Two months in Canada came to an end and I concluded this incredible stay in its biggest city, Toronto. Getting a good glimpse of this huge and diverse city in just two days was certainly a challenge, especially since the second day ended up being rainy and murky (and was certainly overshadowed by my approaching departure – oh the sadness).
We did a great job, though, by planning out the vegan places we wanted to check out before and doing lots of walking in between. This ended up to be the best way to approach it, and we saw and experienced a great deal – some of which was planned and some of which we discovered by pure accident.
Here comes the habitual compilation of food we ate and loved. Usually I am more drawn to healthy foods, but Toronto was offering too many comfort food options I would never be able to have in good old Germany. Enjoy!
This was recommended as the top place to have vegan breakfast and oh my gosh it is amazing! Karine serves breakfast all day long with a huge list of vegan options and a big smile on her face. Ok, so the food court where it’s located might not give you any hints to how great this place is, but the framed awards might drop a hint or two. Prices are more than affordable by the way, especially since the serving sizes are huge (just ask for a takeaway container).
Daniel got the Vegan Goodness which is essentially a mixed platter of everything you could ever dream of – pancakes, tofu, fries, salad and fruit. I went for the waffles with peanut butter, chocolate and bananas and they were simply delicious. Best vegan waffles I ever ate! Oh and did I mention that if you get a cup of coffee, refills are free? Yup, Karine’s got it all!
Price range: inexpensive
Opening hours: Mo 9 am – 4 pm, Tue – Thur 9 am – 7 pm, Fri 9 am – 3 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am – 3 pm
Address:Village by the Grange, 109 McCaul St., Unit 32, Toronto
During a casual stroll in Kensington Market we discovered Nice Pan Rolled Ice Cream, the newest Instagram obsession. It’s freshly made ice cream, made right in front of you on a -30°C ice pan. The vegan version is basically nicecream with your toppings of choice, chopped up like a ninja, spread out and then rolled up. That demands some mad skills, let me tell you! The price of $7 seems a lot, but if you take into account how much effort and muscle power each portion takes, it’s a very appropriate price. Just do it like we did it and share (sharing is caring anyway)!
Price range: expensive
Opening hours: Sun – Thur 12 am – 6 pm, Fri & Sat 12 am – 7 pm
Address: 247 Augusta Ave, M5T 2L8 Toronto
The Hogtown Vegan
Vegan comfort food at its best! On their menu you can find items like mac ‘n cheese, southern combo, or their signature dish unchicken & waffles – fried plant-based goodness! Daniel got the bacon cheeseburger with chili cheese fries and I went for the southern combo, which is chicken fingers, garlic kale and mac ‘n cheese. The serving sizes are huge and the food heavy, just as it’s supposed to be. Again we had to ask for a takeaway container. I definitely have to come back to try their fried apple pie, it sounds heavenly!
Fresh Restaurants has four locations in Toronto, we went to Fresh on Spadina. The menu is huge, with all kinds of smoothies, juices, burgers, bowls, a weekend brunch menu and much more. There’s also a gluten free menu available and the menu is overall focused on healthy dishes. The bowls, which all three of us got, can be ordered in small or normal size. If you have a big yummy smoothie with your meal, like I did, a small bowl will satisfy you perfectly. There’s also a dessert menu to cure your sweet tooth.
Price range: moderate
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11.30 am – 10 pm, Sat & Sun 10.30 am – 10 pm
Address: 4 locations, check the website
Glory Hole Doughnuts
My main goal when coming to Canada was to finally have a vegan doughnut. Not a baked one, a fried yeast doughnut. On my last day in Canada, it finally happened! Googling the best vegan doughnuts in Toronto, I was pointed to Glory Hole Doughnuts, supposedly the best ones in town with a few vegan options. Apparently the vegan options aren’t available every day, but I was lucky. There were three different kinds and we got them all – vanilla, glazed and sugared. Each and every one of them was simply delicious and made me incredibly happy. It was the perfect end to a perfect trip to Toronto and an even more perfect stay in this glorious country!
Price range: moderate
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm
Address: 1596 Queen St. W, Toronto