Nothing says weekend quite like brunch. It’s late enough for a sleep-in (if your kids will let you) and early enough to head off to a full day of adventure (or to tackle the laundry). And almost everyone has a breakfast favourite, so there’s something to keep everyone happy. And though you may think of brunch as a grown-up affair, there’s plenty of options for family-friendly destinations so that everyone – even the littlest ones – will be welcome.
Here are a few of our favourites:
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With locations throughout the region – Richmond, downtown Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, South Surrey and Langley – there’s always a Cora’s close enough to home to make this an ideal destination. With a large children’s menu and a bustling environment, families of all sizes will feel welcome. Known for huge portions of fresh fruit, Cora’s is often busy on weekends – arrive early.
Red Wagon Café
This popular East Van diner, at 2296 East Hastings, runs an all-day breakfast that blends classic favourites and fresh takes with unique flavours and combinations. Local families consider this destination a favourite, and it draws people of all ages, all day long. (And for those who don’t love breakfast, their lunch and dinner menu are available all day, too, according to their menu.)
The Jam Café is so popular it’s expanded into two locations: the original at 556 Beatty Street and 2153 West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano. (And if you’re travelling, there’s one over in Victoria, too.) With a kids menu and a full menu for all ages, this is a great destination for a fresh breakfast that will appeal to all palettes. They don’t take reservations and they do get busy, so plan ahead!
There aren’t too many folks in British Columbia who haven’t eaten at a White Spot. In fact, most people even know how it all began when Nat Bailey converted a Model T into a lunch truck and sold food at Lookout Point. These days, there are dozens of locations around the province (and a few in Alberta, too!) With breakfast that covers the traditional and the unique (inspired by West Coast flavours) along with a kids menu, White Spot is good any time of day.
Do you need a table for a great brunch? Why not head down to Granville Island Market, pick up a box of Lee’s Donuts – some of the most famous and best-loved in the city – and grab a picnic table on the wharf. Need a drink, fruit, or something else to round out the meal? No problem, it’s all right there inside the market. Best of all, no big deal if a few crumbs get spilled since you’re already outside.
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This is a great destination at any time of day – handmade, locally owned, vegetarian and Mexican-inspired food. Bandidas, located at 2781 Commercial Drive, offers a wide menu with plenty of options – including vegan and gluten-free choices. And no need to rush: the brunch menu runs from 9 am to 3 pm daily.
Sophie’s Cosmic Café
Sophie’s has become synonymous with Vancouver and for good reason: nestled in the heart of Kits, its quirky interior and old-school charm mean it’s not uncommon for lines to be around the corner. But the food is worth the wait. Plus, they’ve got a kids menu on top of their regular menu. Check them out at 2095 West 4th Ave.
River Rock Buffet
Have a big group with a lot of different favourite meals? Make it easy and check out the classic breakfast buffet at River Rock Casino and Hotel in Richmond. Right across from a SkyTrain station, it’s easy to get to. Breakfast runs from 6:30 to 10:30 am, seven days a week, with a huge variety of flavours and options. Pricing varies depending on age (kids, adult, seniors) and large groups can be accommodated (reservations recommended.) And yes, they have lunch and dinner buffets, including specialty themes, for those who’d prefer something later in the day.