Where to find the best waffles in Montreal

Did you know that the precursor of the waffle existed thousands of years ago? Several archaeological remains from antiquity prove that small wafers 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.

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!

And now, back to our waffles. There are few better ways to break a fast on a weekend day than with this delights. 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!

Bon appétit!

(The photo of the fried chicken and waffles above is a dish from Janine!)

Régine Café

Sweet and savoury waffles. Conceived as a team, the decadent plates that make for a great start to the day reflect the gourmet desires of the team members as well as those of their customers.  

1840 Rue Beaubien Est


Savoury waffles. Foiegwa offers one of the most decadent weekend brunches in town!

3001 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Shay MTL

Savoury waffles (shish taouk waffles). Shay is a perfect address for your group outings! Beautiful, delicious, and affordable. Happy discoveries!  

1414 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest


Sweet waffles. We visit Tommy for the beauty of the place and to savour a healthy and colourful brunch in a lively atmosphere.  

151 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest

Photography by Alison Slattery


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