Best brunch spots in and around downtown Calgary

Aug 25 2022, 7:30 pm

One might argue that brunch is the most important meal of the day — or at least the week — and we are to help with the best brunch spots in downtown Calgary.

What makes brunch so special is that it’s FUN!

Breakfast happens every single day of the week but brunch should be an event.

Thankfully, Calgary is filled with incredible spots for Eggs Benny, omelettes, breakfast poutine, and more, and lots of those eateries are located right in the heart of the city.

Whether you want to go on a cute breakfast date with that special someone, have a boozy brunch with your squad, or kick off a day of birthday celebrations, you’re sure to find somewhere within walking distance in downtown YYC.

Here are a few of the best spots to grab brunch in and around downtown Calgary.

Park by Sidewalk Citizen

One of the best new restaurants in Calgary also still feels like a hidden gem.

The views of Central Memorial Park are some of the best for a downtown brunch spot, and the open-door-style interior takes full advantage of it.

There is a full daytime menu with loads of Mediterranean-inspired brunch items, like the boureka plate and the green shakshuka. This is definitely one of the best brunch spots in downtown Calgary.

Address: 340 13th Avenue SW, Calgary

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Maven

 

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Maven Restaurant is a new cafe that offers superb brunch, as well as a plant shop.

Located right on 17th Avenue, the menu here offers decedent brunch items like brown sugar and buttermilk pancakes served with cultured butter, and well-travelled comfort food, like Kaya Jam French Toast and German Pork Schnitzel.

As for the drinks being served, they are anything but ordinary choices. Enjoy a brunch mimosa or caesar martini at brunch, a Phil and Sebastian Coffee from their full-service cafe, or try one of their incredible cocktails made with the help of the recently opened Milk Tiger.

Address: 1006 17th Avenue SW, Calgary

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Blue Vinny Diner

 

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Located in the very heart of YYC, the Blue Vinny Diner is just a block away from the Calgary Tower, making it a convenient stop for a delicious brunch. Try the Eggs Florentine, Spinach Havarti Pie, or any number of the other brunch favourites.

Address: 105 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-263-3880

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ZCREW Cafe

 

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ZCREW Cafe’s website boasts the “best brunch and coffee in Calgary,” so you know you’ve gotta try it. This eatery offers beautifully plated sweet and savoury options along with a good cup of java, fruit smoothies, and more.

Address: 401 11th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-460-6668

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The Beltliner

 

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This reimagined diner uses local, seasonal, artisanal, and handmade ingredients to create unique egg dishes, brunch classics, and a number of healthy options. The Beltliner also boasts a to-go coffee counter, featuring a signature Route #5 Beltliner blend coffee, breakfast sandwiches and loads of house-made pastries and snacks.

Address: 243 12th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 587-955-1555

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Thomsons Kitchen and Bar

 

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Located in the base of the Hyatt Regency Calgary on Stephen Avenue, Thomsons serves up an incredible brunch for both hotel guests and the general public.

Breakfast options include breakfast sandwiches, steak bite hash, avocado toast, pancakes and waffles, and a vegan scramble. The restaurant’s Sunday brunch boasts an equally expansive menu, featuring a four-course “Sunday Roast” for $38.

Address: 700 Centre Street S, Calgary
Phone: 403-537-4449

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Monki Breakfastclub & Bistro

Monki cooks up a delicious brunch in their two rustic-chic diner locations. Situated in Inglewood and the Beltline, the eatery’s menu includes breakfast perogies and poutines, smoked salmon avocado toast, vegan bowls, and classics like French toast, waffles, and pancakes with a creative twist.

Address: 1420 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-453-7131

Address: 1301 10th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 587-352-7131

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Yellow Door Bistro

 

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Located in the base of the iconic Hotel Arts, Yellow Door Bistro features simple but inventive dishes that are sure to have you Instagramming photos of your plate.

Peruse their extensive weekend brunch buffet, which boasts a little bit of everything, or opt for the à la carte menu and choose your favourite, including Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Quesadillas, a Japanese Rice Bowl, Layered French Toast, and more.

This is a comforting spot that still feels luxurious and fun and just steps away from the pool.

Address: 119 12th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-206-9585

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OEB Breakfast Co.

 

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With three locations in and around downtown Calgary, you’ll never be far from this drool-worthy brunch spot.

OEB is known for their breakfast poutines, including the famous Soul in a Bowl with poached eggs, duck-fat fried herb potatoes, Saint Cyrille curds, slow-cooked bacon lardons, and brown butter hollandaise. If poutine isn’t your thing, the resto always serves up a wide array of other breakfast and brunch classics.

Address: #110 – 222 5th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 587-352-3447

Address: 2207 4th Street SW, Calgary
Phone: 587-356-6323

Address: 825 1st Ave NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-278-3447

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Friends With Benedicts

Located in the popular First Street Market, this low-key breakfast and brunch spot in Calgary has it all.

The Big Softy signature breakfast sandwich comes on a soft potato roll and is topped with soft scrambled eggs, brown sugar onions, cheddar, FWB secret sauce, and basil hollandaise.

In fact, the hollandaise here is some of the best in the city, so no matter what you order, make sure there’s at least a side of it.

Because it’s located in the First Street Market, sit anywhere you want, whether it’s at a long table with friends, around the corner at the bar for some drinks, or to go in Haultain Park right beside it.

Address: 1327 1st Street SW, Calgary

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Vendome

 

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Sunnyside’s most happening cafe, Vendome’s menu offers Mediterranean-style dishes alongside innovative twists on the classics, such as double-smoked bacon stuffed French toast, mushroom béchamel toast, and the Vendome Eggs Benedict.

Address: 940 2nd Avenue NW, Calgary
Phone: 403-453-1140

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Red’s Diner

 

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Red’s Diner has a whopping four restaurants in Calgary, so you know this place is good. Three of its locations are near the heart of the city, with one situated a little further south, just in case you don’t want to head downtown.

Red’s serves up classic breakfasts, omelettes, and Bennies, along with “alternatives” like the Rancheros Wrap and Harvest Breakfast Bowl.

Address: 1415 4th Street SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-266-3448

Address: 286 10th Street NW, Calgary
Phone: 587-356-1808

Address: 1101 8th Street SE, Calgary
Phone: 587-353-1188

Address: 324 58th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-386-6688

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Blue Star Diner

 

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This adorable diner in Bridgeland dishes out Canadian and global comfort fare, and you’ll find fun items like breakfast grilled cheese, fried chicken & pancakes, the Bluestar Burrito, and brioche French toast.

Blue Star Diner serves lunch and dinner too, and runs a Happy Hour drink menu from 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 10 am to 3 pm on Sundays, so it’s the perfect place to visit for a budget-friendly mimosa or caesar to pair with your meal.

Address: 809 1st Avenue NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-261-9998

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Galaxie Diner

 

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This retro spot cooks up all-day breakfast, along with burgers and milkshakes, so no matter what you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find it at Galaxie.

The eatery is styled like a classic 1940s diner, with cooks grilling and plating meals in an open kitchen and delicious meals at fair prices.

Address: 1413 11th Street SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-228-0001

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Ten Foot Henry

 

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This spot only offers brunch on the weekend, but it’s one of the best restaurants in the city that still decides to serve the meal.

Most of the best restaurants in Calgary stick to only dinner, and sometimes lunch, so it’s nice that Ten Foot Henry offers the chance to try dishes like the four egg omelette or the sourdough pancake with vanilla whipped cream and maple syrup.

Address: 1209 1st Street SW, Victoria Park
Phone: 403-475-5537

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