Restaurants

Toronto Vegan Guide

I don’t know exactly when Toronto blew up with so many vegan options… but it did. There are copious amounts of restaurants, cafe’s, dessert shops, grocery stores, and even vegan menu’s/vegan options at regular omni places. In this blog post, I listed as many places I could gather, but there’s probably still a good amount I missed. Feel free to check out these options, as well as commenting down below to tell me your favourite vegan spots, and any that I missed.

Below I will cover four main sections: restaurants; juicery’s/cafés; dessert shops; and grocery stores. I haven’t been to all of them, but the one’s I have been to, I have done a PR (personal ranking) to let you know what I think.

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Fresh on Spadina

RESTAURANTS

Fresh (photographed above)
A super popular spot in Toronto, vegan or not, that serves a 100% vegan menu with tons of healthy options.
147 Spadina Ave · (416) 599-4442
326 Bloor St W · (416) 599-4442
894 Queen St W · (416) 599-4442
http://freshrestaurants.ca/
PR: 8/10 – tons of variety, lots of great healthy options, food is delicious, but a tad bit expensive.

Doomies
The best vegan fast food (burgers, fries, mac n cheese, etc) to indulge in or bring your non-vegan friends to show them just how great vegan food can be.
1263 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L5
https://www.doomiestoronto.com/
PR: 8.5/10 – lots of variety, food is so good, but it is a tad bit pricey, as to be expected from a vegan fastfood establishment. 

Hogtown Vegan
A great place to take your non-vegan friends. There’s tons of vegan ‘fast-food’ options in a southern-style comfort food kind of way. Burgers, chicken waffles, mac n cheese, , nachos, wraps, salads; tons of options.
1056 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M3
http://www.hogtownvegan.com/
PR: 8.5/10 – so many options, great food, everything was so delicious.

Kupfert & Kim
Casual all-day stop serving vegan & gluten-free meals & coffee, made with sustainable ingredients.
First Canadian Place, 100 King St W, Toronto, ON MX5 1C7 (as well as multiple other locations)
http://www.kupfertandkim.com/
PR: 9/10 – not cheap, but not too expensive. Good selection of healthy brunch/lunch/dinner foods. Smoothies are a little overpriced. The bowls are delicious. And there are SO many K&K locations all over Toronto so it’s very convenient 🙂

Urban Herbivore
A healthy & sustainable 100% vegan restaurant that serves smoothies, juices, salads, wraps, sandwiches, etc. Located in Kensington Market and the Eaton Centre.
64 Oxford St · (416) 927-1231
220 Yonge St. (416) 847-1007
967 College St. (416) 645-0349
http://www.herbivore.to/
PR: 8/10 – Urb Herb is great for grabbing something healthy and yummy. I love their salad bowls because you can choose your base (greens, grains, or mixed), then add your choice of toppings. Their sandwiches are also really good too. However, over the past year, they’ve raised their prices and it’s a bit pricey to just get a salad or a smoothie now.

Dougs Public Kitchen
Modern daytime counter serve featuring vegan & raw fare made with local, seasonal ingredients.
561 Marlee Ave, Toronto, ON M6B 3J3
http://dougmcnish.com/

Hibiscus Cafe
Cozy vegetarian eatery with a patio, offering sweet & savory crêpes, salads & non-dairy ice cream.
238 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7
http://hibiscuscafe.ca/

Buddha’s Vegetarian Food
An unassuming eatery with spare decor that serves popular Chinese dishes made with mock meats.”
666 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1E4
http://www.buddharestaurant.ca/

One Love Vegetarian
“Vegan take-out spot with limited seating that serves Caribbean rotis, curries & renowned corn soup.
854 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G2
http://oneloveveg.tel/

Loving Hut
Outpost of a vegan counter-serve chain with Asian-accented menus that vary by location.
140 Spadina Ave A101, Toronto, ON M5V 2L4
http://www.lovinghut.ca/
PR: 9/10 – good variety of asian food, lots of dessert options as well, and good prices!

Govinda’s
Set in a temple, Govinda’s offers a buffet of vegan and vegetarian Indian food. 10$ gets you two heaping plates.
243 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2J6
http://www.govindas.ca/
PR: 9.5/10 – This place is great if you love Indian food. It’s in a temple, which is super cool, and it’s buffet style, so you get to choose which foods you want. For $10 you get two heaping plate fulls, and they even let me take whatever I couldn’t finish home in a container. It’s also non-profit and run by volunteers.

Karine’s
Quick-serve counter known for affordable plates that mix morning staples with Middle Eastern sides.
109 McCaul St #32, Toronto, ON M5T 3K5
http://stage.karines.ca/

Veghead
This snug take-out spot offers vegetarian sandwiches, vegan soups, juices, smoothies & more.”
1199 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X3
https://www.facebook.com/VEGHED-1489222554679880/

Grasshopper
“Exposed brick & wood tables adorn this funky vegetarian bistro known for globally-inspired recipes.”
310 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
http://grasshopperrestaurant.ca/

Kings Cafe
Vegetarian eatery serving Chinese cuisine featuring mock meats, plus an extensive tea list” This place is great for large gathering settings as it has both long rectangular, and large circular tables. You can go with a group and each order a few things and everyone can try and share.
192 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L6
http://www.kingscafe.com/
PR: 7/10 – This place is good for Chinese cuisine, (dumplings, steamed buns, noodles, etc), and is also good for larger gatherings. However, friends and I have experienced problems with the staff/owner in the past regarding a large group all paying cash, together, which made our experience not as pleasant.

Vegetarian Haven
“Cozy restaurant with a Zen atmosphere serving vegan Asian-influenced dishes made with mock meats.”
17 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L1
http://www.vegetarianhaven.com/

Lola’s Kitchen
“Light American fare made from scratch in a chic room with local art, plus a busy weekend brunch.”
634 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G3
http://lolaskitchen.ca/

Disgraceland (vegan options)
“Upbeat bar with vegan, vegetarian & meat-friendly comfort food, plus nightly events & a games room.”
965 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1L6
http://www.disgraceland.ca/

Cardinal Rule
“Quirky diner serving inventive comfort food, with many vegan & gluten-free options, plus draft beer.”
5 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2K2
http://cardinalrulerestaurant.com/

The Steady Cafe (vegan options)
Cafe for locally roasted coffee & Miami-inspired eats by day & cocktails & dancing by night.”
1051 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M4
http://www.thesteadycafe.com/

D-Beastro
“D-Beatstro, a community driven vegan cafe and DIY/DIT event space. Art, music, food, treats and coffee.”
1292 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N9
http://www.dbeatstro.com/

Free Times Cafe (vegan options)
Jewish & Middle East fare with acoustic tunes & a popular reservations-only Yiddish brunch buffet. 320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S3
http://www.freetimescafe.com/

Green Earth
Internationally inspired vegan food with mock meats, juice & smoothies in a modest dining space.”
385 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2M7
http://greenearthvegan.com/

Greens Vegetarian (100% vegan)
Simple space serving popular homestyle Chinese, Vietnamese & Thai dishes made with mock meat.”
638 Dundas Street W, Toronto, ON M5T 1H8
http://www.greensvegetarian.com/

Live Organic Food Bar
“Raw & cooked vegan fare in a bright, low-key setting, with takeout available, plus weekend brunch.” 264 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V7
http://liveorganicfood.ca/
PR: 6.5/10 – Food was good, but small portions for expensive prices.

Rawlicious
100% raw vegan food.
785 Bathurst Street, Toronto
http://rawlicious.ca/canada/
PR: 6/10 – I guess raw food restaurants are just very expensive and give small portions, because this is what Rawlicious is. Very over priced for tiny tiny portions. On one occasion, I had to go home and eat lunch after because I was still hungry. (I’ve been there four times) My advice: save your money and go somewhere with cooked and raw food options and get your money’s worth.

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Govinda’s

Juicery’s/Café’s

The Cold Pressery
4310 Sherwoodtowne Blvd #5, Mississauga, ON L4Z 4C4
http://thecoldpressery.com/

The Grow Op
222 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z9
http://www.thegrowop.ca/

Pulp Kitchen
“Health-conscious outfit offering more than 30 juice blends & smoothies, plus sandwiches & salads.”
717 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H2
http://pulpkitchen.ca/

Bolt Fresh Bar
“Vegan eatery, opened fall-2013. Offers fresh juices, smoothie, salads, acai and grain bowls.”
1170 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6J 1J5
http://www.boltfreshbar.com/

Superfood Eateries
“Health-conscious takeout option focusing on plant-based gourmet salads & mains, plus smoothies.”
268 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1X6
http://superfoodeateries.net/

Nana Shake
100% vegan, banana ice cream shop
4750 Yonge St #134, Toronto, ON M2N 0J6

http://www.nanashake.com/
PR: 6.5/10 – way overpriced for such a simplistic idea: nana ice cream. It’s a cool trend and the photos looks pretty (pictured below), but I personally thought my own home-made nana ice cream tasted better and I didn’t pay $6 for a tiny container.

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Nana Shake

DESSERT SHOPS/BAKERY

Cosmic Treats
Cosmic Treats is a fully licensed vegan restaurant, dessert bar, ice cream shop and candy store in the heart of Kensington Market that strives to provide vegans with the food and treats they can’t get anywhere else.”
207 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4
http://cosmictreats.ca/
PR: 9.5/10 – This is probably my favourite dessert shop in Toronto (that I have so far tried). They have so many cool options, and the dessert bar is also fully stocked with brownies, cookies, cakes, and of course, the best ice cream ever which is made from cashew cream. They even have soft-serve options available now. My favourite things are the cookies and cream ice cream, the chocolate chip cookies, and the cookie brownie (which is half cookie, half brownie). You can also get a large ice cream sandwich for $6. (two large cookies, with your choice of ice cream squished in between) Although, some things are a bit pricey. (like a milkshake is $9 I think….)

Bloomer’s
100% vegan desserts and meal items.
873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1M4
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bloomers-Bakery/156019521126800
PR: 9/10 – Bloomer’s is also amazing. They have so many options from cookies, brownies, donuts, cakes, cinnamon buns, etc. They also have a food menu as well if you want to eat there. Probably some of the best cookies and donuts I’ve had. And good prices as well!

Apiecalypse Now! Bakery
Take-out spot with spare seating offering vegan pizza & plant-based heroes, donuts & ice cream.
735 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1L5
http://www.apiecalypsenow.com/

Torri’s Bake Shop
Vegan & organic baked goods offered in a cozy shop which becomes a bistro Thursday-Sunday evenings.
2188 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1E6
http://www.torisbakeshop.ca/

Bunners Bakery
“Pink-and-brick shop specializing in vegan, gluten-free & soy-free sweet & savoury baked goods.”
3054 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z7
http://www.bunners.ca/
PR: 8.5/10 – Bunner’s has lots of great dessert options. I absolutely LOVE their cinnamon rolls and their chocolate muffins. It’s not too expensive either. They have tons of options and kombucha too.

Sweets from the Earth
100% vegan treats and desserts.
218 Canarctic Dr, North York, ON M3J 2P4
https://sweetsfromtheearth.com/
PR: 9/10 – I haven’t been to the actual location, but I always get SFTE products from local health food stores, and let me tell you, it is amazing! My favourite thing to get is their chocolate chip cookie, and now, their smoors cookie. It is do die for. They also have tons of other products they sell out of stores (like boxes of cookies, frozen cakes, frozen cookie dough), and I think you can also buy custom cakes from their shop.

Bang Bang Ice Cream (vegan options)
“Ice cream sandwiches on housemade cookies, cups, cones & to-go tubs in a white & pale-wood space.”
93 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z4
http://www.bangbangicecream.com/

Through Being Cool
Vegan Bakery and Grocery.All items made in house from baked goods, to soda pop,to sandwiches and bread, to take home meals, sauces, jams, pickles and more!
1277 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N7
https://www.facebook.com/tbcvegan/
 PR: 8/10 – I can’t give a great rating on this because the only time I’ve been was on a holiday, so there weren’t many options there. But I got a chocolate donut, which was so good, and my friends got giant pretzels and they were delicious. Prices were pretty decent for the sizes.

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Cosmic Treats

GROCERY STORES

The V Word Market
Online Shop – delivers to your doorstep anywhere in Toronto, ships to anywhere in Canada.
https://www.vwordmarket.com/

Almost Perfect (not fully vegan, but they have TONS of vegan products for SUPER CHEAP. This place is like a second-hand store for food, and it’s awesome)
1150 Sheppard Ave W, Toronto, ON M3K 2B5
http://www.almostperfect.ca/toronto/

The Big Carrot
348 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N8
https://thebigcarrot.ca/home/

Healthy Planet
568 Danforth Ave · (416) 465-9998
http://www.healthyplanetcanada.com/

Beaches Wholesome
2234 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1G2
http://wholesomemarket.ca/

Sweet Potato
2995 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z4
https://thesweetpotato.ca/

Yam Chops
705 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C2
http://yamchops.com/

Beaches Naturals
1947 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H7
http://beachesnatural.foodpages.ca/

Raise the Root Organic Market
1164 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M4M 1L4
https://www.facebook.com/Raise-the-Root-Organic-Market-1455590694695651/

Urban Bulk Emporium
1380 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C9
http://urbanbulkemporium.com/wp/

West End Food Co-op
1229 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L2
https://westendfood.coop/

Essence of Life Organics
50 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K1
http://www.essenceoflifeorganics.com/

Tutti Frutti
64 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K1
http://www.tuttifruttikensington.com/category.php

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1 Comment

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    superfitbabe
    September 3, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I’m thinking of studying abroad in Toronto or Melbourne next summer and would LOVE to LOVE to visit these places! Thanks so much for this post!

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