Best Vegan Restaurants in Toronto
This list of the best vegan restaurants in Toronto features all the best vegan and vegetarian food you can find in the city. Whether it’s an upscale dinner at Planta, vegan comfort food at Doomie’s or a healthy, raw food lunch at Rawlicious, the Toronto vegan food scene does not disappoint. This vegan guide to Toronto also features some fun things to do in the city, the best coffee shops, how to get around and where to workout.
Vegan Food for Every Mood
Before we get into the full list of the best vegan restaurants in Toronto, I’ll share this quick categorized list of vegan options based on what you’re looking. I’m most often after a quick and healthy lunch or dinner, so I’ve listed that below along with the best spots for vegan breakfasts, smoothies, desserts, upscale dining and comfort food. Happy eating!
Best for Quick Healthy Lunches
- Urban Herbivore for deli-style salads, bowls, soups and sandwiches
- Fresh for bowls, salads, smoothies, burgers and sandwiches
- Kupfert and Kim for salads, bowls and snacks
- The Goods on Dundas West for takeout salads and smoothies
- AAmazing Salads in Kensington Market for hearty salads
- Rawlicious for healthy raw food such as salads, mains and smoothies
- Veghead on Dundas West for healthy salads, soups and smoothies
- Yamchops on College West for vegan deli offerings
- Bolt Fresh Bar for salads, grain bowls and smoothie bowls
- Revitasize for takeout salads and smoothie bowls
- IQ Food Co for bowls, smoothies and soups
Best for an Upscale Dining
- Planta in Yorkville for creative, internationally-inspired dishes
- Rosalinda in the Financial District for Mexican cuisine
Best for Desserts and Ice Cream
- Hibiscus in Kensington Market for vegan ice cream
- Cosmic Treats in Kensington Market for vegan ice cream
- Rawlicious near Bloor and Bathurst for raw food desserts
- Bunners Bake Shop in Kensington Market for vegan baked goods
- Urban Herbivore for vegan cupcakes and other baked goods (2 locations)
- Tori’s Bakeshop in the East Side for vegan baked goods including cupcakes and donuts
- Through Being Cool for vegan baking including cupcakes, donuts and pastries
- Eva’s Original Chimney’s on Bloor for vegan soft serve in a donut cone
Best for Smoothies and Juices
- Fresh for fresh juices, smoothies, tonics
- Kupfert and Kim for smoothies and juices
- Fuel+ for smoothies, organic coffee, smoothie bowls, juices, kombucha
- Bolt Fresh Bar for smoothies and juices
- Refuel Juicery for smoothies, juices and cashew milk
- IQ Food Co. for smoothies, coffee and juices
- The Organic Press for smoothies and juices
Best for Vegan Breakfast
- Hello123 for vegan brunch, served every day
- Mythology Diner for vegan brunch, weekends from 10 am
- Planta for vegan brunch, Sundays from 10:30 am
- Kupfert and Kim for quick, casual granola, waffles, oatmeal and smoothies
- Almond Butterfly for quick, gluten-free vegan bagels, breakfast sandwiches, baked goods and coffee
- IQ Food Co. for quick, healthy breakfast such as oats, avocado toast and smoothies
Best Vegan Comfort Food
- Doomie’s for burgers and fries, tacos and sandwiches
- Hogtown Vegan for nachos, chicken and waffles, fish and chips, sandwiches and quesadillas
- Mythology Diner for mac and cheese, pasta, bacon cheeseburgers, tempeh and chips and reuben sandwiches
- Fresh for burgers and fries, wraps, onion rings
- Apiecalypse for vegan pizza, snacks and soft serve ice cream
- Planta Burger for burgers, fries and milkshakes
Best Coffee Shops in Toronto
- Jimmy’s Coffee. Various locations. A few vegan options for food including chia pudding, overnight oats and vegan baked goods
- Strange Love on Spadina and Adelaide
- Early Bird on Queen St. West
- Quantum Coffee on Spadina and King
- Fika Cafe in Kensington Market, great patio in the back, no WiFi on weekends
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar on Spadina, lots of seating, good for working
- El Almacen Yerba Mate Bar on Queen St. West, they serve coffee too, good for working, hanging out
- Major Treat Coffee on Queen St. West
- Offsite on Dundas near Trinity Bellwoods
- Manic Coffee on College near Bathurst
- Sam James Coffee Bar, various locations, cash only
- The Walton on College at Clinton
Best Natural Food Stores
- Fresh and Wild on Spadina and King
- 4Life Natural Foods in Kensington Market
- Moberly Natural Foods on East Danforth
Best Vegan Restaurants in Toronto
The restaurants below are all completely plant-based. I was amazed how many fully vegan restaurants Toronto has to offer. If I’d had more time I would have expanded this list to the best options for vegan food regardless of whether the restaurant was plant-based or not, but at least you’ll know if you visit any of these vegan hot spots, you can go ahead and order anything off the menu.
Kupfert and Kim
Healthy, Grab-n-Go, Gluten-Free, Casual, Smoothies, Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner
Kupfert and Kim was my go-to for quick, healthy breakfasts since they open at 7:30 am. I had their house-made granola, the breakfast congee, tried a couple different smoothies and some of their vegan baking. Everything was good and reasonably priced. The menu also features smoothie bowls, gluten-free waffles, burgers, salads bowls, coffee and more. They have 6 locations around Toronto.
Healthy, Comfort Food, Casual, Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner
Fresh was my favourite spot for vegan food in Toronto. They’ve got the plant-based thing down pat and I loved their extensive menu that covers everything from buddha bowls to salads, to wraps and burgers. You can order something healthy or not-so-healthy so it’s appealing to everyone. The one on Queen St. West has a great patio, the one on Spadina has small outdoor seating area and cozy interior and the one on Bloor has indoor seating only. Hit up Fresh for a quick, casual meal or a full-on vegan comfort food feast. I loved that their bowls come in two sizes and can be ordered wth brown rice or soba noodles. They also have lots of fun elixirs, tonics and matcha drinks on the menu.
Healthy, Bowls, Salads, Lunch + Dinner
Grasshopper has two locations, one on College near Spadina and one on Dundas West. The menu features appetizers such as fries and chick-un nuggets, burgers such as the pulled pork or spicy lentil burger, bowls such as mac and cheese, miso veggie and tofu scramble as well as cocktails, juices, smoothies and teas. I went to the one on College, it’s quite small with limited seating but the food was good and would eat there again. I had the veggie miso bowl and one of their kombucha specials.
Pizza, Ice Cream, Vegan Comfort Food and Snacks
Hello, vegan pizza by the slice!! It’s not often that you can find vegan pizza by the slice served up along side all your vegan junk food needs. This hole-in-the-wall pizza shop kitty corner to Christine Pits features vegan donuts, pizza, soft serve, fries, hot dogs, wings, poutine and mozarella sticks. There’s a couple of seats inside but I’d recommend taking your food to-to and grabbing a spot in the park across the street. Their feature pizzas include the Pig Destroyer Destroyer, Zachos, Pepperphony, Slayer and Reunion Tour. They do have a couple salads on the menu if you’re not feeling Jalapeno Poppers, Tofu Nuggets and Yeezy Bread.
Live Organic Food Bar
Healthy, Gluten-Free, Lunch + Dinner
For the day after your vegan pizza feast at Apiecalypse Now, it’s Live Organic Food Bar to the rescue. Live has an extensive menu with offerings from superfood elixirs and smoothies, to avocado toast and poutine, to mains such as pad Thai, bibimbap, salads, tacos, wraps and burritos. The entire menu is plant-based, organic, gluten and wheat-free with no refined sugars. Expect whole food ingredients prepared with no preservatives. Just good stuff! Wine, beer, cocktails, coffee and juices also available. They have two locations, one in The Annex and one in Liberty Village.
Internationally-Inspired Dishes in an Upscale Setting
Upscale dining isn’t really my thing, however the food was good and I think Plant is a great choice for a nice dinner out that will appeal to omnivores and vegans alike. The interior of the restaurant is beautifully decorated and the food was creative and delicious. I certainly enjoyed my meal there, I just probably wouldn’t eat there very often. The menu includes vegan crab cakes (very good), queso dip, risotto, pizza, burgers, fried noodles, lasagna, lettuce wraps and some lovely salads such as the Habibi, which I very much enjoyed. Creative cocktails, beer and wine available.
The new casual fast food-style burger spot from Planta features 4 burgers including the classic with queso and mushroom bacon, the California with avocado and aioli, the crab cake and the jackpot with BBQ jackfruit. You’ll also find milkshakes and sides such as queso fries, buffalo cauliflower and caesar salad. Order at the counter and grab a spot to eat inside or at one of the outdoor tables.
Restaurant and Bar, Healthy, Comfort Food, Brunch, Smoothies
Hello123 was one of my favourite stops in Toronto. The bright, open, casual restaurant and bar is located in the Queen St. West neighbourhood is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. They serve everything from loaded sweet potatoes, to burgers, to smoothie bowls and creative cocktails. I had the chickpea omelette but the menu also featured vegan eggs benny, pineapple sliders, cauliflower tahini salad, avocado toast, pancakes, soups and curry. I would go back for sure.
Comfort Food Classics Veganized
Think salisbury steak, fettucini alfreado, calimari, crab dips, wings, fish and chips, philly cheesesteak, waffles, eggs benny, club sandwich, baked potato, banana splits, tempeh and chips and more. Located on right beside Doomie’s on Queen St. West just west of Dufferin. A must-visit!
Vegan Ice Cream, Soups and Salads
Hibiscus is a small vegan soup, crepe, salad and ice cream shop located in Kensington. I didn’t eat there but I had to try the ice cream, of course. I had the sea buckthorn and black sesame ice cream and both were really nice. The food menu features sweet and savory crepes and healthy soups, smoothies and salads.
Vegan Comfort Food
Hogtown Vegan is located on College St. near Bathurst and features vegan comfort food classics like nachos, Reuben sandwiches, mac and cheese, chicken and waffles and wings. They have a good patio that’s shaded in the afternoon making it a great stop on a hot day.
Vegan Comfort Food Staples
Get ready fast food veganized. Think crispy chicken burgers, pulled pork, double cheeseburgers, loaded fries, tacos, chimmichangas and more. Doomie’s is a Toronto staple and while you won’t find any salads on the menu if it’s junk food you’re after, it’s the place to be. I wouldn’t be eating at Doomie’s very often but it was tasty, it’s a good place to take the non-vegans and veg-curious people in your life.
Parka Food Co.
Burgers, Mac and Cheese, Soups and Fries
Parka burgers are unique in that their burger patties are simply stanalone vegeatbles sliced and marinated to create patty. They don’t do processed patties or mock meats. In addition to their 4 veggie burgers, portoboelloe, eggplant, potato and broccoli, they also serve up various takes on mac and cheese, soups and fries and onion rings for sides.
Raw Food, Gluten-free, Healthy, Smoothies, Desserts, Lunch + Dinner
Rawlicious is a small but cozy raw food cafe on Bathurst near Bloor. It features a completely raw food menu with items like taco salad, warps, salads, smoothies, zucchini pasta and delicious raw desserts. I had the Olive Currant Salad, Choco-Minty Smoothie and Turmeric Truffle. Everything was good and I would go back for sure. They also have some grab-n-go snacks such as kale chips, cookies and energy bars.
Creative Vegan Mexican Cuisine
Rosalinda is a new feel-good vegan Mexican restaurant located in the Financial District at Richmond and York. Think coconut civiche, chilaquiles, tostadas, tacos and plates such as the chorizo verde and quinoa bowl with charred broccoli, fennel and chimichurri. And YES, they have churros on the menu! You’ll also find fun, creative cocktails, wine and beer. It’s beautifully decorated and a great place for a delicious meal with friends.
Healthy deli-style salads and bowls, smoothies, sandwiches and desserts
Urban Herbivore is perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner. They have two locations, one in Kensington Market and one in Eaton Centre. You can customize your own bowl or order one from the menu such as the Beluga Bowl with baby kale, black and brown rice, BBQ tofu, carrot, beet, peas, sprouts, hummus, broccoli, avocado, sesame ginger & lemon tahini dressing, sunflower, flax and sesame seeds. They also have soups, smoothies, juices, baked goods and sandwiches such as tempeh and avocado made with baked ginger tempeh steak, avocado, green pea pesto, tomato, pickled cucumber, red leaf and garlic aioli.
Bonus: their biodegradable takeout packaging is 100% petroleum free. Their straws, cups & cutlery are made from corn. Their bowls and lids are sugarcane and their paper bags and boxes use the highest amount of post-consumer recycled content.
What To Do in Toronto
I packed as much as I could into 4 days in Toronto but I could have easily spent another few days exploring the city. There are some great neighbourhoods to explore, the lake front to take in, Toronto island, beaches and if you like to shop there is no shortage of fun independent shops and apothecaries to browse. Here’s what I got up to in my 4 jam-packed days.
Visit Toronto Island
We headed over the Toronto Island for the afternoon one day and had some beach time at Hanlan’s Beach before making our way back to Centre Island to take the ferry back to the city. I would recommend taking bikes to the Island if you’re able to, otherwise it’s a bit of walk between the three main areas. Or just pack some food and drinks and park yourself on Hanlan Beach for the afternoon. Just be aware, part of the beach is clothing optional so be ready for views of more than just the city. LOL.
You can take a water taxi for $10 each way or take the ferry for a few dollars less. There isn’t much to eat on the Island so I’d recommend bringing your own food. There is a BBQ and Beer joint at Centre Island but it’s more of a cafeteria-style situation with generic beers. I wouldn’t recommend it. Bring hour own food and drinks and find a nice spot on the grass or beach.
Stroll Queen St. West
I walked the entire length of Queen Street from downtown West on various occations. There is lots to see and do. Stop for a pedicure, grab a coffee, shop, relax on a patio with a cold beer, eat lunch…you could easily spend an afternoon wondering across Queen St.
Stroll the Ossington Strip
Walk across Ossington from Queen St. West to Dundas for some cute shops, patios and cafes. Once you hit Dundas, turn right and head back down towards town.
Visit St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market is a good for an hour or so of wondering. Much like most markets you’ll find fresh produce, souvenirs, baking, fish, meat and cheese shops. The building is curounded by picnic tables so you can always grab some fresh fruit and find a spot to relax between exploring. There’s a fresh juice and smoothie shop downstairs and plenty of places to grab fresh friut and veggies.
Visit Kensington Market
Kensington Market is a must-do. It’s such a cool area! Think ice cream, breweries, coffee shops, vintage clothing, bakeries and grocery stores. On Sundays it closes down to cars and becomes pedestrian-only but it’s a great way to spend an afternoon any day of the week. You’ll find restaurants, shops and cafes located in Victorian houses and plenty of palces to stop and take it all in.
Have a Picnic
Toronto is full of parks perfect for picnics, frisbee, Spikeball and just laying around people watching. If you’re looking for something relaxing to do for an afternon, grab some snacks and drinks and head to Bellwoods or one of the many other green spaces in the city for a picnic.
Stroll the Waterfront
The lake front board walk is a good place to spend an afternoon. You’ll find some lovely patios and the cool breeze coming off the lake is a must on a hot Toronto day.
Take in the Old Architecture
If you love old buildings and churches there is plenty to check out in Toronto. Their are some beautiful old churches downtown, plus Casa Loma, Union Station, the Flatiron Building, old city hall, the Ontario legislative buildings and Osgoode Halle. I came across these just wondering and biking the city, there seems to be something around every corner so get your camera out!
Visit The Stop Farmer’s Market
I was so surprised how many vegan options this market had. They’re every Saturday year round from 8 to 12:30 at the Arstcape Wychwood Bars at St. Clair and Christie. You’ll find everything from vegan steamed buns, to wraps, chocolate, smoothies to plenty of sweet baked goods, breads and more. I’d recommend it for a lovely Saturday morning browse and bite to eat.
Where to Workout in Toronto
Here’s where I worked out while visiting Toronto:
- Academy of Lion’s CrossFit
- Reebok CrossFit Liberty Village
- CrossFit 416
- Misfit Studio (Yoga, pilates, mobility etc.)
- Core Studio (Pilates)
- Run or go for an Outdoor Workout in High Park
- Run or Cycle the Waterfront
How to Get Around Toronto
Easy and convenient, you can’t be beat Uber for trips outside of biking and walking distance.
Use the UP Express to come in from the airport. It’s inexpensive, easy and makes 3 convenient stops between the airpot and downtown.
Bike Share Toronto
This was my primary mode of transportation while visiting TOronto. I bike miles and miles and miles all around the city. You can get a day pass for $7 or a 3 day pass for $17. Toronto has plenty of bike lanes and I felt safe biking pretty much everywhere, even downtown. Since I was tracelling I didn’t have a helmet so that would be the only concern but just be cautious and aware and you’ll be fine. There are bike stops every where you’d want to go and you’ll be able to get to every restaurant on this list using the bike share.
In addition to biking, Toronto is very walkable too. There are lots of fun streets to wonder while you’re making your way around. Downtown, Bloor, College, Dundas, Ossington and Queen St. are all worth a stroll.
You can’t beat public transit for getting around. Take the subway or electric trains and you’ll be able to get just about any where you need to go.