Brunch. A true vice for most of the Young Professionals that we speak to on a daily basis here at Notable. It’s a a staple, even if you only do it one Sunday per month (you should seriously up that a bit, you deserve it!), you generally leave thinking (or saying), that you would like to be doing that more often. And, we say – yes, you should! It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the past week and plan for the forthcoming, in an environment that is really about nothing else other then good food, good atmosphere, and great conversations. Since finding the best brunch spots can be a going concern for the busy Young Professional we narrowed it down to 5 of our favourite brunch spots in Toronto for you.
School Bakery & Cafe
Where: Liberty Village; 70 Fraser Ave., 416.588.0005
Why: A hidden gem in sometimes-forgotten Liberty Village, School brings you back to the good old days. With killer décor (vintage clocks and books and rulers), it has an ambience fit for any group, any size. Plus, they just started serving brunch seven days a week.
What: The Super Cheesy French Toast, with bacon & greens & maple syrup; $14
Niche Tea & Coffee Company
Where: Queen West; 626 Queen Street West, 416.203.0458
Why: New kid on the strip Niche is like taking a trip to the coffee shop where everyone knows your name. Yes, they have a wide assortment of coffee and tea, but their all-day, everyday brunch menu features homemade scones and oh-so-good cornbread. Most of the menu is also vegan-friendly, but you wouldn’t even know it.
What: The Niche Benedict on cornbread; $10.50
Where: Annex; 968 Bathurst St., 416.534.9056
Why: Just a short walk from Bloor St., this out-of-the-way treasure looks like a real treasure chest, with trinkets and such lining the place. Although often packed and too small for its clientele, the outdoor patio is a breezy enough, and the well-priced fare makes up for it in spades.
What: Breakfast Quesadilla: 2 eggs grilled with a flour tortilla, stuffed with your choice of 2 fillings (avocado and brie are sure winners!), served with homefries & salsa; $10
Where: Bloor West; 584 Lansdowne Avenue, 647.342.5058
Why: In the up-and-coming Bloordale hood, surrounded by nouveau art galleries on Lansdowne and old lofts all around, you’ll be in Toronto’s biggest kept brunch secret. It’s slowly gaining a reputation for its no-frills approach to everything, not to mention the chef’s badass waffles that come with, like, everything.
What: Waffle Benny: 2 poached eggs, 2 mini waffles, caramelized bacon, hollandaise sauce; $9
Four Seasons Lobby Bar Afternoon (High) Tea
Where: Yorkville; 416.928.7332
Why: Yes, the Four Seasons in Toronto offers a great brunch menu, but if you’re willing to head there for it, why not try the Afternoon Tea instead? Yes, it’s pricey, but worth it, especially if you’ve never done it before. It’s fancier than it sounds, though. Just choose from a selection of their grade-A teas to enjoy with a platter of finger sandwiches, fresh scones and delicious pastries.
What: The menu is set from Friday to Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., starting at $25