Sarah’s Vegan/Allergy Friendly Guide to Toronto

I am very lucky to live in a city with many, many options for those of us with allergies, or special diets. For years I have been doing the important work of eating at vegan bakeries and restaurants, discovering what’s best. And so I have finally put together a list of my favourite places to eat in Toronto. These are all places I go to fairly often and I recommend them through my own personal experiences.

Bunner’s 
http://www.bunners.ca/shop/

Bunner’s is completely vegan, gluten and nut free. Basically allergy free heaven. They are the OG of vegan bakeries in Toronto. They have two locations one in the junction and one in Kensington market. If you are visiting the city I would recommend checking out the Kensington market location, easier to access and Kensington market is a great part of the city to check out.

Also at the Kensington market location there is vegan soft serve! Something I had never, ever been able to have before! I always go with the swirl personally, but you can choose straight up chocolate or vanilla if you so choose. They carry cupcakes, muffins, cinnamon buns (in big and mini versions), cookies, cookie sandwiches . . . and a whole bunch of savoury options as well.

And if you just so happen to come to visit my fair city near Easter you can get a cream egg! Which are amazing and super decadent. They often do seasonal specials, so no matter what time of year you come there will be something special.

Sweet Olenka’s
http://www.sweetolenkas.ca/

While we are on the topic of vegan ice cream this place is my absolute favourite. They opened up a Queen street location last summer and I have spent waaayyyy too much time there. There are almost always six different flavours of vegan coconut milk ice cream. And they are constantly rotating. My all time favourites include strawberry, cookie dough and salted caramel.

They also have a case with packaged pints. You can also ask them to package up a flavour for you if they don’t have it in the case. I’m almost loathe to post about the place because I am worried that word will get out and I will have to stand in line much too long to get my ice cream fix.

Bolt Fresh Bar

If you are looking for something a little healthier but still delicious you can head a bit further West on Queen st. to Bolt Fresh Bar. You can have all kinds of raw boxes if that’s what you are into. They also have smoothies and juices but my suggestion? Get yourself a acai bowl with the coconut whipped cream. A (now nut free) granola base with fresh fruit and acai. So delicious. I highly, highly recommend.

TBC
http://tbcvegan.com/

TBC has the absolute best vegan doughnuts. The Best. That’s right, I’m sticking by this. They are proper, yeasted, fried doughnuts and they are amazing. They do not offer any gluten free options and they are not nut free. So if you have a serious nut allergy they can’t guarantee no cross contamination.

They don’t just do doughnuts, they also have savoury pizza rolls, there’s scones, croissants, brownies, butter tarts and other rotating goodies. But let’s be honest it’s the doughnuts that are the star. The classic cinnamon sugar is my favourite, the apple fritters are also incredible. I honestly haven’t had anything there that I didn’t love.

The one’s pictured here are the cinnamon sugar and the chocolate coconut which is probably in my top five of the doughnuts I’ve had there. I have been on a mission to try and make yeasted, fried doughnuts at home but haven’t quite bit the bullet and tried it yet.

Tori’s Bakeshop
http://www.torisbakeshop.ca/

The last of the vegan bakeries I’m going to feature is Tori’s bakeshop. It’s in the complete opposite end of the city from everything else I have profiled so far. If you are coming to the city in the summer definitely hop on the Queen streetcar and take it alllllll the way East and get off at the end of the line. You can get yourself a delightful cupcake and then head down to Woodbine beach, one of the best beaches in the city. The rose cupcake is one of my very favourites and the Beaches neighbourhood is fantastic to walk around. Tori’s also does an after hours wine bar, they make their own vegan cheese (not nut free) that gets rave reviews.

Hogtown Vegan
http://www.hogtownvegan.com/

Go here and order the Unchicken and Waffles. You will definitely not regret it. Or even better come here, order the unchicken and waffles, get your friend to order the tofu omelette and split it. Because they are both amazing. I’m really craving it right now. I also very much enjoyed the phish and chips. They do brunch, lunch and dinner. It’s all heavy comfort food, so make sure you come with a serious appetite.

Sadie’s Diner
http://www.sadiesdiner.com/

Sadie’s is a bit of an old stand by in Toronto. It is vegetarian with vegan options. Typical diner food with the option of great fresh juices. There’s all day breakfast and they also carry a bunch of dessert options.

It’s not a place that I’ve been to as much as the others, but my recommendation would be the vegan french toast!

So that’s it. A little vegan/allergy friendly foodie tour of Toronto. There are several locations that have popped up that I haven’t yet had a chance to check out. Once I do, I will have to write another post! I hope that you will come to my awesome city and enjoy the delightful and delicious culinary treats it has to offer!

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