UPDATED JAN 12, 2020
When we go out to eat in Toronto, we’ll go for our poutine and Tim’s donuts when the craving hits, but for the most part, it pays to be healthy. And there's no need to stress about being vegan, gluten-free, or paleo, either — we’ve got all of that and more with our guide to Toronto's healthiest restaurants.
Kupfert & Kim is known for their super-fresh and tasty vegan dishes. And they’re totally transparent about everything they do, so you’re sure to find something up your alley whether you’re into eating sustainably, gluten-free, or plant-based. Boasting smoothies, guacamole-loaded burgers, salads, and wellness lattes for brunch or lunch and grain bowls, broths, and curries for dinner, there's not a bad time to visit this quick-service spot. Plus, most of their eight locations are in the heart of the Financial District, so it's convenient for busy business lunch hours. Fitt Tip: bring in your own container for take-out and you can get a small discount.
If you couldn’t get enough of Kupfert & Kim, then check out its little sister, Hello123, on Queen West and Vaughan. You’ll spot some similarities when it comes to the main dishes, but the vibe at Hello123 is taken down a notch — the dine-in atmosphere is serene and totally welcoming, serving beer on tap and a few classics with healthy twists like kombucha cocktails, cold-pressed ciders, and more. Pair them with avocado toast or their Fancy Garden salad on their brunch menu and you’ve got the day made.
Impact Kitchen has left their mark on us, and it’s easy to see how: They’re a gluten-free kitchen offering paleo and vegan options for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. And their power bowls are packed with real, wholesome ingredients guaranteed to make you feel satisfied. They’re known for their bone broth, but also offer a solid selection of smoothies, juices, and coffee. And don’t miss out on a wellness latte (your choice of turmeric, ashwagandha, a zesty Immunity Elixir) that pairs perfectly with one of their healthy, freshly-baked desserts. Catch them on King St., Adelaide, in Summerhill... or opt for a delivery.
The Toronto-born Planta empire is in full bloom. A creation of chef David Lee, the entirely plant-based collection of restaurants is known for innovative takes on global cuisine. From their original, upscale spot in Yorkville to the all-vegan burger cafe in the Downtown Core to their latest—and, arguably, most beautiful—spot on Queen West, Planta's Cauliflower Tots, Crab Cakes made with hearts of palm, and Eggplant Lasagna with quinoa always satisfy.
We’ve definitely caught the poké bug here in Toronto. In fact, there’s a place for it in almost every major district… but sold on Calii Love for a few reasons. First, their poké bowls and smoothies are absolutely delicious, and they actually serve up a decent portion size (major key). All of their Toronto shops resemble a beach inside, with ocean-like colours, so the vibe here is always positive and laid-back. And, what’s really unique about their King shop, is the upstairs fitness studio, where you’ll find yoga, HIIT, and Pilates classes. So, if you’re taking a class at Calii Love, you couldn’t be in a more perfect place for your post-workout meal.
The Chase Hospitality Group has done it again with another favourite healthy eatery to the Toronto food scene. Following Planta and Planta Burger comes Palm Lane. This fast-casual eatery in Yorkville Village serves up salads and bowls inspired by international flavours. You can construct your own bowl (with a choice of over 80 different ingredients) or take from one of their tasty pre-made offerings. Go Californian with the Bel-Air, Asian with the Thai Crunch, or Greek with the Greek Goddess. As for the drinks, you’ve got options for smoothies—like the Hawaiian-inspired Liliko'i—or you can unwind with wine or beer.
If you stop by any one of FLOCK’s six Toronto locations, it’d make sense to go for their rotisserie, but more and more people have been raving about their work with greens. Yes, most healthy places fare pretty well in terms of filling salad bowls, but the ones at Flock just seem to balance different tastes, textures, and flavours above all others (and they don’t skimp on the avocado). Their meats are organic, too, so even if you’re not eating a salad, you’re still getting something to feel good about.
If you’re in The Junction, this the place to go if you want both your vegetarian and meat-eating friends to both be at peace. Although it’s a well-known healthy restaurant, you can be assured that it’s not all Buddha bowls and green smoothies. The food is simple for a reason—egg sandwiches, avocado toasts, grilled cheese—and everyone enjoys it. If you want more, go for the Steak on a Bun sandwich or gluten-free Mac & Cheese Bowl. And when the sun comes out, make sure to take advantage of their patio.
The Goods’ philosophy is simple — eat good food and you’ll be ready to take on anything! It’s all about healthy, fresh food that will nourish the mind, body, and soul, and you’ll definitely feel rejuvenated after having any of their salad bowls. The Nori Bowl and Chuck are two of the most popular, and while they’re filled to the brim with fresh veggies and good-for-you grains, it’s their special dressings that tie it all together. Each bowl comes with a unique sauce, and they even sell them by the bottle! Fitt Tip: it’s good to know that it’s mainly a take-out spot with minimal seating, so better reach for this Dundas West gem when you’re on the go!
When we’re in need of some feel-good Mexican fare, Rosalinda’s always at the top of our list. The first of its kind, the eatery near Richmond and University puts vegetables at the forefront of every plate. Everything you’ll get is vibrant, full of colour and taste, and always prepared with the touch of spice we look for in a Mexican dish. Platters are made for sharing with friends, but no shame in going with a party of one. We recommend their Sweet Potato Flautas or Roasted Cauliflower Tostadas. And when it comes to the drinks, their Placebo Cocktails step it up a notch. Think kombucha, cold-pressed juice with citrus flavours, and tonic syrups — so delicious that you’ll forget there’s no alcohol in there.
If fresh and sustainable food comes to mind when thinking of Farm’r, you’re totally right. This farm-to-table concept brings on a rustic-chic, contemporary vibe, and being near St. Lawrence Market, it couldn’t be more fitting. They have a no-fuss menu with a focus on the simple, local food — roasted potatoes, smoked brisket, or Farm’r Salad Greens are just a few of their offerings. If you’re at the market bright and early, what better way to finish off a morning than with a locally-sourced, in-season brunch? And yes, they even offer classic brunch drinks!
If you’re tired of your plain desk lunch salad, head to Tractor for a bowl filled with fresh, seasonal ingredients that will turn your work day around. Choose a combo off the menu or customize your meal with market sides and proteins, sandwiches, salads, and soups. From grilled avocados to Moroccan stew, you’ll have plenty of flavor-packed vegan, veggie, and gluten-free options here.
Hailing from Ottawa, Mad Radish cut its teeth on chef-driven, scratch-made meals served fast. The seasonal menu is filled with bowls bursting with colour, like the Sesame Salmon with carrot-ginger dressing or the Butter Cauliflower Curry with a lighter take on the classic Indian chicken dish. Whatever you do, don't leave any of their counter-serve shops without an espresso smoothie.
This superfood-based cafe might have the best specialty lattes in the city. And that’s because they make their own special blend of nut milk. From Supermatcha, Turmeric, or Chai latte, there’s no denying the nutbar has got their superfood game on point. Their toasts are pretty killer too and are known to be a perfect pairing with one of their specialty drinks. The Avocado and Sweet Toasts are some favourites, but any main will be filling and delicious. For the fitness fanatics and health-conscious foodies on the go, the nutbar is always a prime choice. Find them at Summerhill, Leslieville, or inside Sweat and Tonic!
Like all things at Brick Works, this eatery celebrates sustainability. So, it should come as no surprise that everything is 100% organic, local, natural, and nourishing. The menu changes seasonally, but expect constantly fresh picks, like the Coconut Yogurt Parfait with poached pears, cranberry compote, and seedy granola, as well as Roasted Squash with curried lentils and crispy shallots. But no matter what you order, you really can’t go wrong.
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