From brunch to treats, to junk food cravings or cold weather cures, there's pretty much something plant-based to enjoy for any appetite in Vancouver. Put these 10 vegan eats on your must-try list right now.
Start your day off on your plant-based path with some diner-style brekkie at the Wallflower. Their Eggless Omelette plate is a vegan breakfast dream, featuring Pan fried polenta, vegan cheddar, your choice of fillings, and hash browns, greens, and toast on the side.
Address: 2420 Main Street
Park yourself at this new-ish 100% vegan Vancouver food truck that's dishing up some seriously crave-able eats like their Thai Cashew Cauliflower Wings.
Address: Find the truck using the Street Food App or following them on social media
No need to say no thank you to a lovely afternoon tea thanks to Neverland's lovely vegan menu. Savories include Thai red curry chickpea salad and BBQ jackfruit mini sandwiches, an array of vegan sweets, and even non-dairy cream for scones.
Address: 3066 West Broadway
Poutine at MeeT
Need to cozy up to some serious comfort eats? The poutine at MeeT meets your cravings and your plant-based preferences. Not only does MeeT have three locations (they've just expanded to add an outpost in Yaletown) but they also have three kinds of poutine: the basic TeeM Poutine (savory cashew miso gravy, house feta, mozza), BC Poutine (butter chikkin creamy tomato curry, gravy, mozza and feta, topped with curried salsa), and Kimchi Poutine (house gravy, soy ginger sauce, kimchi, and shredded nori strips).
: 3 Vancouver locations; check website
Rollercoaster Bowl at Chomp
Chomp has packed up from their Fraser Street spot and moved into new digs on Hastings, where they are doing dine-in and take-out along with meal delivery service. They've got great grub, but their Rollercoaster Bowl (quinoa, spinach, beetroot, carrots, seasoned chickpeas, dried tart cranberries, zucchini spirals, sprouts) is a beautiful fresh heaping of veggie goodness.
Address: 2234 East Hastings Street
Looks like smoked salmon (lox) but...it's definitely not. Vancouver is crushing hard on Roots & Fruit's carrot-as-lox toast, made with smoked carrot lox, dill cashew cheese, raw onion, capers, and nori.
Address: 848 Powell Street
Cinnamon Buns from Cartems
Photo courtesy Cartems
With a light, airy texture, Cartems has rolled out a new treat that stands out from the pack, and, as a wonderful bonus, these Cinnamon Buns happen to also be vegan. Sweet! They make the buns with their yeast dough, using a thin layer of coconut oil to meld the dough and cinnamon sugar mixture. They use their house caramel, and top the buns with chopped pecans.
Address: 3 Vancouver locations; check website for details
Photo by Lindsay William-Ross
Hafla isn't a dish, it's a way of eating, and it's one incredible way to stuff your face with Mediterranean vegan eats. Each person at the table picks a main, which comes with an array of sides like salad, hummus, and chickpea fries. Plus you get a bunch of sides for the table--things like baba ganoush, beet salad, pickled veg, and more. An absolute must-have feast.
Address: 4298 Main Street
Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen from Jinya
Take the edge of a chilly Vancouver day with a steaming hot bowl of ramen. Jinya makes one of the city's favourite vegan versions of the comforting noodle soup. In your bowl is veggie broth packed with tofu, onion, green onion, spinach, crispy onion, garlic chips, garlic oil, chili oil, sesame seeds and thick noodles.
2 locations in Vancouver and 1 in Burnaby; see website for details.
Sure, you know Virtuous Pie for their plant-based pizzas (that Stranger Wings, though...) but did you know they do brunch, too? Check out their weekend morning offerings, including the Sunny Side: House-made brioche bun, 33 Acres Brewing chorizo patty, scrambled tofu, jack cheese, cashew Hollandaise, chipotle aioli, and oven dried tomatoes, and served with a side of Cajun Tater Tots.
Address: 583 Main Street