A bright hangout with a patio and a juice bar, Aux Vivres serves fresh, innovative and delicious vegan dishes. Priding itself on serving hearty comfort foods, this spot’s menu also consists of ethnic-inspired cuisine such as the Chana Paratha, which is a spiced Indian flatbread topped with chana, sour cream, mint and tamarind chutney. Or try the Buddha Bowl, with steamed organic broccoli, steamed spinach, shredded carrot, toasted sesame seeds, grilled pumpkin seeds, Japanese dressing, and grilled tofu. Aux Vivres even has vegan burgers and sandwiches, along with brunch on the weekends, and animal-free desserts like their “uncheesecake” or chipotle brownie.
4361 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC; +1 514 842 3479
This vegetarian joint boasts an open-kitchen and (mostly) vegan and organic fare, with fresh pressed juices and takeout. Sitting on one of the trendiest streets in Montreal, Bonny’s offers a menu du jour with new items and everyday favorites, such as their lasagna with tofu ricotta, Japanese soba noodle stir-fry and black bean chili with quinoa and sweet potato. For veggie fiends with a sweet tooth, choose from an array of organic cakes, cookies and puddings for dessert.
Chu Chai specializes in vegetarian and vegan-friendly Thai dishes cooked with mock meats and seafood. With an elegant and cozy interior, this local hotspot is home to dishes that have been known to convert even the most stubborn meat-lovers. Whether it’s their pad Thai, chicken satay, Panang beef curry, or the ever-popular crispy duck, this place is a must try for anyone traveling through Montreal. Count on remarkable service, a wide selection of faux-meat, noodles, salads and more, and some of the best food – vegetarian or not – around.
4088 Rue St-Denis, Montreal, QC; +1 514 843 4194
A charming spot with a hipster-esque vibe, Lola Rosa has an incredible menu and wide selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Serving everything from mac and cheese with spinach and jalapeño to avocado quesadillas to polenta with a cornmeal biscuit, ratatouille, mozzarella and salsa, this menu is hard to beat. The place is almost always packed, so it’s best to go a bit before or after peak dining hours. Don’t forget to check the drawers at your table before you leave – you’ll find a collection of handwritten notes and stories from those who have dined before you.
545 Rue Milton, Montreal, QC; +1 514 287 9337
With an offbeat, funky setting and a menu full of vegetarian sandwiches, vegan burgers and fair-trade coffee, La Lumiére caters to every palate, with meals like The Black Betty Sandwich (complete with tapenade, roasted red peppers and cheddar) and L’Elvis (a sandwich for the sweet tooth, filled with almond butter, sliced banana and honey). There are burgers, salads, burritos, smoothies, and more here, and the drinks are on par with the fare as well – try the macchiato or London Fog and you won’t be disappointed.
214 Bernard Quest, Montreal, QC; +1 514 658 4949