Vegan Guide of Toronto

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I was born and raised in Toronto, and I'm so proud to call this city my home! Toronto is such an amazing place to live: it's safe, the people are friendly, it has diversity and culture, it's on the water, it's very walkable, and it has tons of great parks. But the best part in my opinion? All of the vegan restaurants! I've been vegetarian for about a decade and vegan for over eight years now, so I've gotten asked about the best places to eat vegan many many times! That's why I decided to create this list of Toronto's vegan restaurants and shops. If you're a vegan who’s visiting Toronto, or if you're from Toronto and are getting more into plant-based foods, then this guide is for you! It will help you navigate Toronto's plant-based restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, and health food shops!

CASUAL
Are you looking for a sit down restaurant with a casual and relaxed atmosphere? If so, these places are for you:
Fresh - Massive menu! Balance of healthy and comfort foods. (*Vegetarian, but mostly vegan)
Hello123 - Amazing grain bowls and unique entrees. Great brunch options too!
Grasshopper - Japanese/American inspired comfort foods.
Bloomer's - Famous for their bagels and donuts. They have an awesome mac 'n' cheese too!
Hibiscus (*Vegetarian, but vegan-friendly) - Crepes galore!
Live - Very healthy! Lots of raw options.
Rawlicious - 100% raw vegan. You HAVE to try their caesar wrap.
The Beet (*Vegan options) - Really yummy bowls and salads.
Greens Vegetarian Restaurant - Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai vegetarian dishes.
Vegetarian Haven - Asian inspired vegan food.
Cafe 668 (*Vegetarian, but vegan friendly - Meat-free Asian-fusion dishes.
Bampot - Bohemian tea house, with boho rugs, boardgames, instruments to jam on, and lots of tea and vegan food. Very zen. 

FAST CASUAL
If you want a quick bite to eat in a nice environment, but don't care about the full-on table service, go here:
Kupfert & Kim - Amazing grain, quinoa, and smoothie bowls. They have great waffles too!
Calii Love (*Vegan-friendly)- Build your own grain bowls. Amazing smoothie bowls too! California/Hawaii inspired atmosphere.
Urban Herbivore - Build your own salad or grain bowl.
The Goods (*Vegetarian, but mostly vegan) - Vegan soups, salads, and smoothies. 
Away Kitchen + Cafe - Casual sibling of fine dining restaurant Awai.
Spark Fresh Bar (*Vegetarian, but mostly vegan) - Cafe with juices, smoothies, and vegan eats. 

TAKEOUT
Toronto has tons of great parks! If you're into having picnics and you're looking for some vegan takeout, grab some food from one of these spots:
Yamchops - Plant-based butcher shop with lots of vegan products.
Cruda cafe - Raw vegan takeout in St. Lawrence Market.
Ital Vital - Healthy vegan Caribbean takeout. 
Veggie D’Light (*Vegetarian, but vegan-friendly) - More vegan Caribbean food.
Alter Foods in Alternative Thinking - Vegan, organic, gluten-free grab and go cafe. 
Feel Good Guru - Juice, smoothies, bowls, raw vegan entrees, and more.
Bolt Fresh Bar - Smoothies, bowls, and salads with a "build-your-own" option.
One Love - Caribbean roots, curries, and corn soup.

FINE DINING
Date night? Birthday? Celebration of some kind? If you're looking to have a fancy night out, I highly recommend one of these restaurants:
Planta - Internationally inspired plant-based dishes in a stylish setting.
Rosalinda - Vegan Mexican restaurant in the Financial District. 
The Living Room (*Vegan options) - Gourmet vegan options served in a lavish "comfortable luxury" environment.
Awai - Internationally inspired, locally sourced vegan food in a calm environment with open kitchen.

COMFORT FOOD
Mac & Cheese? Burgers? Fries? Are you craving some comfort food? These spots are comfort food heaven:
Doomies - Home of the Vegan Big Mac.
The Hogtown vegan - Southern-style comfort food, with local beers on tap, plus weekend brunch.
Apaiecalypse Now - Vegan pizza and donuts.
Disgraceland - Bar with vegan comfort food options, plus nightly events and a games room.
Cosmic Treats - Lots of sweets & a great comfort-food brunch menu.
Mythology Diner - All of the classics veganized.
Parka Food Co - Vegan mac & cheese, burgers, fries, and rings.
Planta Burger - Inventive vegan burgers plus sides & milkshakes.

DESSERT
Who needs dinner, when you can have dessert? If you have a sweet tooth, you'll want check out these spots:
Sweet hart Kitchen - Baked & raw vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar free treats.
Bunners - Vegan, gluten-free bake shop.
Tori’s Bakeshop - Organic, plant-based desserts, plus coffee & sandwiches.
Cosmic Treats - So much ice-cream! And cake!
Sorelle and Co. - Elegant indulgent vegan cafe that is free of nuts, gluten, soy, sesame, and preservatives.
Through with Being Cool Baking Co. - Vegan pastries and to-go meals, jams, and condiments.
Kensington Natural Bakery - Vegan, organic, gluten-free bakery featuring cakes, pies, and delivery service.
Bang Bang Ice-cream (*Vegan options) - Ice-cream sandwiches on house-made cookies.

JUICES, SMOOTHIES, & SNACKS
Looking for a juice or smoothie? Toronto has an awesome juice scene. Check out these juice bars:
Village Juicery (vegan except for bee products) - Raw, 100% organic, nutritionist-approved cold-pressed juices.
Revitasize - Cold-pressed juice and smoothie bowls.
Greenhouse - Local, organic cold-pressed juice.
High Park Juicery - Smoothies, juices, and salads.
Pulp Kitchen - Juices, smoothies, sandwiches, and salads.
The Grow Op - (Vegetarian, but mostly vegan) - Juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, salads, and sandwiches.
Nutbar - Cafe with smoothies, toast, bowls, energy bites, coffee, and teas.

GROCERIES
Looking for a health-focused grocer? Check out these stores:
Whole Foods - Pretty self-explanatory (ha ha).
The Big Carrot - Like Whole Foods, but a local store.
The Sweet Potato - Local natural food grocer.
Organic Garage - Healthy food at good prices. And they have kombucha on tap!

HEALTH FOOD STORES
If you don't need much fresh produce, but you're looking for health supplements, vitamins, superfoods, healthy snacks, and more, these are the places to go: 
Noah's - Popular Toronto chain. Has small produce section.
Herbs & Nutrition - Pretty big store with great selection. Has small produce section.
Qi Natural Foods -  Toronto chain owned by Herbs & Nutrition owners.
Foods For Life - Crowded shop, but best prices in city.
Second Nature Natural Foods - Small local shop with great prices.
Peach Tree - Small shop with smoothie bar at front.
Essence of Life Organics - Popular Kensington health food store with large selection.
The Green Post Health & Beauty - Small health food shop in Kensington.
4Life Natural Foods - Nice spacious store in Kensington. Has some fresh produce as well.
Sugar & Spice - Small health food shop in Kensington.

So there it is! My massive list of Toronto spots to get all of the best plant-based food, drinks, and products. Are you from Toronto? What are your favourite spots? Are you planning on visiting anytime soon? What restaurants do you want to try? Let me know in the comments below!


Lots of love,

Alessandra