Enjoy an egg-free breakfast in Vancouver

Breakfast need not always include eggs and bacon. Many Vancouver restaurants make use of alternate ingredients such as tofu, cous cous, vegetables and potatoes to create delicious, egg-free breakfast dishes. Even the most discerning vegans (and those who are simply egg-adverse) will find something on the menu at these daytime eateries. [Image: Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant]

The Acorn Restaurant

3995 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P3

This upscale vegetarian bistro’s Sunday brunches take inspiration from local, seasonal ingredients. Fancy and fresh, artfully plated egg-free items include a skillet with confit potato and autumn vegetable hash, and the always delightful Begger’s Banquet, which pairs seasonal vegetables with herbs and surprise “goodies” from nearby farms.

Heirloom Restaurant

1509 12th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 2E2

Heirloom’s comforting, egg-free breakfasts will make you feel cozy and warm all morning long – especially if you’re seated near the large fireplace. Among the menu’s many vegan dishes, the Mexican-inpisred tofu Huevos Rancheros is a must-have: scrambled eggs are swapped for tofu, which is grilled, smashed and served over tortillas with guacamole, pico de gallo, and other fixings.


3420 Dunbar St, Vancouver, BC V6S 2C2

Only empty stomachs are permitted to enter this beloved Southern breakfast spots; plates here are more like platters, and they arrive overflowing. Given the diner vibes, meat and dairy are featured heavily here. That said, one dish can be modified, and it’s among the best on the menu: the chicken fried steak with hash browns and toast can be ordered without eggs on the side. And you won’t regret it.

Café Medina

780 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3A4

On weekends, this Mediterranean café is one of the busiest restaurants in the downtown core, if not in all of Vancouver. The most authentically Mediterranean, and deliciously egg-free, dish has to be the cous cous, topped with oven dried tomatoes, roasted eggplant, almonds and grilled halloumi cheese, all served with a side salad. Perfection!

Nelson The Seagull

315 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J4

What’s every vegan’s go-to breakfast? Avocado on toast, of course! Nelson’s version incorporates house-baked sourdough (still warm from the on-site oven) toasted and pressed with fresh avocado, and served on a charming wooden board. It’s a simple, healthy dish that can be lingered over throughout the morning or chowed down during a quick pit-stop en route to the office.

Peggy Organic Cafe Inc

3605 4Th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6R 1P2

For more than a decade, this whimsical café has been serving organic breakfasts to Kitsilano’s bohemian community and UBC students alike. Ask any server, and they’ll tell you that vegans opt for the fennel tofu scramble, served with dairy-free cilantro cream and fresh salsa. Or, indulge your sweet tooth and opt for the vegan apple pie (because one can always have pie for breakfast!).

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