Best Vegetarian - Vegan Restaurants in Vancouver, BC

I am a big fan of testing out vegetarian / vegan restaurants in the city. In a recent conversation with a peer, she mentioned that she would love to have a list of go-to’s in the city - so it only seemed fitting that I start with my favourite vegetarian / vegan restaurants in Vancouver. Hopefully this list saves you some time and a headache or two researching restaurants!

Note: The restaurants are put in no specific order!


Location:  East Van (2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)

Location: East Van (2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)

 

What you need to know:

  • Mexican inspired food

  • Big Plates

  • Not overly expensive ($$)

  • Vegetarian with vegan options

  • Chill vibes + great culture (supports local causes)

  • Friendly staff

  • Typically busy

  • Fast service

  • Absolutely delicious

  • My favourite dish: Alan’s Breakfast Salad (Brunch Menu)


HEIRLOOM VEGETARIAN - https://www.heirloomveg.ca

Location: South Granville (1509 W 12th Ave, Vancouver)

Location: South Granville (1509 W 12th Ave, Vancouver)

 

What you need to know:

  • Vegan and vegetarian fare - mix of your classics plus some unique offerings

  • A little more upscale feeling - beautiful decor

  • A little pricier but still reasonable ($$)

  • A great option for a nice dinner out

  • Plate sizes are medium to large (depends what you get)

  • Great quality ingredients - mostly organic and local!

  • If you like grain bowls or salads - this is the place to go

  • Best to make a reservation prior to going

  • My favourite dish: The Ninja Bowl (Dinner Menu)


Location: Kitsilano ( 2961 W Broadway, Vancouver)

Location: Kitsilano ( 2961 W Broadway, Vancouver)

 

What you need to know:

  • Great “hole in the wall” spot for a vegetarian or vegan burger!

  • Recommend picking up the burger and taking it to the beach with friends

  • Less expensive food option ($)

  • They emphasize quality ingredients

  • More of a healthy fast-food feel

  • Offer the beyond meat burger

  • Burgers are jam-packed with flavour!

  • My favourite dish: Barbecue Tempeh Burger


CHAU VEGGIE EXPRESS - https://www.chowatchau.ca

Location: East Vancouver (5052 Victoria Drive, Vancouver)

Location: East Vancouver (5052 Victoria Drive, Vancouver)

 

What you need to know:

  • Plant based eatery serving Vietnamese inspired food

  • Mouth watering dishes

  • Soups, bowls and salads plus some yummy appetizers!

  • Great to share - you will want to try everything!

  • Great atmosphere for dining in, but they also offer pick up if you want to enjoy in the comfort of your own home

  • Expect a combination of some vietnamese classic with a Westernized twist

  • If you are feeling hungry, this is the place to go! Great bang for your buck ($$)

  • My favourite dish: Rickety Rickshaw Bowl


Location: Kitsilano (2028 Vine St) and Strathcona (611 Gore Ave, Vancouver)

Location: Kitsilano (2028 Vine St) and Strathcona (611 Gore Ave, Vancouver)

 

What you need to know:

  • Plant-focused cafe - all vegan options!

  • Variety of dishes from açai bowls and smoothies to soups and grain bowls

  • Good if you are in a pinch and looking for a satisfying and nourishing meal-to-go

  • Menu evolves weekly - so keep your eye out for new items!

  • My favourite dish: Coastal Macro Bowl and I also LOVE their Coconut Yogurt

Andrea Zimmering