Last updated March 20, 2015
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Mexican-style veggie food at a reasonable price.
Café Juicy Lotus – Santé Vous Bien
Catering and take-out: vegetarian and vegan.
Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and organic.
4088 Saint-Denis, corner Duluth
514-843-4194 (delivery in the area)
Mock chicken, fish, shrimp and beef in traditional Thai styles, also tofu dishes. No dairy, but some dishes have egg. Food tends to be rich and sweet with coconut milk and sugar. Liquor licence, outdoor dining terrace in summertime.
1245 Bishop – 514-303-1800
Alexis Nihon Plaza – 514-932-5656
West Island and Dix30 locations expected
Vegan sandwiches, wraps, "power" food of various kinds.
Plateau: 105 Rachel West – 514-510-5299
Mile End: 66 St-Viateur West – 514-295-0113
Downtown: 2157 Mackay – 514-664-5188
Also a counter at Atwater Market
Organic raw vegan caterer, vegetarian lunch service, plus cooking lessons and other features. Some of their products are sold in health food stores.
Le Doggy Café
Quinoa kale burgers, lentil salads, grilled cheese sandwiches and smoothies. Dogs particularly welcome. The FAQ page gives some advice on dog management at the café. Unlike the city's two cat cafés, there aren't resident dogs to commune with.
552, rue Ste-Catherine East
The Café l'Utopik has been resurrected as l'Escalier. Organic food.
Café I Ching
4242, boul. Décarie
Vegetarian versions of many Asian classics including pho, won ton soup, ma po tofu, General Tao and Thai curries.
254 Bernard West
Upscale vegan. Nice selection of teas.
3863 boul. Saint-Laurent
Vegan food without gluten, juice bar. Facebook page describes it as a private club. Upstairs of the Pharmaprix on the Main.
La Lumière du Mile End
214 Bernard West
Describes itself as a vegetarian resto with lots of vegan options, including vegan burgers. Vegan brunches on weekends.
16 Rachel East
Vegan smoothies and juices, boosters, light meals.
La Panthère Verte
Plateau: 66 Saint-Viateur West
145 Mont-Royal East
Downtown: 2153 Mackay
Organic and vegetarian. Truly excellent falafel. Delivery and catering.
Paradis végétarien Chi-Ming
Asian-style vegetarian meals, also a selection of vegetarian products and veggie catering. They claim the widest selection of products and mock meats in eastern Canada.
Petit Marché Végé
Montreal H2S 2S5
Vegetarian versions of Vietnamese noodles and sandwiches.
Propulsion Cantine Végétalienne
1303 Ste-Catherine East
Vegan nosh in the Gay Village.
1661 Dollard Avenue, Lasalle
4777 des Sources, Pierrefonds
Indian vegetarian restaurant and pastry shop. Their thali is one of the best deals in town.
Quan Bo De
3436 Jean-Talon East
Vegetarian versions of many Vietnamese favourites: spring rolls, noodle dishes, soups, banh mi sandwiches. Some of their products are finding their way to the shelves of Asian groceries in town.
5175A avenue du Parc
Vegan food, espresso, live music.
Two locations: 1204 McGill College and 1720 Saint-Denis
Vegetarian buffet. (Both locations used to be Le Commensal branches.)
Su Shian Yuang
420 Rachel East
Taiwanese shading to vaguely pan-Asian place in the Plateau.
167 av. des Pins East
Vegan bakery and café. Some gluten-free options.
Burritos delivered to your door by bike Friday and Saturday from 6 pm to 10:30 pm in the South-West, with a Plateau/Mile End order leaving once per night at around 8 pm.
438-765-7868, cash only
2115 Saint-Denis, just below Sherbrooke
Pan-Asian vegetarian: veg sushi, mock meat and fish in Japanese, Thai and Chinese styles.
STUDENT SOUP KITCHENS
(These likely only operate during term time and some intermittently even then.)
The People's Potato at Concordia's Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve W., H‑733 – vegan meals for students in return for a donation. Café X is a student-run vegetarian café in Concordia's VA Building. Various notes on where to eat affordably at Concordia; news of the opening of The Hive.
Ras-le-Bol is the UQÀM student soup kitchen.
Montreal has many small Lebanese cafés where it's possible to get a falafel plate or mixed salad and meatless mezze plate, falafel sandwiches and sometimes sandwiches rolled up on zaatar bread. Look for Basha, Amir and Monsieur Falafel spots, but independent cafés are often at least as good. Al-Amine at 3549 Lacombe (514-739-1817) Al-Taïb at 2125 Guy Street (514-931-1999) and Boulangerie Zaatar (151 de Castelnau E., 514-274-4775), are good cheap places to eat, and they're only a few examples I know of such places.
Veggie burgers and tofu hot dogs are becoming more common in fast food restaurants. The Lafleur chain offers them as an option, and some reports say their poutine gravy is also vegetarian. I've also heard that Harvey's offers an okay veggie burger. I have my doubts these places keep a separate veggie grill running, though.
The standard Montreal "all dressed" pizza includes pepperoni, green peppers and mushrooms but any pizza place can make a vegetarian pizza that omits the pepperoni or replaces it with onions and olives or some other combination of ingredients - you only have to ask. Even the pizza slice places often have one or two non-meat options available (besides "plain").
There's no Buddhist vegetarian restaurant in Montreal's Chinatown now, but Le Café Cantonais, at 84 La Gauchetière West (514-397-9410) and Restaurant Hong Kong, 1023 Saint-Laurent (514-861-0251) are Cantonese restos with decent vegetarian selections on the menu.
Ethiopian restaurants usually offer good vegetarian options. Le Nil Bleu, at 3706 Saint-Denis, (514-285-4628) is well spoken of and offers delivery via Just Eat.
Most of Montreal's Indian restaurants offer at least one vegetarian set meal and a range of other veggie choices.
Four locations including one near Concordia
Armenian zaatar bread with a selection of vegetarian garnishes.
7000, Avenue du Parc
Cooperatively run café with food, coffee and cultural events. Also sells some organic supplies.
5011 boulevard des Sources, Pierrefonds
Southern Indian style food, so good it's worth a trip to the northern West Island. A few meat items on the menu, but most of the choices are vegetarian and very good. Try the fire dosas.
1748 Notre-Dame West corner rue des Seigneurs
Resto and take-out counter, organic and mostly vegetarian.
Boulangerie Rustique Sweet Lee's Rustic Bakery
Bakery with takeout lunches and dinners, many vegetarian options.
1481 René-Lévesque at Guy
Widely advertised all-you-can-eat Indian buffet with many vegetarian options.
Byblos Le Petit Café
1499 Laurier Street East
Persian food. Tasty dips and rolls, many vegetarian options. Wonderful sherbets for dessert. Brunch on weekends.
Café Harvard Gourmet + Cachère
5688 Monkland at Harvard
Vegetarian and kosher catering and take-out.
Café Les Entretiens
1577 Laurier Street East
Salads, homemade soups and sandwiches.
Casual, friendly place. Open for 30 years. Terrace.
Le Caffè Mariani
4450 Notre-Dame West
Neighbourhood café known for breakfasts and brunches, pizzas, many vegetarian options.
3990 St-Urbain at Duluth
Big sandwiches festooned with fruit garnishes, fair trade coffee, good soups. Home-blended tisanes. Not everything is vegetarian, but the menu is detailed and specific. Beautiful garden terrace in summertime.
173 Duluth East
Tiny, popular breakfast and lunch joint, a place where veg and non-veg can eat happily together. Sidewalk tables in summertime. Good espresso.
Dépanneur Le Pick Up
7032 Waverly, south of Jean-Talon
Despite the name this is more a café than a dep. Menu includes things like vegetarian pulled pork, spicy eggplant sandwiches, veggie burger and vegan dessert items.
Jean's Trinidad Foods
5914 Sherbrooke West at Royal
Vegetarian dishes include various rotis, doubles, and fried plantain.
La Petite Marche
Affordable fresh honest food in a funky setting.
2251 Marie-Anne East, near Papineau
Vegetarian club sandwiches, croque-monsieurs, burgers, hot dogs.
Les Délices Bio
1327A Mont Royal East
Organic food, counter service. Mostly vegetarian.
150 Bernard West
Omnivore bistro with a menu section offering vegetarian options for every course.
4351 de Lorimier, at Marie-Anne
Vegetarian versions of some traditional Québécois dishes.
1923 Ste-Catherine West
Best deal on falafel anywhere.
Ô deux sœurs
Cuisine santé: vegetarian and non-veg meals to take out, organic, meat without hormones. Takeout and delivery.
5095 Fabre near Laurier
Seasonally inspired food, with a well regarded weekend brunch.
5526 Sherbrooke West
Sandwiches, salads, fair trade coffee. Nice space facing NDG Park.
3439 Saint-Denis, north of Sherbrooke
Tibetan food, with many vegetarian alternatives offered for traditional dishes. Nice setting in old row house with some couch/lounge seating.
8 Duluth East
Sushi restaurant with a selection of vegan options.
Thali Cuisine Indienne
1409 St-Marc at Ste-Catherine
Vegetarian thali at $8 – hard to do better than that. Spare space but food is good.
2361 Ontario East
Cooperatively run neighbourhood café with some vegetarian options available.
SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
This isn't going to be an exhaustive list of all health food stores in the Montreal area, but I will add interesting addresses and services as I find them.
176 Bernard West
Vegan shoes for men and women.
Composting pickup service. In danger of closing: you can sign the petition to Sud-Ouest borough to keep the facility open. As of January 2015 almost 9000 people had signed.
Coop la maison verte
5785 Sherbrooke West
Fair trade and organic products for cleaning and composting.
4627 Wilson at Somerled
Organic food and delivery.
Green roofs, reduction of heat islands and other projects.
Ecological umbrella group, organizes organic farm baskets.
Les Fermes Lufa
Famous for operating a greenhouse year-round on top of an industrial building west of l'Acadie. You can design your own weekly basket and tell them where you want to pick it up.
Le Frigo Vert
2130 Mackay, near Concordia
Bulk dry goods, sandwiches, green cleaning supplies. Discount if you're a Concordia student, but accessible to all. It's like an old-school health food store before they went glitzy and markety.
Le Jardin des Anges
Organic fruit and vegetable basket delivery
Les Jardins urbains
Organic grocery delivery
Marché 3 Piliers
750 Gilford, corner Resther
Local market emphasizing environmental, social and economic values, basically a nice corner deli crossed with a health food emporium.
Matt & Nat
is a firm based in Montreal that produces high-design handbags and other accessories using no animal products. Their website includes a list of retail outlets that stock their wares.
Terra Bella organic food ordering system
Tiende Santé & Vegetarian
279 Duluth East
Chinese-style vegetarian products made with soya protein, gluten and mushrooms. Lots of teas. Also offers simple meals to eat in or take out.
Café Juicy Lotus
Courses held in NDG
Heaven on Earth Vegetarian Institute
12681 Joron, Pierrefonds
L'Armoire du haut
Vegetarian healthy cooking lessons near Laurier metro
The Vegan Secret Supper has a Montreal section.
Past events listed for reference, will update as needed:
Montreal Vegan Festival, September 26 and 27, 2014 at UQÀM.
L'Autre Marché is held in the Technopole Angus on summer Fridays till mid-October, showcasing a selection of organic and local food sellers.
Expo manger santé et vivre vert, March 21-23, 2014.
OTHER DIETARY CONCERNS
Deliver gluten-free, dairy-free baked goods, which are also available in some cafés.
Boulangerie Le Marquis
367 de Castelnau East
Bakery with gluten-free versions of many favourites.
Lab Sans Gluten delivers gluten-free baked goods, but doesn't seem to have a physical store.
Louise's Gluten-Free Table
475 Dumont, #109, Dorval H9S 5W2
Le Lunch Box
Delivery of gluten-free and paleo meals.
See Sophie Sucrée in the vegetarian section. They have some gluten-free pastries.
There are a lot of vegetarian pages on the web, and some are not updated very often. The following restaurants may still be listed in some sources but are no longer open: Le Commensal, Café Blue Monday, Sauve du Temps, Govinda Jaya Jaya, Elixir, Bimbo, Manbo, Mandys Express, Wrapps, Les Chèvres/Le Chou, Spirite Lounge, Le Bouddha d'Cuisine, Faim du Monde, Ghetto Shul Café, O Jus, TribuTerre Bistro, Fuchsia.
Zero 8's restaurant featuring food with no gluten, eggs, nuts, peanuts, fish or seafood, milk or soya has closed but the website explains a plan to crowdfund its way to a new location.
Le Commensal's old locations on McGill College and St-Denis have become branches of Resto Végo.
Neither Lola Rosa nor Burritoville has an NDG branch any more.
Divan Orange doesn't serve food any more, although it's still open as a show bar.
Ecollegey's Plateau store closed, but the NDG location is still open.
Saveurs de Vivre has closed.
If you have an update or a suggestion for this page, please let us know. I'm very grateful for all the updates I've received.
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