It seems like the vegan trend is here to stay. We all know Torontonians love to be fit and eat healthy, and the vegan lifestyle is a great way for them to accomplish that. The problem is that eating vegetables day in and out can get a bit bland. Thank god Toronto has a TON of vegan restaurants for you to pick and choose from. Here are our favourites.
64 Oxford Street
1. Urban Herbivore
I can't see what's not to love - Urban Herbivore is all about simple, fresh, and delicious food. The portion sizes are MASSIVE and the ingredients they use are always high-quality and tasty. Their baked goods and sandwiches are absolutely to die for, making it a great spot for a grab and go lunch.
17 Baldwin St
2. Vegetarian Haven
True talk: the food at Vegetarian Haven is so good, you will never again doubt your choice to be a vegan. I'm a huge fan of their use of mushrooms and the Pad Thai is a must try.
140 Spadina Ave a101
3. Loving Hut
The Loving Hut is an organic vegan restaurant that puts a twist the taste of Vietnamese and Chinese-inspired cuisine. This place is organic, vegan, non-GMO, no MSG, & nut free. And did I forget to mention delicious? The summer rolls and the Thai curry are where it's at.
Photo cred - Trip Advisor
2188 Queen St. E
4. Tori's Bakeshop
Tori's Bakeshop is a gem on the East side. It is an eco-friendly, all-natural organic bakery that offers dairy-free, egg-free, casein-free and refined sugar-free treats of all sorts with a lovely selection of gluten free products. They're great if you're looking for a yummy latte or a healthy lunch.
1170 Queen St W
5. Bolt Fresh Bar
Juices, smoothies, salads and grain bowls make up the extent of this menu. Bolt Fresh Bar is great for people looking to kick start a healthy vegan diet. Trade in your poutine for a generously portioned quinoa, kale, tofu, beets, avocado and carrot bowl. The ingredients are fresh, crisp and sourced from local suppliers.
93 Front St. East
6. Cruda Cafe
Cruda Cafe is all about raw eating and they make it taste good. Their eco-friendly services advise you to bring your own take-out container to avoid extra garbage. Not that you'll have any, since your food will be scarfed down faster than you can say "yum".
885 Dundas St W
7. Cafe 668 Vegetarian Restaurant
Located in Little Italy, Cafe 668 ensures a steady service with the busy atmosphere. They have a cozy patio for a little extra fresh air and elegant indoor seating alike. My recommendations are the mango salsa, the summer rolls and the king mushroom special
2116 Queen St E
8. Castro's Lounge
Castro's Lounge is a Mecca for beer snobs as they have a wonderful selection of brew and casks, and make a beer lover of anybody as they don't really carry anything that's familiar in the suds department. So pair your favorite vegan dishes with a glass of a new brew. What could be better?
Photo cred - Four Square
1371 Dundas St W
9. E.L Ruddy Co. Cafe
E L Ruddy Co Cafe is a tiny bar/restaurant west of Dundas and Ossington with a Mexican vibe. It's a cool, tiny place you'd totally miss if you didn't know it was there. It is ideal for a pub crawl on a Friday evening. The menu offers well portioned vegan food and there are are still options for your non-vegetarian friends.
100 King Street West
10. Kupfert and Kim
There is always a long lineup at Kupfert and Kim, because they have the magical powers to make salads sexy. Who knew it could be done? The Oaxaca Salad, it's vegan conversion worthy.