Appreciating the natural abundance of the region through healthy lifestyle choices and ecologically sustainable day-to-day practices are a part of West Coast culture, resulting in an impressive range of restaurants that offer mindful meals and tasty treats that celebrate a plant-based diet, from grab-and-go cafes to upscale dining. In Metro Vancouver, eating your greens isn’t a punishment, it’s a delicious (and nutritious) reward.
Serving up more than just salad, Dine the Line’s Plant-Based Path Itinerary features Vegetarian, Vegan and health-conscious plant-forward menus across North Vancouver and Vancouver, all located within a 15 minute walk from a SkyTrain, SeaBus Station, or RapidBus stop.
Hop on the 2 RapidBus and make the Workshop Vegetarian Café your first stop, just a six minute dash from Pemberton Ave and Marine Drive in North Vancouver. This Japanese-inspired vegetarian café and store is also a plant-based workshop, creating healthy treats for local vendors.
296 Pemberton ave
Being in a hurry doesn’t mean having to give up on a healthy option. For plant-based casual smoothies, lattes and bowls that are ideal for fueling up Buddha-Full’s got you covered. Try a pumpkin latte with real pumpkin in it, or a Wild at Heart bowl to get your root veg and rice fix. The West First location in North Vancouver is a three minute walk from the RapidBus 2 stop at East 3rd and Lonsdale.
106 West 1st Street
Modern Lebanese cuisine with a mouth-watering menu full of vegan, vegetarian and plant-forward options, there’s something here for everyone. Located close to Lonsdale Quay near the SeaBus, it’s a great accessible spot to gather your pals for cocktails or lunch, or to enjoy a cozy dinner for two.
125 Victory Ship Way
Grocery store and casual café combined, Larry’s Market offers take-out for al fresco dining so you can enjoy sitting outside watching the waves or enjoying the bustling, cheerful atmosphere of Lonsdale Quay. Located about five minutes walk from the Rapidbus 2 Lonsdale Stop, and close to the Seabus, you can easily pick up a few pantry items and haul them home to enjoy later as well.
#140 125 Victory Ship Way
Only a few steps away from Waterfront station is one of the most popular Mediterranean comfort food restaurants in Vancouver. Come in from the street and head down the stairs a well lit little hot spot on West Hastings, Nuba serves plant-forward dishes that will excite and delight diners with a variety of dietary concerns. The vegetarian mezze sampler is a crowd favourite, and a perfect appetizer to share with friends.
207 West Hastings St
Treat yourself to a sustainable and upscale dining experience at The Acorn. Step off the Canada Line at King Edward Station and take a stroll over to Main Street to enjoy one of their impeccable cocktails, or an elevated plant-based brunch or dinner. The menu features seasonal, local ingredients turned into vegetarian haute cuisine, with popular dishes including the beer-battered Halloumi and the Du Puy Lentil Paté de Campagne with Smoked Beet.
3995 Main St.
Jump off the Canada Line at the Main Street-Science World Station, and under a ten minute walk away you’ll find a neighbourhood gem in Chinatown, Harvest Community Foods. The community-supported grocery store and unassuming noodle soup cafe is partially-owned by MICHELIN-starred local chef Andrea Carlson. With a focus on fresh and organic, their famous nourishing noodle bowls are feel good lunches that will fill you up, and the shelves are stocked with sustainable, local items.
243 Union Street
A Fork in the Plant-based Path
There are lots of options for plant-based dining across Metro Vancouver, here are a few suggestions if you find yourself riding the SkyTrain in another direction.
Take the Canada Line to Lansdowne Station in Richmond to try Com Vietnamese, a bright neighbourhood Vietnamese restaurant with a tasty Vegetarian menu. Located around a 7 minute walk from the station.
7688 Alderbridge Way
Authentic Ethiopian cuisine with tasty (and spicy!) vegetarian options, Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant is a 5 minute walk from Edmonds Skytrain Station. Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread, is served with every entree.
7546 Edmonds Street
Delicious, casual local Mediterranean /Middle Eastern restaurant with filling and fresh traditional fare served in a bright, intimate setting located just over five minutes away from 22nd Street Station on foot.
705 12th St
There are many ways to get to each of these spots in Metro Vancouver by transit. Visit TransLink’s Trip Planner to find your way.
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