Although Kelowna’s brunch scene doesn’t compare to my hometown of Calgary, it still has some really great options. Whether you’re looking for a casual bite to eat and a cup of coffee, or a more formal sit down brunch with friends, I’ve compiled my favourite places to go for brunch in Kelowna.
- Waterfront Cafe – Lower Mission *Update as of June 2020 this restaurant is now closed and it makes me extremely sad*
Located in one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Kelowna, the Waterfront Cafe is my go-to brunch spot. Over the summer, I once visited this restaurant three times in one week. Ahmed and I love to go there and sit outside on the patio when the weather is nice, and drink their chai lattes, which are amazing! They also have a great brunch menu, and their blueberry pancakes might just be the greatest pancakes I’ve ever had in my life. I’m not exaggerating. If you’re visiting Kelowna, you have to stop by the Waterfront Cafe. It’s right on Okanagan Lake so you can go for a walk by the water after you’ve finished your delicious brunch. You won’t be disappointed!
Favourite menu items:
-Waterfront breakfast sundae
2. The Salty Caramel Kitchen – Lake Country
This brunch spot is actually located just outside of Kelowna in Lake Country, but I needed to include it on the list. The Salty Caramel Kitchen is a vegan restaurant that has a new brunch menu every month! They always have really delicious specials, and fresh baked goods available at their bakery. It’s also right across from Okanagan lake and it’s beautiful all year round. Ahmed and I have been here several times, and it’s always been amazing. Neither of us are vegan, but you can’t tell the difference with all of the amazing flavours that they use in their food. I don’t have a favourite menu item here, since it’s always changing, but last time I ordered caramel apple french toast! We went last October and they had a halloween themed menu so I ordered french toast and Ahmed ordered charcoal orange waffles, which he said were really good.
3. Sprout Bread – Downtown Kelowna
Sprout Bread is a cozy bakery and cafe that offers a welcoming environment with family-style tables in a unique industrial setting. Located in a back alley, it’s easy to miss this tasty cafe if you’re not familiar with Kelowna. It’s a very local spot, and has an inviting atmosphere. All of their bread is baked in-house, and they also offer delicious lattes and warm drinks. There’s something for everyone at Sprout Bread, from avocado toast (my favourite) to hearty sandwiches and soup. If you’re doing errands downtown, or on your way to the downtown library, stop here for a quick bite and a warm drink, you won’t be disappointed!
4. Bread Co. – Bernard location
The Bread Co. has two locations in Kelowna, and both are in really great areas of the city. I’ve only been to the Bernard location, but I’ve always had a great experience every time. The Bread Co. has an impressive bakery with delicious treats to choose from, as well as a fantastic brunch menu. The prices are great and the portions are very very generous! The casual atmosphere is great for catching up with old friends or bringing out of town visitors. They also offer hand-crafted lattes and warm drinks for you to enjoy with your meal. After brunch, you can stroll around downtown at the nearby shops on Bernard, making the experience a perfect Saturday or Sunday morning.
5. The Bohemian Cafe – Bernard Avenue
Located just across the street from the Bread Co., the Bohemian Cafe is one of the cutest restaurants I’ve ever visited. The interior is very warm and welcoming, and they also value sustainability and locally sourced food, which I really appreciate. I’ve only been to the restaurant once, and I forgot to take a picture, but trust me, it’s worth visiting. I ordered the french toast, because in case you haven’t noticed, it’s my standard breakfast order. This restaurant can get quite busy during tourist season, but it’s worth the wait!
I hope these brunch recommendations were helpful and that you have the chance to visit these spots if you’re ever in Kelowna!