UPDATED JUL 14, 2020
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, you can find this vegan Toronto institution 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? Fitt Tip: if you love Planta Burger, check out their sister restaurant, Planta, in Yorkville and Queen.
Bloomer’s is most commonly known for their baked goods, which includes an array of delectable vegan donuts. But they also offer savory vegan dishes that are not to be overlooked. Visit their Palmerston–Little Italy shopfront or café on Queen Street West when you need to indulge in some creamy mac and ‘cheese’ finished off with a sprinkle donut. It's super simple and super delicious.
If you’re vegan, you may think the days of ordering a whole pizza for yourself are over. Well, think again. Apiecalypse Now! is a Bloor West–Koreatown vegan pizzeria that not only serves vegan pizza, but also delivers it! They have a zombie/vampire slayer vibe and make sure to avoid tired, traditional pepperoni slice toppings. Expect more creative ingredients 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, consider this 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? You'll see at Bar Vegandale in Parkdale where Chef Doomie—formerly of Queen West’s Doomie’s—churns out peanut butter and bacon plant-based burgers, vegan chicken-bacon-ranch sandwiches, and something called the Messy Pizza Waffle. 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 seems a little contradictory, it’s for good reason. If you’re an eater who actually enjoys the meatier side of things, you'll love the menu here. Most of the entrée and sandwich items feature some kind of faux meat that resembles the real thing. 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 the difference.
Just like Planta Burger, Planta is a pretty little restaurant that is 100% plant-based. Find them in Yorkville and Queen where they’ve got ceviche, pizza, salads, and more. Still, the menu worth waiting 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.
It's 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, Union Station, 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 and you can count on all the greens, reds, purples, and oranges to be there.
Fresh is Toronto’s favourite vegan/vegetarian chain, and they're scattered all over the city. Chances are, you're close to one now. The menu is extensive so you can pretty much get whatever you’re craving, including cold-pressed juices, plant-based tacos and a Beyond Cheeseburger to boot. 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 dishes plus a separate vegetable-based menu that's filled with classic Italian dishes, vegetarian and vegan style. 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 the 'ol standbys: loaded sandwiches, hearty soups, and good-for-you salads. Find them in Kensington Market and Eaton Centre and score a bite in either spot that’s light and fresh, and leaves you with a good feeling 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.
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