If you’re looking for vegan fare while visiting Montreal, you’re in luck. Vegan cuisine is a vibrant area of the food scene that has been growing steadily over the past decade, and the Plateau neighbourhood has given birth to several of the city’s most beloved cafés. Here you will find both established restaurants that have been local favourites for 20+ years, and newer places cropping up with a fresh, creative take on plant-based cuisine. Check out a few of our top choices:
1. Aux Vivres
For classic vegan fare such as rice bowls, sandwiches, burgers, and daily soups, head on over to Aux Vivres. The restaurant began as a tiny hole-in-the-wall in 1997 and has been a local favourite ever since. Now occupying a modern, spacious location on Boulevard Saint-Laurent, everything on the menu is house-prepared from seasonal, organic, and local produce. The smoked coconut “bacon” BLT on homemade chapatti bread is so delicious, it’s known far and wide.
Where: 4631 Boul. St-Laurent
When: Monday to Friday from 11 am to 11pm, and Saturday/Sunday from 10 am to 11 pm
Crudessence is Montreal’s raw food chain and its flagship restaurant is conveniently located on the Plateau. This small eatery on Rachel is well worth a visit if you are interested in living foods. It’s a simple, peaceful little place, with a friendly vibe. Serving 100% organic, gluten-free, vegan food, the menu is predominantly raw cuisine, with occasional “cooked” options such as millet or quinoa. The dishes are creative and beautifully presented. As well as its restaurant locations, the Crudessence Academy offers cooking classes and culinary demonstrations. Check out their current offerings here.
Where: 105 Rue Rachel O.
When: Open everyday 11 am – 9 pm
3. Sushi Momo
An exciting addition to the Montreal vegan scene, Sushi Momo opened on rue St-Denis in 2014. This vegetarian sushi spot has a wide variety of vegan options, and has been gathering fans since day one. With ingredients such as sweet potato, mango, asparagus, and portobello mushroom, the menu offers a variety of creative combinations.
Where: 4669 Rue Saint-Denis
When: Tuesday to Saturday 3 pm to 10 pm, closed on Mondays
4. Sophie Sucrée
Sophie Sucrée is the place to go for vegan sweets. It’s a cute little bakeshop on Ave Des Pins with just five tables and a big menu of all-vegan goods. Old-fashioned wallpaper and vintage décor give it a quaint and cozy atmosphere. In addition to a variety of pastries, cheesecake, and muffins, there is always a great selection of cupcakes topped with incredibly decadent vegan “buttercream” icing. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon tea or coffee accompanied by a sweet treat.
Where: 167 Ave des Pins E
Where: Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 6 pm, Friday 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday 11 am to 8 pm