If there’s one thing that Toronto bloggers are serious about, it’s their brunch. “Brunching” is a verb for this polished crew, and the criteria for the perfect brunch spot is unanimous: beautiful bright spaces, artistically plated food, and quirky vignettes that will brighten up any Instagram feed. Never mind the fact that the food must be delicious – these bloggers need fuel because those photos won’t take themselves!
Arguably the mecca for all Toronto bloggers, one doesn’t need to guess why this Parisian-inspired bistro would be a favourite of blogging guys and gals. Not only does it host a light-filled dining room adorned with marble and accents of navy blue – the food itself brings a classic French simplicity and attention to detail. Although brunch at this sweet spot is a bit of a splurge, your Instagram followers will agree that it is well worth it.
A staple among Toronto’s Mink Mile, and with a spacious street-view patio open in the summer, La Société is known as the spot to be seen. If you’re more of an indoorsy type, the stained-glass-adorned windows of the bistro’s indoor space invoke a more warm and intimate feel. Come for the steak frites, and stay for a photo of your shoes against their white and gold adorned floors.
With a brunch menu that includes Greek yogurt with bananas and homemade granola, as well as a nutella sandwich, it’s easy to see why Wish is a Toronto blogger’s weekend favourite. Beautifully presented plates set against a rustic white décor will have even the most social media phobe give serious thought to photographing their meal.
Head toward Queen West and you will be rewarded with a Toronto classic that attracts long-time residents and blogging crowds alike. The Drake offers quirkier brunch fare like chicken and waffles, and doesn’t disappoint in ambiance and details – who can resist a monogrammed plate? Brunchers lucky enough to visit this neighborhood gem in the summer can also enjoy the Sky Yard, a beautiful umbrella-filled rooftop patio (plus, the prime horizon-gazing spot is open year-round in the evenings, if you miss out on the brunching season).
For those who write off the Distillery District as an area reserved for tourists and engagement photos, think again – Cluny Bistro has attracted the blogging crowd for brunch and it’s easy to see why. Great lengths have been taken to ensure that this grandiose space evokes feelings of dining in a luxurious French bistro, down to details like fresh flowers and a sprawling bread arrangement. Brunch patrons will hardly be able to decide which delicious dish to order off their vast menu, or which beautiful architectural detail to photograph next.
It takes but a look at the bright Kate-Moss-inspired mural that adorns this neighborhood favourite – and scours of people photographing their outfit against it – to know why this joint is a brunch go-to for countless bloggers. Brunch at Portland Variety is served tapas style on beautifully patterned ceramic plates set atop bright marble tables. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly become compelled to re-arrange your many sharing plates and coffee for an impromptu photo overhead.
If you fancy yourself more of a food photographer, then consider School your brunch muse. Pancakes stacked at an alarming height and quirky, colourful brunch fare plated on retro-patterned plates. Tip: this spot is not to be enjoyed by those with the faint of heart for brunch companions photographing their meal.
Toronto’s east-end bloggers flock to this retro space for their end-of-week brunch fix. The brunch fare at Lady Marmalade is not only beautiful to capture via smartphone, but also satisfies the most discerning diet – vegan and gluten-free options are available at this Leslieville favourite.