We in Vancouver care a lot about our food, #gastropostvan. There are literally millions of food photos found on Instagram. Here are a few of my favourites.
Top 5 brunches in Vancouver
For the Budget Friendly – Less than $5
Coras – There are several locations for Cora’s and for most people, you’d probably wonder why this is on the “budget friendly” list when most meals go for $12+ here. Well that’s because you’re not seated before 8 am. When it’s before 8 am, all Cora’s in GVRD offer a special $4.95 menu. That’s right, under $5. What more can you ask for? And this is not bon’s. I have been to Bon’s and it’s not on my list. And no one can beat Ikea, come on, it’s $1.
For the Hipster Brunch – $15
Catch 122 Cafe Bistro – Let’s be real, everything is hipster in Vancouver by now. But this is one of my favourite brunch places of all time. My go to is the Dirty Breakfast here. It used to be way less packed when it first opened and now you can see line ups out the door (sometimes). Very spacious and moves quickly so your waits are never more than 20 minutes. This is a great spot for locals and tourist as well. For free 2 hour parking (this is not ‘legit’) but you can park at Tinseltown (just 2 blocks away) – for Patrons so you can take a look inside the mall.
For the 1 hour waits – $16 & up
Jam Cafe – The moment you miss that first wave to be seated, be prepared for 30 min to 1 hour wait on Weekends. The business first started in Victoria and has now landed on Beatty Street (taking over the previous Cafe Medina). The food here is ah-maaaazing. The pancakes are fluffy but be warned this is massive. A 3 stack pancake that is approximately 1 feet in diameter. Can anyone finish it? Nope. We’ve asked and they said they have yet to see someone finish the entire stack alone! Another favourite is their chicken and waffles. Love love love. But be prepared, they have waits even on rainy days. For free 2 hour parking (this is not ‘legit’) but you can park at Tinseltown (just 2 blocks away) – for Patrons so you can take a look inside the mall.
Fancier Brunch – $18 & up
Chambar – I love the food here. Less waits now that they have expanded their restaurant, service is great. They do coat check as well if you are planning on visiting in the winter. My favourite is the Paella and Tajine from their menu. FYI – the Tajine gets spicy after a few more bits. Reservations are still recommended if you are going at prime times. They do also get very busy! For free 2 hour parking (this is not ‘legit’) but you can park at Tinseltown (just 2 blocks away) – for Patrons so you can take a look inside the mall.
The Cozy Brunch – $16
Thyme To Indulge Catering & Bistro: This place is so so so so so good. But of course Jam Cafe still takes the lead in my heart even though the line up is ridiculously long. Their hours are odd, so be sure to check it out first! It’s a very cozy atmosphere, not too big so I wouldn’t recommend larger parties.
If you are interested in other Brunch places, here are my other recommendations:
- Red Wagon – For their pulled pork pancakes (approx 20-30 min waits)
- Nelson the Seagull – For their Avocado Toast (find your own seats)
- Birds and the Beets – For their Avocado Toast (find your own seats)
- Yolks – For their to die for poached egg (approx 20-30 min waits)
Happy Brunching! It gets serious in Vancouver so make reservations early if they take them.