I am a huge fan of brunch. Typically when I go for brunch I will lean towards a sweet option (waffles, pancakes, french toast, etc.) unless I am hungover, then it’s very unpredictable what I’ll be craving. Either way, brunch is the best and there are some amazing sweet brunch options in Calgary. Over the last couple years restaurants have really stepped their brunch game up which is great for all of us foodies!
Buttermilk Fine Waffles has really made a name for themselves over the past few years and I can honestly say that they have some of my favorite waffles in Calgary. I appreciate the sweet and savoury options they have and the flavours are just so spot on. Rachel’s cinnamon bun waffle is to die for.
Euphoria Cafe in NW Calgary is a super cute little cafe and last year during YYC Hot Chocolate Fest I ventured out there to try their hot chocolate and waffle for breakfast. The waffle wasn’t amazing, but they do put fresh fruit, caramel sauce, and whipped cream on top, so if your in the area and have a craving for a waffles this is an inexpensive decent place to stop for one.
IHOP pancakes are obviously going to make my list of delicious sweet breakfast items, although you should plan to go home with a stomach ache and in dire need of a nap. The strawberry cheesecake pancakes are unbelievable and the portion size versus cost is amazing so you really get bang for your buck here.
Another wicked breakfast place that I didn’t even realize until last year existed for breakfast is The Main Dish in Bridgeland. The mimosas are on point, but the pancakes are what stole my heart here. I tried the strawberry pancakes with caramel sauce and whipped cream (notice a trend here) and they were so good and so decadent. Yum yumm yummy. Definitely a must try!
Cleaver is a great place for brunch. Being on 17th Avenue it is always packed so you have to keep that in mind, but the food is worth the wait. I went for brunch with some girl friends and had been waiting for months to try their Smores French Toast so my decision about what I was going to eat was already made when we got there. The french toast was covered in Nutella, strawberries, and whipped cream. It was like heaven on a plate. It is very VERY sweet and filling so keep this is mind if you want to try it.
Last but not least, a tried and true Dutch restaurant, the Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus. This is a place I have been eating at since I was a child and the nostalgia never lets me down. I always get the traditional sweet pannenkoek with warm Saskatoon berries (my Saskatchewan roots shining through) with Nutella on the side. Recently I took my fiancé here for brunch with my family and he tried the Steak met smeerkaas aka Philly cheesesteak pannenkoek and it was fabulous as well. They have so many different pannenkoek you have to go more than once to get the full experience.