WHERE TO EAT VEGAN FOOD IN MONTREAL, CANADA

1st March 2016

vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants in montreal canada

I took advantage of being back in my old neck of the wood over the Christmas break to check out what was happening on the vegan food scene around town. I was super excited to see that most of my old faves were still alive and well, and even more excited to discover that there were quite a few brand new comers, making Montreal one of the most vegan friendly cities I’ve stepped foot in. So without further ado, here are ten vegan restaurants I sampled and that you should definitely check out next time you’re in Montreal!

1. ANTIDOTE SUPERALIMENTATION

antidote superalimentation vegan restaurant in montreal, quebec, canada

antidote superalimentation vegan restaurant in montreal, quebec, canada

A relative newcomer in the Montreal vegan food scene – and an exciting one at that – Antidote Superalimentation is the first fully vegan grocery store in the province as well as being an excellent café and juice bar. Everything here is spot on: great visual identity, a bright and airy interior with trendy industrial touches, a bunch of cool people both working there and kicking around at all times, and, most obviously, excellent food. Quebec comfort food such as cretons, omelettes, bacon, grilled cheese and hot dogs are a few examples of the short but extremely well thought-out menu. Grab a fresh, cold press, organic juice and a soy latte and you’re all set. And don’t forget to take some of their homemade vegan prepared food to go.
Must-try: the brunch platter and the take-away homemade cashew aged cheddar and goat cheese.
Antidote Superalimentation
3459 Ontario Est, Montréal, QC H1W 1R4

Metro Joliette
OPEN: 9am-7pm daily
Direc­tions // Face­book

2. AUX VIVRES
A staple on the Montreal vegan food scene, Aux Vivres has, since my last visit 2 years ago, expanded it’s dining room and opened a take away counter next door and is more popular than ever – with great reasons. The food is incredible and will satisfy vegans and carnivores alike with offers such as sandwiches and salads and the famous weekend brunch. There is a selection of desserts to boot. Sorry no photo, I was too hungry.
Must-try: “le complet” weekend brunch and, my staple, the outstanding dragon bowl.
Aux Vivres
4631 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R2

Metro Mont-Royal
OPEN: Mon-Fri: 11am–11pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-11pm
Direc­tions // Face­book

3. COPPER BRANCH

copper branch vegan restaurant in montreal, quebec, canada

Another fab addition to the ever-expanding plant-based restaurant options in the city, this Montreal born and bred company prides itself of being the first 100% vegan food chain in the province. With a few outlets scattered across the city and a choice of sandwiches, burgers, power bowls, chili and soups that all make me a little sad I no longer call Montreal home, Copper Branch is the perfect little spot for a healthy bite. The warm yet industrial interior with raw wood counters and copper light fixings lends itself to lingering and people watching (I enjoyed the Ste-Catherine location perpendicular from Square Cabot a lot). Many gluten-free and fully organic options available.
Must try: the Aztec Bowl with tempeh, sweet potato, pumpkin seeds, corn and mango salsa, sour cream, guacamole, black beans, sprouted mung beans, chickpeas and veg (or any of the Power Bowls!)
Copper Branch
Go here for locations and opening hours
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4. GREEN PANTHER

Green Panther (La Panthere Verte), vegan restaurant in Montreal, Quebec, Canadaimage source

My favorite neighborhood restaurant from when I lived in Montreal, Green Panther has since opened two new outlets and is thriving more than ever. Here you’ll find fully vegan and organic soups, salads and daily specials, as well as delicious cookies and healthful green juices and smoothies in a laid back environment. The falafels are what got me hooked, but the daily salad mixes are also excellent. Especially if you top them with a side of falafel 😉
Must try: omg, the falafels!
Green Panther (La panthère verte)
Go here for locations and opening hours
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5. RESTO VEGO

resto vego vegan and vegetarian restaurant in montreal, quebec, canada

The long established pay-per-weight vegetarian buffet formerly called Le Commensal is back in force with a brand new identity. Resto Végo unfortunately does have a few dairy and eggs dishes, but everything is extremely well labeled and the huge quantity of dishes marked with a V are fully vegan. The salad bar is especially exciting to me, with both DIY ingredients and ready-made warm and cold salads. It’s worth coming with a large appetite since the price is capped at $16.50 so long as it doesn’t exceed 1kg in weight. There is also 25% off the food on the last hour before closing. The McGill College location is especially great, overlooking the shopping area on Ste-Catherine, with floor-to-ceiling windows. A few vegan cakes also available.
Must try: the spicy tempeh stew, the vermicelli, kale and almond salad and the veggie pate.
Resto Vego McGill // Directions
1204 McGill College Avenue, Montreal, QC, H3B 4J8
Metro McGill
Resto Végo St-Denis // Directions
1720 Saint-Denis Street, Montreal, QC H2X 3K6
Metro Berri-UQAM
Visit here for opening hours
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6. CAFE VENOSA

venosa cat cafe and adoption center, vegan restaurant in montreal, quebec, canada

A café with a difference, Café Venosa is a cat café that is, as well as a fully vegan restaurant, an adoption center. The extremely dedicated – not to mention extremely lovely – owners’ aim is to help reduce the cat population in shelters by adopting them and then putting them up for adoption within the café with better screening rules for the families. It’s a bit like a cat dating system – you have to make sure it works between you before you’re allowed to adopt. Beyond that, the food is great and the ambiance even greater. Too bad I’m actually allergic to cats!
Must try: the Caesar wrap and the London fog.
Café Venosa
4433 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2L2

Metro Mont-Royal
OPEN: 10am-8pm daily
Directions // Facebook

7. CAFE NUTRIMANIA

nutrimania vegan cafe in montreal, quebec, canada

Yummy sloppy healthy scrumptious veggie burgers, fresh and crunchy salads and healthful vitality bowls are just a sample of the fare on offer at this bright and laid back fully vegan café and juice bar on Rachel in the heart of the Plateau. There is a great smoothie and cold pressed juice selection, juice cleanse / detox programs available, as well as meal planning and delivery service. The food is prepared with love and care and the service is friendly and laid back. The whole menu is super healthful and the music playlist is great. A fantastic place to hang out. There is a brunch menu on the weekend.
Must try: the incredible beet burger, the chick peas and kale vitality salad, the deliciously creamy and extremely authentic Thai curry coco bowl, the vegan caesar salad.
Café Nutrimania
6 Rachel Est, Montreal, QC, H2W 1C5

Metro Mont Royal
OPEN: Mon – Wed: 7am-8pm
Thurs-Fri: 7am-9pm
Sat: 10am-9pm
Sun: 10am-6pm
Direc­tions // Face­book

8. SUSHI MOMO

sushi momo vegan restaurant in montreal, quebec, canada

Sushi Momo was vegan friendly for its first year of existence, but they have recently taken the 100% vegan turn – making them the only fully vegan sushi restaurant in Montreal – and that is exciting news, people. It’s a lovely little hole in the wall on Duluth with explosive contemporary twists on sushi and flavors coming from different cuisines (the Mumbai futomaki is bomb). The menu is huge and intriguing and I cannot wait to go back to sample some more. Out with the boring avocado and cucumber rolls, that’s for sure.
Must try: the spicy jackfruit, Mumbai and vegano.
Sushi Momo
8 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1G6

Metro Sherbrooke
OPEN: Sun: 3pm-10pm
Mon: 3pm-9pm
Tues-Thu: 3pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 3pm-11pm
Directions // Facebook

9. CRUDESSENCE

crudessence raw vegan restaurant in montreal, quebec, canada

A long standing raw vegan company that has been blossoming like crazy those past years in Montreal, Crudessence now serves a few partially cooked and fully cooked options as well as their usual creative and ever changing menu of healthy raw dishes comprising of soups, salads, sushi, sandwiches, juices and smoothies. The food is a bit expensive, but made with care with top quality organic ingredients and is very complex and intricate. They also have their own range of kombucha (Rise) as well as an academy offering a bunch of different culinary classes.
Must try: the om burger, tacos, pad thai, tuna wrap, the weekend brunch and any of the delicious cakes.
Crudessence
Go here for locations and opening hours
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10. CHUCHAI

chu chai thai vegan restaurant in montreal, quebec, canadaimage source

A pioneer on the vegan food scene in Montreal, ChuChai has been opened since 1997 and serves Thai food done with a selection of soy and seitan based mock meat as well as many vegetable-only dishes. I’m generally not much for mock meat, but some dishes here are really nice! Nice ambiance and great service also.
Must try: the larb, green curry and green papaya salads – all my thai favorites, done right!
ChuChai
4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M5

Metro Sherbrooke
Directions // Facebook

More vegan chow options:

Invitation V… for a very fancy dinner
Sophie Sucrée… for ALL of the cakes
Doggy Café… Bring your own dog (BYOD)
Vegan Rapide… For vegan poutine!
Lola Rosa… For great nachos
Grannyssima… For an inspired and superior sampling menu
Le Jubar… For something exclusive and exotic
Burritoville… I’ll let you guess that one


Disclaimer: some meals were complimentary in exchange for being part of this guide. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

5 thoughts on “WHERE TO EAT VEGAN FOOD IN MONTREAL, CANADA

  1. Albina

    This is an awesome guide! Thank you for all the work. I love the interiors of the first two. I should definitely check out #6 as well 🙂

    Reply

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