Breakfast in Ottawa’s ByWard Market

Breakfast is not only the first and most important meal of the day, but also one of the most varied. Whether you prefer eggs, pancakes, skillets or bagels, there is a delicious breakfast feast awaiting you at any one of these ByWard Market spots.

Cafe 55

1
55 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3

Although it has a modern, European feel, this place has been here since the 1980s. The café boasts a very casual atmosphere, where you can linger over your breakfast and coffee for as long as you like. While you enjoy your meal, you can also watch ByWard Market merchants, from craftspeople to plant and vegetable farmers, setting up their stalls.

Moulin De Provence

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55 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3

This is the spot that U.S. President Barack Obama visited spontaneously during his first visit to Ottawa, giving it instant and lasting fame. A little piece of France in Ottawa, guests can eat the European-style breakfast, with baguette, café au lait and tout cela. Oh, and don’t forget the Maple Leaf/Obama cookies to take home. If you forget, your kids will never forgive you.

Zak's Diner

3
16 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N 7A1

This diner is where to go if you want a big breakfast 24 hours a day. A retro feel from the ’50s and great food ensure that there’s always a line up at the door. Plus, the portions are as huge as the lineups. With retro shakes and vinyl booths, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. If this is your cup of tea, you’ll love it here.

Mellos Restaurant

4
290 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E6

It has changed players and menus over the years but this standard, located on Dalhousie Street, has been at it since 1942. The arugula omelette is a nice find. And, you have no idea who you might end up sitting next to.

Benny's Bistro

5
119 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M5

Why don’t they sell eggs Benedict at Benny’s Bistro? Tucked in the back of the French Baker, you might expect breakfast with a French flair. And, you’d be right. No, they don’t do bennies here, only eggs the old-fashioned way. And, you will be greeted en Français.

Bluebird Coffee

6
261 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E3

I have to get this off my chest – this place is one of my favs. I go here for coffee and brekkie, and to sit and watch the world fly by. It also comes highly recommended by people who work in the restaurant businesses in the ByWard Market. I love their old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich. Want to try something different? Come here and see what they have to offer.

Peace Garden

7
47 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9K1

Well hidden in the same building that houses Ottawa’s French newspaper (Le Droit), this choice will surprise a few. Truly a peaceful oasis in the ByWard Market Square, the elegant, sari-clothed staff will make you a vegetarian breakfast that includes mock bacon. Don’t worry; the staff will make no effort to convert you to vegetarianism, or anything else.

Olive And Chili Food And Family Inc

8
51 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9B7

This place is the new kid on the block. It’s the kind of delicatessen where choices can be overwhelming. They are especially proud of their gluten-free breakfasts, including buckwheat crêpes. The blueberry Danishes and olive focaccia are also very popular.

Poutine is a glorious combination of two things that are already good on their own – cheese and fries – covered in rich gravy. Whether you like your poutine the classic way, or prefer to add pizzazz with various toppings, these poutine spots will fill that empty void in your stomach.
Coffee always tastes better in a great atmosphere. Whether you like your caffeine iced or steaming hot, with milk or without, sweet and creamy or slightly bitter, these Westboro cafés and coffee shops have fantastic ambiance and delicious brews waiting for you.
When you simply can’t bother making breakfast for yourself, and cereal won’t cut it, head out on the town to break your overnight fast. Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast from one of these tasty establishments in Westboro.
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