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For a lot of Vancouverites, eating healthy and staying fit are an important part of an outdoor lifestyle. Whether your early morning routine leans more towards a Full English Breakfast or Pancakes, these brunch spots serve nutritious, yet delicious alternatives. If it’s true what they say, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then you better make it a good one.  

The Birds and The Beets

55 Powell St, Gastown

A lovely little cafe to wake up with a warm coffee and watch the world pass you by, The Birds and The Beets offers a small, yet satisfying choice of breakfast options. Choose from Avocado and Slow Poached Egg Brioche Sandwich, Wholegrain Granola and Filmjolk Yoghurt or Rolled Oat and Chia Bircher Muesli. The cafe itself pairs a modern and stylish appearance with a love for all things green. Rarely will you find a brunch spot that sells flowers at the entrance!

Heirloom Vegetarian

1509 W 12th Ave, Kitsilano

With a world conscious menu chock-full of nutritious options - both vegetarian and vegan - Heirloom Vegetarian has quickly become a favourite brunch spot in trendy Kitsilano. Heirloom scores high marks for its breakfast offerings and is the perfect place to jumpstart your day. Enjoy a coffee and peruse a little while you choose. Will it be the Sunrise Omelette? Or perhaps the Organic Buckwheat Pancakes? Whatever you’re choice, be happy in the knowledge that thoughtfully chosen ingredients are the norm here.

The Acorn

3995 Main St, Mount Pleasant

Sit back, relax and enjoy your weekend with brunch at The Acorn in the heart of Main Street. Served on Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2:30pm, offerings range from the popular Beggars Banquet to Eggs on Toast. If that doesn’t get you out of bed, perhaps the Vanilla Almond Beet Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache and Sweet Sorrel Sauce will. You need to allow yourself a guilty pleasure once in a while after all!

Aphrodite's Organic Cafe

3605 W 4th Ave, Kitsilano

If you’re in the mood for a breakfast of champions, make a beeline for Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe , which boasts a delicious and diverse brunch menu. Among the dishes you’ll find at this wholesome organic brunch hangout are the Salt Spring Frittata, Spanish Banks Burrito and Aphrodite’s Stuffed French Toast. Catering to dietary concerns and offering wheat and gluten-free alternatives, this cafe is sure to satisfy all appetites. Brunch is served daily until 3pm.

The Naam

2724 W 4th Ave, Kitsilano

Popular restaurant, The Naam , dishes up a mean brunch menu that mixes vegetarian influences with traditional favourites. They serve a variety of dishes; everything from Spinach and Feta Omelettes to Fruit Crepes. The emphasis on vegetarian, free-range cuisine and organic product choices guarantee the most nutritious start to a busy day. The Naam starts serving breakfast at 6am every day, finishing up at 11:30am on weekdays and 1pm weekends.

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