If one thing’s for certain, brunch is kind of a big deal in Toronto. Every weekend, like clockwork, hungry Torontonians eagerly flock to their favourite diners and cafes, waiting for their greasy servings of eggs benny, hash browns, and Caesars — and really, what’s not to love about that order?
But when it comes to healthier brunch options, it’s hard to know where to find the spots that are serving up the greens. So for those looking for better-for-you brunch options, you’re in luck because we’ve scoured the city and found that there are actually healthy breakfast options on almost every corner.
To help you decide where to eat first, we’ve rounded up a mouth-watering list of the best healthy brunch spots Toronto has to offer. Now go out there and enjoy them for yourselves!
This West End eatery is Toronto’s very first Australian-style café and they’re known for their stunning food and incredible coffee options. The café offers full table service and a menu that includes dishes like Smashed Avocado toast that put other restaurants to shame. Picture a piece of sourdough toast heaped with chunks of avocado and diced heirloom tomato and topped with sunflower seeds and microgreens — yeah, get it. Another menu favourite is the Hot Cake, a vanilla bean pancake with seasonal fruit, garnished with edible flowers, and topped with matcha caramel, house-churned butter, and granola. But be warned — they’re closed on Sundays.
Garden Gangsters, in Liberty Village, prides itself in serving plenty of healthy brunch options, so you never have to worry about straying from that health-conscious path. We recommend starting with a smoothie or cold-pressed juice followed by an acai bowl, fruit, or veggie smashed toast. Want a classic? Their overnight oats feature almond milk, Greek yogurt, and fresh, seasonal fruit.
This all-organic eatery in The Junction prides itself in supporting area farmers by providing menu items made with fresh, locally-sourced organic produce. The Beet is a cozy space that serves up dishes that both vegans and meat-lovers can appreciate. Popular items include Huevos Rancheros made with baked eggs on blue corn tortillas, the breakfast bowl — two baked eggs, Quebec cheddar, pico de gallo, avocado, pork sausage, sour cream, and cilantro chilli drizzle on quinoa.
This Yorkville hot spot is a foodie’s paradise where popular brunch options are vegan and served with a twist. Here, you can dine on tofu scramble that’s so delish you won’t believe it’s not made with real eggs, stacks of banana pancakes (Jack Johnson would approve), Instagram-worthy smoothie bowls, and a delightfully colourful array of cold-pressed juices.
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
When it comes to brunch, no one quite does it like Mildred’s Temple Kitchen. Slingin’ fresh eats in Liberty Village, Mildred’s has been a brunch institution for decades and has enthusiasts coming back time and time again for their locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. We highly recommend trying the Huevos Monty (it’s been on the menu for 25 years). We’re talking Mildred’s classic black bean refritos and cheddar baked in flour tortillas and topped with sunny-side up eggs, fresh salsa, avocado smash and sour cream — yum.
If you’re craving crêpes, make sure to pay Hibiscus a visit — they definitely won’t disappoint. Hibiscus, in Toronto’s vibrant Kensington Market and Assembly Chef’s Hall, is known for its friendly staff and gluten-free eats. If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck, the menu boasts an impressive selection of sweet buckwheat vegan crêpes in flavours like the unbelievable dulce de leche kiwi. If you’re not too hungry, try their famous homemade dairy-free ice cream — it’s something you won’t want to miss!
New to Toronto’s bustling Entertainment District, District Eatery is a colourful and lively eatery that’s passionate about serving clean options. The menu is friendly to vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free eaters, all while still featuring meat-filled dishes for your stubborn friends. Brunch-goers can choose from an assortment of Instagram-worthy dishes like seasonal fruit toasts, kale and yam crostinis, or an avocado and chickpea sandwich, to name a few.
If you’re in the mood for a healthy brunch option that you can grab to go, we highly recommend paying one of Calii Love’s locations in King West, Yorkville, FCP, and Union a visit. With a menu full of items meant to help you recharge and refuel, Cali Love has quickly been a go-to breakfast spot for locals as well as NHL All-Stars Sidney Crosby and P.K Subban. Some breakfast favourites include the Energized smoothie, made with grass-fed protein powder, a shot of espresso, banana, cacao, and coconut milk or the Proud smoothie bowl which is a blend of acai, avocado and banana and topped with too many goodies to count.
This vegan eatery on College and in The Junction serves up the goods from sunrise to sunset. Start your day with a filling, veganized brunch of blueberry chia pancakes topped with blueberry compote or coconut whipped cream. Or, you could go chick-un and waffles, a Southern-style quinoa crusted chick-un over their housemade basil and oregano waffle. Who said you had to sacrifice taste for health?
If you’re around Harbord St. and you haven’t checked out Harvest Kitchen’s brunch yet, you’re seriously missing out. This cozy eatery welcomes all dietary preferences — whether you’re a diehard meat-lover, gluten-free, or a conscious vegan, there is something for you on the menu. With a focus on local ingredients, a popular brunch option is the Power Breakfast, two organic eggs, twice-baked beans, pico de gallo, guacamole on a Red Fife English muffin. Fitt Tip: set yourself up with something from their impressive line-up of elixirs, smoothies, and spritzers to wash everything down.
With a menu that’s designed for fast-paced, health-conscious Torontonians, Impact Kitchen on King St. East is a beautiful and spacious eatery that’s 100% gluten-free. From Monday to Friday, you can enjoy smaller breakfast options like avocado toast on superfood bread, but on the weekend, brunch really gets poppin’. On Saturday and Sunday (designated brunch days), you can enjoy steak and eggs, seasonal frittatas, or paleo waffles topped with fresh fruit.