Where to Find the Best Waffles in Montreal
Did you know that people were eating the precursor of the waffle thousands of years ago? Several archaeological remains from antiquity prove that small cakes were cooked on stones or heated iron plates. Interesting to let your imagination run wild and imagine Jesus or Cleopatra brunching on a waffle on a Saturday morning. Without wanting to disappoint your inquisitive minds, the waffles that were eaten at that time had little to do with the ones we know today. That’s why we’ve put together a list to help you find the best waffles in Montreal.
The word waffle made its appearance in Belgium and France beginning in the 18th century. The etymology of the word can be traced back to the Frankish word “Walfa”, meaning honeycomb. Today, the origin of the waffle is still hotly disputed between France and Belgium. Like Switzerland, we will remain neutral on this thorny debate!
Let’s get back to our waffles. There are few better ways to break a fast on a weekend day than with this delight. Crispy, spongy, savoury, or sweet, there is something for every taste. We tip our hat to the chefs who have, over the years, succeeded in offering variations on this classic that are each more tempting than the last.
Lucky for you, Montreal’s chefs are not lacking in creativity when it comes to revisiting this dish. That’s why we thought it would be useful to offer you a list of the best waffles in the city, from the classic French-Belgian version to the famous American “chicken and waffles” version.
Here’s a challenge: if you’re feeling up to it, why not try a savoury version in one establishment and a sweet one in another as a dessert? Either way, don’t wait around much longer, head to one of the restaurants below, and soon!
Special mentions: Fabergé and Le Vieux St-Laurent, for their classic and comforting waffles.
We also invite you to check out our list of the best brunches on the Plateau & Mile-End, for those who are a little less into waffles.
Sweet and Savoury Waffles Developed by the team members themselves, Régine’s decadent plates reflect the gourmet cravings of the team as well as their customers, and are a great way to start the day! Their savoury waffle with smoked salmon and their sweet waffle with fruit and chocolate hazelnuts are both delicious!
Savoury Waffles Foiegwa offers one of the most decadent weekend brunches in town! We love their chicken and waffles with maple syrup, a nice balance of sweet and salty.
Savoury Waffles (Shish Taouk Style) Shay is the perfect place for your group outings! Beautiful, very good and affordable. We loved our discovery of the shish taouk waffle!
Sweet Waffles We head to Tommy to enjoy their healthy and colourful brunch in their beautiful, lively atmosphere. Their signature waffle is a colorful Smore’s waffle (marshmallow and chocolate).
Sweet and Savoury Waffles Known for their vegan dishes, Bistro Tendresse invites you to enjoy a mushroom waffle or a matcha waffle in a unique and modern space.
Sweet and Savoury Waffles Janine offers delicious and gourmet dishes in a very warm atmosphere. You can choose between their berry waffle and their fried chicken waffle.
Sweet and Savoury Waffles This charming and colourful address in Pointe-Saint-Charles makes very tasty food, including waffles, of course. They offer 3 options: the classic waffle (maple syrup), the deluxe waffle (blueberry jam, labneh and toasted almonds), and the full-flavoured waffle (two eggs, bacon and maple syrup.
Savoury Waffles Bucky Roosters is an address in Saint-Henri known for its delicious fried chicken. The place offers tasty chicken and waffles, which is part of the brunch menu of Eva’s, the sister restaurant of Bucky Roosters.
Savoury Waffles What we like best about Bird Bar is its original and elegant decor and, of course, its fried chicken! We love their chicken and waffles drizzled with their sriracha maple syrup.
Savoury Waffles Junior is a great Filipino restaurant in Montreal. We particularly like this address for its colourful decor, its generous welcome, its festive atmosphere, and its affordable prices. They serve a chicken and waffles as well as a pork belly waffle.
Savoury Waffles India Rosa is a wonderful address on Mont-Royal Avenue East (with a second location in Griffintown) that serves revisited Indian dishes. Their brunch menu includes a chicken and waffles with Indian flavours and Tandoori chicken.