UPDATED SEP 14, 2020
Vancouver is bursting with restaurants at the seams with an eatery on almost every corner. From late-night eats to high-end fine dining, you could easily eat out every night of the week in this city. But not all restaurants are created equal, especially when it comes to good food that’s both healthy and delicious. With that, here are the healthiest restaurants in Vancouver right now.
When a food truck becomes so popular it opens up an entire restaurant, you know it’s gotta be good. That is exactly the case with Chickpea. This Mount Pleasant Mediterranean joint is about so much more than hummus, and it will wow you with its delicious (and healthy) dishes. Oh, and if you’ve never tried chickpea fries, do yourself a favour and remedy that as fast as you can.
With fresh ingredients, plates packed with veggies, and deliciously-seasoned proteins, Lebanese restaurant Nuba is one of the most popular places to eat in town. They’ve grown so popular that Nuba calls four neighbourhoods home — Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant, Gastown, and Yaletown. Their menu consists of traditional Lebanese classics mixed with their own modern mash-ups in dishes that cater to your gluten-free, vegetarian, and even vegan needs, so no need to special order your meal here!
To be honest, you want to stop by this North Shore cafe simply to enjoy its near-perfect aesthetic. But while you’re there, you might as well grab yourself a plant-based eat or vegan treat. Buddha-Full is a community hub for health-conscious locals, and both their Lower Lonsdale and Northwoods Village locations regularly host community events. Fitt Tip: in the summer months, keep a lookout for their dreamy, double-decker Buddha-Bus.
A lunchtime go-to for the Vancouver lunch crowds, Tractor’s multiple outposts have become a staple in the city’s healthy eats scene. Their motto: “Everyday healthy food.” Whether you’re in the mood for a healthy salad (they have over 10 to choose from) or a hearty stew (give the Moroccan Chicken a try), Tractor’s got you covered. And if you're in a rush, you have to check out the Tractor Digital concept on Burrard St.
Heirloom is a must if you’re looking for a vegetarian menu and an atmosphere that perfectly blends homestyle comfort with modern yum. That, or if you’re just looking for organically-sourced food that you can feel good about. Heirloom calls itself a casual dining spot, but their carefully-crafted dishes like the Avocado Benedict (hello, brunch menu) and the wholesome Brassica Hash have a serious gourmet flare — all without the price tag. They’ve got two awesome restaurants locations, one in South Granville and the other in Ambleside, plus a juice bar. Try them all!
When the food is prepared from scratch daily and the restaurant is the brainchild of a Top Chef Canada contestant, the fact that it is also healthy and locally sourced makes it a true unicorn. Fable gets its name from the farm-to-table concept (get it?), and the Kitsilano bistro is known to change its menu with seasons to ensure the quality of its locally-sourced ingredients. It doesn’t get better than that.
Field & Social offers one thing and one thing only: artisan crafted salads. One visit to either of their eateries will have you saying “no” to bland salads forever. That’s because all of their salads are made with fresh, local ingredients. And because they’re quick to dish, Field & Social makes healthy eating possible, even when you’re on the go (thank you, online ordering).
Nestled into the corner of Jervis and Robson, Forage is a West End staple that’s focus is on sustainable dining. Because, when it comes to healthy eating, you can’t get much better than locally-sourced foods. And Forage pulls together ingredients from all over BC, bringing out the best flavour from each item. Come for their family-style plates, and come back again for the brunch — you will not be disappointed.
One part fitness studio, one part kitchen, and one part shop, Kitsilano’s TurF is known for its community of people passionate about good living. But if you’re reading this post, you’re here for the food. TurF’s food philosophy is simple, only crafting good, wholesome, eco-conscious dishes. Toasts, salads, bowls, mains—eat in or take out—TurF makes it easy to fuel your body all day long. Read more: TurF is hitting downtown February 2020, promising to be even bigger and better.
Another farm-to-table joint, the Farmer’s Apprentice dining room makes you feel like you’re eating in someone’s cozy home rather than restaurant near South Granville. This set-course dining experience caters to both you omnivores and herbivores, and you can expect the offerings to change with the seasons. Fitt Tip: be sure to come early to grab a drink next door at Grapes & Soda, the sister bar to Farmer’s Apprentice.
Who says fast food can’t be healthy? Certainly not SMAK, a good-for-you fast food concept that’s all about creating delicious and nutritious meals to-go. Grab a green detox juice, a power smoothie and pair it with an avocado breakfast sandwich to get your day started on the right foot. Then, circle back during lunch to hit up their build-your-own-bowl station. The best part about this fast-casual eatery on West Pender, Granville, and Howe) is that everything on the menu is made with locally-sourced ingredients when possible. Oh, and they’ve got plenty of gluten-free dishes, too!
This plant-based restaurant on West Broadway is an absolute haven of healthy eats. Sink your fork into brown rice sushi, almond alfredo spaghetti, a quinoa salad, yam soup, or a baked spring roll (just to name a few) and prepare for a flavor explosion in your mouth. Wash it all down with one of their delicious smoothies, organic teas, or a kombucha and consider yourself fueled for the full day.
If you’re looking for a hearty, healthy meal, then make your way to Heirs Pears on Nelson St. Their menu is chock-full of filling breakfast dishes, salads, and sandwiches that cater to every type of eater in your crew — paleo, keto, vegetarian, and flexitarians alike. Want something a little lighter? Order up a refreshing beverage, like one of their organic teas, freshly-ground espressos, a chai or matcha latte, or, everyone’s favourite: kombucha.
In a city known for its rain, there's something to be said about a restaurant with a "sun-inspired" menu. That's Kokomo, shining bright in Chinatown and Kitsilano. This plant-based restaurant has a simple menu of vegan sweet bowls (like the Sunflower Acai with sunflower seed butter) and savoury bowls (like Chickpea Curry with cumin cashew cream), plus smoothies, hot tonics, cold brew coffee, and coconut-based yogurt! Rain or shine, Kokomo aims to please.
Jamjar Canteen takes eating well seriously, serving only the freshest and best Lebanese cuisine using ingredients they gather from local suppliers and growers. The only exception? Spices sourced directly from Lebanon to ensure the authenticity of everything they create. The vibe of Jamjar is probably best explained by the meaning of their name: it comes from a traditional Lebanese way of using food as a way to connect. It’s common in Lebanese culture for a family to turn any extra fruits they have into jams, and they share these jam jars with neighbors and friends as a gesture of generosity and hospitality.
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