Carriage House Inn
This unassuming hotel on Macleod Trail serves breakfast that’s anything but average, thanks to the excellent in-house kosher bakery. The cinnamon challah French toast with a vanilla-scented apple and raisin compote is a standout, and on the savoury side, there’s bacon or grilled Italian sausage with peppers, onions and scrambled eggs.
9030 Macleod Tr. S., 403-253-1101, carriagehouse.net, @carriagehouse13
Hotel Arts/Yellow Door Bistro
If you haven’t been to Hotel Arts for breakfast yet, you are missing out. The morning buffet is just as lavish and fulfilling on a Monday as it is on a bustling Saturday. You’ll find items like mushroom grits and poached eggs, feature pancakes or house-made granola yogurt parfaits with compressed fruit served in brightly coloured Le Creuset cassolettes.
119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-266-4611, hotelarts.ca, @hotelartsyyc, @yellowdooryyc
Kensington Riverside Inn/Chef’s Table
Although this restaurant has won numerous accolades since it opened seven years ago, its chef-driven breakfast (and weekend brunch) remains a well-kept secret in Calgary. You’ll find elevated takes on regular morning suspects, like house-cured B.C. salmon, both smoked and candied, on a bagel with shaved red onion, capers and wasabi cream cheese.
1126 Memorial Dr. N.W., 403-228-4442, kensingtonriversideinn.com, @kri_calgary, @chefstableyyc
When the downtown Marriott received a hefty facelift last year, the changes brought with it a new contemporary restaurant that impresses from breakfast all the way through to evening. The daily breakfast buffet is full of fresh goodness like house-cured meats, pastries, made-to-order omelettes and lots more.
820 Centre St. S.E., 403-269-0299, one18empire.com, @one18empire