Best Brunch in Vancouver

Vancouver is home to many good brunch spots. Those listed below are in a different category: they are outstanding. Determining who makes the list is easy. I’m either blown away or I’m not.

Each restaurant is to die for in its own way, though each offers 1) incredible, mainly local, quality food 2) great, friendly, timely service 3) a sense of aesthetic and/or ambiance.

Best Brunch in Downtown Vancouver

On the hunt for a truly fantastic brunch in Downtown Vancouver? These spots are pretty much guaranteed to leave you tingling with satisfaction.

Twisted Fork Bistro Brunch

Twisted Fork Bistro

1147 Granville St | 604-568-0749 $$ | Brunch

A cozy, bustling brunch joint serving ultra-delicious, homemade-style dishes and freshly baked bread. Expect a line-up.

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Yew Four Seasons Lunch

Yew Restaurant + Bar

791 W Georgia St | 604.692.4939 $$$ | Seafood

A seafood-centric special occasion spot set within the Four Seasons Hotel. Chef Ned Bell, a leader in the sustainable seafood movement, offers a 22-item brunch menu including gluten-free pancakes and lunch-style options like fish 'n chips. Wash it all down with half-price wine bottles on special during brunch. Private dining area available and large groups welcome.

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New Cafe Medina Richards

Café Medina

780 Richards St | 604-879-3114 $$ | Belgian

Arguably Vancouver's most popular brunch spot specializing in Belgian waffles and Mediterranean cuisine from Chef Jonathan Chovancek. UBC Farm is just one of their local ingredient sources and coffee snobs will appreciate that 49th Parallel espresso drinks served here are executed as perfectly as those found at top coffee shops. Nectar cold-pressed juice is available on-tap, too.

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Boulevard

845 Burrard St | 604-642-2900 $$$$ | Seafood

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Best Brunch in Gastown, Crosstown & Railtown

Looking for top brunch spots in the Gastown area? These cobblestone streets are home to some of Vancouver's coolest, off-the-radar destinations.

Secret Location Gastown

Secret Location

1 Water St. | 604-685-0090 $$$ | European

An impeccably luxurious room fit a Sex-and-the-City-style brunch with the girls.

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Ask For Luigi Brunch

Ask For Luigi

305 Alexander St | 604-428-2544 $$ | Italian

Italian brunch done right in a small, simple room. The bread is made in-house, free-range eggs are luscious with near-fluorescent orange yolks and coffees are expertly made by Chris Giannakos of Revolver.

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Tuc Craft Kitchen Interior

Tuc Craft Kitchen

60 W Cordova St | 604-559-8999 $$ | Comfort Food

A big room, great for groups, offering comforting meat dishes like Lamb & Eggs and Crispy Chicken and Waffles. Care where ingredients are from? Check their site for a list of suppliers (most local). Wash brunch down with a Lavender, Rosemary or Salted Caramel latte.

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Calabash Bistro Dining Room

Calabash Bistro

428 Carrall St | 604-568-5882 $$ | Caribbean

Cozy, friendly vibes and well-portioned, deliciously Jamaican brunch. Think egg bowls with coconut rundown hollandaise and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee.

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Belgard Couch

Belgard Kitchen

55 Dunlevy Ave | 604-566-1989 $$ | Fusion

The transition from your couch to brunch is made especially easy thanks to Belgard's oversized, super-comfy leather couch and comforting brunch dishes like the Salmon Gravlax Hash and the Health Nut Breakfast Bowl.

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Nelson the Seagull Gastown

Nelson the Seagull

315 Carrall St | 604-681-5776 $ | Lunch

Simple and perfect. Cozy up on a comfy couch or antique chair for a thick slice of sourdough avocado toast and a latte made with Nelson's own almond milk. The South African brother sister team running this joint have an especially good eye for style and flavour.

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Chambar

568 Beatty St | 604-879-7119 $$$ | Belgian

Vancouver's beloved carbon-neutral Belgian eatery has nailed dinner service for years. Now, you can head to Beatty Street for outstanding brunch, as well. Their 11-item, meat-forward menu (including sausage-riddled Paella and a pulled pork hock omelette) is available on weekends from 8am-3pm.

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Best Brunch in Kitsilano and Point Grey

On a mission to find Kitsilano and Point Grey's very best brunch restaurants? This small list of spots outshines the other options in these laid-back, seaside neighbourhoods.

Jethro's Fine Grub

3420 Dunbar St | 604-569-3441 $$ | Breakfast/Brunch

Wonderfully outrageous menu and portion sizes, as featured on Diner’s Drive-ins & Dives. Try the Chocolate Banana Bread French Toast.

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The Oakwood Canadian Bistro Interior

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

2741 W 4th Ave | 604-558-1965 $$ | West Coast

Cozy cabin-style feel complete with an oversized fireplace – seafood is Ocean Wise, meat is local and hormone-free.

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Abigail's Party

1651-1699 Yew St | 604-739-467 $$ | West Coast

Tiny, hugely popular brunch-centric location that epitomizes the casual neighbourhood vibe.

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Aphrodites Organic Cafe

Aphrodite's Organic Cafe

3598 W 4th Ave | 604-733-8308 $$$ | Canadian

A casual neighorhood bakery restaurant with an entirely organic menu. Health-focused brunch plates (gluten free, vegan options) are wonderfully sloppy, delicious and filling. But be sure to save room for pie -- they've got load of tempting flavours to choose from.

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Best Brunch on Granville Island

Looking for the best brunch on Granville Island? This touristy area is home to several brunch-menu-bearing joints, but only one is worthy of extreme praise and respect.

Edible Canada Brunch

Edible Canada Bistro

1597 Johnston St | 604-682-6681 $$ | West Coast

The perfect destination for your out-of-town guests. The eight-item menu is rich with Canadian classics and local ingredients. Try the Wild Mushroom Eggs Benny and sit on the patio.

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Best Brunch in South Granville

Birds Nest Brunch Underground Dining

The Birds Nest

Secret | $$ | Brunch

A most charming, off-the-radar brunch destination perfect for private occasions. This is real home-cooking (complete with fantastic home-made bread) set within an eclectic French-style apartment. Still hungry? Seconds available!

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The Farmer's Apprentice

1535 W 6th Ave | 604-620-2070 $$ | Local

Proof that a seriously good dinner restaurant can also be an excellent brunch spot. Expect feel-good music, a cozy room and real fresh-squeezed orange juice set out on the counter beside the breakfast pies. Menu changes weekly. Open for brunch on Saturdays only.

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Heirloom Vegetarian Interior

Heirloom Vegetarian

1509 W 12th Ave | 604-733-2231 $$ | Vegetarian

A spacious, well-lit room designed as beautifully as its locally sourced vegetarian food. Try the chia bowl with vanilla cashew cream or an ‘Eggs Benedictish’ with whole grain tempeh instead of eggs.

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West Restaurant South Granville

West Restaurant

2881 Granville St | 604-738-8938 $$$$ | Local

An exquisite fine dining brunch experience featuring a seven-item menu using high end, local ingredients. The kind of spot where ‘fresh squeezed orange juice’ actually means ‘fresh squeezed orange juice’ (done before your eyes at the bar).

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Best Brunch in the West End

Best Brunch in and around Main Street and Mount Pleasant

El Camino Brunch

El Camino's

3250 Main St | 604-875-6246 $$ | Latin American

A fun, casual joint serving generously-portioned Latin American dishes made with organic free range eggs, humanely-raised meats and sustainable seafood.

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Burdock and Co Interior

Burdock & Co

2702 Main St | 604-879-0077 $$ | Local

Chef Andrea Carlson’s relationship with local suppliers ensures that only the best arrives at the table, whether sourced from one of Vancouver’s nearby farms or a downtown urban garden. Burdock & Co. serves refined dishes crafted from organic ingredients.

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Thyme to Indulge Bistro

Thyme to Indulge

2858 Main St | 604-877-1760 $$ | Brunch

A charming little joint with friendly service, local ingredients and indulgent brunch dishes, like Crispy Bacon Crusted Poached Eggs and Ocean Wise Smoked Salmon Bennies. Wash it all down with well-chosen Milano Coffee or Tea Forte.

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Chicha Peruvian Brunch

Chicha

136 E Broadway St | 604-620-3963 $ | Modern Peruvian

An extremely unique brunch menu offering excellent twists on Peruvian classics. Choose from huevos benedicts, veggie-centric hash bowls, house made honey quinoa bread, cassava fries and lots more.

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Campagnolo Upstairs Brunch

Camp Upstairs

1020 Main St | 604-484-6018 $ | Bar / Snacks

Through a discreet door you'll enter...up a flight of stairs you'll go. Up top, you'll discover a delicious world hidden to the masses featuring in-house baked goods, 49th Parallel coffee, craft cocktails, and the type of indulgent brunch dishes weekends were made for.

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33 Acres

15 W 8th Ave | 604-620-4589 $$ | Brewpub

33 Acres proves that, when your brunch menu offerings are so fabulous, you really don’t need to serve more than a handful of items. Try the Avocado Smash on Nelson the Seagull sourdough or and Beer waffles topped with a poached egg, crispy bacon or a scoop of seriously good Earnest Ice Cream.

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Best Brunch in East Vancouver

Red Wagon Cafe East Van

The Red Wagon

2296 E Hastings St | 604-568-4565 $$ | Breakfast/Brunch

A neighbourhood joint famous for its large portions, Pulled Pork Pancakes (with Jack Daniels maple syrup) and an appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives - expect a line-up every day of the week.

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Roundel Cafe Brunch

Roundel Cafe

2465 E Hastings St | 604-253-2522 $ | Breakfast/Brunch

Super friendly neighborhood spot serving great coffee (JJ Bean) and big-messy-delicious portions ’til 5pm on weekends (4pm on weekdays).

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Yolks Breakfast Interior

Yolk's

1298 E Hastings St | 604-441-9655 $$ | Breakfast

All-day breakfast and brunch spot in the old "Brave Bull" location specializing in sumptuous free-range egg breakfast sandwiches, eggs benny and more. The orange juice is fresh-squeezed on the spot and all sauces are made in-house.

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Best Brunch in Cedar Cottage and Riley Park

Graze Vegetarian Brunch

Graze

3980 Fraser St | 604-620-8822 $$$ | Vegan

Some might call Chef Karen McCathy's 100% plant-based brunch menu a feat. With dishes like Carrot Cake French Toast, Breakfast Tacos and the Smoked Tofu Benny, she and her team disprove any and all vegan stereotypes. Add their house-made Rosemary Fennel Sausage Links for extra edible comfort. Brunch menu available weekends, 10-3.

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