Vegan in Montreal

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Although I don’t follow a vegan diet 100% of the time, the majority of my diet consists of plant based whole foods, which means I have a pretty good idea of what it’s like being a vegan in Montreal. One thing I find interesting as well as encouraging, is how many non vegans are eating at vegan restaurants in Montreal. This is because these establishments are making quality food that is delicious and affordable. I won’t complain about that. All I ask for is more of them.

Veganism: Diet Labelling Mentality

In all honesty, I am not a huge fan of the word/label vegan because it is just that a label. My friend Laura wrote an interesting post on diet labelling mentality on her site Sacred Source Nutrition.

Laura writes in her article:

“We need to let go of being guided by our minds on what to eat and move to a place of being comfortable with intuitive eating. If we place ourselves in the ‘diet’ box and become too rigid about the way we eat we may be missing the bigger picture of what our body is actually asking for – and the bigger picture of what our life is about: not taking ourselves too seriously, letting go of the rigidity and allowing ourselves to relax and experience joy and happiness while we can in our short lifetimes.”

I understand that it is necessary to use the word sometimes, which is why I named this post vegan in Montreal. If you are a vegan in Montreal, chances are you already know about most of the places I will list here. Although I do hope I can help you discover something new. If you are just starting to shift to a more plant based diet, I hope this post helps you discover some great places that will help you along your journey.

Vegan In Montreal

Here are the Vegan and Vegan friendly restaurants where I like to eat.

Aux Vivres

Area: Plateau
4631 St Laurent Blvd Montreal, QC H2T 1R2

Vibrant environment filled with life serving delicious food guaranteed to please meat-eaters and non-meat eaters alike.

“At Aux Vivres, we serve fresh, innovative and delicious vegan food using nothing but the highest quality ingredients. We have made it our mission to debunk any myths people may hold about vegan food by preparing meals that are flavourful and inspired, all the while being healthy and satisfying.”

Menu Suggestions: Dragon Bowl, Tempeh Burger, Cornbread with guacamole, BLT, Brunch, Carrot Cake

La Panthere Verte

Area: Mile-End & Downtown
2153 Mackay Street (Downtown)
66 St-Viateur Street West (Mile-End)

“The Green Panther is a fresh, dynamic project whose main goal is to develop a more sustainable way of living in today’s urban reality, by supporting and creating local alternatives, through the use of organic produce (local when available), recycled materials and by raising awareness.”

Menu Suggestions: Falafel Sandwich, Tempeh Sandwich, Daily Special, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookie

Crudessence

Area: Plateau & Downtown
105 Rachel St. W. (Plateau)
2157 Mackay St. (Downtown)

Montreal’s go to destination for living raw foods. Restaurant, juice bar, food store, maker of their famous Rise Kombucha, a living foods’ academy and more.

This was my first experience and introduction to raw foods, and part of the inspiration for how I eat on a regular basis.

“The Crudessence team is pleased to offer living foods in all of their natural splendor! Our approach involves much more than the raw diet, as it is also completely vegan (contains no animal products) and organic. Living foods, so rich in nutrients and enzymes, are now well-known for their ability to revitalize and alkalinize the body, making it healthier and more energetic.”

Burritoville

Area: Downtown
2055 rue Bishop, Montreal

Vegetarian burrito joint that easily caters to vegans. Just ask for no cheese. I usually get them to swap in some avocado. They also have tacos, quesadillas and salads.

“Our Mission is to nourish; through providing a space open to all who love food, music and art.
Our meals are homemade using organically grown and locally produced foods.
We minimize waste through composting, recycling and using biodegradable packaging.
We endeavour to promote other like minded small businesses and give back to the community and world around us.”

Bonny’s

Area: Griffintown
1748 Notre-Dame St West.

“Bonnys organic whole foods restaurant is proof that veggie food doesn’t have to be dull platters of carrots, broccoli, and kidney beans. In fact, at Bonnys we strive to make vegetarian dining fun and exciting by providing an eclectic selection of delectable ethnic fare from around the world!”

Omnivore

Area: Plateau
4351 St Laurent Blvd Montreal, QC

A great place to eat when you need to please meat eaters, and non-meat eaters alike. They always have several delicious vegan salad options available, along with some of the best hummus and babaganoush this city has to offer. They always have fresh mujadarrah (rice and lentils), tabbouleh, giant lima beans. The rest of the salads will change daily, ranging from quinoa salad with peas and sesame oil, orzo salad, mixed bean and veggie salads etc. Always fresh, and always delicious. For those in your group wanting to eat meat they have delicious beef, chicken and fish kabobs. Their beef is local as well as hormone and antibiotic free. They also have a wide variety of incredibly delicious sandwiches. The staff is always friendly and helpful.

“Omnivore is a new eatery on the Main serving Mid-eastern cuisine in the heart of Mont-Royal. It offers a soothing atmosphere and tantalizing dishes. The menu varies from herbivore salads to carnivore plates.”

I would love to hear about your favourite places to grab a vegan meal in Montrea,l and what you like to order! Let me know in the comments section below.

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