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Nothing kicks off a weekend like tucking in to a well-deserved brunch. So it’s no surprise that The Burrard’s front desk is often asked by guests for brunch recommendations. Of course, you’ll find two fantastic options without even leaving the building: Elysian Coffee not only serves up quality caffeine, but also a stellar avo toast, and it’s hard to go past Burgoo Bistro’s belly-filling weekend offerings. But for those venturing further, here are our top five picks for brunch in Vancouver.

The Templeton – 1087 Granville Street (Downtown)
Just a couple of blocks from The Burrard is The Templeton, a retro diner that captures our mid-century heart. Open for breakfast seven days a week, settle into a booth and order up the Big Ass Breakfast (with free range eggs and natural bacon) or a stack of pulled pork pancakes. Despite the old school vibes, you’ll still find plenty of fresh vegetarian choices if you’re so inclined.

Café Medina – 780 Richards Street (Downtown)
One of Vancouver’s top spots for breakfast, with a line-up that’s nearly as legendary as the menu! Arrive early to get your name on the list, or ask to sit at the bar, which is often a lot quicker. Once you’re in, you’ll find creative breakfast dishes with a Moroccan twist, along with the city’s best Liege-style waffles.

Fable Diner – 151 East Broadway (Mount Pleasant)
This restaurant is the epitome of a modern diner, where traditional comfort food meets farm-to-table ideology. The diner serves up breakfast throughout the week, with extended hours on the weekends. Two of our faves: the fried chicken benny with pickled onions, and its opposite: the West Coast toast with avocado and smoked salmon.

Heirloom Vegetarian – 1509 West 12th Avenue (South Granville)
A bright and breezy room serving up delicious brunch dishes daily from 9 am, that just happen to all be vegetarian or vegan. Lots of classics, but also some more creative breakfast options too, such as the banana French toast with cashew cream, and the veggie–filled ninja bowl. Don’t miss the fresh juices – in fact, they have a spin-off juice bar just around the corner.

L’Abattoir – 217 Carrall Street (Gastown)
Hands-down our favourite fancy brunch in the city! This is the spot for a celebration – even if it’s just to toast the weekend. If you’re in the mood for bubbles, you’ll find a weekly selection of well-priced sparkling wines. The decadent breakfast burger is a must, as is virtually anything in the exquisitely tempting pastry basket.

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Photo Credits:
Feature Image –
Helena Lopes via
The Templeton – The Templeton’s Facebook page
Cafe Medina – Cafe Medina website

Fable Diner – Fable Diner Facebook page
Heirloom Vegetarian – Heirloom website
L’Abattoir’s breakfast pastry basket –
L’Abattoir Facebook page