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The best vegetarian and vegan breakfast in Vancouver

Vancouver loves going out for brunch.

All you have to do is walk down West 4th Avenue on a weekend morning and you’ll see lines outside some of the most popular breakfast restaurants in Vancouver.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan and are traveling to Vancouver, you don’t need to worry, you won’t find it hard to find great vegan food in Vancouver.

In fact, you’ll find you’re spoilt for choice!

When it comes to vegan breakfast in Vancouver you’ve got plenty of choices and I’ve picked out the best vegetarian and vegan breakfast restaurants in Vancouver, BC right here.

Psst! If you’re looking for the best croissant in Vancouver (including vegan options) I’ve got a great guide to that too!

Looking for more things to do in Vancouver and nearby? Check out my Vancouver travel guides which are full of information on the best things to do in Vancouver, the best Vancouver restaurants, and detailed guides for each of the main neighborhoods.

Best vegetarian and vegan breakfast Vancouver

All these restaurants and cafes listed below are either fully vegetarian or vegan restaurants or they have plenty of options on the menu.

They also happen to include some of my favorite places to eat in Vancouver.

Nuba

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Nuba is one of my favorite places for a Middle Eastern-style dinner. However, they also do tasty vegetarian brunch in Vancouver too at their Kitsilano and Yaletown locations. It’s a great choice for breakfast in Vancouver, downtown. 

The brunch menu is pretty small but at least half of it is vegetarian and you can wash it down with a made-to-order fruit and veggie drink from the juice bar or a Turkish coffee which smells delicious!

The Healthy Wake-Up is made up of mjadra, avocado, sautéed spinach, onions, mushrooms, and peppers served with roasted potatoes and cherry tomatoes. Definitely a yummy Vancouver breakfast!

There are a couple of locations so you should be able to get your vegan breakfast in downtown Vancouver from Nuba.

The Naam

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A Vancouver institution, The Naam has been around since 1968 and has a fully vegetarian menu.

Expect vegan pancakes and veggie sausages for an American-style breakfast, or opt for scrambled tofu.  The portions are huge so it’ll keep you going well into late morning or afternoon at this Vancouver restaurant.

Waffleland Café

Waffles are kind of my and my husband’s thing, we ended up eating some on what was pretty much our first date and so we love getting waffles for breakfast!

As you can guess from the name of this Vancouver breakfast cafe, you can be sure to find some vegan waffles in Vancouver at Waffle Land Cafe in Vancouver.

They serve mostly Belgium Liege and Norwegian varieties, all with vegan twists!

If you’re looking for vegan breakfast in Vancouver, be sure to go here. You can get vegan waffles with caramel bananas, a tofu and avocado waffle and so much more!

Tractor

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An extremely popular lunch spot, Tractor makes delicious salads and healthy treats throughout the day. Their Pender Street location also offers a tasty vegetarian breakfast for Vancouverites. 

You can get overnight oats or muesli, avocado on toast, and a great vegetarian breakfast sandwich too. 

The Juice Truck

The Juice Truck has the BEST juices and smoothies which are perfect for breakfast or an in-between breakfast snack too. If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast in Vancouver, this is a great palce to try.

There are also vegan yogurt parfaits to take out or eat-in in their Main Street and Yaletown locations. 

The Burrow (Formerly Bandidas Taqueria)

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Bandidas Taqueria does hearty portions with an explosion of flavour which sounds like the perfect vegetarian breakfast to me! 

Bandidas Taqueria is on Commercial Drive and serves vegetarian breakfast plates full of pinto beans, salsa, handmade corn tortillas, and more. You can also get vegan options too. 

Oh, and breakfast is available all day every day! 

Nightshade Vancouver

Treat yourself to a Michelin star breakfast when you get brunch at Nightshade in Vancouver!

If you’re looking for a brunch that’s a bit different, this is where you’ll find it.

On the menu, you can expect noodles, Mochi waffles and berries, and some breakfast hash plates too.

Given the restaurant’s reputation, it’s definitely on the more expensive end, but you’ll get a truly delicious brunch in Vancouver here.

MILA

MILA does weekend brunches and has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options for weekend brunch in Vancouver BC.

The tiramisu pancakes are one of my favorite options on their menu, but you’ll also find savory dishes like Latkes which are potato fritters.

It’s a super cute place and I recommend booking in advance where possible.

Turf

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Not only is Turf a plant-based cafe and one of the most delicious breakfast restaurants in Vancouver, but it’s also an exercise studio and store.

The “ricotta” toast is great as are their walnut milk lattes! The brunch menu includes gluten-free toasts and vegan bowls or opt for the banana bread French toast for something sweet. 

Heirloom

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Heirloom restaurant is in a beautifully restored heritage building just off Granville and 12th but there are other locations across the city. 

The brunch menu is half vegan half vegetarian and the avocado benedict and the brassica hash with broccolini, brussels sprouts and cauliflower are always crowd-pleasers.

But the real star of the show are the buckwheat pancakes which are layered and topped with house-made seasonal compote and cashew coconut cream.

There’s also the Heirloom Juicery just across the street if you want something lighter. 

Good Dogs Plant Foods

A hot dog for breakfast?! Hear me out, these are so good!

While I’m partial to a hot dog at a hockey or baseball game, they’re not something I usually gravitate towards.

However, these are on another level.

At Good Dogs Plant Foods you can enjoy a large brunch hot dog which includes the house moong scramble, avocado salsa verde, tofu bacon, potato crisps, cucumber pickle, greens, and tofu hollandaise. There’s also the hummus hash bowl which is very tasty too.

Chickpea

Lover of chickpeas and all the wonderful meals they create or substantially add to? You’ll love Chickpea!

Order the Shakshuka Boker for a pile of warm chickpeas with sauteed vegetables in a tangy tomato sauce, and your choice of toppings: veggie sausage or crispy eggplant and falafel.

Or enjoy the gluten-free blueberry pancakes. 

Chickpea is the place to go for family-friendly vegetarian breakfasts in Vancouver!

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Across the road from MeeT in Yaletown

MeeT

With a few locations across Vancouver, MeeT is the ultimate go-to for a big vegetarian brunch. It serves vegan comfort food and it does it so well.

You can get incredible veggie burgers and vibrant bowls. You definitely won’t leave hungry at this downtown Vancouver breakfast stop.

Eternal Abundance

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A cute little cafe and grocery on Commercial Drive, Eternal Abundance has smoothies, breakfast, sandwiches and so much more. It’s a great plant-based cafe in Vancouver whatever time of day you’re visiting.

The Hippie’s Breakfast is a raw bowl with spiced buckwheat “grawnola” and topped with nuts, seeds, and seasonal fruit. Delicious! 

There’s also a grocery part of the cafe so you can stock up on goodies to make your own plant based meals back home. 

The Acorn

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Regarded as one of the leaders of the pack when it comes to plant focused cuisine in Vancouver, The Acorn also does brunch at the weekend from 10 am to 2.30 pm.

There are mushrooms on waffles, a seasonal brunch platter and pancakes.

Whatever you get you can trust it’s going to be great and probably one the best vegan brunch you’ve had in a while!

Kokomo

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This vegan cafe in Chinatown and Kitsilano, Vancouver not only has a beautiful beachy interior, but the food here is great too.

You can get acai and smoothie bowls inspired by the East Coast of Australia, adaptogen lattes, and lunch bowls too all at Kokomo.

Pretty much the classic vegan brunch Vancouver staple if you want something healthy!

Glory Juice

Another great spot for acai bowls in Vancouver is Glory Juice.

Most well-known for juices (as you’d guess from the name), this cafe in Yaletown also does some delicious acai bowls which are perfect for a summer breakfast during your trip to the city.

Definitely up there for if you’re looking for the best vegan breakfast Vancouver has to offer.

La Mezcaleria

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Like your brunch with a side of Mariachi music? Head on down to La Mezcaleria for brunch cocktails and vegetarian Mexican options.

The hash browns are a Vancouver favourite and the Migas Vegetarianas are delicious! 

You can also get some Mexican classics like huevos rancheros and chilaquiles which I fell in love with during a trip to Mexico. So I was super happy to find them back here!

Bonus Bakery

Prefer to get pastries or sweet treats for breakfast? Head to Bonus Bakery in Vancouver for 100% plant-based baked goods at one of the top breakfast places in Vancouver for vegans.

This Vancouver bakery is run by the people behind Virtuous Pie (a famous vegan pizza restaurant in Vancouver), so you know they’re gonna be good – find them in Coal Harbour.

Aleph

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If you’re a fan of Nuba and looking to expand on Middle Eastern brunch options, be sure to check out Aleph.

Pretty new to the Vancouver veggie scene, this restaurant in East Van serves a delicious Mediterranean brunch.

There are the classics and the vegetarian feast for 2 with rosemary crispy potatoes, watermelon halloumi salad, honey labneh, fresh tomato, pickles, in-house jam, dates, choice of hummus, baba ganouj or muhammara and fresh saj bread is perfect!

Fill up at this breakfast place in Vancouver next time you’re looking for a vegan breakfast in Vancouver. 

Honeybee Brunchenette

I took my parents here the last time they came to visit and we all agreed this was the best vegetarian brunch Vancouver has shown us so far.

Out near Chinatown in Vancouver, this little cafe gets super busy at brunch time so go early to secure a table, or be prepared to wait.

On the menu, you’ll find things like avocado on toast, hash benedict, and shakshuka and the one dish you absolutely MUST get is their ricotta pancakes.

They’re so light and fluffy and absolutely delicious!

Red Umbrella Cafe

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My favorite local cafe and the place you’ll most likely find us on a weekend if we’re out getting brunch.

Red Umbrella Cafe in the West End, doesn’t have loads of vegetarian options, but you won’t feel like you’re missing out if you order the vegetarian breakfast. It’s one of my favorite options when I want a vegetarian breakfast in Vancouver BC.

This comes with eggs, veggie sausage, your choice of bread, tomatoes, and spinach making it one of my best breakfast in Vancouver suggestions for vegetarians.

Plus you get unlimited coffee refills too! 

Edible Flours

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Vegan pastries?

Yes, please! Edible Flours is an all-natural vegan bakery with tonnes of gluten and soy-free options.

Some of the best treats are their cinnamon rolls which make a great mid-morning treat. 

Kind Cafe – *Now closed*

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Vancouver’s zero-waste, vegan-only cafe, Kind Cafe, is run by a father-daughter duo and not only does great food but is a beautiful space inside.

There are twinkly fairy lights, plenty of plants, and hanging baskets and booths which are great for breakfast and brunch dates in Vancouver. 

When it comes to food, the carrot lox is a winner, or opt for a smoothie bowl for something even more refreshing.

Oh, and the lattes come in all sorts of pretty colors!

A very strong contender for Vancouver’s best breakfast. 

SMAK – Now Closed

Another great choice when it comes to vegetarian and vegan breakfast in Vancouver is SMAK. There’s a vegan brekky bowl with avocados, mushrooms, tomatoes, and hash, and smoothie bowls like the Monkey Bowl. 

The Wallflower – *Now closed*

The Wallflower specialises in offering veganised classic comfort food. There are scrambles for brunch and all the typical diner breakfast food you’d expect only plant-based.

The vegan peanut butter banana French toast goes down very well and is a strong contender for the best vegan brunch Vancouver.

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