Images by Ryan Wagner / Good Side Photo
Words by Alexis Baran

On a dewy morning in Burnaby Heights, the small-town walkable vibe is just the right pace for some relaxed exploration. Sparrows hop through trees and along the streets hunting for crumbs, and residents walk their dogs with cups of hot coffee steaming up from their hands. As the shops put out their sandwich boards and your stomach starts to grumble, there are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Here are a few.

The Gray Olive

4190 Hastings Street

Three brothers came together to create this spot that serves seasonal comfort food that’ll warm you up for the morning. The menu may change with the calendar but you can always expect something homey with a bit of a twist.

The chicken and waffles are served with spicy Korean ketchup, maple syrup and honey butter.

This pork belly breakfast sandwich is piled with pork belly, marbled egg, arugula, chili marinated tomatoes and topped with toasted sesame mayo on a brioche bun.

Chez Meme Baguette Bistro

4016 Hastings Street

Looking for breakfast classics? This small diner is a local favourite with a following for cozy breakfasts staples and for their sandwiches served of fluffy-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside French baguettes.


The two egg breakfast is served with a toasted baguette and your choice of sausage, bacon or fresh tomato.

The French toast brioche is served with your choice of strawberries, warm banana, maple syrup or caramelized apples and raisins.

Read more about Chez Meme here.

Chez Christophe

4717 Hastings Street

What would brunch and a morning wander be without a bit of dessert? Chez Christophe has hand-made desserts to eat in or to bring home. Or both.

Chez Christope Burnaby

Trying to decide what to taste is a challenge with their colourful display of chocolates, berries, and creams.

Sunny’s Matcha with matcha chiffon, lemon yuzu mousse and white chocolate sesame crunch.

The fraise pistache is pistachio cream with a heart of strawberry confit on a pistachio crunch.

With seating both inside and out on their patio, you can stop for a while, or grab some treats for grazing as you explore the shops of Burnaby Heights.

So see what to eat in the afternoon, click here.



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