It’s Breakfast Week! We’re serving up a heaping plateful of delicious stories about the most important meal of the day–and where to get it in Calgary.
Despite popular belief, sometimes Canadians want something other than back bacon dipped in maple syrup and hearty breakfast poutine for brekkie.
In fact, us Canucks love devouring grub from around the globe whenever we get the chance to. Luckily, there is a colourful, ever-growing culinary scene in Calgary, so we have the chance to try international dishes anytime we want, even first thing in the morning.
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Here are 6 must-try international breakfasts to taste in Calgary.
If you haven’t a Korean tapas brunch before, clear your calendar and hit up Anju. Aside from the ramen caesar and impressive list of craft cocktails, this spot has a breakfast Hot Stone Rice Bowl (Dolsot Bibimbap) complete with a poached egg and kimchi hollandaise sauce (see photo). You can also order a classic breakfast of two eggs, sesame hash, Gochujang maple bacon, and toast, and the Anju eggs benny served with kimchi hollandaise, hash browns, pork belly, prawn, avocado, and truffles. If those don’t draw you in, there is the Kimchi Ramen, the Korean Pear Pancakes, and the Baked Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokkumbap) as well.
Anju serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm.
Address: 344 – 17th Avenue SW
Say Bonjour to Cassis Bistro’s French-style brekkie. Cassis offers a great menu of French fare including Quiche du jour, a Croque Madame, Monsieur, and Mademoiselle, along with a Omelette du jour. Of course, what Parisian meal would be complete without a toasted baguette and a pastry basket as well?
Cassis serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm.
Address: #105 2505 17th Avenue SW
Try Heritage for a Polish breakfast to remember. This spot has a ton of European classics including perogies, cabbage rolls, borsch, potato pancakes, and crepes (both a cottage cheese and a meat variety). With coffee, a large selection of baked goods, a breakfast sandwich, omelettes, and egg scrambles, this hidden gem is great for a low-key international breakfast. Heritage also offers a build-your-own-breakfast deal where patrons can choose any four of seven listed breakfast items for only $7.95.
Address: 1912 37th Street SW
Facebook: Heritage Bakery & Deli
This classic British pub offers a brunch that’s straight outta London. The Full English is exactly what you’d expect – eggs, English back bacon, traditional bacon, breakfast sausage, baked beans, fried mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns, and toast. This menu also offers steak and eggs, eggs bennys, and scones.
The Kensington Pub serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am to 2 pm.
Address: 207 10A Street NW
Native Tongues serves up traditional Mexican breakfast foods on Saturdays and Sundays. This eatery has some delicious ever-changing brunch specials (their Instagram keeps us updated) along with staples like the the Breakfast Hamburguesa al Carbon, Avocado Toast (made with Sidewalk Citizen sourdough) and the Zanahorias, which consists of grilled AB carrots, agave-butter, poblano crema, queso fresco, and cilantro. Also, you gotta know this spot makes a mean Huevos Rancheros and Donas! (housemade donuts).
Native Tongues serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 am to 3 pm.
Address: 235 12th Avenue SW
Maybe you danced on the tables on the lower level of WURST on Friday night, but come Saturday morning, you’ll be sitting upstairs enjoying their German breakfast fare (and probably one of their caesars as well). The offerings here include Roasted Bratwurst & Bean Skillet, Schnitzel Chips, and WURST Poutine, which consists of duck fat fries, green peas, speck gravy, and truffle oil. German Potatoes, Stewed Tomatoes, Baked Beans, and a Schnitzel B.LT. are all up for order on this menu too – and those are just the really German things.
Wurst serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.
Address: 2437 4th Street SW