With a bit of a hippy reputation in its past, everyone used to laugh at Vancouver’s wide selection of vegetarian restaurants. But now that all the cool kids are eating a plant-based diet, they’re not laughing at us anymore! In fact, whether you’re committed to eating this way all the time, or you’re a flexitarian looking for a light and healthy option for dinner while you’re here, our city offers an amazing choice of spots both vegetarian and vegan. Here are five of our favourites!
1074 Davie Street, West End
Just a five-minute walk from The Burrard, BeetBox is the place we hit up when we’re looking for our fast food favourites, but completely plant-based. Burgers and “chick-un” sandwiches are our go-tos, but the taco bowl also holds a special place in our heart. You can dine-in or make a picnic out of it, but while you’re there, grab a jar of their amazing mushroom XO sauce as a quirky souvenir.
3995 Main Street, Mount Pleasant
One of the city’s best restaurants, period, just happens to also be vegetarian. The Acorn offers refined, farm-to-table dining that will open your eyes to how satisfying and beautiful this cuisine can be. Most menu items can be ordered vegan, with many also available as gluten-free. If you’re in the mood for something more casual, check out their laid-back sister restaurant, The Arbor, on the same block.
MeeT in Yaletown
1165 Mainland Street, Yaletown
At the Meet restaurants (along with Yaletown, you’ll find them in Mt Pleasant and Gastown), they’re known for their colossal burgers, but the poutine shouldn’t be missed either! With a round-up for four varieties, we’ve never felt so Canadian while also feeding our veggie-loving souls. You’ll also find bowls and salads chock full of greenery, so you can be as gluttonous or virtuous as you like.
Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian
1269 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
We used to have to head out towards the suburbs to get our plant-based Vietnamese fix, so we were thrilled when Do Chay opened their new Yaletown location last year, a short walk from the hotel. The room is as light and modern as the menu, and we can’t get enough of the mushroom wings, and the little bamboo, jicama and peanut dumplings with a coconut milk sauce.
1509 West 12th Avenue, South Granville
Heirloom Vegetarian used to primarily be known as a brunchy/lunchy spot, but we were jumping for joy when they started offering their vegetarian diner-inspired menu into the evening, paired with a solid wine list. We still love the avocado toast at any time of the day, but the artichoke tacos and the wedge salad both pair especially well with a nice dry white.
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Feature Photo: Ella Olsson from Pexels
BeetBox: via BeetBox’s Instagram account
The Acorn: via The Acorn’s Instagram account
MeeT in Yaletown: via MeeT on Main’s Instagram account
Do Chay: via Do Chay’s Instagram account
Heirloom: via Heirloom’s Instagram account