Join in the weekly ritual to enjoy a delicious brunch in Toronto with piles of pancakes and refreshing mimosas. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Torontonian who doesn’t love their brunch, but which spots are really worth the lines?
Brunch is one of my favourite meals to go out for in the city. But brunch in Toronto is more than just a meal, it’s an experience. From my very detailed, very thorough research of all of the different brunch spots in the city (which may have included a whole lot of eating), I’ve compiled a list of what I consider to be the best places to enjoy brunch in Toronto.
Aunties and Uncles
Best Toronto brunch in a diner
Calling all hipsters! Serving classic brunch fare from yesteryear, Aunties and Uncles is a family-friendly cash-only diner that is a favourite among local brunchers. Whether you’re in a mood for pancakes, a sandwich or another treat at this nostalgic eatery, be sure to order their home fries served with their house-made ketchup.
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Best brunch for Eggs Benedict (a Canadian classic!)
Lady Marmalade has been a long-time staple in Toronto best known for the delicious eggs Benedict menu. Early morning eaters can build their own Benedict with their choice of toppings served with their signature Hollandaise sauce. Be sure to arrive early as they often boast the longest line in Leslieville for brunch.
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Best brunch in Toronto for a mimosa
Located on Church Street, Smith is a multi-floor restaurant that brings you all your brunch favourites. Everything on their menu is made in-house, from their jams to their bread and the rustic but classic decor makes it the ideal place to celebrate any occasion with a delicious mimosa. For a simple and savoury meal, I recommend trying either their eggs benedict or their pancakes.
Maha’s Egyptian Brunch
Best brunch for international cuisine
Maha’s Egyptian Brunch is a family-run outpost in Toronto’s east-end that has grown in popularity over the last few years. Guests will wait in line for a cardamom-honey latte served with their sunny eggs and foole. Be sure to come hungry because although the prices are low, the portions are still pretty large.
Best brunch in Toronto for a sweet-tooth
Located in Liberty Village, School wins in my book not only for having the cutest school-themed decor but also for its amazing gourmet twists on your classic brunch favourites. Their freshly squeezed juice is served in beakers, and the TVs are filled with old school cartoons. Try the orange-infused french toast or the stack of amazing blueberry pancakes.
Best brunch for a local experience
You will most likely have to wait in a line for brunch at Saving Grace in Toronto, but don’t worry, it’s totally worth it. This small brunch spot is located on Dundas Street West, and offers daily pancake and waffle specials along with its other yummy options. On my last visit, I opted for the pumpkin and walnut pancakes, and let me tell you, they were to die for! However, if you’re looking for a boozy brunch, this isn’t your the best spot for a cocktail at brunch in Toronto as they don’t have a liquor license.
Best brunch for dietary restrictions
This Toronto restaurant is an excellent option if you or anyone in your group has dietary restrictions or allergies, as the menu is very accommodating. Lola’s Kitchen is located on Church Street, and on top of being in a cute, converted, historical building, it serves large portions of all of its amazing brunch specialties. Try the huevos rancheros, one of the most popular items on their menu and a reason why people often choose this spot for brunch in Toronto.
Best brunch for a tapas menu
Located in the hip area of King West, Portland Variety serves grab-and-go beverages and treats for commuters, as well as amazing brunches for those wanting to sit and stay awhile. Their menu features many of your classic, everyday breakfast items, like oatmeal and french toast, but has also thrown in items with a touch of Spanish flair, such as fried egg bravas (drool-worthy, by the way).
Best brunch for Instagram
I couldn’t get over how cute this rustic little restaurant was, and their brunch definitely lives up to the hype. One of the best parts about Wish is that this is one of the few Toronto brunch spots that allows you to make reservations on the weekend. Their menu is short, but you’re guaranteed to find something you like on it. I had the avocado toast with eggs, and it looked like a work of art when it arrived at my table. C’mon, do it for the ‘gram.
Toronto definitely has some of the best brunch in Ontario, and hey, maybe even the best brunch in Canada (but I may be biased). This is just a short sample of the amazing places you can get more than your average order of bacon and eggs, but I personally have many other favourites around the city to eat brunch in Toronto.