Whether it’s getting ready for a full day around town or relaxing after a night on George Street, brunch is a must when you are in St. John’s. There may not be enough days in the week to visit each of these brunch spots but with some offering all day breakfast why not have brunch for breakfast and dinner.

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The Green Door Restaurant

Experience new flavours as well as some old favourites at the Green Door, where sharing is a part of the menu. Menu items are inspired by fare from all over the world, and where possible ingredients are sourced locally. Their philosophy is some dishes are served on small plates so you can try several, but some come on larger platters designed for sharing.

Their brunch menu, served Saturday & Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. offers a Spanish influence including their Trinxat and eggs which is a traditional Spanish potato cake with cabbage and bacon. Or feast on their take of green eggs and ham, with a breakfast of Pancetta, soft boiled egg, green peas and fried onions.

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St. John's Fish Exchange

Get your Sunday Brunch-day vibe going and feel like you are a part of the hustle and bustle of St. John’s Harbour while you dine at St. John’s Fish Exchange. With a whole wall of windows overlooking the water you will always have a good view and a good scoff during their Sunday only brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m..

Step up to their Eggs Benedict or Belgian Waffle Stations where chefs will top these two breakfast favourites with your choice of seasonal and fresh ingredient. Or delight in the “unch” part of brunch with their cheesy menu including cod au gratin and the ultimate grilled cheese and bacon sandwich that is drizzled with honey.

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The Grounds CafÉ

Just a short drive out of town, Murray’s Gardens is not your average garden centre. Where botany and brunch go hand in hand, you can tour their grounds after sipping on freshly ground coffee and snacking on their brunch classics with a local twist.

Why not eat pie for breakfast by starting off with their daily personal size quiche sprinkled with freshly chopped chives from the garden or bite into a sweeter option with a hearty slice of peach and raspberry pie topped with pecan crumble. The Grounds menu is inspired both by their gardens and the surrounding landscape and is available daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a limited menu until 5 p.m.

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YellowBelly Brewery

If your weekend started on George Street a trip to YellowBelly is in order to round it up.

Brunch at the brewery begins at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sundays throughout the summer months. Take in the ambiance of one of the oldest buildings in St. John’s while enjoying a pint of their new Come From Away Islander Pale Ale paired with the local favourite, Brunch Pizza, which is a Canadian eggs benedict on a pizza crust. Yum!

Spend the rest of your afternoon sipping on their brunch drink specials that include, $4 Mimosas & $5.75 Jameson’s Caesars from their prime downtown spot.

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Woodstock Colonial Restaurant

Think that a chocolate fountain can only be found with Willy Wonka? Think again. A Sunday trip to the Woodstock Colonial Restaurant in the town of Paradise wouldn’t be complete without a dip into their chocolate fountain. But not to worry they have guilt free options too.

Their Brunch buffet offers traditional Newfoundland breakfast classics of balogna, fish cakes, toutons and even jiggs dinner – leaving you with a taste of history in a historic and beautiful location. Join them every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for one of the best brunches along the Avalon.

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Hungry Heart CafÉ

The Hungry Heart Café is much more than a great place to eat. Every penny of revenue generated by the Hungry Heart Café goes right back into the operation to fund employment training for vulnerable adults in our community.

Their Tuesday to Saturday (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) menu changes daily but some repeat favourites include their house-made Belgian waffles topped with seasonal fruit or their Salmon Eggs Benedict which always includes their famous rosemary roasted potatoes. If you are looking for a bite on the go, try the neighbourhood favourite Greorgetown bagel smeared with whipped cream cheese.

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Bernard Stanley's Gastro Pub

Bernard Stanley isn’t your typical pub. Elevating classic fare with local ingredients and dynamite flavours while maintaining the warm and inviting atmosphere of a pub is their unique speciality.

BSG offers a brunch menu from 10-4 EVERY SINGLE DAY. That means you don’t have to wait until Sunday to enjoy their Crunchy Brie Stuffed French Toast with Rum Caramel Sauce, which is as good as it sounds. And that’s not the only dish that includes rum, their Banana Pancakes with screech rum sauce is equally as delicious!

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CafÉ at The Rooms

No visit is complete without a visit to The Rooms Café on Level 4. The Café is open during visiting hours and offers breakfast on weekdays until noon and all day on Saturday and Sunday. It also serves up an awe-inspiring view of the city, the harbour and the narrows.

The menu emphasizes Newfoundland and Labrador’s food heritage, focusing on traditional fare with an eclectic twist including their take on French toast known as a pain perdu. A French loaf dipped in scrambled eggs and stuffed with brown sugar and cream cheese whipped with bacon and Canadian maple syrup on the side.

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The Guv'nor

Relax in authentic Old-English ambience and enjoy a creative hybrid of Newfoundland and British fare. The Guv’nor Pub is known for their moose specialties and their hearty weekend brunches. Sometimes you have a late night, and sometimes you just want some breakfast, not to worry because their breakfast favourites are served all-day long.

Every Saturday and Sunday they feature brunch specialities including eggs benedict, toutons and of course the famous Guv’nor skillet. Sip away the morning and afternoon with their double caesars special for just $8.50 on weekends.

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Blue on Water

Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we like to think it’s also one of the most delicious. For a decadent start head to Blue on Water for their daily Brunch served until 2:30 p.m..

Their spin on classic brunch dishes include an omelet stuffed with brie, mushrooms, roasted asparagus and caramelized onions or try their pork belly & kimchi skillet topped with a poached egg, hollandaise sauce and a Newfoundland classic, toutons. At Blue on Water you are guaranteed to enjoy both Newfoundland and International fare that showcases local ingredients and bursts of flavours not found in your average neighbourhood restaurant.

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Mallard Cottage

The Mallard Cottage, an 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland style cottage, located in Quidi Vidi Village, a quaint fishing hamlet of St. John’s. Once a home for a local family. Now it is been transformed into one of Canada’s top 100 restaurants.

Their fare is a celebration of the provinces’ vast array of wild game, seafood & produce, displayed alongside a vital piece of Newfoundlands built heritage. In the summer they offer brunch every day of the week from 10 am – 2 p.m. where you can try their family style brunch or order off of their revolving menu. Plus they have a dessert table and take away boxes so your brunch doesn’t have to end when you leave.

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The Gypsy Tea Room

Don’t let the name fool you, The Gypsy Tea Room isn’t your Nan’s tea and biscuit cafe. Located in the historic Murray Premises, The Gypsy Tea Room offers a unique mixture of classic favorites & casual cuisine with creative flare.

This is your boozy brunch dream.With drink specials including $3 Mimosas, $4 Signature or Classic Caesar and $5 pints of Michelob Ultra and Bud Light Radler (Lemonade or Grapefruit) you will likely stay here longer than you intended. Pair these brunch-time cocktails with their duck bacon eggs benedict or a local mushroom and truffle oil omelette for a delicious start to your day.

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Published: June 10, 2019