Just two decades ago, there was no list of Montreal's best vegan and vegetarian restaurants. You were lucky if there were enough in town to count on one hand. To the delight of plant-based diets everywhere, the market has changed dramatically in the span of a generation, so much so that even the staunchest of meat eaters crave dishes at the following must-eat locales across the city.
La Panthère Verte
Address160 Rue Saint Viateur E, Montréal, QC H2T 1A8, Canada
Organic vegan chain La Panthère Verte is perhaps most well-known for its falafel (often declared the best in Montreal), but we could live off their veggie burger which, auspiciously, is available in packages of four patties in the eatery's grocery section so you can make your own version at home (or in your hotel kitchenette).
Bring your own containers and coffee mugs for discounts. La Panthère Verte is located all over Montreal, including downtown as well as in the Latin Quarter, the Plateau, and the Mile End.
Address4631 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R2, Canada
One of the city's first vegan restaurants, Aux Vivres debuted on St. Dominique in Montreal's Plateau neighborhood back in 1997. Twenty years later, they've since moved to their Boulevard Saint-Laurent location and are opening a second Aux Vivres in Westmount. They're even packaging and distributing their products to over 150 grocery stores, college campuses, cafès, and hospitals in and beyond Montreal.
Thai, Morrocan, Greek, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Italian, and other culturally-inspired dishes fill out their ever-evolving menu. Pick up some vegan groceries to go in their adjacent store on Saint-Laurent.
Address464 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2H2, Canada
The picture-perfect vegan-friendly vegetarian chain that is LOV doesn't skimp on the details, whether you visit its Old Montreal or downtown location. Pair its Instagrammable decor with an order of kimchi fries, coconut ceviche, and quinoa fritters. It's a great spot to hang before a night on the town.
Address5175A Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G3, Canada
Pair live jazz with a comforting bowl of vegan chili. An artist-run space and one of Montreal's top jazz venues two blocks from Mount Royal in the Mile End, Café Résonance features an all-vegan menu and evening gigs which are mostly free (a suggested contribution is usually expected). Score a cocktail for under $7 and a baked vegan mac and cheese for less than $8.
Address1999 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2H 1J4, Canada
An all-vegan Italian restaurant? The Plateau neighborhood's Vegano is a Montreal first. The menu changes weekly so no guarantees their avocado mac and cheese, egg-free omelet pizza, or vegan spaghetti carbonara will be available next time you pass by, but do expect clever twists on a cuisine that's admittedly tricky to veganize. Remember to bring your own wine.
Address545 Rue Milton, Montréal, QC H2X 1W5, Canada
Address1748 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1M3, Canada
On the edge of Griffintown and Little Burgundy, Bonny's vegan and vegetarian sensibilities have been serving up homemade empanadas, veggie burgers, and gourmet house lasagna, among other menu mainstays since 2004. Grab a little something to go from the takeout counter.
Sushi Momo Vegan
Address3609 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3L6, Canada
Address4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M5, Canada
Think that dish is meat? Faux meat and mock seafood have been ChuChai's game since its inception in 1997. Wheat gluten and soy protein stand in admirably in classic Thai dishes like Tom Yum soup, pad thai, ''chicken'' with spinach and peanut sauce, and more. If ChuChai doesn't please even the most stubborn meat eater in your life, nothing will.
Address201 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1M6, Canada
Outremont neighborhood bistro Invitation V is strictly vegan. And posh. The weekend brunch menu is especially enticing. Think vegan omelet with hollandaise sauce and chickpea and leek burger served with a side of sweet potato fries.
Address1720 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K6, Canada
Originally known as Le Commensal, Resto Végo and its buffet concept have been around since 1977. It was pretty much the first vegetarian restaurant Montreal had ever seen. Just be aware that unlike other buffets which charge a flat rate by customer, Végo charges for meals by weight, and it adds up fast. Over 200 choices are on rotation with usually 50 options available at any given time its popular vegetarian lasagna, ginger tofu, and Asian style seitan dishes. Resto Végo is located in the Latin Quarter on the edge of the entertainment district.
La Lumière du Mile End
Address214 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K4, Canada
For a bohemian, '70s vibe and a homecooked feel to the food, try La Lumière du Mile End. A small Mile End diner on rue Bernard, La Lumière serves veggie sandwiches, burgers, salads, and fair trade coffee. By the way, don't be surprised if you strike up a conversation with your neighbor. It's that kind of place.
Address5195 Rue Paré, Montréal, QC H4P 2B1, Canada
As a rule, Indian restaurants are vegetarian-friendly and legendary thali joint Pushap takes that notion all the way with an all-vegetarian menu since its opening in 1986. Score the best thali deal in town—you can fill up on less than $10 here—and buy samosas and sweets to go at the takeout counter.
Montreal's classic bagels are generally not vegan, but Mile End neighborhood's Fairmount Bagels does make at least a couple of varieties without egg.