An insider’s guide to eating healthy in Vancouver
If you self-identify as a healthy foodie who thrives on freshly squeezed green juices, smoothies, açai bowls and plant-based meals made with the freshest locally-source produce, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to Vancouver’s dining options. From sushi to salads and everything in between, there are heaps of options to help fuel you up. Here are a few of my top recommendations:
Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant
1509 W 12th Ave
During one of my summer visits to Vancouver prior to moving here, some friends and I visited Heirloom 4 times within the span of 3 days – I’m not joking, it’s that good. Healthy, flavourful, thoughtfully crafted dishes are what you’ll find on the menu, which also offers plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. My personal favourite picks are the miso brassica share plate and the kale slaw with tahini apple cider vinaigrette, but don’t be fooled into thinking that vegetarian means salad only. The portions are very generous, and the Pineapple Coconut Curry, veggie burger, and anything on the brunch menu will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Visit them online here. Address: 1509 West 12th Ave.
3742 W 10th Ave
The name of this beautiful café says it all – you will most certainly be nourished with great food, made from 100% organic, seasonal, whole food ingredients. Vegetables form the base of the menu with optional protein sources available, making Nourish a safe bet for groups with varying dietary needs. Salads change from week to week depending on what’s freshest at the market, and homemade soups, gourmet sandwiches, a range of breakfast options and cold pressed juices are also available. Visit them online here. Address: 3742 West 10th Ave.
3995 Main St
I’d consider The Acorn to be upscale vegetarian dining, and each time I’ve visited, I’ve been blown away by the artful presentation of each dish. (Just check out their Instagram account to see what I mean.) The restaurant has won several awards including one of the World’s Top 10 Best Vegetarian Destinations by CNN, thanks to its exceptionally creative menu options created with locally sourced ingredients. Visit them online here. Address: 3995 Main St.
The Juice Truck
28 W 5th Ave
The Juice Truck offers more than cold-pressed, delicious juices (which are fantastic and made on the spot, by the way) – they’ve got amazing lunch and snack options, as well as a storefront with a variety of superfoods, teas and supplements too! The shop’s location is in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood (28 West 5th Ave.), but you’ll find the famous big red truck on the corner of Water and Abbott St in Gastown. Bottled juices are also carried by several stockists throughout the city. Visit them online here.
The Juicery Co.
3570 W 4th Ave
Another great spot for rehydrating after yoga or a run, or any time of day, The Juicery Co. has four locations across the city offering a wide selection of cold-pressed juices and nut mylks. As a family-run company, the team at The Juicery not only serve visitors with innovative, interesting juice blends but also educate on the power of juicing on overall wellbeing. My top picks are the Turmeric Tonic and the Family Farm, a juice made from whatever greens are in season at their local organic farms. Visit them online here. Multiple locations.
Field + Social
415 Dunsmuir St
At Field + Social, chef-designed salads are their specialty. Made with some of the freshest, most vibrant local produce, the menu changes seasonally and has something for everyone, including vegan and gluten-free options. Located downtown at 415 Dunsmuir St, the restaurant has a beautiful modern, well-lit interior with warm and welcoming staff. Soups, juices, and kombucha on tap are also available. Visit them online here. Address: 415 Dunsmuir St.
1903 W 4th Ave
If you’re looking for a quick and healthy lunch, Tractor is a perfect choice. With 4 locations and a menu featuring fresh gourmet salads (smoked paprika chickpeas with pomegranate, roasted squash, parsley, mint yogurt and almond dukkah anyone?), soups, sandwiches and snacks, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The cafeteria format of the restaurant allows you to choose whatever a la carte items your heart desires, and everything is prepared in small batches so you can be sure it’s fresh. Visit them online here. Multiple locations.
East is East
3243 W Broadway
Perhaps one of Vancouver’s most well-known spots for fusion cuisine, you’ll find flavours from Afghanistan, India, and other parts of the Middle East on the menu. Tapas, tabbouleh, curries and roti rolls will hit the spot after a day of adventuring around the city. Visit them online here. Address: 3243 W Broadway and 4433 Main St.
397 Railway St
Fresh, healthy food prepared from scratch using local organic ingredients is what you’ll find at Raletown Café, located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. In addition to made-to-order sandwiches served on artisanal breads, you’ll also find one of the most gourmet build-your-own salad bars featuring add-ins like poached salmon, pesto chickpeas, spiced yams and crispy squash chips. Soups, handmade breads, sweet treats, vegetable juices and kombucha are also available. Visit them online here. Multiple locations.
Yew Seafood + Bar
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, 791 W Georgia St
For those with a goal of getting their fill of seafood while visiting the west coast, Yew Seafood + Bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel will steal your heart. The menu changes with the seasons and features fresh local catches, as well as plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. A great choice for lunch or dinner, but weekend brunch is also something you won’t want to miss. Visit them online here. Address: 791 West Georgia St.