Whether you’re already a vegetarian, or maybe adding in a “meatless Monday” to your family’s weekly meal routine, or you simply enjoy a plant-based meal from time to time, there’s countless options for vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver and the surrounding areas.
From breakfast to dinner, simple to gourmet, there’s a vegan or vegetarian option for every palate and budget. And a meal out is a great place to start if you’re wondering how to become a vegetarian family.
Here’s some of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver for families:
The Workshop Vegetarian
Where: 296 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver
Ramen and udon noodles, pizza toast, steamed buns, and buddha bowls are all on the menu in this café, along with a wide assortment of freshly made meal kits to take home to prepare. With a focus on Japanese flavours, and a growing delivery service, it’s not surprise the Workshop continues to be a local North Shore favourite.
Where: 2119 Kingsway, Vancouver and 106-11267 125A Street, Surrey
The brainchild of a vegan chef who felt there was a shortage of options, the Vegan Pizza House first opened in Vancouver in 2011 and later expanded to Surrey. With a variety of vegetarian and vegan options – including plant-based meat substitutes for ham, seafood, and more – the Vegan Pizza House puts a twist on traditional pizza and is a best bet for vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver.
Where: 185 Keefer St., Vancouver
From weekend brunch to happy hour through to dinner with friends, Mila has something for everyone with a focus on Asian cuisines, with creative alternatives for a variety of traditional dishes, including unique twists on classic sushi. This is one of the newer restaurants in the area for plant-based meals, but has quickly earned itself a great reputation.
Where: 583 Main Street
Get your pizza party on at Virtuous Pie – complete with a vegan ice cream dessert. From homemade doughs to non-dairy cheeses, as well as a variety of unique ice cream options, Virtuous Pie is one of the favourite vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver among vegetarian Vancouverites (and vegetarians further afield: there’s another location on the UBC campus, a third in Victoria, and a fourth south of the border in Portland, Oregon.)
Where: 1269 Hamilton and 1392 Kingsway in Vancouver
Take a plant-based spin on Vietnamese cuisine at Do Chay with popular favourites like pho, spring rolls, and potstickers, among plenty of others. With one location in Yaletown and a second on Kingsway, there’s double the opportunities to check out these vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver.
Where: 1025 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
It’s up to you: pop in for a handcrafted meal – or pick up the groceries and ingredients you need to do it all yourself. Eternal Abundance has a café that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a market for vegan supplies and groceries. The shop opened eight years ago and has been popular with locals ever since.
Where: 1185 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Cookies and cakes and treats – and all of it is 100% plant based. Located right downtown, this might make a good mid-morning coffee break for those who work in the city – or a good spot to stop in for those who live nearby at any time of the day.
Where: 3995 Main Street, Vancouver
This “plant-forward” restaurant has made a name for itself far beyond Vancouver – in fact, it was named the No 1 Vegan-Friendly Restaurant in the World by Big 7 Travel. With unique menu options and creative twists on classic fare, it continues to draw customers old and new. The restaurant has also put out its own cookbook, so you can make an Acorn-worthy meal, right at home.
Down 2 Earth Plant Parlour
Where: 8912 200 Street in Langley
From cookies and pastries, to hearty home-cooked fare, this plant-based café in the Walnut Grove area of Langley is an ideal destination for vegetarians east of the Port Mann bridge. Cozy, quaint, and bright, this vibrant shop draws customers of all ages from the surrounding area.
Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House
Where: 8681 Tenth Ave., Burnaby
This local favourite has been open for nearly 20 years. First opening its doors in 2003, the family-run restaurant has a mix of Vietnamese-based noodle recipes and more for lunch and dinner. They also do take-out catering for large orders and small events.