Few cities do Sunday brunch better than Montreal. We revel in leisurely mornings and afternoons spent drinking mimosas and slowly polishing off plates of rich, filling breakfast fare while sharing the latest news and gossip. Sunday brunch is the ideal date for busy couples using their day off to wind down, for friends catching up and families spending some quality time together. The Plateau in particular has produced some truly excellent brunch joints that have turned into Sunday staples for neighborhood locals and tourists alike. You’ll be able to spot them by the sometimes quite long lineups of people waiting to get in and have their weekly dose of comfort food. But if you don’t have time to wander around and find them on your own, here are our suggested five best places to have brunch in the Plateau Mont-Royal:
Practically world-famous, l’Avenue will have a line in front of its doors pretty much any day during the weekend, but its patrons (and we second this!) say that it’s worth the wait. While the funky, hip decor is enough to attract customers, it’s the food that makes everyone stick around and come back for more. Each dish is preceded by a generous fruit skewer and portions and so hearty you may have to take some home. They do pretty much any breakfast dish you can imagine, from bacon and egg platters to waffles and crepes, omelettes, sandwiches, fresh pressed juices, smoothies and milkshakes…but the real show stopper is probably their 13 types of eggs Benedict, that come with a serving of their delicious roasted potatoes. This is one restaurant you really can’t go wrong with, and a must try in Montreal!
Where: 922 Avenue du Mont-Royal E.
When: Open 8 am to 4 pm every day.
Not quite in the Plateau, Fabergé is located just a bit north in the neighboring borough, Mile End, which is just as charming. With a bright, inviting decor and delicious dishes, it’s always packed on the weekend. Though it serves up all of our favorite brunch staples as well as some very good vegetarian options, Fabergé is perhaps best known for its terrific fried chicken & waffles, as well as its healthy and refreshing smoothies.
Where: 25 Avenue Fairmount O.
When: Open Mon-Fri 8 am to 3 pm and Sat-Sun 8 am to 4 pm.
Beautys is truly a Plateau veteran and has a heartwarming story to its name. It was opened in 1942 by a couple who wanted to feed the workers of a factory in the same building. The food was so good, however, that soon, people started coming even during the weekends for late breakfasts, and this is how, some say, Montreal’s Sunday brunch was born. Open for over 70 years now, Beautys remains an important part of Plateau brunch culture and serves the same great quality fare that it did decades ago. Go there for the food, but also for a little taste of Montreal history.
Where: 93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O.
When: Open Mon-Fri 7 am to 3 pm and Sat-Sun 8 am to 4 pm.
Lawrence is one of the places one speaks of with slight reverence. This neo-rustic restaurant and butcher shop turns into an amazing British-inspired brunch spot on weekends, to the great delight of everyone who loves hearty, finely crafted dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for scones with clotted cream, a classic English breakfast or something more unusual like pig’s trotter, turnip tops and fried eggs, Lawrence serves it up in comfort and style. Beware of the wait: much like l’Avenue, Lawrence is in high demand, and does not disappoint!
Where: 5201 Boul St-Laurent.
When: For brunch, go there Sat-Sun from 10 am to 3 pm.
Finally, if you’re a waffle fanatic, don’t miss a chance to visit Engaufrez-Vous, a front-runner in the art of waffle-making in Montreal. Their name is a play on words of the french term for waffles, ‘gaufre’, and they specialize in everything–sweet waffles, savory waffles, Brussels and Liege waffles, even stuffed waffles, and also happen to be one of the most affordable brunch options in the Plateau. Whether you have a sweet tooth or a hankering for something savory, this cozy little restaurant is worth a try!
Where: 8 Rue Rachel E.
When: Open Wed-Fri 8 am to 4 pm and Sat-Sun 9:30 am to 5 pm.