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The Best Power Breakfasts in Montreal

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We've done best weekday breakfasts. We've done best diner breakfasts. Now it's time to power up, Montreal. A power breakfast—that’s a power lunch but earlier and with more eggs—combines the spread of a weekend brunch with none of the lines, and more networking. Here are 11 Montreal restaurants that make the business of early working breakfasts less painful.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. L'Express

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3927, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada
(514) 845-5333
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An early morning croque-monsieur at L’Express is a real power move. The favoured French bistro opens at 8 a.m. with a classic and pretty affordable morning menu.
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2. Café Cherrier

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3635 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2X 3L6, Canada
(514) 843-4308
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The old school Saint-Denis bistro is open Monday through Friday as of 7:30 a.m. with a standard eggs ’n’ sides breakfast spread. The street-side terrasse makes it a favourite for warm weather breakfasting.

3. Suite 701

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701 Côte de la Place d'Armes, Montreal
QC H2Y 2X6, Canada
(514) 904-1201
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The Old Montreal hotel restaurant has a nightclub-ish lounge vibe, but opens early for weekday breakfast, with all the egg-heavy classics.

4. XO Le Restaurant

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355 Saint Jacques Street, Montreal
QC H2Y 1N9, Canada
(866) 841-3111
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Get to business at the super-suave and expansive XO, inside boutique hotel Le St-James (i.e. the place The Rolling Stones rent out when they roll into town). The restaurant serves a fairly classic breakfast menu daily from 7 a.m.

5. Le Cartet

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106 rue McGill, Montreal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada
(514) 871-8887
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Le Cartet does one of Old Montreal’s more popular weekend brunches. The weekday breakfast menu, served from 7 a.m., is more concise but you’ll find many of the same favourites, like gussied-up scrambled eggs, and duck fat roasted potatoes on the side.

6. Le Montréalais

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900, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal
PQ H3B 4A5, Canada
(514) 954-2261
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Note: The Fairmount Hotel is currently closed for long-term renovations, as is Le Montréalais. It is scheduled for partial re-opening in mid-2017,
Located inside Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Le Montréalais is a go-to for elegant Sunday and holiday brunches. For the weekday warriors, there’s a breakfast buffet, plus à la carte, until 10:30 a.m. N.B. The fabled hotel property is about to undergo a costly refurb, and just hired Baptiste Peupion, a protégé of Alain Ducasse, to serve as executive chef.

7. Universel Déjeuners et Grillades

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2055 Rue Peel, Montreal
QC H3A 1V4, Canada
(514) 840-7136
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In the heart of downtown Montreal, the perpetually popular Universel on Peel serves a lengthy menu of hearty breakfast mains. It’s also possible to power breakfast post-noon.

8. Renoir

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1155 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
QC H3A 2N3, Canada
(514) 285-9000
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The luxe dining room of Le Renoir in the Sofitel hotel does a high-end daily breakfast from 6 a.m. Chef Olivier Perret recently described how he approaches the first service of the day. “Breakfast is the heart of Le Renoir, and the most important meal of the day. We get a lot of business clients, so we orient the menu to be healthier, with more fruits, grains, and fish. We've slowly eliminated sugar, hollandaise, and bacon, as a result.”

9. Maison Boulud - Ritz-Carlton

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1228 Rue Sherbrooke, Montreal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada
(514) 842-4224
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Breakfast at the plush Ritz-Carlton restaurant falls in line with the rest of its refined menu. Options include a breakfast buffet, a classed-up American-style breakfast and à la carte options, plus sweets.

10. La Société Bistro

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1415 Rue De La Montagne, Montreal
QC H3G 1Z3, Canada
(514) 507-9223
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The Loews Hôtel Vogue's La Société Parisian-style bistro, now under the tutelage of Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Miron, has a few rich breakfast offerings. See: lobster Benedict with Champagne by the glass.

1. L'Express

3927, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada
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An early morning croque-monsieur at L’Express is a real power move. The favoured French bistro opens at 8 a.m. with a classic and pretty affordable morning menu.
3927, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada

2. Café Cherrier

3635 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X 3L6, Canada
The old school Saint-Denis bistro is open Monday through Friday as of 7:30 a.m. with a standard eggs ’n’ sides breakfast spread. The street-side terrasse makes it a favourite for warm weather breakfasting.
3635 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2X 3L6, Canada

3. Suite 701

701 Côte de la Place d'Armes, Montreal, QC H2Y 2X6, Canada
The Old Montreal hotel restaurant has a nightclub-ish lounge vibe, but opens early for weekday breakfast, with all the egg-heavy classics.
701 Côte de la Place d'Armes, Montreal
QC H2Y 2X6, Canada

4. XO Le Restaurant

355 Saint Jacques Street, Montreal, QC H2Y 1N9, Canada
Get to business at the super-suave and expansive XO, inside boutique hotel Le St-James (i.e. the place The Rolling Stones rent out when they roll into town). The restaurant serves a fairly classic breakfast menu daily from 7 a.m.
355 Saint Jacques Street, Montreal
QC H2Y 1N9, Canada

5. Le Cartet

106 rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y 2E5, Canada
Le Cartet does one of Old Montreal’s more popular weekend brunches. The weekday breakfast menu, served from 7 a.m., is more concise but you’ll find many of the same favourites, like gussied-up scrambled eggs, and duck fat roasted potatoes on the side.
106 rue McGill, Montreal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

6. Le Montréalais

900, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal, PQ H3B 4A5, Canada
Note: The Fairmount Hotel is currently closed for long-term renovations, as is Le Montréalais. It is scheduled for partial re-opening in mid-2017,
Located inside Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Le Montréalais is a go-to for elegant Sunday and holiday brunches. For the weekday warriors, there’s a breakfast buffet, plus à la carte, until 10:30 a.m. N.B. The fabled hotel property is about to undergo a costly refurb, and just hired Baptiste Peupion, a protégé of Alain Ducasse, to serve as executive chef.
900, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal
PQ H3B 4A5, Canada

7. Universel Déjeuners et Grillades

2055 Rue Peel, Montreal, QC H3A 1V4, Canada
In the heart of downtown Montreal, the perpetually popular Universel on Peel serves a lengthy menu of hearty breakfast mains. It’s also possible to power breakfast post-noon.
2055 Rue Peel, Montreal
QC H3A 1V4, Canada

8. Renoir

1155 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H3A 2N3, Canada
The luxe dining room of Le Renoir in the Sofitel hotel does a high-end daily breakfast from 6 a.m. Chef Olivier Perret recently described how he approaches the first service of the day. “Breakfast is the heart of Le Renoir, and the most important meal of the day. We get a lot of business clients, so we orient the menu to be healthier, with more fruits, grains, and fish. We've slowly eliminated sugar, hollandaise, and bacon, as a result.”
1155 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
QC H3A 2N3, Canada

9. Maison Boulud - Ritz-Carlton

1228 Rue Sherbrooke, Montreal, QC H3G 1H6, Canada
Breakfast at the plush Ritz-Carlton restaurant falls in line with the rest of its refined menu. Options include a breakfast buffet, a classed-up American-style breakfast and à la carte options, plus sweets.
1228 Rue Sherbrooke, Montreal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada

10. La Société Bistro

1415 Rue De La Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G 1Z3, Canada
The Loews Hôtel Vogue's La Société Parisian-style bistro, now under the tutelage of Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Miron, has a few rich breakfast offerings. See: lobster Benedict with Champagne by the glass.
1415 Rue De La Montagne, Montreal
QC H3G 1Z3, Canada

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