Veg out at these vegan restaurants in Calgary

In the heart of cattle country, Calgary isn’t as vegan-friendly as some major Canadian cities, but you can still find some very good options for animal-product-free dining.

Hearts Choices Vegan Cafe

9679 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2J 0P6

Pop into this Thai restaurant for vegan dishes with delicious flavours. The yellow curry is excellent, as is the yum fish with green curry. The big portions here are filling, and the friendly atmosphere is a bonus.

Cafe Koi

100-1011 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1J2

Are you looking for animal-free Asian fusion? You won’t find many restaurants like this one in Calgary, and Koi has some very delicious dishes on its menu. The Buddha bowl is particularly popular among regulars as it’s a complete meal in one bowl. Also try the amazing coconut curry, or just order a drink and enjoy the venue’s regular live musical performances.

Cafe Blanca

240 Riverfront Ave SW, GD Lcd 1, Calgary, AB T2P 2G8

A coffee house with a twist, Café Blanca offers an impressive selection of organic coffees and prepared teas as well as food. Serving premade sandwiches and salads, it’s a good place to visit if you want something quick. Not all the options are meat and animal-product free, so ask before you order.

Heaven Artisan Gf Cuisine Inc

119-1013 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A7

Everything on the menu here is gluten-free, and a lot of the food is also vegan-friendly. The staff is known for cracking jokes and keeping the café in stitches, so plan to hang around for a bit. The arepas are some of the most popular vegan options, but the staff is more than happy to adjust a menu item to create a tasty vegan dish.

Ambrosia Veggie Restaurant

1009 4 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0K8

Chinese, Taiwanese and Cantonese flavours are the name of the game here. For vegans on a budget, ordering the lunch or dinner specials is a good way to go. You get a full meal for a nice price, and the dishes are bursting with flavour. Try the hot pot or sweet and sour soup for a tasty start to your meal, and follow up with veggie wrappers. You won’t be disappointed.

Blue Star Diner

809 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2

While not a vegan or even vegetarian restaurant, the Blue Star Diner does vegan very well. It offers a delicious black bean soup, bean burger and salads on the afternoon menu, and breakfast options for vegans include cereal with soy milk and a delicious vegan scramble with avocados, herbs and tofu. If you visit later in the day, try some of the tasty beers on offer.

Community Natural Foods

1304 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0J2

While it’s a great place to shop, this natural food market also features a small café where you’ll find tasty wraps and sandwiches. There are some nonvegan items on the menu, but many of the dishes are free of animal products. Try the fresh juices, which are amazing.

A Taste Of Saigon

406-8888 Country Hills Blvd NW, Calgary, AB T3G 5T4

If you’re hankering for good Vietnamese food, you’ll find this is one of the best options in Calgary. While the restaurant serves meat dishes, it features a large selection of vegetarian meals, and the staff is very good about accommodating vegans.

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