Whether you're dining in or taking out, Hamilton's a great breakfast and brunch town. From sweet short stacks to perfect pastries, here are just some of the city's morning meal stars.

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Saints James Espresso Bar & Eatery

170 James St N, Hamilton

St. James pancake brunch

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Everything on the menu at this popular downtown coffeeshop and eatery is worth a try, but they're famous for their “Drive-thru” breakfast sandwich or unbelievable short stack pancakes with rotating flavours like Cinnabon, lemon ricotta or apple crumble. Their coffee is amazing too, with unique ‘steam-punk’ style machines for brewing.

The Aberdeen Tavern

432 Aberdeen Ave, Hamilton

Aberdeen Tavern brunch

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This Kirkendall restaurant housed in an old converted bank is another popular brunch destination. They take brunch seriously with two-course options including crab cakes and smoked salmon apps and mouth-watering mains like Tostada Rancheros and cheesecake-stuffed French Toast. Check out their delivery menus as well.

Taylor’s Tea Room

11 King St W, Dundas

Taylor's Tea Room brunch

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This Dundas tea house has been serving English inspired treats and afternoon tea for more than two decades. It's one of the only spots in town to find Scotch Eggs and an amazing selection of savoury or sweet scones served with clotted cream and preserves.

The Cannon

179 Ottawa St N, Hamilton

The Cannon brunch

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This friendly, sunny coffeeshop is not only a favourite with its Crown Point neighbours but Hollywood directors too! When in town a few years ago shooting a film, Guillermo Del Toro posted this on twitter: "Had the best breakfast at Cannon… The Canadian brunch plate. Best, fluffiest, chewiest fresh-made waffles ever!". They're currently focused on takeaway coffee, tea, pastries and great breakfast sandwiches. They'll also deliver beans locally to help caffeinate your homemade brunch.

Papa Leo’s

638 Concession St, Hamilton

Papa Leo's brunch

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This uptown brunch favourite on Concession Street is serving up some of its favourite brunch items for takeout and delivery including their take on Huevos Rancheros, Papa's Pancakes, made from scratch with local maple syrup, and amazing fruit smoothies.

The Mule

41 King William St, Hamilton

The Mule brunch

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Get your Mexican style breakfast fix at this long-serving downtown favourite with unbelievable tacos, Huevos Rancheros and breakfast Bravas with a side of Caesars or bottomless Mimosas.

Caro

4 Ottawa St N, Hamilton
228 James St N, Hamilton

Caro brunch

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Add a taste of Italy to your morning with Caro's unique twist on brunch classics like their Sicilian Sunrise featuring crispy polenta, fresh mozzarella, Italian gravy, sunnyside eggs and crispy pancetta or Porchettea Benny served on grilled focaccia with Hollandaise, rosemary & parmesan fries or salad. Make a dine-in reservation or order your meal to go at their original Ottawa Street North location or their newest spot on James Street North.

Motel Restaurant

359 Barton St E, Hamilton

Motel brunch

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Make sure your phone's charged when you visit this Gram-worthy, often photographed east end brunch spot. The pink walls and neon signs evoke a cool Miami vibe. But the real star here is the menu thanks to items like the luxurious Champagne Pancakes (served with Devonshire cream, raspberry and pink champagne coulis and gold flakes) or the more savoury buttermilk fried chicken & waffles. Playful cocktails names include the Naughty Chambermaid and Flamingo Brunch Paloma.

Breezy Corners

1480 Highway 6 North
1145 Main Street East

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Looking for the ultimate diner breakfast? You'll taste the difference at Breezy's thanks to their from-scratch approach to fresh, quality ingredients. You'll find generous portions of all the breakfast classics (and a great kid's menu) at this family run operation with locations in both Freelton (close to Christie Lake and Valens Conservation Areas) and the east end near Gage Park.

Electric Diner

96 George Street

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This popular Hess Village diner is a treat for all the senses. The brightly coloured decor combines nostalgic elements from different eras including the 1980s and 1950s. The breakfast menu is loaded with nostalgic comfort food as well brightly coloured standouts like Rainbow Brite Pancakes, topped with rainbow cream cheese icing and Froot Loops.

Caniche French Bakery

346 Wilson Street E, Ancaster

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If you're looking for a quick but decadent breakfast treat to-go, this French bakery in Ancaster should be on your list. Its fresh, flaky croissants and pain au chocolat sell out quickly, so try go before noon.