There are few foods more synonymous with breakfast than waffles. Believe it or not, the history of the waffle began in the 1300s when they were first believed to be eaten in Greece. It started by cooking flat cakes in-between two metal pans before finishing them with toppings of herbs and cheese. By the 1600s, waffles had made their way to Sweden before quickly spreading to other nearby European countries. However, it is in Sweden where Waffle Day was born. How did it happen? To make a long story short, when spoken in faster speech, the Swedish term Vårfrudagenm which means Our Lady’s Day” sounds like Våffeldagen, which means waffle day.” Over time, Swedes began to refer to this religious holiday as Waffle Day, enjoying some (or many) of these delicious cakes in celebration. Spurred by this play on words many years ago, March 25 is now known as International Waffle Day. 

Cities across Canada are home to some great local restaurants serving up a diverse range of waffle styles. Though we couldn’t possibly include them all, we’ve gone ahead and compiled a short list of recommendations. Regardless of the topping, time of day, take out, or homemade, be sure to have a waffle or two in celebration of International Waffle Day.

Enjoy Waffles Made from Locally Sourced Ingredients at Waffle Love in Halifax

If you’re craving waffles for brunch, we’ve got just the place for you. Waffle Love is setting new standards for brunch right by downtown Halifax. When crafting their delicious treats, they aim to use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. Whether you want something organic, fruit-filled, nutty, or chocolaty, there will be something here for you on the menu. When calling in to place your order, be sure to ask about their daily featured waffle.

Waffles for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Gauffre Mignonne in Montreal

Conveniently located right next to the Saint Laurent metro station in Montreal is Gauffre Mignonne. Whether you are looking for waffles at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this is your place thanks to its generous operating hours. They offer up a menu filled with both sweet and savory waffle choices. Some of the available toppings include Nutella, banana, s’mores, ice cream, and chocolate drizzle. If you feel like trying something a little more unique, consider adding peppers, onion, ham, or cheese to your waffle dish.

Grab Handcrafted Waffles at Lekker Pure Belgian Bites in Toronto

Christophe Stevens visited Toronto for the first time in 2010. It didn’t take much for him to fall in love with the city. He returned five years later, with his grandmother’s secret authentic Belgian waffle recipes in hand. He opened what was once known as Wafels & More.” Today, the restaurant is named Lekker Pure Belgian Bites and located in Toronto’s vibrant Kensington Market. Lekker is a word that means tasty, delicious, or nice when translated from Flemish, Dutch, or Afrikaans. A great name choice considering the restaurant’s offerings. Here you can get a wide range of sweet, chewy, and soft waffles made of authentic Belgian pearl sugar. If you’re feeling creative, you can also customize your waffle.

Experience an Explosion of Taste with Bubble Waffles from Not a Waffle in Winnipeg

Bubble waffles, otherwise known as egg waffles, are perhaps the most unique offering on this list. This play on the standard fare is courtesy of Not a Waffle in Winnipeg. These bubble waffles are crispy on the outside but light and airy on the inside. If you want to take your taste buds to another level, you can opt for delicious fillings that include, but are not limited to, chocolate chips, Nutella, and even cheese.

Try a Diner Classic – Chicken & Waffles at The Beltliner in Calgary

The Beltliner restaurant gets its name from the old streetcar that operated along 12th Avenue in Calgary during the early 1900s. Whether dining in or picking up, the restaurant aims to provide its guests with a modern twist on a vintage diner. Community spirit and enthusiastic staff come standard here. The food is great as well, with the menu including both local and seasonal items. If you decide to celebrate International Waffle Day with takeout from the Beltliner, you will have your choice of two appetizing options. They include classic brown butter waffles or chicken & waffles. Maybe you’ll be tempted to try both — we can’t blame you for that!

Gluten-Free & Vegan Options Compliment Delicious Waffles at Scandilicious in Vancouver

The story of Scandilicious began many years ago, where a Scandinavian woman named Synnove passionately prepared recipes that were handed down from past generations. Today, Scandilicious is one of the top waffle spots in Vancouver, B.C. They offer up four unique styles to choose from. Brussels is their take on Belgian waffles, which are large, rectangular, and very light. Liege is another option, which features pearls of sugar within the yeast-raised dough that caramelize as they bake. This waffle style is characterized as dense, chewy, sweet, and rich. Scandilicious also makes both gluten-free and vegan gluten-free options for those with more specific dietary requests.

Stay in and Make Your Own Waffles

If you prefer to skip take out for an at-home International Waffle Day Celebration, we have a simple recipe for you to try. Check out the video below to learn how to make buttermilk waffles from scratch. 

There is no doubt that waffles and maple syrup are the perfect match. Go ahead and check out these recipes for other ways to get creative with maple syrup in the kitchen. 

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