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10 Hot Tips For Cheap Breakfasts in Montreal

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There’s nothing quite as liberating as deciding that you’re just too exhausted (or hungover) to cook breakfast. Let go of the guilt associated with deciding to pass on the food that’s already in your fridge: every place on this list offers a solid amount of food for under $10. You’ve also got a wide range of options here, because breakfast should be more fun than just sausage and eggs.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Vieux Saint-Laurent

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3993 boul. Saint-Laurent
Montreal, QC
(514) 848-0983
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This low-key classic on the Main is in a league of its own. It has all the details that make up a perfect diner experience: free-flowing coffee, fantastic service, eggs cooked exactly as you request, and a huge menu with tons of options. If you’re there with a friend, do yourselves a favour and share a Festin — they come with so much food that it’s totally reasonable to split one between two people. Hot tip: the oft-overlooked French toast is dreamy.

Le Vieux Saint-Laurent
Dahlia Snaiderman

2. Pho Bac 97

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1016 St-Laurent
Montreal, QC
(514) 393-8116

In Vietnam, fragrant and savoury pho is typically consumed as breakfast. It’s a perfect hangover food, and Pho Bac 97 in Chinatown is a great place to start a new approach to breakfast.

Pho Bac 97
Dahlia Snaiderman

3. Chez Jose

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173 Duluth Est
Montreal, QC
(438) 764-1381
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Duluth is one of the Plateau’s most charming streets, largely thanks to Chez Jose. This sunny and colourful Portuguese restaurant is casual, unendingly friendly, and perfect for breakfast. The churrasco chicken sandwich is the most famous menu item, for good reason, but their omelettes are also well-loved. Many menu options can be made into a combo with a smoothie.

4. La Petite Cuillère

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3603 rue Saint-Denis
Montreal, QC
(514) 507-4317
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This hidden gem next to Sherbrooke Station has croissants, clafoutis, banana bread, pies, and great coffee, making it ideal for a breakfast to go. The benches out front are lovely on warm days, and there are window reading nooks, too.

5. Au Kouign-Amann

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322, ave. du Mont-Royal Est
Montreal, QC
(514) 845-8813
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Grab a coffee and the bakery’s namesake French treat: the crispy, buttery, flaky kouign-amann. But don’t make it a late breakfast, since they run out almost every day. Lesser-known but equally delicious breakfast options on the very small menu include croque-monsieurs, quiches, and fruit tarts.

Au Kouign-Amann
L’Avenue du Mont-Royal

6. Cachitos

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3 Ste-Catherine O
Montreal, QC
(514) 500-6259
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In a rush? Grab a cafe bombon and a cachito to go. Located at St Catherine and St Laurent, this Venezuelan pastry shop does quick and affordable breakfast. Its eponymous horn-shaped pastries are filled with anything from chorizo to ham and cheese to guava or chocolate — get one sweet, one savoury to mix it up.

7. Al-Baghdadi

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1624 Avenue Lincoln
Montreal, QC
(514) 937-9777
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This Middle-Eastern pastry shop belongs on top of any good breakfast list. The pizza-esque zaatar and cheese manakeesh is their specialty, but they also have seventeen other types, alongside a large selection of Arabic pastries, including osmaliyah on weekends (shown below).

8. Sabor Latino

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436, rue Bélanger
Montreal, QC
(514) 277-4130
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This Latin goods store has two locations (the other is on St-Laurent in the Plateau), and both have excellent hot food selections that can help shake up any egg-heavy breakfast habits The tacos are excellent, and are unbeatably priced, with four or five (depending on location) for under $10. Not feeling tacos? Quesadillas, empanadas, arepas, pupusas are also surprisingly good breakfast options.

9. Café Replika

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252, rue Rachel Est
Montreal, QC
(514) 903-4384
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Turkish café vibes reign at Replika, where you can get a plate of feta scrambled eggs, a grilled cheese, yogurt and granola, or one of their housemade simits, all of which clock in under $10. Bring your book or a laptop: it’s also a great place to get some post-breakfast work done.

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10. Le Dépanneur Café

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206 rue Bernard Ouest
Montreal, QC
(514) 271-9357
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Like live music with your breakfast? This cozy and community-oriented Mile End staple is for you. Their grilled cheeses are great, as is the French toast that comes with fresh fruit.

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1. Le Vieux Saint-Laurent

3993 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC
Le Vieux Saint-Laurent
Dahlia Snaiderman

This low-key classic on the Main is in a league of its own. It has all the details that make up a perfect diner experience: free-flowing coffee, fantastic service, eggs cooked exactly as you request, and a huge menu with tons of options. If you’re there with a friend, do yourselves a favour and share a Festin — they come with so much food that it’s totally reasonable to split one between two people. Hot tip: the oft-overlooked French toast is dreamy.

3993 boul. Saint-Laurent
Montreal, QC

2. Pho Bac 97

1016 St-Laurent, Montreal, QC
Pho Bac 97
Dahlia Snaiderman

In Vietnam, fragrant and savoury pho is typically consumed as breakfast. It’s a perfect hangover food, and Pho Bac 97 in Chinatown is a great place to start a new approach to breakfast.

1016 St-Laurent
Montreal, QC

3. Chez Jose

173 Duluth Est, Montreal, QC

Duluth is one of the Plateau’s most charming streets, largely thanks to Chez Jose. This sunny and colourful Portuguese restaurant is casual, unendingly friendly, and perfect for breakfast. The churrasco chicken sandwich is the most famous menu item, for good reason, but their omelettes are also well-loved. Many menu options can be made into a combo with a smoothie.

173 Duluth Est
Montreal, QC

4. La Petite Cuillère

3603 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC

This hidden gem next to Sherbrooke Station has croissants, clafoutis, banana bread, pies, and great coffee, making it ideal for a breakfast to go. The benches out front are lovely on warm days, and there are window reading nooks, too.

3603 rue Saint-Denis
Montreal, QC

5. Au Kouign-Amann

322, ave. du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC
Au Kouign-Amann
L’Avenue du Mont-Royal

Grab a coffee and the bakery’s namesake French treat: the crispy, buttery, flaky kouign-amann. But don’t make it a late breakfast, since they run out almost every day. Lesser-known but equally delicious breakfast options on the very small menu include croque-monsieurs, quiches, and fruit tarts.

322, ave. du Mont-Royal Est
Montreal, QC

6. Cachitos

3 Ste-Catherine O, Montreal, QC

In a rush? Grab a cafe bombon and a cachito to go. Located at St Catherine and St Laurent, this Venezuelan pastry shop does quick and affordable breakfast. Its eponymous horn-shaped pastries are filled with anything from chorizo to ham and cheese to guava or chocolate — get one sweet, one savoury to mix it up.

3 Ste-Catherine O
Montreal, QC

7. Al-Baghdadi

1624 Avenue Lincoln, Montreal, QC

This Middle-Eastern pastry shop belongs on top of any good breakfast list. The pizza-esque zaatar and cheese manakeesh is their specialty, but they also have seventeen other types, alongside a large selection of Arabic pastries, including osmaliyah on weekends (shown below).

1624 Avenue Lincoln
Montreal, QC

8. Sabor Latino

436, rue Bélanger, Montreal, QC

This Latin goods store has two locations (the other is on St-Laurent in the Plateau), and both have excellent hot food selections that can help shake up any egg-heavy breakfast habits The tacos are excellent, and are unbeatably priced, with four or five (depending on location) for under $10. Not feeling tacos? Quesadillas, empanadas, arepas, pupusas are also surprisingly good breakfast options.

436, rue Bélanger
Montreal, QC

9. Café Replika

252, rue Rachel Est, Montreal, QC

Turkish café vibes reign at Replika, where you can get a plate of feta scrambled eggs, a grilled cheese, yogurt and granola, or one of their housemade simits, all of which clock in under $10. Bring your book or a laptop: it’s also a great place to get some post-breakfast work done.

252, rue Rachel Est
Montreal, QC

10. Le Dépanneur Café

206 rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC

Like live music with your breakfast? This cozy and community-oriented Mile End staple is for you. Their grilled cheeses are great, as is the French toast that comes with fresh fruit.

206 rue Bernard Ouest
Montreal, QC

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