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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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Le Vieux Saint-Laurent

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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
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Pho Bac 97

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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

Chez Jose

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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.

La Petite Cuillère

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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.

Au Kouign-Amann

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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

Cachitos

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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.

Al-Baghdadi

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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).

Sabor Latino

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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.

Café Replika

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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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Le Dépanneur Café

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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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Le Vieux Saint-Laurent

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

Pho Bac 97

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

Chez Jose

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.

La Petite Cuillère

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.

Au Kouign-Amann

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

Cachitos

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.

Al-Baghdadi

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).

Sabor Latino

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.

Café Replika

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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Le Dépanneur Café

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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