5 Places to Eat Vegan in Montreal

September 4, 2015,

Montreal is a great city with a wealth of things to see, explore and eat. It’s taken me awhile to write an article about my hometown – there’s something about writing about your hometown, your turf, which is a little harder to do. Nonetheless, I’ve given in and written about one of my favourite things to do in the city – in any city – and that’s to seek out and eat vegan food.

Here are five of my favourites for where to eat vegan in Montreal.

Aux Vivres
4631 St. Laurent, in Le Plateau

Aux Vivres is a casual and fun, completely vegan, eatery. They have an extensive and wonderfully diverse menu (with the most delicious chapati wrap sandwiches). I love the gyro sandwich and the vegepâté wrap. Aux Vivres also has wonderful vegan burgers, salads and dessert. My favourite dessert is the uncheesecake – the crust is decadent, the “cheese” part matches the consistency of a regular cheesecake (but lighter) and the fruit topping is the perfect amount of sweetness.

Vegan in Montreal: Aux VivresPhoto by @gorgeousssleep

Aux Vivres has recently expanded so the restaurant is huge and they can now take reservations. Oh, and I shouldn’t forget to tell you about their weekend brunches… with three main options and a daily special, it’s sure to please any brunch-goer. Everything about this place rocks.

Le Mouton Vert
6000 Sherbrooke West, in Notre-Dame de Grâce (NDG)

Le Mouton Vert is a Mediterranean-style (mostly Greek) vegetarian bistro-come-café. They have wonderful salads, sandwiches and burgers with great daily specials. It is a smaller venue, with limited seating. However, Le Mouton Vert is a little out of the way for most (except those living or working in the neighbourhood) so it is usually a very comfortable place to visit. Meals are light, so you’ll have space for a delicious dessert – when I visited I had a vegan brownie with dried cranberries, nuts and chunks of dark chocolate. 

32 Beaubien East, on the cusp of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie and Mile-X

(Update December 2015: Veloburrito has closed its doors! We hope it/something like it comes to Montreal again soon!) I can’t say anything about the décor or the vibe of Veloburrito because I’ve only had them deliver to my home. But that’s precisely why I’ve included VB in this list – for their home delivery, no-nonsense vegetarian and vegan food. It’s rare for a vegetarian (even more so for a vegan) to have the luxury to order in and receive great tasting food.
VB’s menu includes tacos, burritos and extras, like nachos or salads. My favourite is the poutine burrito – yes, poutine in a burrito. You can opt for the vegan version (they’ll replace the curd cheese with Daiya brand). For those who have a sweet tooth, you can also order a vegan, GF (gluten-free) dessert (as per their menu).

Sophie Sucrée
167 Ave des Pins East, in Le Plateau

Vegan in Montreal: Sophie Sucree

Vegan in Montreal: Sophie SucreePhoto by @gorgeousssleep

A lovely vegan pastry shop and café with donuts, cupcakes, cakes, pastries, brownies… every sweet you could ever want or need, but vegan (and often gluten-free)! They use unique flavour combinations (like white chocolate and chili) all the while catering to those who prefer the classics (chocolate hazelnut, red velvet). Great for a quick vegan treat but also the place to order a custom cake.
Sophie Sucrée also started serving light meals (usually one daily special) during lunchtime.

Café Venosa
4433 Rue Saint-Denis, in Le Plateau
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Photo by @gorgeousssleep

Café Venosa is the first vegan, cat café in the city. At Venosa, you won’t be limited for options – from salads, to sandwiches, to cupcakes and cookies – they’ve got it all (and kittens too!) Venosa is still very new (it opened at the beginning of summer) so I’ve only tried a handful of items on their menu. So far, I had the potato salad that was creamy, fresh and left me wanting to order another 10 bowls. As a treat, I had an Italian soda. I opted for the almond flavor. I was in heaven – I would go back to the café just to indulge in their awesome assortment of Italian sodas (and more of that potato salad). Everyone who has visited (my friends and coworkers) thoroughly enjoyed their meals and their coffees. 

Part two (and probably part three) coming soon – ah, I love my city.

Your turn! Have you been to Montreal?
Where did you eat vegan in Montreal?5 Great Places to Eat Vegan in Montreal // at happiestwhenexploring.com

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  • Reply Ilena September 4, 2015 at 2:56 am

    I was truly able to appreciate Montreal after having been to Rome and Florence. Why? Because as a tourist I looked at buildings and streets and tasted food and experienced sounds with fresh eyes. I brought that perspective back home and saw my city with fresh eyes and tasted the food with true appetite and really appreciated Montreal for the first time.

  • Reply Laura September 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    We are SO blessed that in Montreal, we have a TON of vegan options. You’ll need like 5 or even 8 parts to this post! 🙂 Beautifully written – makes me wanna go out to eat NOW.

  • Reply yvonnelaura September 17, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Love this! It is quite hard to find good restaurants if you are vegetarian or vegan, so I need lists like this. The food looks delicious!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring September 18, 2015 at 12:49 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 Hope you enjoy Montreal one day!

  • Reply amanda October 11, 2015 at 3:42 am

    good to know your list, i love my city ! i would add le santropol for the best chili ever, lolarosa for the vegan or vege poutine ( best sauve in thr wordl of poutines) chef guru on st laurent. for the brst tasting 4$ vege tali ( includes a samosa or have a taste at their poutine curry a d fresh cilantro!!!! ill stop myself .. before my favorite spots fill themselvs hahha

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring October 12, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Thank you! MMM chili at Santropol sounds awesome & Chef Guru too! Thanks girl <3 I'll definitely be scoping these places out!!! P.S. There's a part two (with Lola Rose and more!)

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