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Top 10 Brunch Spots in Vancouver

Foodology June 20, 2016 British Columbia, travel

I love a good brunch especially in Vancouver, we have access to some of the best ingredients in the world since we are a port city. Brunch is one of my favourite meals of the week since it’s a great time to catch up with girlfriends and indulge over eggs benny and mimosas.

In collaboration with Expedia.ca, we present to you my top 10 restaurants you must visit for brunch in Vancouver. Whether you are visiting Vancouver from out of town or a longtime Vancouverite, the city boasts brunch spots sure to please anyone. After being to 2,500+ restaurant visits over the past 6 years of food blogging, I can confidently share my top 10 list with you all.

ORU: Signature Weekend Brunch Buffet

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One of my favourite places for brunch is ORU at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, they offer a weekend brunch buffet, which includes house-made bacon, pork and turkey sausages, ham, sandwiches, special chef items, build-your-own omelette and benny bar, potato hash, fruit, cheese, charcuterie, and fresh made pastries. Their service is exceptional and there is all-you-can-drink fresh squeezed juices. I usually come here for a special occasion like birthdays.

Useful tips:

  • If they don’t have something in particular, you can ask the chef to create it for you. One time, I special requested a grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Let them know ahead of time if you’re celebrating something in particular. I asked them on Twitter to see if they could prepare something special for my husband’s birthday and they made him an assorted chocolate dessert plate.

You will want to make reservations ahead of time to make sure you have a seat. They have tons of space, so it’s great for larger groups.

Address: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Phone: 604-695-5500

La Brasserie 

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La Brasserie on Davie Street in the heart of the West End. They serve Franco-German food and their brunch menu is pretty damn delicious. They have an open concept kitchen, so if you sit at the bar, you can see the chefs put together your meal right in front of your eyes.

Must order:

  • La Brasserie Burger
  • Chicken Mornay Crepes
  • Suckling Pig and Eggs

Address: 1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone:  778-379-5400

Nice Cafe

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Nice Cafe is one of my favourite hidden gems for cheap brunch in Vancouver. Tucked away on 8th Ave and Main St along the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, you will find the delicious smells of their bacon sizzling away.

Must order:

  • Side of Grilled Mushrooms
  • Spinach & Feta Omelette
  • Blackstone Benny

Address: 154 E 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-874-4024

L’Abattoir

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In historic Gastown, you will find L’Abattoir right by the famous Gassy Jack Statue right by Blood Alley and Carrall Street. Their brunch items are fantastic and the chefs put a good twist on brunch classics.

Must order:

  • Full breakfast
  • Poached eggs with smoked pork belly
  • Blueberry danish

Address: 217 Carrall Street
Phone: 604-568-1701

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

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Oakwood has been a neighbourhood favourite in Kitsilano since 2011. Their brunch menu has mouth watering items like crispy pork belly, confit tuna and their open-faced smoked brisket sandwich. Their seafood is Ocean Wise certified and they pick local and fresh ingredients that are GMO free and organic where possible. Brunch Chef Michael Love puts a lot of care into the dishes he serves.

Must order:

  • Confit Tuna
  • Braised beef shank

Address: 2741 West 4th Avenue
Phone: 604.558.1965

Yolks

Yolk's Breakfast Food Cart

Yolk’s started as a food truck years ago and now has 2 permanent locations. Their food truck still runs on weekdays on Burrard Street outside Bentall Centre 1. What make them unique is there delicious soft poached eggs on their breakfast items. You’ll need napkins ready just incase any of the golden egg yolks drips on your clothing. I love how the staff always warn you just in case you eat it.

Must order:

  • Double smoked bacon english muffin with hollandaise
  • Truffle-lemon hash browns
  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Locations:

  • 1298 East Hastings St.
  • 546 West Broadway
  • 500 Burrard St

Fable

Fable Kitchen

Fable Kitchen is owned by Canada’s Top Chef contestant Trevor Bird. The idea of the restaurant came about from the episode ‘Restaurant Wars’, where Trevor named his farm to table concept – Fable. When returning from the show, he began working on bringing the vision to life. They work with amazing local farms to make sure they have the best ingredients to use in their meals. The brunch here tastes really good.

Must order:

  • Pulled Pork Johnny Cakes
  • Benedicts
  • Farmers Muffin

Address: 1944 West 4th Ave.
Phone: 604.732-1322

Cafe Medina

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One of the most popular brunch spots in Vancouver is Cafe Medina since 2008. You will always find a line up here for customers to get a taste of their Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Of course, you can’t leave without their signature Belgian waffles. Did you know, Cafe Medina was our first review on Foodology back in August of 2010?

Must order:

  • Fricassee
  • Paella
  • Lavendar Latte
  • Saumon Fume
  • Liege-style waffles

Address: 780 Richards St.
Phone: 604.879.3114

Bandidas Taqueria

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Since 2009, Bandidas Taqueria has been serving the Commercial Drive community Vegetarian/Vegan Mexican brunch. This 24 hour restaurant serves brunch 9am till 3pm everyday. You won’t find any meat here.

Must order:

  • Baked Breakfast Burrito
  • Baked Morgan Taylor with added sauce and cheese
  • Becky’s Omelette
  • English Muffins
  • Lemmy
  • Horchata

Address: 2781 Commercial Drive
Phone: 604.568.8224

La Mezcaleria

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La Mezcaleria serves up their version of Mexican brunch filled with a lot of nice bold flavours. They are also a few blocks away from Bandidas Taqueria, but their food is very different.

Must order:

  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Almon Con Tequila
  • Hashbrowns
  • Horchata

Address: 1622 Commercial Dr
Phone: 604.559.8226

That concludes my top 10 restaurants for brunch in Vancouver.There is definitely no shortage of restaurants offering brunch. Make reservations where possible and enjoy your eats. If you have any other awesome places to add to the list, share it in the comments below.

About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.