Cuisine type

  • Gluten-Free,


  • Vegetarian Cuisine,
  • Vegan,


  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Vegetarian Café,
  • Macha Ninja Tea,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
  • Russian,
238 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,
  • < $10,

Methods of Payment:

  • Jcb

Meet the owner

Hibiscus Café is a beloved lunch bistro and café in Kensington Market that's made a name for itself as one of Toronto's best spots for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free organic dishes and desserts. Hibiscus was first brought to life in 2005. The original owner, inspired by a vision of healthy living, created a menu rich with nutritional dishes.

The café quickly became a fixture in the ever-bustling Kensington Market. It was in 2012, mid-meditation class, that Andrey Malkov (already a devoted customer) learned that the then-owner was moving away. He decided, along with his sister and parents, to take over the prime locale.

Andrey and his sister Elena were already committed to plant-based diets when they dove into the world of food. "For me, [a vegetarian diet] is better for the environment, our health, and also for the spirit," Andrey explains. The two siblings continue to share in most of the behind-the-scenes work. Andrey acts as Hibiscus' daily manager, while Elena works to develop the menu, create new recipes and redesign the space when needed.

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The vegan crepes are quite good. And they do a...

The vegan crepes are quite good. And they do a really nice job on the soy ice cream - several flavours. A really nice man runs this small place. Only a few tables.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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The best healthy cafés in Toronto

The best healthy cafés in Toronto

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.

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The best vegan and vegetarian brunch in Toronto

The best vegan and vegetarian brunch in Toronto

Hibiscus Café is a gluten-free, organic and vegan café in Kensington. Known for its sweet and savoury buckwheat crepes and vegan ice cream, Hibiscus makes veg brunch easy. There’s a range of crepes to choose from with the likes of zucchini, tomato, basil, spinach, mushrooms and avocado as well as oozey vegan mozzarella cheese. Sweet crepes are topped with icing sugar and maple syrup – although you can’t go wrong with the chocolate banana crepe, filled with Hibiscus’ homemade chocolate hazelnut spread.

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Best soup in Toronto

Best soup in Toronto

The popular vegetarian café has been home to some of the best soups and vegan friendly meals since it opened its doors. The soup of the day is made fresh every day, and is made from only the best vegan ingredients. You can get your soup with a side salad and it’s always served with raw crackers.

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