Where to Go in Kingston if You’re a Brunch Addict

By Kate Farrell

There are those who go for the casual eggs and toast once in a blue moon, and then there are the people who brunch for real. Circle all that apply: the phrase TGIF isn’t so much expressing your happiness that the week is over, but that it’s another day closer to brunch; your Instagram is half your dog half various avocado toasts; mimosas are second nature to water for you. Great news, you’re a brunch addict! Whether you’re a lowkey bruncher or someone who absolutely MUST find that good light for their eggs benny, Kingston caters to all kinds brunch enthusiasts with some of the most delicious, hangover-curing, wake me up meals you can imagine.

We’ve picked some of the best spots in the 613 for you to try out — ones that you may never have heard of, but won’t soon forget.

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Carmelinda’s

2799 Princess Street

Want to go to a place where everybody knows your name? Where they’re always glad you came? Carmelina’s is known for their consistently friendly customer service, and high quality, fresh, home cooked food. It’s the brunch spot that never fails, and every visit there is pretty much the same as getting a huge hug, and who wouldn’t want to start their morning that way? Whether you’re going for the classic eggs, toast, home fry and meat plate, a delicious omelette, or some apple cinnamon stuffed pancakes, get ready to start your weekend off right.

AquaTerra

1 Johnson Street

Brunch will never be the same once you’ve tried AquaTerra’s Sunday Brunch Menu. Soon you’ll be looking for new people to drag with you on a sunny Sunday at 11. Girlfriends? Mom? Spin class instructor? They’re all coming with you. From a classic breakfast sandwich (with two Beking Farms fried eggs, tomato, pickled onion, avocado, Empire aged Cheddar, and house-made peameal bacon — incredible) or the mouth-watering, game-changing Chicken & Waffles Benedict. You heard that right. We’re talking a Belgian waffle, fried chicken cutlet, topped with two Beking Farms poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Get in line.

Toast + Jam

1530 Bath Road

There’s nothing better than a brunch spot that was born out of one of the best bakeries in town, Bread and Butter. Located in a modern, spacious restaurant attached to the bakery, Toast and Jam has quickly become a city favourite for their lovely staff, amazing food, and delicious coffee. Don’t leave here without getting the Scrambowl (even if it’s just for the Instagram.) And remember, this place is the product of a delicious bakery so say hello to fantastic biscuits and croissants.

Pan Chancho

44 Princess Street

Ah, our brunch love with Pan Chancho…it’s the addiction that we just don’t want to quit. This locally owned, European style cafe is checking off all the boxes for an amazing brunch; a charming aesthetic, food made from scratch, and a key location in the heart of downtown Kingston. We love the Weekender (two eggs over easy on a croissant with bacon, chives and 2-year-old cheddar), Our Dutch Baby (skillet pancake with apples, blue cheese and apple butter), the Poutine Bravas (patates frites, spicy chorizo, poached egg, cheddar curds and smoked paprika gravy.) And to be honest? Every other unique item on the menu!

Northside Espresso + Kitchen

281 Princess Street

With a menu that is seasonal, fresh, and as locally sourced as possible – you can’t go wrong with brunch at Northside. Nestled in downtown Kingston, you can try classics like their Avo Smash (a whole smashed avocado with feta, mint, lemon + thai chilli on grilled sourdough) or branch out and try something new like Spiced Steel Cut Oats (served warm with sweet potato + white cholocate puree, topped with seeded muesli, cacao nibs + nashi pear). As you sip on your afternoon coffee, take a pause from the busyness of everyday life and soak up the atmosphere – you’ll love this cafe inspired by the culture of Melbourne, Australia.

The Public House

343 King Street East

Formerly known as Sir John’s Public House, this wholesome pub not only has a mean tap selection but amazing Sunday Brunch that can’t be missed. Located in downtown Kingston, take a stroll by the beautiful waterfront to work up an appetite for the food that never fails to satisfy. Far from ordinary pub grub, this spot has fan favourites like cinnamon waffles, a Scotch egg plate (a hard-boiled egg covered in sausage meat, breaded, and deep fried), Vegetarian haggis, Toad-in-the-Hole with haggis hash served in a Yorkshire pudding, and so much more. Embrace your Scottish side and head down there ASAP.

Juniper Cafe

370 King Street West

With a menu in weekly rotation, brunch at Juniper Cafe is the definition of “unique.” Known for using the freshest local ingredients, you can expect Beking eggs, Albert’s Leap brie, Menson Farms chicken, and more — Juniper Cafe guarantees over 80% of their ingredients are sourced from local farms and food producers year round. The talented team at Juniper are masters of sweet and savoury, so it’s okay to grab something from the pastry counter while you’re at it (we’re not judging.) And with the doors staying open from 9 am – 5 pm, brunch time can be any time.

Eggsquis

2774 Princess Street

If you have a hard time making decisions, coming to Eggsquis isn’t going to be easy what with the sheer amount of delicious options they have. Luckily it’s a struggle we are willing to get over. Known for their casual, friendly atmosphere, this breakfast spot has huge portions and a variety of options for even the pickiest eater. There are five different types of eggs benny (thank you!), famous breakfast casseroles to try, classic pancakes, and even french toast that can be served on a crepe, and that’s just a taste of their huge menu.

Geneva Crêpe Café Bistro

297 Princess Street

It’s only fitting that the Queen of the crêpe game is perched on top of the main strip on Princess Street. Since 2010, Geneva Crêpe Café Bistro has been locally owned and operated, and the go-to place for a mouth-watering meal. For such an intimate space, they offer a huge variety of savoury and sweet crepes, Belgian waffles, espresso and hot chocolate drinks, and even fresh soups, sandwiches, and salads. Try a unique crêpe like the Sriracha Chicken, Raclette, Royal Thai, or go sweet with the strawberry cheesecake, cinnamon crunch, or coconut cream options. You really can’t go wrong here.

PS: they also have vegan and gluten-free options, and they deliver — you’re welcome.

Chien Noir

69 Brock Street

With Mimosas at the top of the menu, you know you’re in for a great Brunch time experience with Chien Noir. Bringing a French “Gastropub” twist to the Limestone City, Chien knows how to deliver the goods. And we’re grateful for their fancy European flair on a Sunday morning. We can’t get enough of the Croque Monsieur (béchamel, fried egg, “Seed to Sausage country ham, and gruyère on grilled sourdough) with a side of potato galette. Or keep it classic with the Omelette du jour.