This post was written for Daily Hive by Elizabeth Emery, follow along her plant-based adventures on Vancouver with Love.
Looking for dairy-free gelato? Meat-free burgers? Vegan bennies?
Going plant-based is more popular than ever and there’s no shortage of offerings in this city.
Whether you want to tickle your taste buds with chorizo pizza, deep-fried artichoke sandwiches, vibrant salad bowls, or go fine dining, there’s a vegan option for everyone.
For all your plant-based cravings, these are the best restaurants to check out in Vancouver for vegan grub.
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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
Address: 4288 Main Street, Vancouver
Address: 12 Water Street, Vancouver
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
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
Address: 3339 Shrum Lane, Vancouver
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
Address: 1390 Marine Drive, Vancouver
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
Address: 2028 Vine Street, Vancouver
The little sister of Acorn (and located on the same block), Arbor is cooler, funkier, 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
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
Address (Food truck): 884 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
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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 cosy 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
Address (Food truck): 1053 West Georgia Street, Vancouver