Our senior ski specialist Aodhan took a trip to Banff earlier this year. Feeling inspired on his return, he's written a blog all about the best places to stop for breakfast in Banff & Lake Louise this winter. After all, it is the most important meal of the day.

Touloulous, Banff


Hiding just off Banff Avenue, this quirky spot offers a relaxed atmosphere at great prices. Accommodating for any diet, you can choose from a wonderful selection of cooked options as well as some more continental dishes whilst feeling as though you’re dining in the middle of New Orleans. I would highly recommend the Raspberry Ripple French before they hop on the bus around the corner to head to the mountain.

Pacini, Banff


For those of you seeking a relaxed atmosphere first thing in the morning, Pacinis at the Moose Hotel is a perfect spot.  With floor to ceiling windows, this restaurant will allow you to take in Banff’s first light.  The extensive menu contains everything from Crepes Al Forno to a carnivorous Frittata Alle Carne.  Oh and before I forget, they even have their own bread bar with gluten free options and a hot plate to toast on.

Coyotes, Banff


This little gem offers a Western ranch experience in the heart of the Rockies. Specialising in healthy Mountain cuisine using locally sourced ingredients, you can enjoy an authentic experience at Coyotes. Don't forget to enjoy a cup of their own in house coffee roast blend. The Flat Iron steak and eggs will set you up right for the first run of the day.

Poppy Brasserie, Lake Louise


No stay in Banff would be complete without a visit to Lake Louise. Located within the Fairmont Chateau, Poppy Brasserie every taste and there is no finer way to enjoy your first pancake than looking through panoramic windows onto the beautiful Lake Louise at sunrise.

Whitebark Café, Banff


Home to the best coffee in Banff, the Whitebark café is attached to the Banff Aspen Lodge. Perfect for those who want to grab and go.  With a selection of cakes, pastries and gluten free options, there is something for everybody.  If you’re planning a day off of the slopes, there’s also a sun terrace to sit out on and bask in the magnitude of the surroundings.