A vegan guide to Toronto

17 Sep 2021

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As Canada's cultural capital and one of the world's largest multicultural cities, it’s no surprise that Toronto has a diverse food scene. Over the years, the vegan community has grown exponentially and it is now home to Vegandale, one of the biggest vegan festivals in North America.

In our city guide series, members share recommendations from their beloved hometowns. This September, follow Sarah Paterson on a vegan tour as she shares places to hang and dine out in Toronto.

Sarah Paterson Photo: @sarahrosepat

Sarah was born and raised in this city. She grew up in a vegetarian household, which helped her transition to a plant-based diet. "The change was easy since I had been eating and cooking vegetarian meals my whole life," says Sarah. Currently, she lives with her partner, Jonathan, and her 5-month-old daughter, Florence.

The locals call this city by its many names. Sarah's favorite is "city of neighborhoods," owing to its 170 unique streets. Each street holds a rich cultural history and brings out some of the city's best ethnic restaurants, including many plant-based dishes. Because of this, "It is easy to find vegan options, no matter where you are in the city."

Here are Sarah's recommendations for enjoying Toronto.

Toronto map

Vegan restaurants

Fresh on Front

Photo of Tiger Bowl Tiger Bowl from Fresh on Front. Photo: @sarahrosepat

Fresh has locations in the University of Toronto campus, Trinity Bellwoods neighborhood, Toronto’s fashion district, Yonge-Eglington area. The Balance bowl is filled with many fresh ingredients and unique flavors; this has been my favorite for many years. The Tiger Bowl comes as a close second.

Eat Nabati

Middle Eastern cuisine is one of my absolute favorites, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Eat Nabati, a plant-based Middle Eastern restaurant in the vibrant Kensington Market community! The restaurant is small, but don’t let that fool you. Our favorite dishes were the za’atar cauliflower pita and the Egyptian Eggplant Bowl. Everything we tried on the menu is absolutely amazing, and we can’t wait to go back for more.

Photo of Egyptian Eggplant Bowl Egyptian Eggplant Bowl from Eat Nabati. Photo: @sarahrosepat

Hello 123

Photo of Irene’s Massive Breakfast Irene’s Massive Breakfast from Hello 123. Photo: @sarahrosepat

Vegan-Friendly Restaurants

Cafe Polonez

We love Cafe Polonez! Everything here is so good. The food gets made with fresh, whole-food ingredients. Traditionally, Polish cuisine has many plant-based dishes, and Cafe Polonez has always offered vegan-friendly options or substitutes when asked. Recently, they took it a notch higher by adding vegan dishes to their menu.

When you’re dining here, you will feel as if you’ve taken a plane and landed in Poland for the evening. This place is an absolute favorite of mine and is known to many as Little Poland. Make sure to try their fresh vegan Perogies and Latkes. Another personal favorite of ours is the vegan Hungarian soup.

Landwer Cafe

Cafe Landwer is an Israeli chain that opened its first Canadian location in Toronto's bustling financial district in 2017. Its location makes it a regular spot for the office crowd. They offer plenty of plant-based options, such as plant-based breakfast and hummus bowls with a variety of toppings. Since it is near Union Station, the location is convenient for those visiting the city or needing a quick bite while waiting for the train.

Photo of plant-based breakfast spread and Falafel Hummus bowl Breakfast spread and Falafel Hummus bowl from Landwer Cafe. Photo: @sarahrosepat

Tifilsi

This Georgian restaurant is located in the Beaches neighborhood. We love Tifilsi for the food and its location. If you are visiting Toronto, make a trip down to this beautiful neighborhood. I spent most of my childhood in this area and can say it is one of the city's most beautiful and scenic areas. Steps away from the boardwalk, Tifilsi is known for its traditional Georgian cuisine. The dishes are unique and amazing, and our favorites are the assorted Pkhali, the Acharuli, and the Badrijani.

Photo of Assorted Pkhali and Badrijani Assorted Pkhali and Badrijani from Tifilsi. Photo: @sarahrosepat

Soos/Fat Choi

This restaurant is located on the trendy Ossington strip, and Soos is one of our favorite date night spots. The restaurant is a family-run business, and the owners are delightful. Their Fat Choi menu recreates Malaysian street food in a vegan way.

Photo of Char Kway Teow Char Kway Teow from Soos/Fat Choi. Photo: @sarahrosepat

Make sure you book a spot in advance because this little restaurant fills up quickly! If you're not sure what to order, try their "Feed Me" option, which is priced at CAN $45 per person, and you get to try a selection of Soos favorites. We love starting the meal with the Prosperity-tossed Slaw and Sambal Dhal and Roti. Our favorites are the Char Kway Teow or the seasonal laksa soup available in the colder months.

Vegan Cafes

Bloomers on Queen

Bloomers on Queen is one to visit if you're a donut lover. They offer fresh, vegan donuts and other baked goods. Come by for their uniquely flavored donuts, including Rose Water, Pistachio, and Wild Blueberry.

Photo of Wild Blueberry donut Wild Blueberry donut from Bloomers on Queen. Photo: @sarahrosepat

The Roasted Nut

Photo of Pineapple flavored gelato Pineapple flavored gelato from The Roasted Nut. Photo: @sarahrosepat

Vegan Dessert

Honey’s Ice Cream

This place serves the best vegan ice cream we have ever had. I can assure you that if you gave this to someone without informing them of its vegan status, they would have no idea that it’s vegan. Love!

Photo of Chocolate peanut-butter ice cream Chocolate peanut-butter ice cream from Honey’s Ice Cream. Photo: @sarahrosepat

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itsanavi1 YEAR AGO
@lilakola did you visit them all? 🙈
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