Brunching with Kids: Our favourite addresses
Dining out with toddlers and kids can be either a “great” experience or a complete ordeal! After a gruelling week at work and at home, we all dream of a nice weekend (with family!), a place to enjoy the favourite meal of all the indecisive people on earth: brunch. It’s the meal that will satisfy your sweet tooth and salty cravings all at once. Better yet, it’s the meal where the indecisive are encouraged to blend the two without judgment.
Brunch is the meal of indulgence. It’s the feel-good meal. It is in no way a functional meal. When we decide to go out to brunch, we know it’s a moment of indulgence. To ensure the success of these precious family meals, we have prepared a list of our favourite addresses, perfect for brunching with all members of the family.
Note that this list is not exhaustive. It simply highlights some of the favourites from the Tastet team and our faithful readers.
With their delicious breads, decadent pastries and fine à la carte menu, La Bête à Pain Laval is a staple in the area and a favourite of ours. The space is vast with plenty of space to move around (which is perfect for the young ones). You can find fresh breads and pastries (among the best in town); baked goods and dishes prepared by Marc-André Royal. Check out their other two locations: Bête à Pain Griffintown and Bête à Pain Ahuntsic.
While a little far from the city (it’s true) Merci la vie is well worth the detour! Recently reopened in Piedmont, Merci la vie is one of the best bakeries in Quebec. The bread here is to die for, the pastries are delightful, the owners are absolutely adorable, and the space is bright and beautiful. In the kitchen, you will find a fresh lunch menu featuring quality products from local and sustainable sources. There is something for everyone and every age! Perfect for a little brunch on the way to the chalet or before going skiing.
Le Lapin Pressé is a very nice neighbourhood address in the heart of Petit Laurier. This charming counter is a perfect stop to savour a delicious grilled cheese or to have a good coffee on the go. You can also browse through the wine section while the kids are enjoying themselves.
This lovely café-buvette-épicerie in St-Henri is open from morning to night, seven days a week. It is the place to stop for a coffee, a good croissant or a mortadella sandwich. Located on Notre-Dame Street West, BarBara also has a nice terrace where you can enjoy your meal while soaking up the sun.
Open every day from 8am to 10pm, Maison Kim Fung is the place to go for excellent dim sum with the family! For a different brunch experience, we go to this address in Chinatown. They serve the Cantonese speciality steamed or fried. We particularly appreciate Kim Fung’s dim sum brunch since the service follows the Chinese tradition; with the plates presented to the tables by the staff on rolling carts! The children will be as surprised as you are! Enjoyment guaranteed.
Olive et Gourmando offers some of the best sandwiches and pastries in town. From the croissants, to the cookies, to the granola, everything is delicious. You’ll also find a menu of delicious homemade breakfasts that will introduce you to some classic dishes. We highly recommend their French toast, it’s delicious!
Arthurs Nosh Bar is a restaurant offering Jewish specialties spiced up with the overflowing imagination of chef Alexandre. We are truly in love with this little restaurant: everything is charming! You will find breakfasts and brunches (7 days a week) that will please the whole family.
Beautys Luncheonette is a Montreal breakfast institution! It’s in their retro 50’s-style space that Beautys serves their legendary brunches: omelets, Beautys basics, Superbeautys, mac and cheese, pancakes, waffles, granola, and more. You’re all going to love it.
A small address in Verdun, Millmans is a welcoming and family-friendly snack bar. Their menu is composed of good ol’ classics: breakfast plate, breakfast sandwich with a runny egg and a generous slice of smoked bacon, bagel with gravlax, fluffy pancakes, and more. We’re in love with this place!
Barley is a cereal bar located on Notre-Dame West that offers cereals, smoothies and other healthy dishes. The place is warm and inviting, and you can sit at a picnic table with your dog, or sit inside and work. Adults and kids alike will be charmed by their concept.
Known for their mini-burgers, poutine, homemade soups, and much more, Patati Patata at the Jean-Talon Market offers the exact same menu as at their St. Laurent Street location. Their many tables and terrace overlooking the Jean-Talon Market welcomes potato lovers to sit with friends or family and enjoy their comforting dishes.
Mollies — located in Sutton in the Eastern Townships — is the sister address of Marconi, a very popular restaurant on Mozart Street in Montreal. Mollies stands out from other diner-style restaurants in the region thanks to its carefully prepared dishes that highlight local producers. They serve good coffee and gourmet brunches.
Here, the brunch menu is very simple. They serve a daily special (always vegan), made with local ingredients. People come to Café des Habitudes mainly to enjoy an excellent coffee with one of their delicious pastries! There are also several toys for the kids, a large sunny terrace, work spaces… Basically, this friendly café has everything you need to take it easy and feel at home!
Going to Régine is like going to our auntie’s—we know we’re going to be pampered here. And so, it’s the perfect place for a cozy family brunch. Even before you order, you’ll be treated to a morning shooter, a freshly squeezed juice of the day. There are a dozen very well executed breakfasts to choose from. Enjoy the Gauffré (corn waffle, trout gravlax, chive cream and tomato salsa), the Gros Jambon (choice of eggs, ham, Gaspor bacon, beans, potatoes, fruit, baguette and cretons), the Grilled Cheese (2-year-old Île-aux-Grues cheddar, caramelized onions, walnut and pistachio bread and mango chutney) and much more. Oh, and everything is homemade!
Part café, part resto, part buvette and part urban farm, Café Monk is a new must-stop in the Southwest. During the day, they serve the same generous “all-day brunch” menu as at Well: classic breakfast plate, breakfast sandwich and breakfast poutine, shakshouka, huevos rancheros, grilled cheese with duck confit, and more. Everything is delicious!