The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Spots in Vancouver

Maybe you are doing it for health reasons, maybe you are doing it for ethical reasons, maybe you are doing it for love, or maybe you just love vegetables. Whatever your reasons, there is nothing wrong with being vegan or vegetarian, and there is no shortage of spots for you to go in Vancouver to get your fill. From hot and tasty to cool and fresh, here are 6 of Vancouver’s best vegan & vegetarian restaurants.

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Located in the heart of Yaletown, Zend is the place to go in Vancouver for kick-ass plant-based vegan food & drink. From snacks to salads to entrees to botanical cocktails, Zend is the perfect place to feed your body, mind, and soul. You will definitely find a lot of nuts, fruits, and veggies at Zend, but you will also find a lot of taste, like their version of Tacos, with raw veggie taco shells, seed & spice mix, red cabbage, fresh guacamole, pico de gallo & cashew queso sauce. Or check out their version of Cannelloni, with almond ricotta, puttanesca sauce, zucchini noodles, and cashew parmesan. And be sure to accompany your meal with one of their famous botanical cocktails, juices or smoothies. We guarantee that you will walk out healthier and smarter than when you walked in. Bonus: you get to feed your belly and your brain.

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Bandidas began in 2009, when two friends decided to quit their teaching jobs and open a vegetarian taco shop, where everything is made from scratch. Nine years later, Bandidas Taqueria has become a beloved Commercial Drive food institution, always packed and always awesome. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Bandidas satisfies all vegan & vegetarian diners, and is a favourite spot for gluten-free eaters as well. From their famous Huevos Rancheros to their spicy tortilla soup to their killer tacos and burritos, and everything in between, Bandidas is definitely a place where you can believe the hype. Bonus: Perfect hangover food.

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You know those under-the-radar, outta-the-way spots that you either stumble upon, hear about from a friend, or or read about on a blog? Chau Veggie Express is one of those spots. Everything about this Vietnamese-inspired vegetarian spot absolutely kills, from the funky decor to the huge variety of food. Although they have a nice assortment of tasty soups, salads, and rolls, it is the bowls that take center stage at Chau. And the star of the show is the Rickety Rickshaw Bowl: crispy spring rolls, vermicelli noodles, shredded bean curd, mung beans, crispy shallots, green leaf lettuce, cucumber. If you don’t know, now you know. Bonus: Vietnamese Americanos!

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Most restaurants offer up big and varied menus, serving up something for everyone. Sometimes, however, you will find a restaurant that only serves up one thing, and they do it really well. Located in the heart of downtown, Field and Social is about one thing and one thing only: salad. And who doesn’t just crave a salad every once in a while? And when that craving hits, Field and Social offers 10 unique salads to satisfy you. Our favourite is the Avofresco, with romaine, arugula, shredded purple cabbage, pickled carrots, organic quinoa, cilantro, red onion, feta, spiced sunflower seeds, toasted tortilla chips & half an avocado. Salad never tasted so good. Bonus: you can add a perfectly cooked ramen egg to any salad.

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There are a handful of things you can always count on in Vancouver: rain, mountains, traffic…and the Naam. The Naam opened up in the hippie-friendly confines of Kitsilano in 1968, and although Kits has since evolved from a land of hippies and free love to a land of stroller moms and hipsters, the Naam hasn’t changed. They still serve up massive plates of fresh vegetarian fare, from pizzas to quesadillas to burgers to salads. And best of all: they are still open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making them a perfect spot after a night out, or as a hangover cure the next morning. If you are looking for a new addiction, you gotta try their famous sesame fries with miso gravy. It’s a Vancouver staple. Bonus: the hidden patio in the back.

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Sometimes, all you need in life is a tasty, organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, white sugar-free vegan pudding. And when that craving hits, there is – literally – only one place to go: Vegan pudding & Co. Seriously, these puddings are not to be feared. They are not only good for you, but are also tasty AF. You can choose from classics like Vanilla w/ Caramel Sauce or Chocolate w. Double Chocolate Sauce. Better yet, live on the edge and try the Matcha Green Tea w/ Roasted Black Sesame Sauce or the Earl Grey Tea w/ Lemon Caramel Sauce. Bonus: Creme Brulee pudding!

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When it comes to vegan and vegetarian cuisine, we have certainly come along way, baby. From salads to pastas to pizzas to tacos to burgers to puddings, Vancouver is loaded with enough vegan and vegetarian fare to keep you satisfied. Go check these places out or get it delivered using ParcelPal and get your veggie on!