Rise and shine with breakfast in Leslieville

Rise and shine east enders! Whether you’re a night owl who hasn’t been to bed or an early bird who loves to see the sun come up, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. These local restaurants in Leslieville have one thing in common: they’re seasoned pros at delivering an awesome breakfast.

Bonjour Brioche

1
812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H7

If you can’t have a personal chef serve you breakfast in bed, this place is the next best thing. They have all your favourites like French toast and eggs Benedict, but with a classy French twist. As the namesake of the restaurant, buttery brioche is their defining dish. Between the simple but sophisticated decor and French-inspired baked goods, you’ll wish you could start every day here.

Lady Marmalade Restaurant

2
898 Queen St E Main, Toronto, ON M4M 1J3

This family-run restaurant has been a Leslieville favourite since 2008 and the only thing we can muster remotely close to a gripe is its cash-only policy. But when compared to the stellar food and service, all is forgiven. This place favours local and fresh ingredients, making breakfast items like Huevos Rancheritos or Huevos Migas and their lemony eggs Benedict send your taste buds through the roof. Make sure to add a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice.

Hasting Snack Bar

3
5 Hastings Ave, Toronto, ON M4L 2L1

Breakfast truly is the specialty here, as they’re only open from 6-10 am. Both the interior and exterior are completely no-frills – don’t miss it when walking by! The owner, John, has been perfecting the art of breakfast for decades so your meal will be heavenly. Everything about the place is a throwback to the past when times were simpler, meals were cheaper and food was cooked to be tasty and filling.

Tulip Restaurant

4
1610 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G2

Restaurants may come and go, but The Tulip has been a neighbourhood fixture since the late ‘20s. Not much has changed: the decor is casual, the place seems bigger once you’re inside and the bacon and eggs breakfast has only improved with time. One of the best parts about this place is the absence of a lineup. The staff is incredibly efficient and you’re rarely kept waiting for a table.

Te Aro Coffee Inc

5
983 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K2

Some people consider coffee to be a food group and they’ll find true believers at Te Aro. Beans are roasted on the premises for the freshest cup possible and if you want something substantial to eat with your brew, there are plenty of food options. You can order off the chalkboard menu behind the counter or ask the staff for suggestions – everything is delicious and there’s something for every taste.

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