The best vegan and vegetarian brunch in Toronto

From Kensington to Bloordale, Toronto does veg brunch right with rich comfort food, nutritious options and good old-fashioned brunch gluttony. We’ve got your top brunch spots for chowing down on hearty vegan and vegetarian eats. Pair it with a mimosa, Caesar, craft beer or coffee and get ready for the most important meal of the day. [Image credit: iStock.com/KarinaUrmantseva]

Hello Darling Cafe

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827 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Z2

Hello Darling serves vegetarian brunch and lunch all week with a brunch menu on the weekends. This Bloordale café-style restaurant is roomy with plenty of sunny seating and a fully stocked espresso bar to quash that morning caffeine craving. Favorites include the mushroom wellington, baked eggs shakshuka and chocolate chip pancakes with orange sauce and lemon whipped cream. Regulars keep coming back for Hello Darling’s crispy vegan coconut bacon, fresh juices and selection of baked goods.

Doug McNish's Public Kitchen

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561 Marlee Ave, North York, ON M6B 3J6

Toronto Chef Doug McNish is on a mission to prove vegan food can be nutritious, hearty and delicious, and brunch at Doug McNish’s Public Kitchen is just that. This elevated menu totes vegan food that sustains with smoothies, tofu scrambles, and tempeh bacon on offer. The go-to choice here is the scramble platter with tofu, black bean chili, toast with sunflower seed miso butter, home fries and tempeh bacon. The prices here are a bit higher than your standard eggs and bacon, but the portions are huge and justify the extra coin. Doug keeps his menu organic and local as much as possible, and lucky for you, accepts Sunday brunch reservations.

Hibiscus Cafe

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238 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7

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.

E L Ruddy

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1371 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y3

Dundas West’s E.L. Ruddy is an uber-cozy café-style space that ideal for a Sunday morning. This warm and inviting restaurant hosts exposed brick walls and shelves filled with antiques, magazines and plants. E.L. Ruddy specializes in vegetarian comfort food like their spelt flour Belgian waffles and the Huevos Yelapa served with salsa, cornbread and refried beans and your choice of eggs or marinated tofu. E.L. Ruddy offers a ton of gluten-free and vegan options, beers on tap and a well-stocked bar.

The Hogtown Vegan

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1056 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M3

Almost everyone in the west end loves the southern-style comfort food at the Hogtown Vegan – the vegan fare is positively droolworthy, whether you rock a plant-based or omnivorous diet. Try the vegan unchicken and waffles, fried tofu “egg” omelets (which are stuffed with caramelized onions, mushrooms, daiya cheese and fresh herbs). The PB & banana French toast is accented with tofu bacon that adds a crispy, salty flavour to cut the sweet. With an atmosphere that reads laidback local with a hint of dive bar, it’s way too easy to while away the afternoon in one of Hogtown’s sun-washed booths.

Karine's

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32-109 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 3K5

Karine’s is a counter service, all-day breakfast restaurant located in the Village on the Grange Food court. Decorated with hot pink signage and flashy prints, you can’t miss this vegan and veggie brunch gem. Karine’s offers some of the best bang for your buck in the city with a 5$ breakfast deal and generous portions. Grab some takeaway and head to a park, or dine-in on reusable plates. Most dishes are vegan and gluten-free. Stop by for salads, roasted veggie omelets, vegan pancakes, crepes, soy and fruit smoothies, fresh juices and more.

Cosmic Treats

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207 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

Cosmic Treats serves weeklong breakfast and weekend brunch out of their modern restaurant in Kensington. Orange banquet seating and chairs make this space playful, keeping in line with their name. You’ll find savoury options here like the tofu based veggie quiche and the vegan tofu scramble. But the sweet stuff is really their forte like the melted marshmallow peanut butter sandwich and the all day breakfast blueberry pancakes with tofu scramble and home fries.

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