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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 some stellar baked goods, and it’s hard to go past Burgoo Bistro’s belly-filling brunchy 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, Café Medina‘s line-up has been as legendary as the menu. But, one of the only welcome developments we can thank Covid for 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.

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. Fable Diner serves up breakfast throughout the week, with a set-price “Prohibition Brunch” on weekends. Two of our faves on the regular menu: the roast duck pancake – topped with an egg, and the breakfast sandwich that provides a little morning-time bite thanks to the house-pickled jalapeños.

Heirloom Vegetarian
1509 West 12th Avenue (South Granville)
Heirloom Vegetarian is a bright and breezy room serving up delicious weekend brunch dishes, that just happen to all be vegetarian or vegan. Lots of classics, but also some more creative breakfast options too, such as the carrot “lox” on toast, and the avocado benny with hummus and a vegan hollandaise. Don’t miss the fresh juices – in fact, they have a spin-off juice bar just around the corner.

546 West Broadway (Cambie)

With a name like “Yolks“, you probably figured out that this place is all about the breakfast! Originally just a food truck, they now have two locations, serving up eggy goodness every day, along with their legendary truffle-lemon potatoes. Along with a galaxy of bennies, we recommend their classic breakfast, which is a delicious choose-your-own-adventure type of affair.

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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
Yolks –
Yolks website