Where to Brunch in Whistler | A Locals Look at Where to Eat and When to Go
Is there anything more indulgent than a lazy brunch on a slow Sunday morning? Enough tasty food to leave you feeling pleasantly sleepy, maybe a couple of mimosas to help wash it down, and hours spent in good company. Or maybe you fancy a good feed before a big day up the mountain – enough wholesome, filling food to keep you going until last lift? Or perhaps you’re here for the legendary apres scene, in which case you’d better get started early with a boozy brunch (and maybe skip the skiing…just this once!).
Luckily for us, every day feels like Sunday here. And that means you have endless opportunities for memorable brunches in Whistler. But where to begin? While some of the top brunch spots are well known, others are tucked away and could escape you. But don’t worry, Forged staff have done some intensive research (you can thank us later, it was tough). And we’ve compiled our definitive list of the top brunch spots in Whistler. From quick healthy bites to classic diner dishes, to indulgent menus topped off with killer cocktails, brunch in Whistler has something for everyone. So here are our top 10 brunch spots in Whistler to get your weekend off on the right foot.
Top 10 Brunch Spots in Whistler
A consistent favourite with locals and visitors alike, brunch at Elements is not to be missed. While in the evenings it’s an upscale tapas bar (and well worth checking out), during the day Elements offers their own interpretation of traditional Canadian and American breakfasts. Think sumptuous Eggs Benedict served on artisan bread, fluffy frittatas with chorizo and pepper jack cheese, or of course our favourite, the french toast like no other. If you’re looking for something a little more upmarket, Elements is a great choice and doesn’t break the bank either. Plus, they source local meat, fish and cheese, and have plenty of options for vegetarians too. It’s first come first served though, so get their early and fill up before your first laps.
- Forged Axe Throwing Fave: Everybody should try the Brie Stuffed French Toast with Honey Ham and Canadian Maple Syrup
- Price: $15 – $30
- Location: Main Street, Whistler Village (near Marketplace)
- Best Time to Brunch: Open every day from 8am – 2pm for brunch
Fifi’s feels classy, and that’s because it is. The bright and airy little bistro in Upper Village is tucked away from the crowds, but it’s definitely worth the trip. Luckily, they serve have all-day breakfast options available until 4pm, so even if you want to catch the first lift, you can fit in a post-ski trip to Fifi’s. If you want the full experience though, come before 12pm, while their full breakfast menu is available. For those with eyes bigger than their belly, try the Big Breakfast – a bit of everything, and guaranteed to get you through the day. Or if you’re looking for something lighter, all of their bruschetta are delicious (our favourite is the goats’ cheese and heirloom tomato). Plus, you can grab something from their in-house bakery to take away for an afternoon snack.
- Forged Axe Throwing Fave: You can’t go wrong with the B.E.L.T – Bacon, Egg, Lettuce and Tomato on Organic Sourdough Toast
- Price: $9 – $28
- Location: Upper Village
- Best Time to Brunch: Breakfast menu 8am – 12pm, Brunch menu 12pm – 4pm
Earls is the perfect place to start your apres early with a boozy Whistler brunch. Their classic brunch menu has all your favourites – from eggs benedict to waffles and cream, to a mega portion of steak and eggs on garlic bread if you want to treat yourself. But more importantly, their brunch drinks menu is almost as big as the food menu. Choose from the go-to apres ski Aperol Spritz, a boozy Baileys coffee or the classic Earls Caesar. Don’t plan to get too many laps in after a lazy Earls brunch – in fact, we wouldn’t blame you if you found yourself whiling away the afternoon here until Happy Hour kicks off at 3pm. Oh, and a little locals tip: get there before 11am and you’re in for the best brunch deal in town – $10 for any meal.
- Forged Axe Throwing Fave: Avocado Super Brunch – pretend you’re eating healthily while leaving room for that second mimosa
- Price: $10 – $45
- Location: The heart of Whistler Village
- Best Time to Brunch: Grab the bargain $10 brunch deal between 10am – 11pm at weekends
Dubh Linn Gate
You probably know the Dubh Linn Gate as one of the best places in Whistler to see in the early hours of the morning, dancing the night away to the sound of your favourite local Irish band. But it’s also a good way to start curing the inevitable hangover with a banging brunch the next morning. The Irish were on to something when they invented the fry up, and the Dubh Linn Gate’s version does not disappoint. They also serve an excellent smoked salmon bagel, and we love their buttermilk pancakes too. If the giant breakfast doesn’t help you feel a little more human, don’t worry, there’s plenty of hair of the dog available too. The Caesar’s here are guaranteed to clear your head, or maybe you just want to get straight back on the Guinness – we won’t judge you!
- Forged Axe Throwing Fave: It has to be the full Irish Fry Up: Bacon, sausage, egg, black pudding and pub spuds
- Price: $8 – $24
- Location: Whistler Village, right at the foot of the mountain
- Best Time to Brunch: Open from 7am every day, so sneak in an early brunch before hitting the slopes
Alpine Cafe is a true locals favourite, hidden away in one of the best neighbourhoods in town. You’ll need to take a trip out of the village, but it’s worth it, both for the food, the relaxed vibes, and the glimpse into the life of a Whistler local. Their homemade, hearty food is great at any time of day, but we love brunch the best. Maybe it’s the huge variety in their menu, or the fresh ingredients, or the friendly, welcoming service. Or maybe it’s just that these guys know how to cook a mean breakfast, whether you choose the breaky burrito, the SLAM (scrambled eggs, bacon and potato on french toast) or the delicious vanilla french toast. Alpine Cafe is a great option for families too, with affordable prices all around, and some great kids options.
- Forged Axe Throwing Fave: We love the Mexican hash – poached eggs with a spicy tomato and pepper hash
- Price: $7 – $14
- Location: Alpine Meadows – a short drive north of Whistler village
- Best Time to Brunch: Open from 6.30 am every day
There are few things more Canadian than a diner, and few diners better than Southside. Step through the door and you’re transported to a simpler time when lift lines were shorter, beers were cheaper and you could ski fresh powder all day. Alas, times change, but the delicious breakfast at Southside will be sure to satisfy your nostalgia and your hunger. As well as the retro vibes, Southside boasts a serious menu and serious portion sizes. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it here, from their Big Ass Pancakes (they really are big) to Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Bennies and a few healthy options too if that’s your thing. Based in Creekside, Southside is a great spot to stop in on your way to the gondola first thing in the morning.
- Forged Axe Throwing Fave: Can you get more Canadian (and delicious) than the Breakfast Poutine?!
- Price: $9 – $20
- Location: Whistler Creekside
- Best Time to Brunch: Breakfast menu available 7am – 11.30am weekdays, 7am – 2pm on weekends
Are you looking for a simple breakfast? We’ve compiled that big-old-Whistler Breakfast list for as well!
A perfect, easy stop off for family breakfast before a big day on the mountain, or a big day lying by a lake. Wild Wood’s cozy atmosphere, local produce and huge menu are guaranteed to please everyone. Plus they’re open from 7am, so there’s no excuse to miss the first lift if that’s your thing. There’s loads of choice here, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, and no less than nine different eggs benedicts! You’ll be able to keep the kids happy too, with their child-sized portions of all their best dishes including pancakes, french toast and their classic fried breakfast. A locals favourite is the banana bread french toast – it tastes just as good as it sounds!
- Forged Axe Throwing Fave: We’re big fans of the Wild Breakfast Bowl – pan fried Pemberton potatoes with onions, peppers, mushrooms, and topped with poached eggs
- Price: $11 – $20
- Location: In the Crystal Lodge, five minutes from the Whistler Gondola
- Best Time to Brunch: Open for breakfast and brunch every day from 7am – 2pm
You have to put a little bit of legwork in to enjoy the brunch at the Crystal Hut, but it’s worth it. On a sunny day, head up Blackcomb Mountain and over towards the Crystal chairlift. Once you’ve got a couple of laps in, you’ll have earned your trip to the Crystal Hut. They deserve a mention here for two reasons. One – the stunning views from their patio, best enjoyed with a hot chocolate. And two – their truly over the top (and truly tasty) waffles. The portions are massive, but you’ll manage it after some early morning piste-cruising. Top them with berries, whipped cream, banana and even bacon. Just leave time to digest the food – and the views – before you try to ski again.
- Forged Axe Throwing Fave: The Crystal Hut officially do the best waffles in Whistler
- Price: $13 – $28
- Location: Blackcomb Mountain, at the top of the Crystal Express chairlift
- Best Time to Brunch: The perfect mid-morning ski stop
If you’re feeling indulgent, Stonesedge is the place to go. Not only is their evening cocktail menu totally killer, but they follow it up with an epic brunch offering to cure your aching head (more suggestions on Whistler Cocktail menu’s here) There are few places where you can pick between a breakfast pizza and genuinely healthy and delicious granola, but Stonesedge is one of them. The atmosphere here just begs you to stick around for a lazy morning, and a couple of breakfast drinks to top off your meal. So it’s lucky their mimosas are excellent, as is the Caesar, which comes topped with basically another meal in itself. And if you need a serious pick-me-up, how about the Breakfast Grenade – three shots dropped in an iced coffee? The blurry eyes and banging headache will be gone in no time.
- Forged Axe Throwing Fave: The Breakky Burger paired with a 1 litre Caesar. Yes, really.
- Price: $7 – $30
- Location: Whistler Village
- Best Time to Brunch: The brunch menu is available until 2pm, so we recommend a lie in and a late start
Gone Whistler Village Eatery
Gone is another favourite locals haunt, and the best place to pick up a tasty, healthy brunch on the go. This little cafe is tucked away next to the grocery store, and while it might not look like much from the outside, it boasts one of the best brunch menus in town. Vegans and vegetarians will be especially excited, as Gone’s variations on a classic cooked breakfast are some of the best in town. That brunch staple – the avocado – features heavily in the menu, and it’s all the better for it. Plus, their breakfast bites are filling, delicious and very affordable – it’s only $5.50 for their avocado toast, and it will keep you going for hours. These guys know how to cook a great, healthy breakfast, so make sure you fit in a trip while you’re in Whistler.
- Forged Axe Throwing Fave: The Veggie Classic Breakfast – you won’t even notice the meat is missing
- Price: $5 – $13
- Location: Whistler Village, near the grocery store
- Best Time to Brunch: Grab a quick breakfast from 6.30am – 12pm
Which is the best brunch in Whistler? The Challenge is Real!
To be honest, it was pretty hard to choose just 10 of our favourite brunch options in Whistler. A good brunch is a key to any good holiday, and Whistler sure has plenty of choices to keep you going all week. If you manage to exhaust our list of favourites, let us know which other great spots you find out there!