16 best vegan restaurants and cafes in Vancouver

Jan 3 2020, 10:00 am

These days most restaurants have awesome vegan options for folks looking to keep it plant-based when dining out.

Whether you’re after an epic vegan breakfast spread, juicy burger, suped-up pizza, or non-dairy ice cream, Vancouver has all the options plant-lovers could dream of.

For all your plant-based cravings, these are the best restaurants to check out in Vancouver for vegan grub.

If you’re not vegan but want to try to move towards a more plant-based diet, check out our tips of how to go (and stay) vegan.

BeetBox Veg

 

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It’s not often you hear of a crispy-fried and truly solidified Southern chicken spot venturing into the world of plant-based vegan eats, but Vancouver’s Juke Fried Chicken did exactly that, and we love it. BeetBox offers plant-based burgers, wraps, sandwiches, along with sides like chili cheeze fries, roasted broccoli with mushroom XO sauce, and more.

Address: 1074 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-233-8269

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Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian

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This Kingsway gem is delightful as heck. If you haven’t been yet we suggest you get there stat. The entire menu here is vegetarian, and almost all of it is vegan too. The Vietnamese fare is traditional, but much of it has a charming modern flare.

Address: 1392 Kingsway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-225-8349

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Umaluma

 

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Umaluma is a mostly plant-based gelato shop tucked into E Pender Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown. This spot has creative flavours such as Vanilla Chocolate Almond and Drunken Cherry to name a few.

Address: 235 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-5862

MeeT

 

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The first stop on any list of vegan restaurants in Vancouver, MeeT is your go-to for burgers and comfort food. Known for their decadent Double-Double Burger (double coconut bacon and double cheez), mountains of crispy fries and poutine, you’ll leave here full, satisfied, and with your wallet still intact.

Address: 1165 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-696-1165

Address: 4288 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-696-1010

Address: 12 Water Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-696-1111

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The Acorn

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If you’re looking for a special, slightly higher-end dining experience, Acorn is it. Serving the best in fine vegetarian and vegan dining, you’ll be treated to craft cocktails, excellent service, and delicious seasonally inspired dishes. Everything is beautifully presented and you’ll want to try it all (but definitely try the mushroom appetizer).

Address: 3995 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-566-9001 

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Chau Veggie Express

 

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This plant-based Vietnamese restaurant offers patrons a variety of dishes like hearty soups, bowls, and fresh and crispy rolls too.

Address: 5052 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-9508

Address: Granville Island Public Market — 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-9508

Virtuous Pie

 

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Offering an excellent selection of vegan pizzas and dairy-free ice cream, Virtuous Pie has made a name for itself over the last few years. Now boasting two Vancouver locations, you can try pizzas such as Ultraviolet (walnut and arugula pesto, cashew mozzarella, tomatoes, kale, caramelized onion, and pine nuts), and Superfunghi (wild mushrooms, potato cream and, mozzarella) to name a few.

Address: 583 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-0060

Address: 3339 Shrum Lane, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-1060

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Planetary Burger

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This Main Street spot popped up in September, it offers plant-based burgers (you can also get a mini burger flight) along with sides like vegan poutine, fries, and milkshakes too.

Address: 3088 Main Street, Vancouver

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Heirloom

 

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A favourite for weekend brunch (although they serve it every day), Heirloom excels in providing beautiful, airy spaces and a mouth-watering menu. Dishes are full of colour and taste, and portions are refreshingly large. Favourites include the signature Heirloom Hash with tofu and the Avocado Benedict, all served with mimosas, of course.

Address: 1509 West 12 Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-733-2231

Address: 1390 Marine Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-281-2241

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Kind Cafe

 

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Kind Cafe operates under a BYOC policy (bring-your-own-cup or container), a part of its mission to bring patrons a “kinder cafe experience.” Customers can also enjoy specialty lattes like Beetroot Spice, Classic Matcha, and Blue Lavender alongside smoothies and hearty veggie-packed fare.

Address: 3080 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-992-7675

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Hey Kokomo

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If you need a break from all the comfort food, try Kokomo for lighter, healthier fare. Specializing in delicious and colourful bowls of goodness, the All-Day Brekkie Macro Bowl is a winner, as is their Golden Laksa Noodles Bowl. They also offer delicious vegan soft serve with various toppings, smoothies, cold brew, and coconut yogurt.

Address: 611 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-6599

Address: 2028 Vine Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-5017

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CHOMP Vegan Eatery

 

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Patrons can expect weekly meal prep, take out, catering, delivery, and office lunches from CHOMP, along with delicious menu additions like Bayo Juice and doughnuts from local bakery the Gluten Free Epicurean.

Address: 2234 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-917-0201

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Arbor

Spaghetti and Neatballs at The Arbor (Hanna McLean / Daily Hive)

The little sister of Acorn (and located on the same block), Arbor is funky and slightly cheaper. It still has the artistic flair of Acorn but offers a more relaxed vibe. Go visit to try their Southern Fried Artichoke Sandwich, flatbread pizzas, and Pulled Jackfruit Steamed Buns. Be warned, this place gets busy in the evening.

Address: 3941 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-3256

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Chickpea

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As the name suggests, almost every dish contains chickpeas at this vibrant and warm restaurant. Offering a multitude of pitas, salads, hummus plates and platters, you absolutely have to try their chickpea fries and chickpea frittatas. They also offer excellent desserts, in particular, the Divine Zimt Ganache Torte and the beautifully named Fairy Baklava.

Address: 4298 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-0602

Address (Food truck): 884 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

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Vegan Cave Cafe

 

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This Abbott Street cafe has a make-your-own vegan pizza option along with signature varieties on its menu. There’s also plant-based bowls, burritos, soups, salads, and dessert up for order here.
 
Address: 415 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-423-4211

Bandidas

 

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A much-loved favourite of Commercial Drive, Bandidas is great for affordable, tasty Mexican-inspired food that will leave you wanting more. The setting is cozy and informal, and you can eat well here for under $20. Pro tip: Ordering their enchiladas with salad, beans, and rice will likely mean you have leftovers for the next meal.

Address: 2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-8224

Address (Food truck): 1053 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

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With files from Elizabeth Emery, Vancouver with Love.