Downtown Vancouver's eclectic breakfast offerings

Downtown Vancouver is packed with so many fabulous breakfast places that you never have to crack a morning egg ever again if you don't want to. Read on for an eclectic selection of restaurants for all budgets, dress codes and appetites.

Café Medina

1
780 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3A4

Fresh and exotic ingredients transform your breakfast eggs, granola and fish into dishes that sound like they come from a fairytale, but this is anything but fantasy. Eggs come fried or poached, and are served with spiced chicken, lamb sausage and summer vegetable stew or with roasted vegetables, summer greens and smoked cheddar. Waffles are topped with the likes of dark chocolate, cardamom ice cream or peach and bourbon butterscotch. Here is one place where you can truly breakfast like a king.

Commune Cafe

2
1002 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3M6

If you enjoying knowing where you food comes from as much as enjoying the food itself, then you’ll be happy as a clam at the laid-back Commune Cafe. They make their breakfasts with free-run eggs plus natural meat and chicken. A good range of egg dishes are served with multigrain artisanal breads. If you’re not a morning eater but need a kickstart, there are liquid meals like the berry soy milk drink that always go down smoothly. And of course, coffee. You can't forget the coffee.

Smile Diner

3
424 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1T5

You can’t help but love the '80s décor and mismatched prints and posters of dated movie stars adorning the walls in this cheap and cheerful greasy spoon. Best of all, the breakfast is hearty and — like the look — possibly hasn’t changed much over the years. You get reliable French toast, eggs Benedict, hot cakes with maple syrup and breakfast steak complete with hash browns. Staff is as welcoming as the yellow smiley faces on the windows.

Chambar Restaurant

4
568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3

A seamless blend of bistro and Arabian Nights, the breakfast menu at Chambar makes dressing up worthwhile. The morning fare is imaginative, exotic and satisfying, with dishes like tajine and paella served alongside omelettes and granola. The waffles are things you dream about, with toppings like white chocolate pistachio rosewater and milk chocolate lavender. They also have a more familiar berry compote topping if you like your breakfast tried and tested.

Sciue Italian Bakery Caffe

5
126 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2V4

Priding themselves on bringing Rome to Vancouver, the breakfast menu here includes paninis, sunny-side-up pizzas, muffins and continental pastries. For something light and delectable, pick up a Ciambella. It’s a fluffy, hand-crafted, Italian-style doughnut sprinkled with sugar or hazelnut spread, and it pairs perfectly with their locally roasted coffee. Sit back in some Italian-style furniture and sip an organic, freshly-squeezed juice in this chic silver-and-orange-accented café.

The Elbow Room Cafe

6
560 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2G4

If the coffee doesn’t wake you up, the abuse will! Since opening at its present location in 1996, this place has built a reputation for delightfully irreverent servers. The intentionally lax attitude towards customers is all meant in good fun and gives you a few laughs with your breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, they go big here: the free-range eggs are large and they serve what they call “Big Ass Pancakes.” You’ll leave The Elbow Room Café happily sated if with a slightly bruised ego.

Scoozis

7
445 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2X6

It’s hard not love a place that serves pizza for breakfast. Scoozis has regular and vegetarian options available, topped with a combination of scrambled eggs, spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella and lean ham (for the meat eaters). The 25-plus dishes on the brekkie menu include deep-dish omelettes, cinnamon buns and rice pudding served with whipped cream, alongside favourites like eggs Benedict and a healthy fruit cup. If you want something even stronger than coffee, try one of the adult beverages.

On a cold, snowy Edmonton night, nothing says lovin’ like a cup of hot chocolate. It’s no surprise this drink was originally dubbed the “elixir of the gods.” Regardless of the variety you select, or whether you opt for the simplest hot chocolate on the menu, all I can say is ... don’t forget the marshmallows.
You don’t have to travel to Paris to have a true fine-dining experience; you can enjoy an upscale dinner, complete with a five-course meal and fine wine, right here at home. Victoria is a fine-dining destination with an excellent reputation – where talented chefs enjoy crafting delicious gourmet dishes from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Paired with a nice cup of coffee or topped with a scoop of ice cream, pie is unbeatable comfort food. And yet it faces stiff competition from cupcakes as the city’s dessert of choice. Well, pie is fighting back with old fashioned deliciousness as well as new and tantalizing flavours.
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