Wake Up to Toronto’s Best Brunch Spots
Many of the finest things in life are combinations of other great things. Combining music with drama gave us opera. Combining the Internet with mobile phones gave us smartphones. And combining breakfast with lunch gave us brunch!
Torontonians love to brunch. Restaurants and cafes across the city serve up favourites like omelettes, pancakes and eggs benedict and lunch mainstays like sandwiches and salads all weekend long and especially on Sundays.
Here are just some of the hundreds of great places in Toronto where you can brunch in style.
The HotHouse Restaurant & Bar
The HotHouse Restaurant & Bar is one of the busiest restaurants in Toronto. The reason? Great food. Located in the historic St. Lawrence Market area, the HotHouse Restaurant & Bar has become a Toronto landmark. Winner of numerous culinary awards, it was also voted Toronto’s best Sunday Brunch five years in a row. With delicious sweet and savoury buffet fare for all tastes, it’s no wonder the place is always packed on Sundays.
Location: 35 Church Street
Must-Try Items: Gourmet Omelette, Hip of Roast Beef, Potato and Chive Salad
Authentically Spanish, Patria offers savoury Spanish tapas in an upscale environment in Toronto’s King West area. This is not your average brunch menu. Traditional Spanish ingredients like serrano ham, goat cheese, chorizo and manchego cheese start your day with an olé!
Location: 478 King Street West
Must-Try Items: Cocas, Torrijas con Miel, Tortilla De Patatas
In the heart of the Entertainment District, Cora features a delicious range of freshly prepared breakfast and lunch dishes that will satisfy any craving. Famous for their crêpes and waffles (with or without chocolate and fruit), Cora also boasts a variety of omelettes and fruit platters, as well as salads, sandwiches, paninis and more.
Location: 227 Wellington Street West
Must-Try Items: Crêpomelette, Yogurt Harvest Crunch, Cora’s Special
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
This stylish restaurant provides warmth, great service and a unique culinary experience. Mildred’s is known for their freshly baked homestyle scones and biscuits. Quench your thirst with one of their delectable tea blends or freshly squeezed juices.
Location: 85 Hanna Avenue (in Liberty Village)
Must-Try Items: Scones, Mildred’s Famous Crunchy Granola, Huevos Monty
A west end staple, The Lakeview offers a 24-hour brunch amidst a charming vintage diner setting. The Captain Canuck kids menu means the little ones can have fun too. Arrive early to avoid lineups.
Location: 1132 Dundas Street West
Must-Try Items: Freedom Toast, The Turbo stacked egg sandwich, strawberry milkshake
Rose & Sons
You may have to wait in line for a bit to have brunch at this hot spot opened by former chefs at the Drake Hotel, Anthony Rose and Chris Sanderson, but it’s well worth it. Aside from delicious food – with unique options like bread pudding with wild blueberries – Rose and Sons also boasts stylish diner-style décor.
Location: 176 Dupont Street (near Casa Loma)
Must-Try Items: Bread Pudding with Wild Blueberries, All Day Breakfast, Griddled Brie Cornbread
One of the hippest brunch spots in Little Portugal, Saving Grace is always lined up on weekends – and for good reason. With fresh salads, crispy French toast and savoury options like poached eggs and sandwiches, Saving Grace has something to offer everyone. Aim to show up 15 to 20 minutes before the restaurant opens at 10 a.m. to score a seat.
Location: 907 Dundas Street West
Must-Try Items: French Toast with Caramelized Bananas, Rajasthani Eggs, Angela Sandwich
Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood is known for its abundance of brunch spots and Lady Marmalade is among the best it has to offer. Dig in to dishes prepared from freshly sourced local ingredients while admiring the art on the walls. Be sure to ask about the daily special.
Location: 898 Queen Street East
Must-Try Items: Huevos Rancheritos, Lady Marmalade Bennies, Organic Buckwheat Crepe
Start your day off right with a delicious and nutritious brunch. You’ll need the energy to see all the other events and attractions Toronto has to offer!