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New Foodie Brunch Spot: Lay Low Cafe in Downtown Kingston

 Nestled on the vibrant intersection of Princess St and Sydenham St in downtown Kingston, Lay Low Cafe has burst onto the Kingston foodie scene, promising a laid-back atmosphere, chic interiors, and a menu that'll leave your taste buds dancing. Opened in mid-November 2023 by Erica Braunstein, this brunch spot is destined to become a favourite for brunch enthusiasts of all ages.

Eggs benny on the left side and interior coffee counter at Lay Low Cafe.

Picture this: sleek mid-century modern vibes adorned with lush greens and rich browns. As you step inside, don't miss the dazzling disco ball that sets the tone for the groovy experience that awaits you. It's the kind of place where time seems to slow down, and every moment feels like a lazy Sunday morning.

Interior of Lay Low Cafe with sleek mid-century decor with lush green booth seating and rich brown tones.

Lay Low Cafe offers an array of beverages to kickstart your day, from lattes and cappuccinos to refreshing smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, and playful cocktails like mimosas and espresso martinis. Whether you're catching up with friends or treating yourself to a solo brunch date, Lay Low Cafe beckons to everyone, young and old alike.

Erica Braunstein, the brains behind this brunch haven, brings with her a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, spanning 14 years. With a family history rooted in running restaurants, Erica's journey led her to pursue her passion by attending school for hospitality and tourism. After graduating, she teamed up with her father to open a restaurant, honing her skills and gaining insights into the intricacies of the business.

Exterior of Lay Low Cafe on the left side and a cup of latte with heart design on the right side.

Lay Low Cafe is a manifestation of Erica's wanderlust, reflecting her travels and the diverse culinary experiences she encountered along the way. The name itself, 'Lay Low,' is Erica's personal mantra, embodying the essence of chilling out, casual vibes, and laid-back living, all of which you'll sense as soon as you step through the door. 

The interiors are a blend of modern simplicity with vibrant pops of colour, creating a welcoming environment where friends can relax and unwind. The casual breakfast and lunch spot offers upscale and fresh cuisine, with a variety of options for gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan preferences.

Speaking of the menu, don't miss Erica's top pick – The Nest. This dish features a potato nest cradling a perfectly poached egg, accompanied by porcini and cremini mushrooms and sautéed kale. Another standout is the Brekkie Board, a tantalizing combination of smashed avocado on sourdough with goat cheese, coconut yogurt granola with seasonal fruit, and the supreme house fries that are a must-try! 

breakkie board with bacon potatoes plus avocado toast on left side and waffles with fruit on right side.

Lush green booth seating at Lay Low Cafe on the left side and chorizo breakfast wrap on the right side.

Lay Low Cafe is open seven days a week, ensuring you can satisfy your brunch cravings any day from 7 am to 5 pm. And if you're on the lookout for the perfect venue for your next event or party, look no further – Lay Low Cafe has got you covered with its inviting ambiance after hours.

So, whether you're a Kingston local or just passing through, make sure to make Lay Low Cafe your next brunch destination. It's not just a meal; it's an experience, and it's waiting for you to come and lay low for a while.

Featured Must-Try Dishes

Eggs Benny

Poached eggs with maple glazed bacon and house-made hollandaise on an English muffin with supreme home fries.

Chorizo Breakfast Wrap

Scrambled eggs, chorizo, cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce and garlic aioli in a wrap with supreme home fries.


House-made waffles with seasonal fruits, whipped mascarpone cream and pure maple syrup.

The Nest

Poached egg with porcini and cremini mushrooms and sautéed kale.  

Brekkie Board

Smashed avocado on sourdough with goat cheese, coconut yogurt granola with seasonal fruit, and the supreme house fries.  

Previously published on Downtown Kingston's The Downtown Dish blog.

Rosalyn Gambhir
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