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How to brunch your way around the world without ever leaving Toronto

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Gabby Peyton Jan 18, 2017 5:58 am 186

How do you like your eggs?

From Shakshuka to Benedict, the choices for brunch in Toronto can be egghausting. There are literally hundreds of spots where you can nurse your hangover with dishes from around the world.

Here’s where to find the best international brunch in Toronto.

Argentinian at Leña Restaurante

At the new cornerstone of Saks, breakfast empanadas, potato-egg tortillas and garbanzo toasts are served alongside Propeller coffee and latin-inspired cocktails like Maracuya with passion fruit, sugar cane, lime and candied pineapple.

Address: 176 Yonge Street, Toronto
Instagram: @lenarestaurante

Chinese at Kwan

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This Yonge and St. Clair spot has all the expected (and appreciated) dim sum staples like dumplings, buns and congee. Plus, who doesn’t love little custard bunnies?

Address: 1496 Yonge Street, Toronto
Twitter: @kwandimsum

Cuban at La Cubana

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This long-time Toronto favourite serves up their traditional medianoche sandwiches with a fried egg and Cuban breakfasts featuring slow roasted pork with rice and beans and tostones.

Address: 392 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Instagram: @lacubana_TO

Egyptian at Maha’s

From Shakshuka to the Cairo Classic, a platter filled with fava beans, eggs, falafel, feta and balady bread, this brunch mainstay is anything but the normal bacon and eggs. In fact, there’s no bacon at all: try Beleela, slow cooked barley with cream, vanilla, sugar, raisins, walnuts, and coconuts.

Address: 226 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto
Instagram: @mahasbrunch

English at Janie Jones

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A hop across the pond isn’t necessary with this Little India spot serving up UK breakfasts from Scottish sausages atop a mountain of grilled mushrooms, baked beans and potatoes to traditional savoury pies.

Address: 1030 Gerrard Street, Toronto
Instagram: @janie_jones_bar

Filipino at Platito

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Hit up this Filipino spot in Baldwin Village for dishes like Bok Bok chicken with purple yam waffles and tons of fried rice dishes to #putaneggonit.

Address: 35 Baldwin Street, Toronto
Instagram: @platitotoronto

French at Colette Grand Café

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Located in the Thompson Hotel, the gorgeously decorated cafe serves Saturday brunch featuring French classics like tartines, omelets, and benedicts. On Sundays, there’s a brunch buffet with a smorgasbord any Francophile will gobble up.

Address: 550 Wellington Street, Toronto
Instagram: @colettetoronto

Italian at Bar Buca

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Buca’s King West-area offshoot is open for breakfast every day of the week, but brunch on weekends has stuffed focaccia with eggs, Tuscan pork and mascarpone along with a large selection of Italian pastries. Espresso amaretto cocktail anyone?

Address: 75 Portland Street, Toronto
Instagram: @bucatoronto

Iranian at Kadbanu

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Persian flavours are at the forefront at this DuWest restaurant. Look forward to Khorma Gerdoo, eggs over sautéed walnuts and dates with barbari bread, and Haleem, a stew of oats, barley and meat topped with melted butter sugar and cinnamon.

Address: 771 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @kadbanutoronto

Irish at The George Street Diner

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From the top of the morning to the bottom, this classic diner serves Irish breakfast with thick slices of homemade soda bread, maple baked beans and homemade jams that change daily.

Address: 129 George Street East, Toronto
Instagram: @thegeorgestreetdiner

Mexican at Fonda Lola

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This Queen West cantina has eggs benedict with chipotle hollandaise sauce and slow roasted pork, chilaquiles with fried eggs and boatloads of avocado on everything.

Address: 942 Queen Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @fondalola

Polish at Hastings Snack Bar


A tiny snack counter in Leslieville is home to big flavour with pierogi breakfasts, potato pancakes, cabbage rolls and tons of kielbasa.

Address: 5 Hastings Avenue, Toronto
Instagram: @hastingssnackbar

Taiwanese at Kanpai Snack Bar

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For brunch this Cabbagetown staple puts their famous fried chicken on top of waffles, the B(ao). L.T. is  a bao-BLT hybrid piled high with maple infused bacon, egg, lettuce and tomato.

Address: 252 Carlton Street, Toronto
Instagram: @kanpaisnackbar

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Gabby Peyton
Toronto-based food & travel writer, history nerd and obsessed with cheese in any form.

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