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A vegan’s guide to Hamilton

Over the past few years Hamilton has made it much easier to be vegan and include more plant-based options into our daily routine. If you’re currently a vegan or considering this lifestyle, Hamilton doesn’t make it difficult to find a spot that’s right for you.

With 14 vegan outlets in all areas of the city, and each of them offering a different flavour into vegan culture, there’s an option for everyone. Whether you’re on Barton Street, James Street North, The Mountain, or in Waterdown there’s sure to be a vegan eatery close to you!

Bliss Kitchen

Right when you walk into Bliss Kitchen you see their motto: eat mindfully, live blissfully. Their space wholeheartedly embodies the vegan lifestyle. I recommend getting the falafel bowl and some Bliss Bites for dessert!

Earth Shake

Earth Shake is located right in Historic Downtown Dundas. They are a vegan eatery with delicious sit-down as well as grab and go options.

Rawlicious

Located in charming Westdale Village, Rawlicious is a hidden gem. They aren’t just vegan but are raw vegan. Rawlicious has a variety smoothies, juices, soups, salads, and entrees. Next time you’re in the west end I suggest grabbing the quinoa salad and Sun Warrior smoothie.

The Juice Kitchen

The Juice Kitchen is celebrating two years on Concession Street this month. They are a family-owned business with a juice, smoothie, and small food menu. They have chia pudding, salads, stew, and cleanses. It’s a great place to get your veggies in and sit with friends. Pro Tip: If you’re feeling sick get a ginger shot to boost your immunity!

Democracy

Democracy is the perfect spot to get together with friends. They don’t have Wi-Fi so it’s the place to study or get some serious distraction-free work done (that doesn’t require your laptop). Democracy has amazing cauliflower wings that everyone needs to try, vegan or not!

Planted in Hamilton

Planted has the best vibes in Corktown. Planted has been open for just over a year now and has the most welcoming atmosphere. They have a variety of salads, bowls, and the best desserts that happen to be gluten-free as well as vegan. Start with the falafel bowl and end with a peanut butter brownie. You’ll want to eat lunch there every day!

Green Bar

Green Bar is a Hamilton vegan classic. They opened their doors in 2014 as a smoothie bar and now have an amazing food menu. However, true to their roots I believe that they have mastered the art of the smoothie and make the best in the city. Whip your taste buds into shape with the O.G bowl and Electric Banana smoothie.

Synonym

Synonym is the new kid on the block. They’re known for their modern and Instagramable interiors, but Synonym is more than just coffee and oat milk lattes. They released their new menu with a plethora of vegan options like their pretzel burger and Detox Grainy Green bowl.

Lick the Whisk

Lick the Whisk is just a minute walk east of James Street North. The bright yellow exterior can’t be missed! The sunny vibes carry inside the building, with plants hanging by the windows, brightly painted walls, and a loft space — it feels like summer all year long! Lick the Whisk was started by two Hamiltonians who wanted to create a dessert cafe that was 100% vegan. All desserts are made in house daily in small batches with no preservatives.

Lotus & the Bee

Lotus and the Bee is a new addition to the growing Barton Village. It’s the perfect spot to grab a healthy breakfast or lunch. They have great healthy options and the freshest smoothie bowls, including the delicious Heart Opener smoothie bowl. Stay and sit in the iconic pink chairs or get something from their Grab and Go fridge!

Coven Plant Based Marketplace

A one stop vegan shop, who could ask for more? I highly recommend picking up a few different kinds of vegan cheese like Nuts for Cheese and Main Vegan Deli.

Boon Burger

The first vegan burger cafe with locations across Ontario and one sprouted right at the end of Ottawa Street North’s shopping district. They now offer more options than just burgers. You can turn your burger into a salad, get pizza, poutine, and vegan ice cream. Boon Burger also has each of their sources for sale so you can take some vegan goodness home with you!

Hearty Hooligan

Hamilton’s vegan punks. They have lots of seating and a cafe feel, so it’s the perfect place to sit and enjoy some of their vegan comfort food. Try one of their smoothies next time you’re strolling through the
fabric district!

Honourable Mentions

Here are some other places that offer vegan options, but are not completely vegan or don’t have a storefront:

01. East Hamilton Cheese Company has vegan cheese options.
02. Go Nuts Mylk has different nut milks available online and at stockists around Hamilton.
03. Marci’s Bakery has different baked goods available online and at stockists around Hamilton.
04. Dolled Up Desserts offers vegan baking mixes.
05. Nourish is a new online fresh food delivery business that believe in healthy and sustainable eating. They serve the greater Hamilton area, Waterdown, and Burlington.
06. Mustard Seed Co-op has vegan options.
07. Goodness Me (all locations) have vegan grocery options.
08. Paisley Coffeehouse has vegan options on their menu.
09. Cannon Coffee has vegan options on their menu, too.
10. Roma Bakery‘s famous slab pizza doesn’t use any meat or dairy!

Consensus: Hamilton is a city you can be vegan and enjoy yourself!

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