Best Vegan Restaurants, Bakeries, and Cafes in Toronto

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by Oxygen and Fire

If you're ever in Toronto and wonder if there is any vegan food near me, don't fret.

We gotchu! :D

We know it's hard to travel and stay true to oneself in terms of not falling off the vegan bandwagon.

Breaking our vegan commitment is a deal breaker for us, so many times, we've ended up making our own meals by buying supplies at grocery stores when vegan restaurant options were limited while traveling.

Thankfully, there are many vegan restaurants, bakeries, and cafes in Toronto we truly enjoy.

Although there is an increase in vegan options being offered at omni restaurants, there's nothing quite like going to fully plant-based or vegan restaurants, bakeries, and cafes where we're not limited to a select few items.

Ever liked a place so much that you planned your next meal or item you'd like to eat for the following time you visit, during your present moment there?

That's us, all the time with these places! :D

Having the full menu as options truly makes us want to go back for seconds, thirds, and ultimately be a loyal returning customer.

That and other factors need to line up, as well, of course!

While there are many more places we have yet to explore, here are our current top favourite vegan restaurants, bakeries, and cafes in Toronto.

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Fresh Kitchen and Juice Bar

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Whenever we feel like having a vegan burger and fries our go to is Fresh Kitchen and Juice Bar

The service is nice and the quality of the grain burger patties are our favourite.

We usually pair it up with a Sap Sucker drink in Grapefruit flavour.

When the weather is nice we like taking it to a local park and eating under the trees picnic style.

Access their menu, here: https://www.freshkitchens.ca/en/menu.html

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Planta on Queen

For a night out on the town, may we suggest Planta on Queen.

Although their menu has evolved over the years, the ahi watermelon sushi remains to be our favourite dish.

We enjoy the ambiance and the fusion of Thai, Japanese, and Singaporean cuisines.

It's like going on a mini vacation without leaving the city.

Access their menu, here: https://www.plantarestaurants.com/menu/all-day-menu-copy/

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Chocosol

Speaking about going on mini vacations without leaving the city, at Chosol, we had the priviledge of being transported to Central and South America when we went on their 'Cacao and Maize Tasting' tour.

The stories of how they source their ingredients have stayed with us and whenever we see their Jaguar hot chocolate as an option at a nearby cafe, it's our go to choice (especially the Jaguar swirl hot chocolate offered at the Evergreen Brickworks Farmer's market).

The tacos are truly delicious and uncomparable.

We found visiting Chocosol worth it!

Access their website for full details: https://chocosoltraders.com/products/private-taste-tour

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Bloomers

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We love Bloomers.

What a wholesome, young family run cafe specializing in vegan donuts and other vegan bakery items such as bagels, cupcakes, croissants, etc.

Their efforts to include a culturally diverse public do NOT go unnoticed.

There've been Diwali themed donuts, Sufganiyot for Hannukkah and Christmas themed donuts.

Our favourites are bagels and vegan cream cheese, as well as the rose pistachio and Ferrero Rocher donuts.

For more flavours, access their website: https://www.bloomersto.com/donuts

We've noticed Bloomer donuts are also available at Mos Mos coffee shops in a couple of their downtown locations.

Access their website for details: https://www.mosmoscoffee.com/

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and chocolate chips on the counter

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Sweets from the Earth

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Sweets from the Earth has two bakeries one with nuts and gluten and the other without.

They are both vegan and family-owned.

Although they are a little out of the way from the downtown core, they also do deliver and we've seen some of their products available in local cafes and some grocery stores.

They have fresh pastries for pre-order that can be picked up with the rest of your order on Fridays.

This service is also available on some Sundays as communicated through their social media accounts.

Our favourites are the chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies, the lavender chocolate cupcakes, and the cheddar jalapeno scones.

For an extensive list of all of their products, access their website for details: https://sweetsfromtheearth.com/

To put in your fresh pastries pre-order available only for pick up, you can call or email and follow product availability as communicated through their Instagram account @sftebakery

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and chocolate chips on the counter

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Tsuchi

Tsuchi is a vegan Japanese cafe that opened up in 2020.

This woman owned place is very aesthetically pleasing and full of chill vibes.

Everyone behind the counter is always attentive and eager to help you have an enjoyable experience.

We've been many times and every visit, we've noticed small adjustments that were implemented to improve operations.

These small changes over time can definitely change one's trajectory and are a true testament of Haru's resilience and creativity.

Haru's pop-ups around the city in conjuction with other vegan restaurants in Montreal plus the introduction of new pastries and dishes not only display creativity but passion for her craft.

From what we gather, her partner @balkanada creates a lot of the video content and does an amazing job!

For us, visiting Tsuchi is much more wholesome than just grabbing a vegan bite to eat.

It's sincerely inspirational!

Access their website for ambiance and products: https://tsuchicafe.myshopify.com/

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Whole Foods Market

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We know, this isn't a vegan restaurant, or bakery or cafe but this bakery has a bakery in it with many delicious vegan treats we want to write home about.

Sweets from the Earth products can be found here along with Nature's Flair cupcakes and muffins.

Our favourite go tos are the Whole Foods market vegan donuts, some bread varieties, vegan blueberry scones, and most importantly of all vegan croissants.

While these are available already baked, we much enjoy getting the frozen vegan croissants and baking them up for a fresh cozy morning treat.

We also like assembling our vegan cheese board with vegan cheeses that we can find at grocery stores such as Whole Foods Market.

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