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 Vancouver.
Buenos dias. Bonjour. Goedemorgen. No matter how you say “good morning,” most mornings are only made better with delicious food. If you are looking to shake up your breakfast routine of bacon and eggs, consider eating the first meal of the day with some global flair.
Check out these nine kinds of international breakfasts you can try in Vancouver.
1. Latin American: Havana
Breakfast is served up seven days a week (until 2 pm) at Havana, with their Nuevo Latino flair. Look for dishes like the Latin Breakfast (three scrambled eggs, rice, spicy red beans, grilled flour tortilla, salsa, sour cream, and green onions), or a traditional Huevos Rancheros (three sunny eggs, black bean chili, salsa, sour cream, green onions, cheddar cheese over grilled tortilla).
Address: 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
2. Japanese: Marulilu Cafe
Among their Western-style breakfast plates and Bennys is their Japanese Style Breakfast, with grilled salmon, Japanese plain omelet, rice, miso soup, and your choice of natto or tofu, optional nori (seaweed).
Address: 451 West Broadway, Vancouver
3. Chinese: New Town Bakery & Restaurant
While this longstanding Chinatown restaurant and bakery offers more Western-style breakfasts, like eggs with toast, try a more Chinese-style breakfast, with dishes like congee with dry fish and peanuts, hearty pork soup, rice rolls, or steamed radish meat pie. Go Hong Kong-style with Pineapple buns and milk tea, or indulge in their array of buns and dim sum. Plus, they open at 6:30 am, for (hungry) early risers.
Address: 148 East Pender Street, Vancouver
4. French: Au Comptoir
Rise and shine like the star you are, Parisian-style at Kitsilano’s Au Comptoir. This welcoming French cafe and bistro dishes up breakfast daily, offering anything from a simple serving of baguette with butter and jams, croissant, omelette aux fines herbes, and the more substantial Croque Monsieur or Madame.
Address: 2278 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
5. English: Hawksworth
Yes, Hawksworth! It’s surprisingly hard to find a reliable full English fry-up in Vancouver, but the posh Hawksworth has it on its everyday breakfast menu–and Hawksworth is no slouch in the great food department. While it’s not your good ol’ pub grub, you will get the full slate: Eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, mushrooms, potatoes, tomato, toast, and your own pot of beans.
Address: 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
6. Norwegian: Scandilicious
Enjoy breakfast as the Norwegians do at Scandilicious, where,their selection of breakfast dishes include eggs with “kumle” (potatoes), Norwegian meatballs, oh, and, did we mention their killer assortment of waffles (with all sorts of toppings)? No? Okay: SO. MANY. WAFFLES.
Address: 25 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
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7. Filipino: Symphonie
Head to Coal Harbour to try Symphonie, where they’ve got a Filipino-style breakfast available all day. Your choice of meat (longanisa, tocino, tapa) with garlic fried rice and a pair of fried eggs.
Address: 1140 West Pender Street, Vancouver
8. Dutch: Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe
The Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe on Cambie has some pretty epic eats on the menu. There are their big breakfast platters, Dutch spins on the Benny called the Eggs Benedutch and the Eggs Hollandict, Dutch Waffles, open face omelettes, and so very many sweet and savoury versions of giant Dutch pancakes (pannekoeks).
Address: 3292 Cambie Street, Vancouver
9. Vietnamese: Linh Cafe
Pho: It’s what’s for breakfast at Kitsilano’s French-Vietnamese hybrid Linh Cafe. They offer Pho(Phở) Bo, a Hanoi Breakfast, of beef noodle soup with braised beef flank and rice noodles. Add an egg! If you need something more French-Canadian, you can get a breakfast poutine, too.
Address: 2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver