Don’t worry, Deborah: These Vancouver vegetarian restaurants are still open

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      Fresh off the heels of the closure of the infamous Heirloom and the beloved Arbor, many vegetarians and plant-based eaters are left wondering, “Where should we be dining?” Fret not; here is a round-up of a few of our favourite spots and orders in the city to indulge all of our cravings, meat-free.


      Whether you’re team matcha or team coffee, Vancouver’s cafes are known for having great plant-based dairy alternatives. But what about pastries and baked goods? For Asian-inspired and matcha-based treats, Level V Bakery always delivers—they even offer soft serve! For classics, To Live For has become a vegan baking staple since it opened on Nanaimo Street (go for the croissant or the fan-favourite lemon loaf).

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      No plant-based round-up would be complete without mentioning The Acorn, a Main Street staple. With set chef’s menus and a la carte options, this spot is known for its zero-waste kitchen and the polite but firm decline of any modifications. For veggie lovers in Kitsilano, Folke offers an entirely vegan menu curated to be enjoyed family style, with gratuity already factored into the prices.


      For a casual vegetarian option, may we suggest Budgie’s Burritos? This funky spot seems small and unassuming from the outside, but inside features makeshift seating, handmade signage, and great eats. Get Mexican-inspired meals such as burritos and quesadillas and make it vegan by swapping the cheese for Daiya at no extra charge.


      What a feat it is to turn a food truck into a fully licensed restaurant, but Chickpea is the evidence that there is and has always been a demand for delicious plant-based food. What started as a small operation has now expanded to serving all-day breakfast and more at its Riley Park-Little Mountain location. And don’t worry if it’s a bit of a trek for you; the food truck continues to pop up around the city.


      A notable local go-to, Do Chay (“eat vegetables” in Vietnamese) is excellent for family-style eats with a large selection of appies and share plates available. Seriously, the ultra crispy “wings” made from oyster mushrooms will satisfy any craving for chicken without having to deal with the bones. Are you ordering in? Khoe is a takeout and delivery-only kitchen with vermicelli bowls, baos, and banh mi sandwiches.