Best brunch in Gastown & Railtown

Jun 13 2016, 8:30 pm

Both Gastown and Railtown have earned themselves quite a reputation for being brunch neighbourhood meccas. Indeed, come the weekend an array of Gastown and Railtown’s most beloved cafés and restaurants open their doors bright and early to participate in this all-time-favourite weekend event.

With perfectly cooked poached eggs, crispy bacon, and sparkling mimosas, here’s our list of the best brunch spots in Gastown and Railtown.


Two fried eggs, bacon, and toast (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Two fried eggs, bacon, and toast (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

With excellent food options, an inviting and warm atmosphere, comfortable and ample seating, and friendly service, Wildebeest is must-visit brunch destination in Gastown. Definitely keep it in mind the next time you’re on the prowl for a new brunch spot to frequent.

Address: 120 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-687-6880
Hours: Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm

Tuc Craft Kitchen

Crispy fried chicken and waffles (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Crispy fried chicken and waffles (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Designed to fit the Gastown style, Tuc Craft Kitchen is a casual eatery, flaunting a wonderfully rustic and industrial chic décor. Consistently pulling a crowd on the weekend, Tuc Craft Kitchen’s brunch menu has got comfort written all over it and includes such dishes as lamb and eggs, vegetable frittata, eggs any style with pork belly crackling, and the kitchen’s signature dish, crispy chicken and waffles.

60 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-8999
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm

Catch 122 Café Bistro

Scrambled eggs chorizo double-decker (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Scrambled eggs chorizo double-decker (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

House-cured bacon and eggs, duck prosciutto eggs Benedict, truffle-scented mushroom omelets, and brioche French toast, these are just some of the tempting plates offered at this popular contemporary Canadian eatery. Open for brunch seven days a week and offering a standard $12 pricing for all brunch plates, makes Catch 122 an all time favourite brunch joint.

122 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Brunch served Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9 am to 4 pm


L'Abattoir's interior (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

L’Abattoir’s interior (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Brunch at L’Abattoir is exactly what brunch should be – leisurely and delicious. The team at L’Abattoir has created not only a scrumptious menu to be relished, think Dungeness crab cakes with poached eggs, quiche with smoked steelhead, and a pork belly Eggs Benny, but also a modern and comfortable space in which to enjoy it.

Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-1701
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 2 pm

Jules French Casual Bistro

Brunch at Jules (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Brunch at Jules (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Serving authentic French bistro fare and boasting a charming ambience, Jules Casual French Bistro is the perfect spot for a weekend brunch rendezvous. Chef Emmanuel Joinville helms the kitchen at Jules, and come the weekend dishes up an alluring brunch spread that features croissants, baguettes with butter and preserves, green salads, soup, country-style eggs, a hearty breakfast cassoulet, as well as a selection of desserts.

216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-0033
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Belgard Kitchen

Avocado Smash (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Avocado Smash (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Occupying space in the Settlement Building on a nondescript side street in Railtown, Belgard Kitchen dishes up a delicious range of creatively casual brunch fare. With a focus on sourcing as many local ingredients as possible, Belgard Kitchen’s menu features a solid list of seasonal and globally inspired dishes like smashed avocado on lightly charred sourdough, coconut quinoa porridge, a Belgard brunch burger, steak and eggs, Swedish pancakes, and more.

Address: 55 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-699-1989
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm

Ask For Luigi

Pappardelle alla bolognese (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Pappardelle alla Bolognese (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Located in an old wood frame building on the corner of Alexander and Gore Street, Ask for Luigi offers a fabulously Italian-focused weekend brunch menu with an array of tantalizing dishes. The menu features plenty of standout plates including a zucchini frittata, a Monte Cristo sandwich with prosciutto and soft boiled eggs, and a ricotta stuffed eggplant dish served in a pool of freshly made tomato sauce.

Address: 305 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-2544
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Alibi Room

Brunch is served at the Alibi Room (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Brunch is served at the Alibi Room (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

If you’re looking for a casual brunch joint, where the meals are tasty and a beer or two at brunch is commonplace, make a point to drop by the Alibi Room. With a huge beer list (Alibi Room has 50 taps of local and imported craft beer), the Alibi Room is definitely a spot where you would expect the drinks to be great, but the food is also excellent. Not pretending to be fancy, the Alibi Room focuses on honest cooking and uncomplicated flavours.

Address: 157 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-623-3383
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2:45 pm

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