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Top Five: Vancouver Brunch Spots

April 15, 2024 |
Wendy Underwood

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 one fantastic option without even leaving the building: Elysian Coffee not only serves up quality caffeine but also some stellar baked goods. But for those venturing further, here are our top five picks for brunch in Vancouver.

Maxine’s Café & Bar
1325 Burrard Street (West End)
Just a stone’s throw away from us is Maxine’s Café & Bar, offering an expansive brunch menu seven days a week. While there’s everything from breakfast sandwiches to Bananas Foster French toast on offer, do take advantage of their slate of brunch-y cocktails such the Maximosa with sparkling wine, grapefruit juice and maraschino foam.

988 Davie Street (Yaletown)
With a name like “Yolks“, you probably figured out that this place is all about the breakfast! Originally just a food truck, they have just opened their third brick-and-mortar location on Davie Street, just a short walk from The Burrard. Yolks serves up eggy goodness every day, along with their legendary truffle-lemon potatoes. The galaxy of bennies are all dynamite, and we also recommend their classic breakfast, which is a delicious choose-your-own-adventure type of affair.

Café Medina
80 Richards Street (Downtown)
One of Vancouver’s top spots for breakfast, Café Medina‘s line-up has been as legendary as the menu. But one of the only welcome developments to come out of the pandemic is the fact that Medina now takes reservations! But if you’ve missed that window and are walking in, 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.

Giovane Caffé
418 West Georgia (Downtown)
Wandering around downtown and looking for a quick pick-me-up? The casual counter service at the newest location of Giovane Caffé is the way to go for Italian-inspired coffee, salads, and sandwiches. Paninis range from mushroom frittata (with arugula, truffle aioli, and caciocavallo) to mortadella (with provolone, pistachio pesto, arugula, and pickled onion), and the salads are nice and hearty, with hits like the ‘Tonno,’with poached tuna, farro, roasted broccoli, boiled egg, pickled red onion, and parsley mint dressing.

Tamaly Shop, Vancouver, BC

Tamaly Shop
2525 Main Street (Mount Pleasant)
Yes, there are tamales, but the adorable Tamaly Shop at Main and Broadway also offers a full menu of Mexican breakfast and brunch items every day starting at 8 am. In a bright and lively room, expect to hear lots of Spanish as you tuck into your chilaquiles, huevos divorciados, or guajolotongo (your choice of tamal topped with chicken, chilaquiles, salsa and crema) washed down with a complimentary cafe de olla. Browse the grocery section for imported Mexican snacks and candies to keep the vibe going all day.

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Photo Credits:
Feature Image – Davey Gravy via Unsplash
Maxine’s – Maxine’s Official Website
Yolks – Yolks Official Instagram
Giovanne – Giovanne Official Instagram
Cafe Medina – Cafe Medina Official Instagram
Tamaly Shop – Wendy Underwood