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You Have to Try These 13 Brunch Spots in Banff and Lake Louise

Published Date
Mar 12, 2024|
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Four friends sit at a table eating brunch with mountains out the window behind them at the Juniper Bistro in Banff.

Brunch in the Canadian Rockies can’t be beat. The luxury of a late breakfast with mountain views on the side is a sensation you deserve on your trip to Banff and Lake Louise.

Here are some of the best brunch spots in Banff and Lake Louise to start the day at a delightful pace.

Indulge in a Canadian-Inspired Brunch in Banff

There are some flavours that are quintessentially Canadian, and if you are looking for that all-Canadian brunch, you'll want to make sure to try some of these local flavours.

Start your morning with a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Pair it with fluffy pancakes or crispy waffles for an authentic experience.

Next, discover the Saskatoon Berries. These sweet-tart gems add a burst of flavour to your brunch—whether sprinkled over yogurt, folded into crepes, or baked into pastries.

For a hearty twist, sample bison—a lean and robust meat that pays homage to Canada’s rugged wilderness. Try a bison hash for a unique take on a classic breakfast.

And don’t forget the quintessential Canadian drink: the Caesar. This spicy cocktail combines vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a celery salt rim. It’s the perfect brunch companion, especially when garnished with pickled beans or a crispy strip of bacon.

Where to go for the Best Brunch in Banff

Juniper Bistro

Juniper Bistro boasts one of the best views in the valley, with frequent wildlife sightings as a bonus. Enjoy brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, when you can soak in the views and savour the Juniper's handcrafted, sustainable, and delicious creations. To top it off, these culinary masters have answered the Canadian call with a brunch-style poutine, complete with hollandaise sauce. 

Four friends sit at a table eating brunch with mountains out the window behind them at the Juniper Bistro in Banff.Four friends sit at a table eating brunch with mountains out the window behind them at the Juniper Bistro in Banff.Four friends sit at a table eating brunch with mountains out the window behind them at the Juniper Bistro in Banff.

Bluebird Wood-Fired Steakhouse

Wood-trimmed edges, luxurious cushions and an atmosphere that encourages you to take your time and enjoy yourself are what you will find during brunch at Bluebird in Banff. Try their take on the classic eggs benedict or dig into what the restaurant is known for and enjoy prime rib and fried egg toast.

A father dishes food onto a plate at Bluebird in Banff.
Two hot chocolates sit on a fireplace at Bluebird in Banff National Park.

Melissa's MisSteak

Brunch at Melissa's MisSteak is iconic Banff. For over 40 years, locals have been turning to this family-run restaurant for their brunch pick-me-up. With all the brunch classics plus their seven in-house variations on the benny, the hardest choice you'll have to make is choosing what to order.

An eggs benedict at Melissa's MisSteak in Banff.An eggs benedict at Melissa's MisSteak in Banff.An eggs benedict at Melissa's MisSteak in Banff.

Coyotes

Are you in need of some breakfast comfort food after a big night? Coyotes Southwestern Grill has you covered. Specializing in fresh, wholesome food, the Coyote's menu is something to write home about. Try the huevos rancheros, a definite local’s favourite!

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Brazen

Located in the Mount Royal Hotel on Banff Ave, Brazen features unique spins on classic brunch dishes in a retro-modern restaurant. Try their Grilled Cheese Benedict with gruyere and brie cheese, the PB&J French Toast, or the Bison Naan to kick off your day of adventuring in Banff.

A couple sits having brunch at Brazen in Banff.A couple sits having brunch at Brazen in Banff.A couple sits having brunch at Brazen in Banff.

The Maple Leaf

The Maple Leaf in the heart of downtown Banff offers an enticing brunch menu every day of the week. Their log cabin design is sure to warm your soul no matter the season. Known for their mouthwatering maple bacon as well as their Canadian bacon Benedict, The Maple Leaf is an easy choice for an authentic Canadian brunch.

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Crave Mountain Grill - Banff Park Lodge

Crave Mountain Grill offers premium yet relaxed dining, with food sourced from local and organic suppliers where possible. With wall-to-ceiling windows that show off the picture-perfect mountain views, you'll enjoy a laidback atmosphere and friendly service.

Crave Mountain Grill's dining room at the Bow View Lodge in Banff.Crave Mountain Grill's dining room at the Bow View Lodge in Banff.Crave Mountain Grill's dining room at the Bow View Lodge in Banff.

The Vermillion Room - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

If you’re looking for something extra special, the grandeur and elegance of The Vermillion Room will sweep you off your feet. Nestled in the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, The Vermillion Room offers a bustling atmosphere, effortless charm, and an extravagant brunch. Breakfast is served daily, but Sunday offers a Build Your Own Brunch feature that you won't want to miss.

Waffles sit on a plate with strawberries at a table at the Vermilion Room at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff.Waffles sit on a plate with strawberries at a table at the Vermilion Room at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff.Waffles sit on a plate with strawberries at a table at the Vermilion Room at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff.

Tooloulou's

Tooloulou's is a Banff locals' favourite spot for brunch. Enjoy a cajun twist on your favourite brunch classics, from eggs Benedict to Belgain waffles and everything in between. If the endless menu options make it hard to choose, we promise the breakfast poutine will not disappoint.

A shrimp dish on a checkered table cloth at Tooloulou's in Banff.A shrimp dish on a checkered table cloth at Tooloulou's in Banff.A shrimp dish on a checkered table cloth at Tooloulou's in Banff.

Primrose

Located at the Rimrock Resort Hotel is the Primrose. This casually elegant dining room features a magnificent view of Banff. Featuring Canadian-inspired brunch dishes, you can indulge in a breakfast buffet or order off their special a la carte menu while enjoying views of Cascade Mountain and Mount Rundle.

View from the Rimrock Hotel in Banff with Cascade Mountain and Tunnel Mountain.View from the Rimrock Hotel in Banff with Cascade Mountain and Tunnel Mountain.View from the Rimrock Hotel in Banff with Cascade Mountain and Tunnel Mountain.

Farm & Fire

Located inside the Elk & Avenue hotel, Farm & Fire is passionate about delivering fresh, locally-sourced food to your table. Try the Canadian Benny if you are seeking a classic breakfast hit, or opt for the porchetta sandwich if you are more on the lunch side of brunch.

Interior photo of wooden chairs and tables and a server at a bar in Farm & Fire in Banff.Interior photo of wooden chairs and tables and a server at a bar in Farm & Fire in Banff.Interior photo of wooden chairs and tables and a server at a bar in Farm & Fire in Banff.

Nourish

If you are looking for something vegan-friendly, Nourish is the place to go for brunch from Friday to Sunday. Banff's premier vegan restaurant has created vegan-friendly brunch options like the Nourish Omelette, which can be made with a vegan chickpea; the Mountain Breakfast Skillet, which features Beyond Meat sausage; and Jungle Pancakes, made from mashed bananas and blueberries and served with coconut whipped cream.

Colourful alcohol bottles on a counter at Nourish.Colourful alcohol bottles on a counter at Nourish.Colourful alcohol bottles on a counter at Nourish.

Louiza Mediterranean Restauraunt

Located in the historic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Louiza is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant focused on crafting unique dishes with local ingredients. Try their Spanish Egg Cocotte for a special brunch meal featuring merguez lamb sausage and manchego cheese.

Baked goods at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park.Baked goods at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park.Baked goods at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

Brunch with Banff's Best Tea and Coffee

Some of Banff's best brunch spots have partnered with local tea and coffee makers to provide hot beverages made in Banff. To try local flavours, look for teas crafted by Banff Tea Co and Jolene's Tea House and coffee made by Banff Roasting Company.

Four friends sit around a campfire in Banff with Rundle Mountain in the background.Four friends sit around a campfire in Banff with Rundle Mountain in the background.Four friends sit around a campfire in Banff with Rundle Mountain in the background.

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