Is there any better way to celebrate Easter than breakfast with your family and friends? Easter brunch has become somewhat of a tradition among my friends. We choose a different restaurant every year, but each spot must have a range of menu options to suit the whole crew. Below is a list of some of my favourite restaurants in Montreal that make particularly great Easter brunch destinations thanks to their bright and airy, spring-like interiors.
What started as a cereal bar in St. Henri has quickly grown to expand its menu. Now, it not only serves up a dose of childhood nostalgia (thanks to the cartoons playing on TVs throughout, and the sugary cereal options that are still very much part of the menu), but also has an impressive range of “adult” dishes. Options include fruity smoothie bowls topped with super foods and savoury toasts with avocado and beet spreads. They also have classic dishes with a twist, such as the cereal-breaded fried chicken and sweet potato waffles or the matcha pancakes (pictured above.) The diversity on Barley’s menu is unlike most brunch spots in Montreal, making it perfect for a large group dining together on Easter Sunday.
Le Butterblume is the ideal family spot. Located in the Mile End on Saint Laurent, it is known for freshly baked bread, made throughout the day, and artisanal jams and spreads. It has standard tables for families, as well as bar seating, and even an open-air patio in the back. Menu options range from house made yogurt and granola to poached egg on toast and a mushroom and polenta “strudel.” For an added touch of spring, edible flowers and herbs often garnish dishes. And don’t forget to pick up a baked good on your way out – the cheddar, chive and bacon scones are to die for!
A hidden café in downtown Montreal, Café Parvis is one of my new favourite spots in the city. Though it stays open late, serving up gourmet pizzas in the afternoon and evening and then turning into a chic bar at night, they also serve classic French-style brunch. Crepes with strawberry rhubarb compote, house-made sunflower bread served with jam and cheese, and a breakfast pizza topped with broccoli, spinach, goat cheese, arugula, and a poached egg await. Onto the interior, Café Parvis is open-air if it’s warm, with the south-facing windows opening up, and it has long gallery tables ideal for large groups. The ceiling is also covered in trailing plants, adding a touch of spring much appreciated during even the coldest of Easter Sundays.
Whether you’re vegan or not, LOV makes for the perfect Easter brunch location. Serving up tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes all day long, LOV is perhaps the most aesthetically-pleasing restaurant in Montreal. High ceilings, white walls, golden light fixtures, marble tables, and suspended wicker chairs are just a few of the design highlights. This Easter, brunch will be served from 10 am until 3 pm, and options will range from a chia parfait with coconut yogurt (you will never go back to regular yogurt after trying this), kale mac and “cheese,” a “lox” bagel with smoked tomato, and a crowd favourite: avocado toast.