Toronto is home to tons of cafés that inspire with their contemporary spaces and nutrient-rich menus (read: smoothies, cold-pressed juices, power bowls that are guaranteed to leave you feeling energized and satisfied). Each of these restaurants and cafés feature farm-fresh organic ingredients prepared in ways that will make you wonder how you ever thought vegetables were boring. [Image credit: iStock.com/Leonardo Patrizi]
For a quick, nourishing meal featuring farm-fresh organic ingredients, the Fruitful Market in Leslieville is a welcoming café where you can order healthy breakfast sandwiches, hearty hot suppers and everything in between (think: fresh prepared salads and healthy to-go meals). There is a little counter by the window for diners and a grocery store on-site offering a range of appetizing ingredients.
With over a dozen varieties on the menu, Hibiscus Café is easily the king of crepes in the Kensington Market. Each sweet and savoury crepe option is made with vegan buckwheat batter and comes with a side of greens, zucchini and avocado. Oh, and make sure you leave room for some homemade dairy-free ice cream for dessert.
Feel like a nutritious snack before you hit the books? Located at the entrance of the University of Toronto library, you’ll find the Green Beet, a vegan and vegetarian-friendly café buzzing with health-conscious students and social butterflies. The menu features ethically farmed Marley Coffee, hot meals, salads, sandwiches, and savoury snacks.
Nutrient-rich, real food in a lofty industrial setting is what you can expect at this King Street East café. Whether you’re up early for an energizing breakfast heavy on the chia, or in the mood for a power bowl full of super foods, these meals pack major punch. Open almost every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Impact also hosts a full espresso bar, cold-pressed juices and smoothies, and weekend brunch.
This west-end eatery is designed to make healthy eating simple for everyone, whether you’re on the go, on a date or on a budget. The menu offers a variety of nutritious meals suitable for morning, noon and night, including a delicious lemon tart smoothie, a crunchy antioxidant salad, cold pressed juices and super-filling grain bowls that are packed with vitamins and proteins.
Settle in for an all-day brunch “at the office” or take your crunchy salad to your desk. Spark Espresso and Fresh Bar looks exactly like its name and is conveniently located at the Bloor and Ossington subway station. It’s become a destination for hungry and health-conscious commuters in the mood for say, spicy sweet potato tacos on the fly.
From farm to Financial District, IQ Food boasts a colourful menu featuring fresh ingredients sourced from local Ontario farms. You can order nutritious snacks like chia pudding and lentil soup or flavour-packed boxes with such intriguing names as the Sparta (a Mediterranean box with chicken, kalamata olives, fresh hummus and arugula) and the Raad City (radish, microgreens, hard-boiled eggs, and walnuts). Our pick? The Apple Cobb box is packed with roasted chicken, aged white cheddar, apple slices and all kinds of good.