Best Breakfast Places in Ottawa

March 21, 2016

Best Breakfast Places in Ottawa

Breakfast is a versatile affair. As long as you’re armed with a good cup of coffee, there’s a varied and an endless supply of what you can nosh on before you start your day. Don’t greet the morning with an embarrassing stomach rumble, or waste your time picking off the browning pieces of your clearly overripe banana – that really doesn’t cut it. Branch out from the usual and the expected, and you’ll be surprised where this breakfast journey will take you, for variety truly is the spice of life.

Here’s your chance! Ottawa is positively overrun with restaurants offering a Breakfast menu, and we’ve compiled a couple of options located in the city if you feel like shaking it up a bit. And you should.



Reigniting Ottawa’s (literal) romantic past, family-run diner Beauty’s has catered to the island’s residents since it was first opened in 1942 by newly-weds Hymie and Freda Sckolnick. They’ve kept the magic alive, as Beauty’s signature Mish-Mash is as good as it was all those years ago! You’ll be welcomed in by one of the family, and treated to a truly Ottawa experience.



Universel is almost always packed to the brim with tourists stopping by for a bite, university students getting brunch and office-goers grabbing a coffee. What this tells you is that this eatery is fantastically located smack middle of Downtown, is an excellent value for money, and brews a mean cuppa joe. It also offers outdoor seating in warmer weather. Need I continue?

Maison Boulud


If your palate craves a refined meal and you want to really treat yourself, head straight to Maison Boulud at the Ritz-Carlton. Whet your appetite for you’ll be presented to an exquisite breakfast buffet, complete with every delicacy the gourmand in you has always desired. It is a truly incredible dining experience, and one you shouldn’t miss!

St. Viateur Bagel


I’m not exaggerating when I say they make the best bagel in the world. It’s but a known fact. A household name and a staple food in Ottawa, St. Viateur bakes nine different varieties of bagels and it is your duty to sample all of them. They are made fresh daily in all their six locations across Quebec, giving you ample opportunity to grab one. Or a dozen – you won’t regret it.

Pikolo Espresso Bar


We share a common predicament if you, too, cannot possibly have a good morning without a mug of strong morning java coursing through your veins. Pikolo is the perfect remedy to such a situation. Grab a pick-me-up of some of the best brews in the city, and scope out the tray of freshly baked goods for a breakfast on-the-go!

Prohibition Bistro


Don’t succumb to the usual monotonous morning fare which we all know consists mostly of cereal and half burnt toast (if we’re lucky). Take a walk on the wild side at Prohibition Bistro and discover all the wonder flavours you’re missing out on. If you’re not already intrigued, they offer Breakfast Poutine on their menu. I repeat, Breakfast Poutine!

The most important meal of the day demands your attention! The above selection contains a bit of everything, whether you’re in the food for some simple bacon and eggs, or a grand breakfast buffet, or even a quick take-away choice of Viennoiserie. Let us know what your go-to place is!


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