Whether you’ve fully embraced a plant-based lifestyle, you’re cutting back for health (or moral) reasons, or you just want to enjoy the bounty of summer, check out some of these awesome spots to indulge in vegetarian, vegan, and cruelty-free eats, drinks, and products—with gluten-free highlights called out too!
The Mighty Bowl
Grab the original “Mighty Bowl” and skip the cheese and sour cream at this Vancouver grown cart turned brick and mortar. Centrally located on W 8th Street, just a quick walk from Esther Short Park, The Mighty Bowl focuses on natural, local foods with other dishes like the cashew broccoli bowl or apple ginger salad. Most dishes are plant based (chicken is an optional add-on) and their array of sauces are largely egg, dairy, and gluten-free.
Known for their crispy cheese-crusted breakfast burritos and signature spicy, creamy Shack Sauce, Mack Shack has plant-based eaters covered as well. Their vegan bean burrito is stuffed with veggie goodness like sautéed onion, bell peppers, sweet corn, and hummus.
Want a light and refreshing summer treat? Head to Pho Haven for the vegetarian salad rolls with tofu, stuffed with lettuce, sprouts, and mint, and served with tasty peanut dipping sauce. Other vegetarian options include pho chay (tofu and vegetable noodle soup), a tofu bahn mi sandwich, vegetable fried rice, and a lemongrass tofu.
Vegetarians delight with tasty options like oyster mushroom and cheese tortas and tacos, comforting rice and beans, and an expanded dinner menu with taco options like carrot al pastor with crema and avocado salsa. Or mix up your boring eggs & bacon brunch routine with tasty treats like Chilaquiles and Chile Relleno tacos at Little Conejo on the weekends.
Cool down and fuel up with a delicious and satiating acai bowl from Vancouver’s original juice bar. Be Well also features wholesome items like vegan, gluten-free chili, avocado toast, and of course, an array of juices, smoothies, and wellness shots.
For exquisite vegan dining, head to Elements for dinner. Their vegan menu showcases Chef Miguel Sosa’s range with dishes like cocoa and chile rub braised carrots and butterfly pea risotto. For a special night out, try the encompassing tasting menu. Elements will delight omnivores as well, with full menu highlights like Spanish octopus ala plancha and cacciuco, a Tuscan seafood stew.
Bleu Door Bakery
A vegan pioneer in Vancouver, Bleu Door Bakery’s menu features vegetarian and vegan options from hearty hashes and sandwiches to quick grab-and-go pastries from their express window. Many of their menu options can also be made vegan. Bonus: gluten free options are available as well!
Vancouver Farmers Market
Have access to a kitchen? The Vancouver Farmers Market is one of the best ways to indulge in fresh, locally-grown and seasonal produce. Rows of veggies and fruits, local crafters showcasing their wares, food vendors, and more line the streets around Esther Short Park each weekend March through October. Bring your family or pooch along and enjoy the bustle and live music, and head off with a tote full of delicious fruits and veggies.
High Brow Social Club features a variety of cruelty-free deluxe makeup products and offers waxing services to keep your brows on fleek. Right across the street, stock up on gluten-free and vegan snacks, sips, and local goods at Arnada Naturals. In the Vancouver Mall, 100% Pure shop features fruit and plant-dyed cosmetics and vegan skin care.