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9 Terrific Vegan Brunches in Montreal

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Heading out to brunch is one of life’s best simple pleasures. It’s a well known fact that catching up with friends, indulging in lattes and mimosas and fighting off a hangover is best done over a heaping plate of your favorite brunch mainstays.

Unfortunately, for vegetarians and vegans, there are not a ton of fail-safe options when sitting down for a hearty weekend meal. More often than not, a typical brunch spot will have a smattering of meat-heavy options, and most have a few egg-based dishes to appease vegetarians. But for those trying to avoid meat, dairy, and eggs, the options are often little more than a fruit bowl and toast. If this sounds too familiar, it’s about time to visit one of the following meat-free brunch spots in the city.

Looking for non-brunch vegan and vegetarian dining tips? That guide is over here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Kleine Shoppe

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Partly known as an all-gluten-free eatery, St. Henri’s Kleine Shoppe is also an essential stop for vegans. The f’homard rolls (see: mock lobster crafted from hearts of palm) and avocado toast are out-of-this-world delicious and Kleine’s smorgasbord of sweets can’t be beat, either.

Since its inception in 2016, LOV has quickly become a go-to for vegans and vegetarians alike, and for good reason. Its botanical, organic brunch dishes leave little to be desired. That includes avocado toast, vegan yogurt, and smoked soy sausages — and LOV has been so successful that there’s now a second location on de la Montagne.

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Invitation V

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This upscale bistro offers one of the best faux egg dishes in the city: even the pickiest omnivore would not be able to deny the fluffy, creamy goodness that is Invitation V’s tofu omelette with “Hollandaise” sauce. Not an omelette fan? Their buckwheat pancakes are equally to die for. Note that Invitation V recently moved from Mile End to Old Montreal.

The first of its kind, this vegan Italian spot does brunch as well as dinner. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or something savory, Vegano offers everything from waffles to scramble and soy bacon. If you’re really hungry, consider the Grand Slam 911 (pictured): a dish laden with soy-meat that comes with a free slice of cake — but only if you’re able to get through the protein-packed plate.

Café Tuyo

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Bagels are a quintessential part of the Montreal breakfast scene — and sad as it is, they’re usually not vegan. The good news is that Café Tuyo, an unassuming restaurant nestled just off St-Denis, offers its own take on the Montreal bagel. It’s completely vegan, even down to the cashew cream cheese.

Belém Café & Yoga

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Small but mighty, Belem doubles as a warm café and a yoga studio. Come for the divine acai bowls and soy lattes, stay for the savasana on the outdoor terrasse.

Aux Vivres

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Every plant-based eater in the city knows about Aux Vivres, but its brunch menu is often overlooked entirely. It’s just as good, if not better, than the Mile End restaurant’s dinner time staples. The tofu, maple syrup and sweet potato breakfast wrap is particularly notable, and is best coupled with a chai latte.

Lola Rosa

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Lola Rosa is a great bet for satisfying a large group of brunchers. This mainstay offers everything from a classic tofu scramble and toast and vegetable skillets to fluffy pancakes and homemade Nutella-stuffed donuts.

La Lumiere du Mile End

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For a more traditional vegan option, look to La Lumiere du Mile End. This Bernard Street nook makes a mean brunch plate that includes shaved beets, carrots, shepherd’s pie and vegan fèves au lard.

Kleine Shoppe

Partly known as an all-gluten-free eatery, St. Henri’s Kleine Shoppe is also an essential stop for vegans. The f’homard rolls (see: mock lobster crafted from hearts of palm) and avocado toast are out-of-this-world delicious and Kleine’s smorgasbord of sweets can’t be beat, either.

LOV

LOV

Since its inception in 2016, LOV has quickly become a go-to for vegans and vegetarians alike, and for good reason. Its botanical, organic brunch dishes leave little to be desired. That includes avocado toast, vegan yogurt, and smoked soy sausages — and LOV has been so successful that there’s now a second location on de la Montagne.

LOV

Invitation V

This upscale bistro offers one of the best faux egg dishes in the city: even the pickiest omnivore would not be able to deny the fluffy, creamy goodness that is Invitation V’s tofu omelette with “Hollandaise” sauce. Not an omelette fan? Their buckwheat pancakes are equally to die for. Note that Invitation V recently moved from Mile End to Old Montreal.

Vegano

The first of its kind, this vegan Italian spot does brunch as well as dinner. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or something savory, Vegano offers everything from waffles to scramble and soy bacon. If you’re really hungry, consider the Grand Slam 911 (pictured): a dish laden with soy-meat that comes with a free slice of cake — but only if you’re able to get through the protein-packed plate.

Café Tuyo

Bagels are a quintessential part of the Montreal breakfast scene — and sad as it is, they’re usually not vegan. The good news is that Café Tuyo, an unassuming restaurant nestled just off St-Denis, offers its own take on the Montreal bagel. It’s completely vegan, even down to the cashew cream cheese.

Belém Café & Yoga

Small but mighty, Belem doubles as a warm café and a yoga studio. Come for the divine acai bowls and soy lattes, stay for the savasana on the outdoor terrasse.

Aux Vivres

Every plant-based eater in the city knows about Aux Vivres, but its brunch menu is often overlooked entirely. It’s just as good, if not better, than the Mile End restaurant’s dinner time staples. The tofu, maple syrup and sweet potato breakfast wrap is particularly notable, and is best coupled with a chai latte.

Lola Rosa

Lola Rosa is a great bet for satisfying a large group of brunchers. This mainstay offers everything from a classic tofu scramble and toast and vegetable skillets to fluffy pancakes and homemade Nutella-stuffed donuts.

La Lumiere du Mile End

For a more traditional vegan option, look to La Lumiere du Mile End. This Bernard Street nook makes a mean brunch plate that includes shaved beets, carrots, shepherd’s pie and vegan fèves au lard.

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