A veg-forward, family-run cafe specializing in fresh juice. Open from 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends, Olive + Ruby is my idea of a 'happy place' featuring show-stopping decor by husband-and-wife team Summer and Brad themselves (think plant wall and colourful mural by artist Dana Mooney). Housemade almond milk lattes are served in Three Corners Artisan pottery mug and avocado toast comes on gluten-free or regular bread. You must visit this sweet new spot asap!
1017 W Hastings St | 604-695-9500 $$$ | West Coast
Chef David Hawksworth’s newest project, complete with 7,400 square feet of lavish library-esque furniture and bird-themed decor. The upstairs dining room or downstairs lounge area are ideal for a meal with the fam or cocktails before a night out. The menu is extensive with 53 modern Canadian dishes, including six vegan creations. Try the confit tomato pizza and the oven-roasted cauliflower with green harissa.
Canada’s first 0% dairy creamery featuring over a dozen flavours made with a base of yams and coconut milk. Think Strawberry Fields, Cookies & Cream and Vanilla Rose. Top your scoops with a sprinkling of fleur de sel from the self-serve salt bar, or try your “nice cream” in float form with locally made root beer or cream soda from Capilano Botanical Soda Co. Nice Vice is open every day from 12-10pm.
Latab is an oasis for good food and natural wine in the desert-like area near St Paul's Hospital downtown, owned by two industry veterans, Chef Kris Barnholden and GM Eryn Dorman, who want you to feel good after eating their food. Diners can expect creative small plates, like buckwheat salted-crusted root veg and vegetable egg with cauliflower and chanterelles. Try the full snack + small plates menu for $49 a person (min. 2 people).
Meet on Main (Gastown)
12 Water St | 604-877-1292 $$ | Vegetarian & Vegan
Having seen so much success at their Main Street location, this vegetarian comfort food eatery is expanding. Hooray! Soon, they'll open in the Gastown space previously occupied by Shirakawa and Boneta on Water Street. Their Angry Burg, with guacamole and vegan ranch dressing, is a must try and vegan options are plentiful.