Vegan-Friendly Cafes, Coffee Houses, Desserts


Equator Coffee Roasters
412 Churchill Ave. N. Ottawa
451 Ottawa Street, Almonte

This is a cute little spot in the heart of Westboro, close to Pure Kitchen and other Westboro favourites. Fair trade and locally roasted coffee drinks, and a great selection of vegan and gluten-free treats, mostly from SweetCheeks Vegan Bakery of Almonte. There’s free wifi and everything is reasonably priced. A nice, calm and airy environment. Hours are pretty short so be sure to check before you go.

The Wild Oat Bakery
817 Bank Street (Glebe)


One of the more popular Glebe spots for vegetarian and vegan food. It is always busy! They have a restaurant side with breakfast options, sandwiches, coffee, a smoothie bar and now serving wine and beer on the dinner menu. The other side has a bakery, a hot food bar, some specialty items and other takeout snacks.

Thimble Café
4100 Strandherd Drive, Unit 114 (Barrhaven)

The little sibling to Thimblecakes downtown.  Has many of its signature baked goods, as well as a small cafe menu. Gluten-free, dairy free, egg-free, and soy- free options, and everything is peanut-free!


Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Bar
750 Gladstone Avenue (Centretown)

A trendy spot for hipsters who love live music and other events. Many vegan and vegetarian options available for sandwiches, soups, sweet potato chili, desserts and coffee.

NEW: Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen
477 Bank St

Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen opened mid-July 2016 near Bank & Argyle. They offer rotating vegan ice cream scoops and vegan ice cream truffles. Some examples of flavours for ice cream include vegan chocolate, matcha, and black sesame. And for ice cream truffles some flavour examples are vegan coconut + mango jam and vegan turmeric spice.

NEW: Sweet Jesus Soft-Serve


97 Clarence Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 5P5

A new soft-serve place has opened up in the heart of the market in August 2016. Sweet Jesus offers a vegan soft-serve, which can be loaded with toppings (best to ask to make sure various toppings are vegan-friendly). Get the vegan soft-serve in a cup, as the cone isn’t vegan.

NEW: Bar Robo
692 Somerset St. West

Coffee shop by day, cocktail bar by night – Bar Robo is located near Somerset and Bronson. It’s a small place, but for the size it has some really interesting veg options (including cocktails with aquafaba to provide an egg-white style foam).

NEW: Black Squirrel Books & Café
1073 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W9

Black Squirrel Books & Café is located near Bank & Sunnyside (near Panago Pizza, The Mayfair Theatre and Stella Luna Gelato). They offer delicious cookies, tarts and sometimes bars from Strawberry Blonde Bakery. They also offer the option to upgrade to a non-dairy milk for their beverages.

NEW: The Mayfair Theatre
1074 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3X3

The Mayfair Theatre is a very vegan-friendly theatre in Old Ottawa South. They offer a rotating assortment of vegan treats from Little Jo Berry’s such as poptarts, twinkies and donuts. Their popcorn is also vegan, so long as you don’t add butter. For special events, they also sometimes offer vegan hot dogs behind the concession stand.

NEW: Café Alt
60 Université Pvt, Ottawa, ON K1N
Cafe Alt on the grounds of Ottawa U now carries vegan goodies from Strawberry Blonde Bakery.

NEW: Sundea School


222 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa
Vegan ice cream! At least two flavours every day; dark chocolate and a fruity one (pina colada, rasberry or strawberry). They have vegan toppings (oreo, nuts, dried fruits) and two vegan sauce, peanut butter and berry.

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Good Eats 
388 Albert Street, Ottawa (Downtown)
613 518 7610

Good Eats serves up a changing weekly menu of fresh sandwiches and salads, as well as breakfast sandwiches and baked goods.  The menu always includes vegan breakfast options, such as a breakfast muffin, avocado toast, and a breakfast BLT, and a sandwich (i.e. buffalo cauliflower wing).

The Tea Party
119 York Street (Byward Market)

A funky place with vintage decor and a large variety of loose-leaf tea. The cafe is vegetarian and they also have some vegan options for breakfast, sandwiches and desserts on request. Thet offer brunch from 10-12 every day and you can reserve for high tea; simply mention would want it vegan.

Various Ottawa locations in the downtown core, Little Italy, Westboro, Hintonburg, Beechwood, Glebe, Pinecrest and Old Ottawa South.

The various locations offer free Wi-Fi and plenty of comfy seating, indoor and outdoor. Their coffee offerings are organic, fair-trade and roasted locally in Little Italy. They carry both almond and soy milk. They often have vegan options for soups, salads and sandwiches (the new Sweet Potato Quinoa Wrap) as well as fresh juices and desserts. All Bridgehead locations now offer two new vegan options: avocado toast with nooch (nutritional yeast), and housemade vegan “not-tella

Stella Luna

1103 Bank St. (Old Ottawa South)

Head to this fun gelato and coffee bar on Bank street South. There is often a large variety of fruit-based vegan gelato and they serve non-dairy milks at the coffee bar. They often have live entertainment.

Pure Gelato
350 Elgin St. (Centretown)
71 William St. (Byward Market)

Another fun gelato bar in two convenient locations. Their vegan options are usually fruit-based and available for sit-in, takeout or order by the box to take home.


Cafe Eddy
83 eddy street, Hull

Cute and healthy coffee shop dowtown Hull (same street as La belle verte) with plenty of vegan options. Baked goods such as banana bread and power bars as well as daily macro bowls that are always vegan. Various drinks and milk options.

You can sit down or take with you, it has very little space so be ready to take away.

Quitters Coffee
1523 Stittsville Main Street 

Coffee shop owned by the singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards. Serves soy and almond milk. Has two vegan muffin options every day. They added some other veggie food (a hummus plate and a veggie panini) that we haven’t tried yet.

CLOSED:  Gourmet Café
1687 Montreal Rd. Ottawa (East Ottawa)
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(613) 244-1159

Nearly invisible along a barren strip of Montreal Road in Ottawa’s east end (near Blair Road) is a new café, which, once you go inside, sit down and unwind, makes you forget its sparse surroundings and the increasingly short and dark days. Gourmet Café is newly opened, and features a daily vegan BLT sandwich and smoothie, and a hot vegan meal special on Wednesdays.  Almond milk is available for coffee and lattes.  The concept is pay what you want – so try to be fair!   Gourmet Café occupies what used to be a Kentucky Fried Chicken; a subtle but undeniable victory for vegans that its new occupant is so keen to introduce animal-friendly options.  Review of Gourmet Café.

CLOSED: Yogurty’s Froyo
283 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K0A 1B0, Canada

Unfortunately, it seems that Yogurt’s Froyo has now closed.

+ vegan dessert options at: The Green Door, the Table, La Belle Verte, The Wild Oat, Cafe My House, Asian Stars, Thimblecakes, Strawberry Blonde, Oh So Good