UPDATED MAR 6, 2020
The plant-based movement has taken off in Vancouver. From vegan soul food to veggie burgers, there are tons of vegetarian and vegan options in the city — you can easily eat out at a different veg-heavy restaurant each day of the week. And we won’t blame you if you do given these delicious options.
It's hard not to fall in love with this cute ‘n cozy cafe location on Pemberton near Capilano Mall (and in East Van). The Workshop isn't just for veg-heads living on the shore — they cater to ramen-lovers across the city with their Japanese fare. Plus, your first spoonful of Organic Spicy Tan Tan Ramen will make you forget the traffic jam you sat in on Lionsgate to get there!
Midnight snackers rejoice — this place is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week! Not only is The Naam always there for you whenever you're craving your favourite vegan eats, but they also have one of the broadest, 100% vegetarian menus in town. Founded back in 1968 in hippy enclave Kitsilano, this is one of the city’s oldest veggie-friendly hot spots, and we're happy to report that they still maintain their local, independent roots. Not sure what to order? Try their famous Miso Gravy — it's so good that it’s now sold in retailers across Canada.
On weekends, we brunch. And we can’t think of a better place to dose up on delicious veggies than at a South Granville favourite, Heirloom. This eatery is known for their beautiful, light, and contemporary space as well as their commitment to supporting the plant-based movement. Vegan-friendly but not fully vegan, the cooks use all natural ingredients as long as they "don’t have a face". Be sure to add an E3 Lemonade to your order — a turquoise elixir of green algae, honey, lemon, and sparkling water.
When you’re in the mood for casual comfort food in a cozy setting, head over to this eatery on bustling Main Street (they also have locations in Gastown and Yaletown). The entire menu is inspiring, and portions are plentiful. But it's the spicy vegetarian wings, Hot Chiggin’ Things, that are the star of the show. Some advice: arrive wearing loose pants — you’ll need the extra room.
All vegan pizza and ice cream! Need we say more? This fast-casual restaurant is 100% vegan and 100% delicious. Hand-stretched dough with nut-based cheeses act as the platform for a multitude of unique toppings. Our favourite is the Kim-Jack — hoisin crema, cashew mozzarella, kimchi, gochujang-braised jackfruit, roast broccolini, and scallion. Fitt Tip: this little place in Chinatown and UBC Wesbrook Village can get pretty busy; order online for delivery or pick-up and skip the line!
It seems the best way to open a new restaurant in Vancouver is to test the waters by opening a food truck first. This is the story of Chickpea — the now brick-and-mortar vegan restaurant with a Mediterranean twist on Main St. (Though you can still find their food truck hitting the streets.)The menu here is extensive, and you’re encouraged to share, so gather a group of friends and dine in ‘Hafla-style’. To order, each person simply picks a main dish which comes with hummus, a salad, and pita bread along with the restaurant’s selection of ‘Salatim’ (basically really delicious, rainbow-coloured appetizers). Clearly, we wouldn’t suggest coming here if you don’t like to share your food!
With a mix-and-match salad bar concept (on any given day there are around 12 options to choose from), Tractor is your go-to lunch option. Priced by the scoop with optional add-ons liked grilled avocado, tofu, or curried cauliflower, Tractor has easily the most customizable menu in town. With locations in Kits, downtown, and Olympic Village, their goal is to make everyday health food easy and manageable. Clearly, we're thrilled that they're doing just that.
When it’s cold and rainy outside, head over to Kokomo in Chinatown, Kitsilano, or their newest joint in North Vancouver — it’s always summer there! With a quality over quantity menu that focuses on seasonal produce (the menu changes weekly), there is always something new to try here. The Coastal Macro is a firm favourite; dive into brown rice topped with all the veggies you can imagine, tempeh, edamame hummus, and Thai ginger dressing.
Another addition to the incredible vegetarian restaurant scene on Main St., The Acorn was the winner of ‘Best Vegetarian Restaurant’ at the 2017 Vancouver Magazine awards and named in the top 25 Vancouver restaurants in Scout Magazine to boot. With seasonal produce from local farms and beautifully presented dishes with a sharp cocktail menu to match, this spot is always a solid date night option. As if The Acorn weren't special enough, at the end of dinner, they give you with a card from their ‘Artist Series’, a program that showcases work from a different local artist each month.
Step off Victoria Dr. and into this Vietnamese, family-style kitchen offering a full vegetarian menu. CHAU offers a photographic menu that makes ordering easy. They serve lots of colourful, fragrant, and nutrient-dense bowls with names like ‘Midnight Swim Bowl’, which will transport you right to the streets of Hanoi. The dishes were inspired by the personal adventures of two friends in Vietnam and meant to draw visitors into the culture. Next, you’ll be booking your flight to explore Vietnam too! Find them in East Vancouver and in the Granville Island Public Market.
There’s a reason this W. Broadway eatery describes their cuisine as "food for the soul". Dig into freshly-prepared plant-based eats that will nourish your body and keep those hunger pangs at bay. We recommend trying their Almond Alfredo Spaghetti, vegan brown rice sushi (the Mango Maki roll is a must), or their Meatless Meatball Sub made from sunflower seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, and mushrooms. Although there are really no wrong choices here.
You can catch the Bandidas Taqueria food truck cruising down the streets of Vancouver or at various events across the city. But if you’d rather pull up a chair and stay awhile, pop by their sit-down restaurant on Commercial Dr. This vegetarian Mexican joint serves an epic all-day breakfast menu, the highlight being their burrito — scrambled eggs, pinto beans, roasted tomato salsa, and sour cream all wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla. The rest of their menu doesn’t disappoint, either. Treat your taste buds to their selection of fajitas, quesadillas, and enchiladas. The best part? Many of their veggie dishes can also be made vegan or gluten-free.
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