From breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies to exciting attractions that encapsulate the Western culture, Calgary is never boring. Try an array of cultural dishes, from Dutch pancakes topped with zwart woud to French buckwheat crêpes. Start your day off right with one of these unique brunch spots.
If an authentic French brunch is what you have been craving, then try out Suzette Brittany Bistro. Using local and seasonal ingredients, Suzette’s chefs, Jean-Philippe Charpentier from the south of France and Dominique Moussu from the north of France, provide Calgary with the flavors of Brittany. With the authentic taste and the cozy atmosphere, you will feel as if you have been transported there. Suzette is praised for its excellent service, and the staff is sure to make you feel right at home.
A small, independently owned local restaurant, the Blue Star Diner provides Calgary with tasty, high-quality meals made from locally produced and organic ingredients. You can find all of their suppliers on the Blue Star Diner website, and they have an excellent selection of gluten-free and vegetarian items on the menu. With simple yet elegant decor, fantastic and fresh food, and a friendly and attentive wait staff, it is no wonder that Blue Star Diner is a Calgary brunch favorite.
Known for its intimate, retro-diner atmosphere, Belmont Diner is one of the most popular all-day breakfast and brunch spots in Calgary. But what really sets Belmont Diner apart from the rest is that they can make your pancakes in the shape of whatever you want. From transformers to unicorns and gorillas to Mickey Mouse, this diner has turned pancake baking into an art form. So if you’d like to be more creative with your food, Belmont Diner is the place to be.
River Café’s may be the most dedicated in this area, to using fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients for its dishes, buying direct from a network of over 60 carefully selected producers and growing an edible garden at the restaurant. River Café’s rustic outdoor patio is the perfect relaxing setting for enjoying a weekend brunch with friends and family.
Located at Hotel Arts, a great place to stay in Calgary, the Yellow Door Bistrocombines classic elegance with a whimsical contemporary twist. The chefs aim to provide the same classic ingredients with contemporary flair in what they serve. The weekend brunch buffet offers hot selections that change daily; every morning, the chef prepares a tasty surprise in the le creuset mini cocottes. If the buffet isn’t your style, you can choose from the menu of omelettes, sandwiches, and traditional breakfast items.
This isn’t your average pancake house. The Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus offers over 40 varieties of Dutch pancake as well as an unlimited amount of combinations from the build-your-own menu, so don’t get too overwhelmed by all of the possibilities. Pannenkoek restaurants are plentiful in the Netherlands and the owner of the Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus received her training in the Netherlands at an officially recognized Pannenkoek restaurant. Now, she has brought this Dutch delight exclusively to Calgary.
Complete with an outdoor patio and modern decor inside, with a nod to traditional Indian motifs, Mango Shiva is an alternative kind of place for a weekly brunch. The restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Calgary, and their menu items offer classic breakfast favorites with an Indian twist, including butter chicken waffles, eggs benedeep, and lamb kofta baked eggs. And of course, no brunch is complete without a signature brunch cocktail, like red sangria or the guava masala.
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Canadian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
At 820 square feet, Monki Breakfast Club & Bistro is small but mighty. The waiting can be long, but the food has been deemed worth the wait, and the bistro has implemented a callback method; leave a phone number and they’ll call you when your table is ready. Try the fresh and tasty French toast, the frittatas, the steak and eggs, or the hash browns. They have a fully stocked bar featuring delicious drinks, like the Monki mimosa.
Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, American, Canadian, $$$
A casual and modern interpretation of the classic diner, The Beltliner was named for the old street car that ran through this part of town in the early part of the 20th century. The restaurant offers a creative menu with local, seasonal, and handmade ingredients. Their chefs aim to be innovative and playful, serving serious cooking without taking themselves too seriously. The Beltliner also has a stand-alone coffee bar, called Coffeeland, so customers can grab a morning latté on the go.
Wurst is a lively beer hall by night, but a calm and comfortable brunch place by day on the weekends. And unlike during the night, kids are allowed in the restaurant during the day for brunch. The space is large enough for groups, if you want to keep on partying through the night until breakfast, and it is completely the norm to have a beer before noon. Try the French toast or the roasted bratwurst and bean skillet.