There are those post-night-out brunches where you roll out of bed for some greasy bacon… and then there’s the Colette Grand Café Sunday brunch. The impeccable French café, part of Toronto’s boutique Thompson Hotel, deserves a spot on your #brunchbucketlist for its elegant, modern take on the Parisian bistro. Want to plan a brunch b-day party? The dedicated event staff can help you sort out the details.
Colette’s space packs in the romance of Paris into multiple rooms: dining room, library, lounge, bakery, café and gallery. The polished restaurant features high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, hanging plants, chandeliers and dramatic drapes, with a marble bar and crushed-velvet booths for seating (be sure to look down and wear cute shoes for pics—the tiled floor is gorgeous). On warmer days, grab a seat on the outdoor terrace for views of Toronto’s Victoria Memorial Park.
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Best of All Worlds
You won’t go hungry at the Sunday grand buffet brunch, where French classics—think French onion soup, Croque Monsieur, smoked salmon tartines—get a modern spin and are complemented by fluffy pancakes and smoothie bowls. The bakery cranks out from-scratch croissants and Pain au Chocolate, and the desserts are not to be missed (just look at this iconic red velvet cake, a.k.a. Pretty in Pink). Fun fact: 25 percent of the menu is plant-based.
Soho of Toronto
The Thompson Hotel itself is chic and trendy (the underground nightclub and Rooftop Lounge contribute to this fact), and the surrounding King West Village neighborhood is considered one of Toronto’s hottest spots for eclectic shopping and buzzy nightlife. The shopping is on point here, given that the hood used to be the center of the textile industry.