5 Gluten-Free And Vegan Restaurants You Need To Try In Vancouver
Vancouver is essentially the Los Angeles of Canada. It’s known for being a health-conscious foodies paradise. And its selection of delicious gluten-free and vegan food was no exception!
I went to Vancouver as my final destination on a 11-day roadtrip through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. First stop was Victoria, before heading onto visit relatives in the Comox Valley, and finishing in Vancouver.
Although I knew Vancouver would be a gluten-free and vegan foodie’s feast, it still surprised me how accessible it was to find food there!
As my aunt’s niece is a vegan Vancouverite, I made sure to ask her where the best restaurants in the city were. Locals are always my favourite source of recommendations because they know all the hole-in-the-walls, not just the popular joints. And of course, she had some amazing suggestions that I made sure to include in this round-up list!
So Farron, if you’re reading this post, thank you for all your recommendations! Next time I’m in Vancouver, we’ll have to do this again!
Anyways, here are 5 delicious, local-approved gluten-free and vegan restaurants in Vancouver!
5 Gluten-Free And Vegan Restaurants You Need To Try In Vancouver
Chau Veggie Express
Chau Veggie Express was a last minute decision, and I’m so glad we made time to go before we were on our way back to Edmonton! This little hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant had so many gluten-free and vegan options that it was hard to narrow down meals! I wanted to try them all!
To start, my boyfriend and I ordered some namaste fresh rolls and some gluten-free nonla spring rolls. Unfortunately, the organic peanut sauce that came with the fresh rolls wasn’t gluten-free, but I enjoyed the rolls regardless! For mains, we split the golden temple soup and the candle lit lantern pho soup.
I was quite excited to try the vegan pho, as I’ve never tried pho before. I really loved the daikon chunks and the rice noodles in it. We added some Sriracha hot sauce to spice it up a bit, and it was delicious! I absolutely loved my golden temple soup, which had a turmeric coconut curry base. I also had it with the rice noodles, and it was the most unexpectedly tasty dish! Since leaving Vancouver, I can definitely say it was one of the meals I’ve missed the most!
For Chau Veggie Express’ full menu, click here.
Address: 5052 Victoria Dr.
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11:30 am–7 pm; Closed Mondays
Indigo Age Cafe
As soon as I saw Indigo Age Cafe’s full Ukranian menu, I immediately put it at the top of my gluten-free and vegan restaurants to visit list. Although my family is Croatian, not Ukranian, I was raised to celebrate every major holiday with pierogis and cabbage rolls. Since becoming gluten- and dairy-intolerant, I haven’t been able to have them anymore. Which is truly such a pity, as my mom makes the best cabbage rolls. Plus, my two aunts and my mom get together just before Christmas to pinch up to 1,500 pierogis, which they split between the three families. So naturally, I was super keen to try Indigo Age Cafe’s menu!
Unfortunately, their pierogis use regular flour in the dough, so I wasn’t able to have the pierogis. But, they did have dairy-free cabbage rolls and borscht! Both of which I ordered in a heart beat! Although I’m used to cabbage rolls topped with tomato sauce and sauerkraut, as opposed to a creamy cashew and dill dressing, they were still absolutely delicious. I also really enjoyed the borscht, which came with a raw cracker and a dollop of coconut cashew sour cream! Both dishes definitely satisfied my craving for my family recipes, and I didn’t have to wait until Christmas to have them!
For Indigo Age Cafe’s full menu, click here.
Address: 436 Richards St.
Hours: Sunday–Thursday 12 pm–6 pm; Friday & Saturday 12 pm–7 pm
Chickpea was my first introduction to Vancouver’s gluten-free and vegan food scene and wow, what an introduction! Firstly, it’s one of the largest vegan restaurants I have stepped foot in. Secondly, the decor is that of an Instagram dream. And finally, the food was so incredible, I can still taste how delicious the falafel and the chickpea fries were a month and a half later!
I split the sabich platter with a side of falafel with my boyfriend. Everything is gluten-free at this vegan restaurant, apart from the pita bread, which my partner gladly ate. It was my first time trying sabich, but I am hooked on its crispy eggplant exterior, filled with potato and chickpeas! The falafel was also some of the best I’ve had in Canada. And don’t even get me started on the deliciousness that was the crispy chickpea fries! I had never thought to make fries out of chickpeas, and I was thoroughly surprised and impressed!
For Chickpea’s full menu, click here.
Address: 4298 Main St.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11 am–11 pm; Friday 11 am–Late; Saturday 10 am–Late; Sunday 10 am–11 pm
Virtuous Pie was at the top of my boyfriend’s list when we visited Vancouver– and luckily, it was a favourite of my aunt’s niece! We ended up meeting her and her boyfriend for some pizza and kombucha and were blown away by the selection! Almost all of the pizzas can be made gluten-free, and we took full advantage of that, as we shared all four pizzas we ordered! We had the Superfunghi, Ultraviolet, Stranger Wings, and Meatball & Chevre. As the meatballs contained gluten, we kept that on a regular crust, and I wasn’t able to try it. But my boyfriend said it was definitely one of his favourite pizzas there! I also really enjoyed the Superfunghi.
We ended up loving Virtuous Pie so much that we returned and tried the Grandma Pie, which was incredibly cheesy! If you’re as lucky as we were, you can catch it during happy hour when it’s $10 for a pie! And even if you don’t catch the pizzas on happy hour, they’re well worth every penny! It was definitely some of the best gluten-free and vegan pizza I’ve ever had!
For Virtuous Pie’s full menu, click here.
Address: 583 Main St.
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 am–10 pm; Friday 11 am–11 pm; Saturday 10 am–11 pm; Sunday 10 am–10 pm
MeeT on Main
I was starving when I went to MeeT on Main, and it was the perfect place to satiate my hunger! I had the Meet Burger, which came topped with lettuce, tomato, sauteed mushrooms, chipotle mayo and a crispy onion ring. And the gluten-free bun was one of the best hamburger buns I’ve had in a while! The burger came with a side of salad and fries. I really appreciated that the meal came with both, not only because I was hungry, but also because I will normally go for a side salad and then crave the french fries after the fact.
MeeT on Main also has a second location in Vancouver. If you’re closer to Granville Island or Stanley Park, you can get a hearty meal at MeeT on Gastown as well!
For MeeT on Main’s full menu, click here.
Address: 4288 Main St.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11 am–11 pm; Friday & Saturday 11 am– 12 am; Sunday 11 am–11 pm
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Which gluten-free and vegan restaurant in Vacouver would you eat at first?
They were all so delicious, I think I’d have a tough time picking just one! Let me know which one you think would be your favourite in the comments below! And if you have any other recommendations for fellow gluten-free and vegan travellers, leave them down below as well!
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