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9 of the best brunch spots in Ottawa

By Ottawa Tourism/

Great Taste of Canada

Ottawa is home to many incredible brunch spots you won’t want to miss out on during your visit. Whether you’re craving a classic brekkie, or something more outlandish, here are 16 must-visit brunch spots in Canada’s capital city!

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    Chesterfields Gastro Diner


    Found in the trendy Wellington West neighbourhood, Chesterfields Gastro Diner in Ottawa is a lovely choice for brunch, offering a unique and incredibly delicious dining experience. This charming eatery boasts a cozy and cute atmosphere, with exposed brick walls, contemporary lighting and quaint décor. The menu features a wide range of classic brunch dishes, like fluffy pancakes, crispy bacon and eggs benedict, as well as more adventurous options like their famous "Hangover Poutine" or "Drunken French Toast" which is made with whiskey-infused syrup! Chesterfields Gastro Diner also offers a variety of refreshing brunch cocktails, like mimosas and Caesars, that pair perfectly with your meal.

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  • 02

    Wilf & Ada's

    Bank Street

    Wilf & Ada's is a popular scratch diner in Ottawa known for its creative and delicious twists on classic breakfast dishes. The cozy and inviting atmosphere make it the perfect spot for a brunch with a friend. The menu features a range of comfort food favorites, such as biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros and fluffy pancakes, as well as unique creations like the "Hangover Helper," a hearty breakfast poutine that's perfect for curing a rough morning. The cafe also offers a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options to cater to all dietary needs.

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  • 03

    Art is in Bakery

    City Centre

    Art Is In Bakery is a staple in Ottawa, it also happens to be the home of the “cronut,” a soft, flaky version of a donut! This popular bakery and café offers a wide range of delicious brunch options, including fresh pastries, sandwiches and of course, artisanal bread. The menu also features creative and flavorful takes on the classics, like the "Eggs Benny Mac Daddy," a dish that combines eggs benedict with mac and cheese. The bakery also offers a variety of coffee drinks to pair with your meal, as well as a selection of craft beer and wine for those looking to enjoy a boozy brunch. With its industrial-chic décor and amazing food, you’ll want to add this spot to your brunch list.

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  • 04

    HQ (Headquarters)

    ByWard Market

    HQ, also known as Headquarters, is a contemporary restaurant located in the heart of Ottawa's ByWard Market neighbourhood that offers an upscale and sophisticated brunch experience. The menu features a range of creative and elevated takes on classic brunch dishes, such as the "Brioche French Toast" with maple syrup and fresh berries or the "HQ Benny" with poached eggs, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce. Or try something more unique like the espresso cream cheese pancakes! The restaurant also has a variety of specialty cocktails and craft beers to accompany your meal. With its sleek and modern decor, attentive service and delicious brunch options, HQ is a fantastic spot to indulge in a sophisticated brunch experience in Ottawa.

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  • 05

    Zak’s Diner

    ByWard Market / Westboro

    Self-proclaimed as locally World Famous, Zak’s Diner is a 24/7 Ottawa Institution and has been serving classic Canadian comfort food since 1986. As you walk in the front door, you’ll be transported back in time. The charm of Zak's is keeping the diner classics untouched. They’ve made the milkshakes, the burgers, the all day breakfast and signature classics the same way for over 30 years! Located in the ByWard Market, Westboro, Elgin Street, Kanata and Carleton Place neighbourhoods.

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    The King Eddy

    ByWard Market

    The King Eddy in the ByWard Market neighbourhood is a great option for brunch, especially for those who love classic breakfast dishes with a twist. The diner has a cozy and laid-back vibe, perfect for a lazy weekend brunch with friends or family. The menu offers a variety of mouthwatering burgers, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as breakfast favorites like eggs benedict and French toast. The King Eddy also has a variety of beverages, from classic coffee and tea to refreshing cocktails and craft beers. With friendly service and affordable prices, The King Eddy is a must-visit brunch spot in Ottawa for anyone who loves good food and a casual atmosphere.

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    Gezellig is the adjective for the words cozy, convivial or nice atmosphere in Dutch—and that’s exactly what you can expect to find here! Located in the trendy Westboro neighbourhood, Gezellig offers a modern take on classic breakfast and lunch dishes and an airy atmosphere with an elegant yet cozy design. It’s the perfect spot for a special occasion or a weekend brunch. The menu boasts a variety of delicious and inventive dishes, such as avocado toast with smoked trout and poached eggs, duck confit hash and ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote. Gezzellig also has an extensive drink menu, including specialty cocktails, craft beers and of course, a variety of coffee and tea options.

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  • 08

    The Vanitea Room


    The décor, food, high tea and service at The Vanitea Room in Ottawa, found on the cusp of Chinatown, make it a can’t-miss brunch spot for tourists and locals alike. Prepare to be delighted by the elegant tea service and gorgeous interior. The menu offers a variety of tasty options, including eggs Benedict, avocado toast, croissant sandwiches and quiches. Additionally, their high tea service is a must-try, featuring a selection of teas, scones, sandwiches and sweets, all presented on beautiful tiered stands. The atmosphere at Vanitea Room is elegant and feminine, with soft lighting creating a relaxed and sophisticated vibe.

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  • 09

    Alice’s Village Café


    With a cozy atmosphere and a focus on delicious homemade food, Alice's Village Café in Carp, just west of Ottawa, is worth the drive! The menu has a range of tasty options, including classic brunch staples as well as creative dishes like breakfast poutine and stuffed French toast. The portions are generous, the food is delicious and the service is warm and welcoming. The decor at Alice's Village Café is charming and rustic, with wooden tables and warm lighting, making it that much more welcoming. Alice's Village Café is a must-visit spot for brunch in Carp!

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