUT Modern Steak+Bar has a fresh approach to "mountain lodge decor". There's stone, leather and wood in abundance throughout the space, but the accents of vibrant mosaic tiles and a rich color palette add a liveliness to the space. Sidecut's crowning glory (when it comes to atmosphere and decor) is a year-round terrace complete with fire pit that's perfect to sit around post-dinner. If you're going to splurge at breakfast, the breakfast buffet is a hit. If you don't want to commit to such a large breakfast, the a la carte menu has plenty of tasty offerings. The huevos montaña with elk chorizo, quesadilla, refried beans, salsa verde and two eggs is filling and delicious. For something lighter, go for the Bircher muesli with an order of grapefruit.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Breakfast because: When you want to splurge Sidecut Restaurant's breakfast buffet is the place to do it.

Natasha's expert tip: If you like to keep it super healthy, check out their vitality power bowl breakfast.

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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Elements Urban Tapas Parlour is a local favorite any time of day. The open kitchen gives diners a sneak peek into the action, while the warm atmosphere provides a neighborly feel. This locally-inspired restaurant is committed to providing vegetarian, gluten-free and organic menu options so that everyone leaves pleasantly satisfied. For breakfast, tuck into one of their eggs Benedict. With options that include fresh Dungeness crab, smoked Sockeye salmon, and tomato and avocado (to name just a few), the toughest part is deciding which one to try. If you prefer waking up to something sweet, the caramelized banana and chocolate stuffed french toast with real Canadian maple syrup may hit the spot.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Breakfast because: Elements Urban Tapas Parlour serves a few different types of eggs Benedict. The smoked salmon with citrus hollandaise is a tasty way to wake up.

Natasha's expert tip: The early bird catches the worm here! They open at 8am.

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Crêpe Montagne's alpine vibe is almost as appealing as its food. Since opening in 1997, the restaurant has managed to win plenty of fans who come for their crêpes. And really, what's not to like about these ultra-thin, delicate pancakes that are rolled up with all sorts of tasty tidbits? Not everything on the menu is crêpe-based. You can choose from eggs Benedict, omelettes, and other traditional breakfast dishes as well. Sweet crêpes, of course, are a real treat. There's just something about a chocolate- and strawberry- stuffed crêpe, or a flaming crêpe swimming in Grand Marnier sauce that makes for a winning combination.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Breakfast because: Crêpe Montagne makes the best crêpes in Whistler. The Nordique (egg, tomato and cheese) with a side order of hash browns hits the spot.

Natasha's expert tip: If you're gluten free, Crêpe Montagne has you covered.

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Follow the scent of buttery baked goods and make your way to Purebread in Whistler Village. The rich smell is enough to entice you to come inside, but even that can't really quite prepare you for what you're about to experience. When you open the door, don't be surprised if you gasp at the incredible display of baked goods. It's quite something! At first, you may find yourself overwhelmed with choice, and that's okay. Take a step back and let your eyes scan over the delicious options before you. There are all sorts of sweet and savory goods to choose from.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Breakfast because: Purebread is the best bakery in Whistler and you'll be spoiled for choice here.

Natasha's expert tip: Get there early to enjoy them at their freshest. Though, they're delicious throughout the day.

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Located in Whistler's Creekside, the Southside Diner is a popular spot amongst locals and visitors. This casual eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's the perfect spot to unwind after a day on the hills, or to fuel up before heading out in the morning. The prices are affordable and the portion sizes are plentiful. For breakfast, tuck into The Southside Slam. This hearty breakfast includes a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage with two eggs, two pancakes and a side of home fries. For a twist on a Canadian classic, try the breakfast poutine. Loaded with cheese curds, french fries, eggs, gravy and hollandaise, if there's one thing that's for sure, it's that it's not for the faint of heart. There are definitely healthier items on the menu if you're looking to start your day off on the lighter side.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Breakfast because: The Southside Diner brings causal diner-style fare to Whistler. If you're looking to indulge, their bennies are a real treat, complete with house-made hollandaise.

Natasha's expert tip: It's gets pretty busy during peak times so don't be surprised if you have a wait a little bit before you're seated.

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