Hey guys! Today I’m going to be sharing with you my favorite vegan spots in the city of Ottawa! I had only been vegan for a few months before I moved to Ottawa for school, so I really no idea what the vegan scene was like here. However, after months of living in the city and exploring, I think I can safely say I’ve discovered some of the most delicious vegan friendly spots in Ottawa!
Admittedly, I frequented some of these places way too often during my first semester and the vegan pizza and poutine caught up with me very quickly. Needless to say, the freshman fifteen is a real thing. I’d like to add a disclaimer in here now that just because something is vegan, does not mean it’s healthy! Vegan junk food is still junk food, and while it can help new vegans transition, the bulk of your diet should still come from whole, clean foods.
Now, let’s get into my top ten vegan eats in Ottawa!
- Perfection Satisfaction Promise
This cute, ethnically inspired restaurant is right across from the University of Ottawa, making it one of my go to places. They feature a variety of vegan and gluten free options within a fixed menu and rotating daily specials. They also offer dine in or takeout, so whether you plan to stay and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere or head out, you can still indulge in their tasty dishes!
Must try: spinach-tofu samosas and vegan chocolate cheesecake
- Simply Raw Express
This restaurant is completely vegan, gluten-free, and peanut free, with an emphasis on organic, raw foods. Their menu primarily caters to raw vegans, but does contain a few cooked items as well. They also have a fixed menu that ranges from raw boxes and salads to cheesecakes, as well as daily specials. Simply Raw Express also features fresh pressed juices, and delicious smoothies. You can also dine in here, at the Wellington St. location, located not too far from downtown, or order for delivery through Just Eat.
Must try: Super Immunity smoothie and Cherry Garcia overnight oats
- Pure Kitchen
Heaven is a place on Earth and it’s called Pure Kitchen.They have an entire menu loaded with vegan goodies and some of them are gluten free as well. They have absolutely insane appetizers like loaded avocados and cauliflower wings, and feature some very tasty sandwiches and burgers. You can also get juices, smoothies, and elixirs here, as well as alcoholic beverages if you’re feeling fancy.
Must try: cauliflower wings and the BLT sandwich
- Café Nostalgica
Technically this isn’t a vegan restaurant, but they do feature some very impressive vegan options. This is a student run café on the University of Ottawa campus and also features live music and certain events during the week. Grad students also get a 15% discount here!
Must try: vegan poutine and vegan brownie
- Planet Coffee
Located right in the Byward market, this cute and eco-friendly café is the perfect place to stop in for a quick bite during a shopping break! I love coming here to study during the week, but it can get crazy busy and loud, so just keep that in mind! The staff here is very friendly and knowledgeable and more than willing to tell you about their vegan options! Be sure to try out their coffee with your vegan treats; they do offer soy milk as well!
Must try: vegan espresso brownie
This is another charming café with locations sprinkled all over the city. They have a few more vegan options than Planet Coffee, so if you’re looking for more variety check them out. Some government officials have also been spotted at a few of their locations due to their proximity to parliament!
Must try: quinoa & sweet potato wrap and chocolate macaroon
This was one of the first places I discovered when I came to Ottawa and it’s now become my go to. Pizza is hands down my favourite food ever, so I realllllly needed to find a vegan friendly option; order cheese free Pizza’s from Pizza Hut just isn’t the same sometimes. Fiazza offers Daiya cheese as well as a nut and cheese free basil sauce that I absolutely love. You can eat in at Fiazza in their convienent Byward market location or order delivery or take out through Skip the Dishes. Be sure use my link HERE, for $7 off your first order on Skip the Dishes!
Must try: vegan pizza with nut & cheese free basil sauce and Daiya cheese (loaded with veggies!)
- The Green Door Restaurant
This is a vegetarian restaurant with an endlessly changing menu! They don’t have a set menu as everything is prepared fresh at the restaurant at 6am very morning. The employees essentially asses the amount of local produce and ingredients they have to work with and then create a menu from there! A few of their most popular dishes are always available including the broccoli tofu stir fry. You can also dine in or order takeout or delivery from here too!
Must try: vegan tofu cheesecake and tofu broccoli stir fry
- Dosa inc. Food Truck
This food truck sells dosas which are light, crispy, sour dough crepes made from rice and lentils. This food truck serves them with vegetable soup and plantain chips. Depending what you decide to top your dosa with, you can make it 100% vegan! You can also get your dosa made into a thicker, pancake style treat.
Must try: Ghee Dosa (classic dosa filled with potato, mixed vegetables, and spices)
- Erika’s Vegan Catering
While not technically a restaurant, Erika’s catering is incredibly tasty and I highly recommend her for any type of events! She makes everything from Sheppard’s pie to cupcakes. Every item is made to order so you can customize pretty much anything you want! You can place an order on Erika’s website HERE.
Must try: Mexican Hot cookies and mac & cheese
Well that concludes my favourite vegan eats in Ottawa! I hope that you guys enjoyed this and be sure to check out this delicious spots in the city!
P.S. I’m thinking of starting a new series on the city titled “Vegan In…”, essentially talking about my favourite vegan eats in cities around the world. Let me know in the comments below if you guys would like to see something like this!