UPDATED OCT 17, 2019
Toronto is a big city filled with a lot of restaurants, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian items available. And we’re not talking about salad bars here; we’re talking burgers, tacos, and even vegan donuts. Check out the best of the best.
The next time you’re looking for a place to dine that fits the wants and needs of everyone in your crew, District Eatery on King St. W is your spot. Featuring craft cocktails, house-made sodas, power teas, and healthy tapas style-sharing plates, the menu is a feast for your eyes and your stomach. Plus, District Eatery caters to all kinds. For those with dietary restrictions, a long list of items can be made vegan upon request.
Related to the aforementioned Planta, this vegan Toronto institution is situated in the heart of downtown on Temperance St. Sometimes, you just need a juicy patty sandwiched between two buns, and that’s exactly what Planta Burger is offering — good ol’ burgers. They’ve got cauliflower wings and salads to go on the side, but the basic burger is where it’s at. It’s a black bean burger with all the toppings, including queso cheese. Need we say more?
Bloomer’s is most commonly known for their baked goods (like donuts), but they also offer savory vegan dishes that are not to be overlooked. Visit their Palmerston–Little Italy shopfront when you need to indulge in some creamy mac and ‘cheese’ finished off with a sprinkle donut. It’s super simple but super-delicious.
If you’re vegan, you may think that the days of ordering a whole pizza for yourself are over. Well, think again. Apiecalypse Now! is a vegan pizzeria on Bloor West–Koreatown that also delivers! They have a bit of a zombie/vampire slayer vibe and don’t offer up your traditional pepperoni slices. Expect more creative toppings like french fries, bacon, and even dill pickle. And, if you're still not feeling full, try the vegan poutine or mozzarella sticks on the side.
This is a good-for-you and good-for-the-environment kind of place. The 100% plant-based Kupfert & Kim offers up bowls, salads, and smoothies that are gluten-free and mostly organic. Even if you follow a paleo-based diet, this is a great restaurant option. While the menu items may seem like your average bowl of vegetables, their flavour combinations definitely pack a punch! You can find Kupfert & Kim in the PATH, on Spadina Ave., and various other locations around the city.
What happens when a vegan comfort food restaurant moves in with a vegan brewery? Chef Doomie—formerly of Queen West’s Doomie’s—is churning out a peanut butter and bacon plant-based burger, a vegan chicken-bacon-ranch sandwich, and something called the Messy Pizza Waffle at Vegandale Brewery in Parkdale. If you want something to share with friends, order the Fried Avocado, Animal Style fries, or sweet cheese Rangoons (made with vegan cheese, of course). Wash it all down with a cruelty-free, 100% vegan IPA!
You can find this restaurant on Bloor St. W and on College St. While their name is a little contradictory, it’s for good reason. If you’re an eater who actually does enjoy meaty things, this is the place for you. Most of the entrée and sandwich items feature some kind of faux meat that resembles actual meat. They offer plant-based versions of food you never thought could be vegan. Go ahead and try the wings, Hogtown Burger, or UnChicken Burger — you won’t even notice it’s not the real thing.
Planta is a pretty little restaurant in Yorkville that is 100% plant-based. They’ve got ceviche, pizza, salads, and more. But the menu that is definitely worth going for is brunch. Other brunch joints can say they know their way around AM foods, but Planta does it the best — expect avocado toast, smoothie bowls, pancakes, and more! We recommend going with a big group, so you can sample one of each dish.
California meets Hawaii in the Entertainment District. While Calii Love specializes in poke and smoothie bowls, they also serve items like bone broth and fish, but everything can be customized to your needs, even their lattes. If you’re lucky, you’ll be there on the day when their latte artist is in to create your portrait in the foam. Not near the entertainment District? You can also find them in King West Village and Yorkville.
When you’re heading home from work or on the run, this quick, healthy bite spot on Roncesvalles Ave. really does have, well… the goods. You can order smoothies, soups, chili, and even breakfast items — all vegan and mostly raw. Their plates are just as healthy as they are colorful — count on all the greens, reds, purples, and oranges.
Fresh is Toronto’s favourite vegan/vegetarian chain, and it’s scattered all over the city… so chances are, you're close to one now. The menu is extensive so you can pretty much get whatever you’re craving. Make for Fresh when you’re looking for a quick, large-portioned, and delicious lunch during your break at work.
Woodlot is the best restaurant to visit when you’re going out with friends, both herbivore and carnivore. This Little Italy eatery has an entire menu featuring meat and a separate vegetable-based menu, so everyone can walk away with a delicious meal that fits their dietary lifestyle.
Urban Herbivore is your classic lunch spot. They've got you covered with sandwiches, soups, and salads in Kensington Market and Eaton Centre. Score a bite here when you want something that’s light, fresh, and will keep you feeling good for the rest of the day.
Dubbed D-Land by fans and foodies alike, Disgraceland is now 100% plant-based. Nestled in Bloorcourt Village and open until 2am daily (kitchen included), this is the perfect place to sample a local beer, scarf down a burger or burrito, and shoot some pool. Don’t forget to order the D-Land nachos to start, and ask about the daily specials. Fitt Tip: they don’t open until 4pm and are cash-only, so stop by the ATM on the way.