Weekday wakeup: Great spots to get breakfast in the Annex

The Annex has always been a favourite neighbourhood of University of Toronto students. As such, there's no shortage of places to get your first meal of the day any day of the week — even if you can't make it out of bed until after Noon.

Insomnia Restaurant & Lounge

563 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6

The sweet and savoury brunch dishes at this Bloor Street hotspot are the stuff of local legends. Citrus-spiked French toast and oven-baked pancakes will delight your sweet tooth while the array of eggs Benedicts (topped with meat and veggie options) will leave you full until dinner time. Make sure you grab a side of homefries coated in Insomnia’s signature sauce — a tangy ketchup-BBQ hybrid that’ll have you licking the plate. Want to make it a boozy breakfast? Mimosas are just $5 a glass everyday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are available in a variety of tropical flavours.

Annona Restaurant

4 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2E8

In the mood for an upscale breakfast? Look no further than Annona Restaurant in Toronto’s famous Park Hyatt hotel. This award-winning dining room serves up gourmet, international cuisine in an elegant atmosphere and it’s particularly well-known for its decadent breakfasts. Opt for the prix-fixe or hot breakfast options if you’ve got a big appetite — the selection ranges from omelettes to eggs Benedict to western sandwiches. Croissants and other breakfast pastries are baked fresh daily.

Apollo 11 Restaurant

1093 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G8

For a good, old-fashioned breakfast on Bathurst, Apollo 11 can’t be beat. The menu includes classics like omelettes, French toast, crepes, eggs Benny and more. Items are made from scratch and you can taste the freshness of the ingredients. The service is always friendly and the laid-back vibe of this family-owned restaurant makes for relaxed, casual dining. The prices are great so you won’t break the bank for breakfast.

Future Bistro

483 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2

Tucked between the Spadina and Bathurst subway stops on Bloor, this is one of the best hidden spots in the city — especially for breakfast. Future’s got all your favourite morning staples at affordable prices, like eggs Florentine with creamy hollandaise sauce, and ham and cheese omelettes. There are pancakes and crepes for every taste, including decadent chocolate-hazelnut pancakes for those who want to indulge in dessert for breakfast.

Ezra S Pound

238 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V7

Just steps away from Dupont subway station, Ezra’s Pound serves some of the best coffee in Toronto, as well as a splendid selection of light breakfast offerings. You can get your regular coffee, espresso or Americano with pastries, or yogurt with fruit and granola. Pastry favourites among regulars include the lemon scones and croissants. The cozy ambiance at this indie cafe makes it the perfect spot for a casual weekday breakfast.

By The Way

400 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X5

This intimate diner is a great spot to have a hearty breakfast with friends after a long night out. There’s limited seating, so it tends to be very quiet and makes for relaxed dining. The extensive menu has plenty of breakfast and brunch options for all tastes and appetites, including Eggs Charlotte, omelettes, hash browns and bagels. The wait staff is always happy to refill your cup, so it’s an ideal spot for some caffeine therapy when you're still trying to wake up.

You don’t have to travel to Vietnam to try authentic pho – it’s available right here in Victoria. So put away your passport and visit one of the Vietnamese restaurants below. Soon you’ll be sipping on savoury broth, seasoned with traditional Vietnamese spices and full of tasty meat and veggies. Close your eyes and you might forget you’re in Canada!
Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive – and you don’t have to sacrifice quality or taste just to get a good deal. Luckily for us, there are a number of Victoria eateries that offer satisfying meals for less than $10. Drop in, fill up, and leave with the energy you need to make it through the rest of your afternoon.
Student life can be hectic, so you need food that’s tasty, quick and, most importantly, cheap. Here are some of Victoria’s most student-friendly off-campus restaurants. Some are just down the street; others are a short bus ride downtown. But all of them have cheap eats that’ll keep you fuelled from frosh week to finals.
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