November 1st is World Vegan Day and Guelph has always had a lot to share with vegans and non-vegans alike. Whether you’re locals looking for a new go-to favourite or travelers planning your weekend itinerary, check out these local faves that offer flexible options to make your omnivore family AND your plant-based pals happy.
Breakfast & Coffee
A Sweet Canadian Breakfast: Lady Glaze Donuts
We can’t think of a better way to start your day off in Guelph than with a true Canadiana breakfast: coffee and a doughnut. But Lady Glaze offers a new twist with daily features that can include classics like Vanilla Bean Sprinkle or seasonal specials like Candy Apple. No two visits have the same offerings, so even if you’ve been, there’s always something new to try. Bonus points: gluten free options are also available!
For Those Inclined to Brunch: The Cornerstone
A long-time Guelph staple, The Cornerstone is currently closed for renovations but will be back better than ever, serving up breakfast burritos and rancheros for vegans and vegetarians for over twenty years in the heart of downtown.
Pub-Style Paradise: Sip Club
Next on our list is Sip Club – an omnivore group’s pub-style paradise. With crowd favourites like poutine and “fish” tacos that both have a vegan option or grab a full vegan charcuterie board to satisfy a need for shareable snacks. Sip Club is here to meet your lunch time needs.
Fresh & Healthy: Grassroots Eatery and Wellness Studio
If you’re looking for something on the veggie-heavy side with an emphasis on local, Grassroots has you covered. A great spot for bowls, sandwiches, and soups, Grassroots also connects you with the products you’d need to make your own versions at home right in their very own market.
For the Thai-Hards: Eat Thai Restaurant
If you love Thai food, you’ll love Eat Thai who specialize in authentic dishes made with care and family secrets. With plenty of selection it can be hard to make a decision, but we can help: start with the vegan fresh rolls and then convince your friends and family to split the thai green curry and the pad see iew.
Beirut’s Best: Retour Bistro
With a long menu of vegan-friendly items, Retour Bistro delivers big on Mediterranean flavour. With vegan Lebanese favourites as well as traditionally seasoned plant-based meat options, you’ll be able to grab much more than just a falafel or fattouch at Retour – although we recommend those, too!
For Chocolate Lovers: La Reina
Looking for a dessert spot that has plenty of options for every sweet tooth? La Reina’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Tarte is vegan and gluten free and offers a decadent and spicy ending to your vegan foodie day.
Worth the Wait: Decadently Yours
Although you’ll have to place your order one week ahead, Decadently Yours cupcakes are worth the wait. Cupcakes are the perfect picnic dessert item for a socially-distanced group gathering of old friends with varying dessert and dietary preferences.