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 are some you can check out around 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 $50 family style, prix fixe 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 peppermint mocha, caramel latte and, of course, the original cinnamon roll. Coffee and tea drinks are also available.
1319 9 Ave. S.E., 403-226-4199, canelayyc.ca
This fast-casual chain arrived in Calgary in 2018 and is a great spot to fuel up with vegetarian items like the 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 inventive menu takes vegetarian fare to the next level with an ever-changing list of dishes like charred cabbage with yuzu and crispy shallots or the popular vegetarian banh mi. 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. The menu features Thai dishes like a peanut satay rice bowl with spring rolls and panang curry, as well as a teriyaki mushroom burger, jackfruit poutine and more.
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 café 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
Focusing on local ingredients and plant-based fare, the creative menu at Monday’s Plant Café features dishes like raw zucchini lasagna and tacos with sunflower seed taco “meat.” The café 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 fast-food chain has a menu full of vegan takes on classic drive-thru foods. Try the Famous Burger, which is like a vegan Big Mac, or the pulled jackfruit sandwich. For sides, get your fries “famous style,” or topped with taco “meat,” vegan sour cream and green onion. Wash it all down with one of Odd Burger’s vegan shakes.
1515 14 St. S.W., oddburger.com
This vegan eatery can be found inside Heavens Fitness in the Beltline. Expect dishes like scrambled tofu, bibimbap, tofu katsu curry, sweet chili smoked tofu wraps, smoothies and more on the Korean-inspired menu.
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
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. Vegan Street’s Beltline location will be closing its doors after January 29, 2023.
1111 7 St. S.W., 403-454-3287, veganstreet.ca
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. Vegan Street Taco Bar will be launching a new menu on February 4, 2023.
1413 9 Ave. S.E., 403-453-3282, veganstreet.ca
This plant-based market and café 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