Did someone say brunch?

Looking for the perfect nook to take your bestie to brunch? Welcome to downtown Winnipeg’s hidden gem: Joanna’s Café in the Marlborough Hotel. Hand-crafted wrought-iron fixtures from Tiffany & Co., a soaring ceiling crossed with oak beams, stained glass windows and Gothic detailing adorn the elegant dining hall. Grab a benny or a classic breakfast and relax because it’s a luxury dining experience with diner prices. 

If you favour hip and cozy, visit The Don Restaurant. Slide into a booth for breakfast and lunch with Mennonite specialties. Strong coffee, umpteen bennies, hashes, Gloms Kuak (it’s fried cheese!), pancakes, burgers, perogies – and more!

Pick the Red Cherry Cafe for specialty Ethiopian brunch items served on Saturdays and Sundays. They have meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes to please your palate. While you’re there, make sure to experience the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony (hint: call ahead for availability.) 

Kum Koon Garden offers traditional Chinese dim sum in a modern, elegant environment. On Sundays, you can pick from push carts loaded with dumplings, buns, balls, rolls, wraps, and soups. In some Asian cultures, the desserts are eaten throughout the meal so after savouring some sticky rice, snack on a pineapple bun before diving in to a scallop dumpling.

Memorable atmosphere paired with scratch-made meals make the Palm Lounge brunch a recipe for success. This sophisticated but not snobby spot is located inside the 100-year old Fort Garry Hotel. Did you know they keep bees on the hotel roof? Expect to see their honey on the breakfast menu!

Looking for weekday brunch items on the go? Step into Bagelsmith to grab Montreal-style bagels, and a variety of schmears, spreads and butters. Breakfast bagels are only served until 11 a.m., but they have an array of sandwiches for the afternoon bagel-hunter. Hint: try the smoked butter.