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Toronto Vegan Brunch: 10 Spots for Pancakes & More

Toronto is one of my favorite vegan-friendly cities, and lucky for me, it’s only a four-hour drive from Detroit! Despite its close proximity, I still haven’t been able to eat my way through the entire city — there are just too many fantastic places to check out (an incredible problem to have, right?).

But one vegan meal I have enjoyed a lot in Toronto is brunch! It’s one of the first things I search for when I get there, as it seems every time I visit, there is always a new place to check out.

Throughout the city, you’ll find great spots for traditional breakfast and brunch, as well as places with inventive dishes like savory waffles topped with tofu scramble and kimchi! No matter the day of the week, I guarantee you will find something to start your day in Toronto.

Tip: On the weekend, most spots don’t open as early as they do during the weekend, so double-check before you go!

The Best Spots for Vegan Breakfast & Brunch in Toronto

#1 Kupfert & Kim

Multiple locations throughout Toronto
I am kicking off this list with my absolute favorite place to go for vegan breakfast or brunch in Toronto! When I say I love this place, I am not kidding, and I’m secretly hoping that if I continue to profuse my love, they will open a location in Detroit (I can hope, right?).

In addition to being vegan, all of the casual cafes are also gluten-free! The first time I wandered in, I couldn’t believe it. I think it’s the first vegan chain that I have visited that’s also gluten-free — having gluten-free options is one thing, but being completely gluten-free is a whole other ballgame! When you’re in the mood for breakfast, choosing which location is essential as not every location offers the same stuff (I don’t want you to be disappointed). I’ve been to the location on Spadina (lengthy menu) and the location in Brookfield Place (smaller menu and not open on the weekend).

Waffle lovers can’t miss either their sweet or savory waffle (both are terrific, but I might love the savory one a little more) loaded with scrambled tofu and pickled onions or berries and coconut cream! I also love their veggie-packed breakfast bowl and The Benny — a healthier version of the traditional egg dish with tofu ricotta.

savory vegan waffle topped with tofu scramble next to a breakfast bowl on a wood table at kupert and kim in toronto

#2 Fresh Kitchen + Juice Bar

Multiple locations throughout Toronto
These trendy little eateries are peppered all over town, making planning your eating adventures much easier! No matter where you’re staying, I’ll bet you’re not too far from a Fresh location. As the name implies, the restaurant group is known for its focus on colorful, veggie-forward dishes that make you feel like a million bucks!

One important thing to know is that their brunch menu and hours vary slightly from restaurant to restaurant, so be sure to check it before you go, especially if you have your heart set on something specific! You’ll find everything from light and healthy coconut yogurt bowls to a massive breakfast platter filled with greens, potatoes, a Just Egg omelet, toast, and more. But there’s one thing you really can’t miss — almond butter French toast. This delicious French toast is covered in a light, crispy breading and topped with a tangy raspberry drizzle!

a thick cut slice of vegan french toast covered in a crispy breading and drizzled with raspberry sauce at fresh kitchen in toronto
Credit: Fresh Kitchen + Juice Bar

#3 Planta & Planta Queen

Locations in Yorkville & Queen Street (downtown)
On the weekend, you’ll want to roll out of bed early to nab a spot at one of the chicest vegan brunch spots in town! No matter if you choose Planta or Planta Queen, you’re in for a sophisticated and delicious menu.

Both locations offer a similar weekend brunch menu with a few differences—Planta Queen errs more on the Asian side of the culinary spectrum, and Planta has a more globally inspired lineup. No matter which you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Before diving into what to eat, what to sip here is equally as important. Coffee lovers (like me) have to try their ultra-creamy Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed coconut milk (it’s fantastic). Aside from coffee, both spots have a great lineup of creative cocktails and mocktails mixed with inventive ingredients like kombucha, aquafaba, activated charcoal, and more!

On the food side, you can’t go wrong with their French toast, topped with cornflake granola and berry compote! Both spots also have great savory options, like a sushi burrito, if a sweet start isn’t your jam.

a vegan waffle topped with crispy mushrooms and maple syrup at planta in toronto

Vegan-Friendly Toronto Brunch & Breakfast Spots

#4 Evviva Breakfast and Lunch

Two locations in Toronto
The first time I tried to visit this spot, I trekked over 25 minutes through Toronto’s icy and snow-covered streets after a major snowstorm to find out it was closed for construction! They hadn’t updated their Google card, so there I was, damp, cold, and hungry! It was a really rough way to start. To top it off, it’s one of the few breakfast spots in Toronto that’s open at 7 AM. Needless to say, that was a rough morning.

But on the vegan scale, this spot does a really great job, so it was worth the hassle. While many places just have one of two dishes, this hip café has a full menu — it’s five pages! Breakfast is served all day and includes an incredible lineup of options — various egg-free egg dishes like a Greek omelet or a crab cake benedict made with Just Egg! In addition to that, if you’re super hungry, check out their Vegan Slam Platter that’s filled with Just Egg, Beyond sausage, soy bacon, potatoes, toast, and more!

vegan crepe topped with fresh berries and a dusting of powdered sugar on a white plate at evvia brunch in toronto
Credit: Evviva Breakfast and Lunch

#5 Karine’s Fresh

109 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 3K5, Canada
The small, fast-casual breakfast spot is tucked away on the first floor of The Village by the Grange—it’s easy to walk by and not realize it’s even there! Their menu is super vegan and gluten-free friendly (including their baked goods in case you have a sweet tooth in the morning). You’ll find a great breakfast and brunch lineup with a little traditional and Middle Eastern inspiration every day. For something on the traditional side, check out their pancake, waffles, or house-made tofu beni made with a potato frittata.

#6 Almond Butterfly Bistro

792 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V1, Canada
Gluten-free friends, especially if you’re Celiac, this spot is for you! Not only is it vegan-friendly, but everything is gluten-free. Brunch is served all week (until 5 PM) and includes some great vegan options. Order the traditional vegan breakfast platter filled with Mexica-style beans, avocado, Impossible patties, potatoes, and toast for something hearty. For something a little lighter, check out their Pura Vita, a vegan chia and hemp seed yogurt bowl with house-made granola.

a small bowl of granola topped with strawberries and blueberries next to a glass of milk at almond butterfly bistro at brunch in toronto
Credit: Almond Butterfly Bistro

#7 Cafe Landwer

Multiple locations throughout Toronto
In full transparency, I wasn’t going to include this spot on the list because it only has a couple of items, but a dear friend of mine (who lives in Toronto) attests that their vegan breakfast and brunch options are top-notch! So, how could I ignore that? You’ll find a mix of traditional options with a bit of Middle Eastern influence on the menu. For something different, try the plant-based shakshuka; instead of eggs, they use falafel balls. If that’s not for you, you can never go wrong with a fruity acai bowl with house-made granola or a vegan omelet with toast.

Sweet Vegan Breakfast Treats in Toronto

#8 Bloomer’s

Multiple locations in Toronto
Who needs pancakes when you can have an Instagram-worthy lineup of delicious donuts? Bloomer’s is one of two fully vegan donut shops (they have other treats, too) in Toronto. Every day, you’ll find an amazing lineup of fluffy house-made donuts like Ferrero Rocher, Boston Cream, strawberry shortcake, and much more. One more bonus: they also have a ton of vegan and gluten-free treats like mini carrot and banana loaves, muffins, brownies, and more.

#9 Bunner’s

244 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7, Canada
This pastel pink shop is the only vegan and gluten-free bakeshop in Toronto. Even if you’re not gluten-free, this spot is still worth a visit — everything is irresistible. Depending on when you visit, you might find sweet breakfast treats like lemon blueberry scones, strawberry squares, and fan-favorite cinnamon buns! Although it’s not really a breakfast treat, you also need to grab one of their chocolate whoopie pies (I tried to pace myself with it and ended up eating the whole thing in one sitting)!

#10 Machino Donuts

1556 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1A4, Canada
One more vegan donut shop to round out this Toronto lineup! This spot knows how to make you go, OMG, that’s vegan! They’ve veganized some of the most decadent flavor combos and added them to donuts for the ultimate treat. If you’re lucky, you’ll find favorites like a peanut butter cup filled with delicious peanut butter cream, an Ube donut filled with purple sweet potato cream, and a candy-topped Twix! Also, if you’re celebrating something special, they do custom donut orders — what’s more fun than donuts? 

About Author

Rebecca is the founder of the vegan travel company Veggies Abroad. In 2021, she bid her 15-year career goodbye and ventured into the world of ethical business with the launch of a vegan travel blog (the one you’re reading!). As the blog flourished, Rebecca expanded her vision to encompass personalized travel planning services and launched Veggies Abroad's inaugural vegan tour to Thailand, marking the beginning of many more eco-conscious, plant-powered adventures to come. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad