Tired of showing up at restaurants and finding only one or two vegetarian dishes to choose from on the menu? Calgary is home to many restaurants that are entirely focused on vegetarian and vegan fare. Here’s a look at some of the places you can enjoy a plant-based meal in the city.
This restaurant, which operates as a worker cooperative, is a great destination for plant-based fare. Pair dishes like chickpea fries, crispy fried mushrooms and squash latkes with delicious cocktails, wine or beer. Consider popping by on a Sunday to try the $45 prix fixe, four-course menu.
211A 12 Ave. S.W., 403-264-5416, theallium.ca
Located in Inglewood, this vegan bakery offers all kinds of delicious baked goods, including croissants, cookies and cakes. Canela is best known for its cinnamon rolls though, which come in a variety of changing flavours like maple pecan, Oreo and caramel latte. Coffee and tea drinks are also available.
1319 9 Ave. S.E., 403-226-4199, canelayyc.ca
This plant-based, fast-casual chain arrived in Calgary in 2018 and is a great spot to fuel up with a power bowl, a spicy black bean burger, spicy buffalo soy wings, quinoa chili and more. The eatery also offers all-day breakfast items like blueberry cocoa gluten-free waffles, avocado toast, a southwest tofu wrap scramble and more.
201 16 Ave. N.E. 403-230-2499, eatcopperbranch.com
One of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in the city, The Coup’s food is beloved by plant and meat eaters alike. The restaurant uses a lot of organic and local ingredients and environmentally friendly products. The inventive menu takes vegetarian fare to the next level with items like Korean fried mushrooms, tempeh shawarma and hot pot with a spicy coconut tomato lime broth. Don’t forget to check out the fun cocktail list as well.
924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca
Whether you’re visiting the Hearts Choices Cafe Market or the Hearts Choices eatery at the Calgary Farmers’ Market, tasty vegan fare is just a short drive away. Thai green or yellow curry, satay skewers, a barbecue pulled jackfruit burger, an oyster mushroom po’boy sandwich and a peanut satay bowl are just a few of the dishes that await.
Calgary Farmers’ Market, 510 77 Ave. S.E. and 4127 6 St. N.E., 403-276-2163, heartschoices.com
Kb & Co is a casual, plant-based cafe with a mix of breakfast dishes, soups, salads, sandwiches and bowls. You can start your morning off with some balsamic berry avocado toast or fill up on a coconut BLT for lunch. The Beltline eatery also has a large selection of vegan smoothies and some coffee and superfood lattes.
926 16 Ave. S.W., 403-561-9856, kbandcompany.com
Formerly Kensington’s Raw Eatery & Market, Monday’s Plant Café is now located in Bridgeland. Focusing on local ingredients and plant-based fare, the creative menu features dishes like zucchini lasagna and tacos with sunflower seed taco meat. The cafe also has a small retail area where you can pick up local snacks and beauty and home products.
208 4 St. N.E., 825-222-9080, mondaysplantcafe.com
Nan’s Noodle House is a vegan restaurant with a focus on noodle and soup dishes. Ramen, laksa, pho and vermicelli bowls are just some of the dishes from around the world that you can try here, as well as banh mi subs, baos, mini dumplings and more. Nan’s Noodle House also operates as a full vegan market where you can pick up sauces, vegan proteins and grab-and-go meals.
3103B Edmonton Trail N.E., 403-455-0590, nansnoodlehouse.com
This vegan eatery can be found inside Heavens Fitness in the Beltline. You won’t find any meat on the Korean-inspired menu at SaVeg, just plenty of plant-based goodness. Expect dishes like scrambled tofu, bibimbap, tofu katsu curry, sweet chili smoked tofu wraps, smoothies and more.
637 11 Ave. S.W., 403-263-3126, savegcafe.ca
V Burger takes the idea of fast food and gives it a plant-based spin. The menu offers vegan takes on a wide range of burgers, chick’n bites, breakfast sandwiches and more. It’s also well known for its desserts, which include vegan soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, shakes and cookies (which are also used to make ice cream sandwiches).
819 17 Ave. S.W., 587-387-7272, heyvburger.com
Work downtown and forgot your lunch? Hop over to Veg-In YYC for a meal that’s healthy and tasty. The vegan eatery offers veggie burritos stuffed with ingredients like sautéed potato, smashed samosa, masala jackfruit or Beyond Sausage, as well as burgers, samosas, bowls and flatbreads. There’s even vegan cake for dessert in flavours like double chocolate and blueberry lavender.
215 6 Ave. S.E., 587-351-5253, veginyyc.com
Located in the Beltline, Vegan Street is a popular Calgary spot for vegan fare. With menu items like “chickin” bites, a selection of poutine dishes, tacos, and rice bowls, Vegan Street is a fun spot to tempt your tastebuds. Don’t forget to grab a cocktail from the cocktail menu, too.
1111 7 St. S.W., 403-454-3287, veganstreet.ca/beltline
As the sister restaurant of Vegan Street, Vegan Street Taco Bar has plenty of meatless options for everyone. This restaurant is focused on Mexican cuisine, with dishes like jalapeno cheeze dip, chickpea tostadas, bowls and, of course, plenty of tacos and burritos. Plus, it has an impressive selection of margaritas and other cocktails. Taco Tuesday will never be the same.
1413 9 Ave. S.E., 403-453-3282, veganstreet.ca/inglewood
This Saddleridge eatery’s vegetarian menu offers a wide range of Indian fare including chaat papri, palak paneer and bhindi masala. Several of the dishes are gluten-free as well. You can also sign up for a tiffin subscription through the restaurant.
49 Savanna Blvd. N.E., 403-583-1111, veggieking.ca
This plant-based market and cafe serves healthy and filling options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit WholeLifeGo in Hillhurst to check out the impressive selection of vegan sushi, as well as dishes like chickpea curry rice, lasagna, ramen, superfood waffles, chocolate torte and more.
340 14 St. N.W., 587-352-5433, wholelifego.com