Vancouver spots for a breakfast sandwich

The breakfast sandwich may be the perfect concoction for your first meal of the day. Complete with all the major food groups in one handy package, it’s tasty, satisfying and convenient. And we’re not talking Egg McMuffins here. Step up your breakfast game with any one of these great sammies.

Siegel's Bagels

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1883 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1C6

While Vancouver may not hold a candle to Montreal when it comes to our bagels, Siegel’s comes pretty darn close. And the breakfast sandwich here is all about the bagel. Choose from classics like poppy seed, sesame seed and plain or the more savoury sun-dried tomato or the insanely popular rosemary-rocksalt. Every day before 11 am, they’re filling these holey boiled dough delights with egg and cheddar and sending you off with a hot coffee for a mere $4.75. Simple, but near perfection.

The Buzz Cafe & Espresso Bar

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901 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W6

This café-cum-gallery on the edge of Yaletown is a welcome and comfortable refuge if you’re looking for a relaxing café breakfast amid wooden tables, large, bright windows and rotating works of art. They have a couple of sandwiches on offer. Served on a toasted English muffin with egg, you have a choice of prosciutto and fontina or tomato and cheddar. Pair it with a delicious latte for a warming, laid-back start to a Saturday browsing Yaletown.

Yolk's

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1298 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V6A 1S6

As you whiz past on the Dunsmuir bike lane or emerge from the Stadium-Chinatown station, be sure to hit up the original Yolk’s food cart. Their free-range egg sandwiches are the stuff of legend. Here, it’s all about choice. Smoked bacon, honey ham or Portobello mushroom is paired with one egg or two, topped with Hollandaise or cheddar and nestled between an English muffin, whole wheat ciabatta or gluten-free bun. Try not to be too distracted by the deliciousness as you hop back on your bike.

The Red Wagon Cafe

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2296 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V5L 1V4

For more of a sit-down, leisurely breakfast sandwich experience, try your hand at snagging a table at the Red Wagon in Hastings-Sunrise (we suggest a weekday to cut down on line-up waits). Their tasty breakfast sandwich comes piled high — as is their signature — with sausage patties, two eggs, cheddar, tomato chutney, mayo and arugula all on a toasted ciabatta bun. And if that’s not enough for you, it comes with their signature homefries too. A perfect meal in the comfort of an old-school diner. We’re sold.

Tandem Bike Café

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3195 Heather St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3K2

Your breakfast sandwich at this west side café comes with a helpful side of bike repair and some good word play. Dubbed the “Brake Fast” sandwich, you have a choice here of vegetarian — spinach, tomato, egg, pesto and Havarti — or meat — ham, egg, pesto and Havarti. Or you can slam them together for a meat ‘n’ veggie-filled hearty meal. And at $4, it’s hard to go wrong. Swing by on your bike through their bike-only ride-through, or stay a while for a tune-up while you eat.

SMAK Healthy Fast Food

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1139 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC V6E 2P4

Quickly gaining a reputation for its healthy fast food concept, this bright and cheerful gluten-free cafeteria on the edge of the financial district boasts a great breakfast sandwich combo. Choose one of their four, all served on g-f multiseed toast — sausage, bacon, spinach and Portobello mushroom or avocado — with sweet and savoury onion jam and a free-range egg, and pair it with a tasty, ground-to-order Americano for $7. Hearty, healthy and definitely fast, this is a great way to start your day.

Rosemary Rock Salt

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2515 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E5

An off-spring off-shoot of Siegel’s Bagels, Rosemary Rocksalt is the more modern, slightly edgier counterpart to the classic Vancouver bagelery. Opened by the daughter of Siegel’s owner, this place is banking on the city’s love for its popular rosemary bagel topped with chunks of delicious sea salt. But the full selection of bagels are here too, and are best filled for breakfast with traditional lox and cream cheese or — for the heartier option — with smoke meat, egg, cheddar and veggies for a serious Montreal fix.

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