I thought I'd make this guide for anyone who is moving or traveling here, just turning vegan here or even currently living here, and not knowing what it has to offer. Since I have a lot of time to kill, I tend to obsessively look up the vegan community: restaurants, health food stores, grocery stores and more. I like to see the transitioning of our community, see the broadening horizons for vegans and how much the world really is embracing compassion. I am going to break things down into categories and hope this is helpful to someone.
Let's start with the basics:
- Halifax does have a Vegetarian Association. I am currently not a member but have looked into it. I worry a bit about the selection for discounts as most seem heavily cheese based. There are a couple vegan-friendly places though.
- If you are looking for a place to do some animal activism, check out Vegan Education Group.
- All of the local Sobey's and Superstores I have been to have a half-decent size natural foods department. They have a good selection of vegan-friendly snacks, cruelty free beauty products and cleaning supplies and other specialty and organic type items. You can get by easily shopping strictly at those stores.
- Many other big stores sell vegan products as well. Wal-mart carries a small selection of Yves veggie meat, tofu and even has a small gluten-free/natural section that offers some vegan-friendly snacks. The Wal-mart located on Mumford and Bedford also has Gardein and Oh Naturele products in their freezer section. Ben & Jerry's, Haagen Dazs and Breyers vegan variety of their ice cream is also showing up at Walmart's. Costco offers a decent selection of vegan foods, it tends to be hit and miss but worth checking if you have a membership. I've seen tofu, veggie burgers, springrolls, potstickers, Live Clean shampoo and conditioner and bulk shelf stable foods.
- M&M Food Market: It's not the typical place you'd assume you'd fine vegan items but M&M has been offering vegan burgers for many years, they've changed since I last had them but they are now clearly marked vegan and were delicious then and delicious now. They also carry 2 clearly marked boxed desserts. As well, they have frozen veggies, bread, onion rings and fries available.
- Eco Chic: is a full vegan, eco-friendly salon located in Bedford. All products are also organic.
- There is a local tofu company from Grand Pre, NS known as Acadiana Soy Products. They are sold in places like Pete's, Organic Earth and the Historic Farmer's Market.
- Cosmic Tree Essentials: is a local vegan cosmetic company that you can purchase at Pete's.
- Bandha Bar: is a local energy bar company which is available throughout the HRM, as well as other parts of Atlantic Canada. Vegan, soy and gluten free. Bandha has also started to create cashew milk.
- Staff of Life: is carried all over the city including convenience and grocery stores and has vegan samosas always marked as such.
- In the Raw Sprouting Center: Located in Porters Lake they offer amazing raw and fresh delicious vegan food including cashew ice cream, almond milk, dips, soups, salads and more. You can also find their products in many stores across the HRM such as Pete's and Organic Earth.
- Honest Kitchen: Healthful delivery food service. Offering vegan meals delivered to your door. Must be ordered in advance.
- Green Meat: New local company making vegan meats for sale.
- Good Parma: Local raw vegan toppers company. Sells at the Halifax Forum Farmer's Market and local retailers.
- Two Dumb Vegans: Sells inside the Historic Brewery Market on Saturday's, offers vegan cinnamon rolls and other baked goods.
- HOLDER is Vegan: Sells on Saturdays at the Alderney Landing Farmer's Market. Offers baked goods and other vegan treats. She also provides some of the yummy vegan treats at local cafes such as Glitter Bean and Tart & Soul.
- Eggcitables: A local company producing a vegan egg substitute, it can be purchased at local retailers throughout the Maritimes.
- Locally BAKED Outlet: Located in Sackville, offers bakery items, has vegan options, including products from Luscious Desserts and In the Raw.
- Springhouse: Previously called Fruition, an all vegan and raw restaurant. Located at the Seaport market. Best raw food I have ever eaten. I recommend the Gardenburger, macaroons and cheesecake.
- Wild Leek: They make fresh juices and smoothies and have daily specials of delicious vegan cuisine. Also has a full menu and a selection of desserts next to the cash. I recommend the dragon fries and cupcakes!
- enVie A Vegan Kitchen: Offers daily specials, raw and gluten free options, as well as a full menu. Also has a full menu of vegan beer and wine.
- Real Fake Meats: Chef Lauren Marshall is the creator of the first vegan butcher shop with artisan plant-based cheese and meat products.
- Heartwood Bakery and Cafe: All of the items can be made vegan here (cheese is the only non-vegan ingredient they use). They have a full menu of food, as well as desserts and drinks. Locations on Quinpool and Gottingen.
- Heartwood by the Sea (seasonal): Heartwood has recently opened a second location on the Halifax waterfront. So far it is all vegan as they offer their Heartwood bowls, cookies and drinks. Such a wonderful addition to a very unfriendly place for vegans.
- Halifax has quite a few local specialty health food stores. Pete's Fine Foods is a local grocery store with locations in Bedford (attached to Sunnyside Mall) and downtown Halifax. The location downtown has a large cruelty-free beauty section and carries some specialty items like Tofutti, Daiya, vegan jello, Gardein, Field Roast and other such products. Bedford has much of the same but the selection of vegan items is smaller, particularly the freezer area. Both locations have vegan-friendly sushi and a juice bar that offers vegan smoothies. Downtown also has a small cafe called Pete's Gluten-free Eatery which has vegan baked goods (muffins and cupcakes are vegan when they have a brown wrapper, white are non-vegan) wraps and soups. And yes, it is also all gluten-free. They also have soy and almond milk for drinks and agave for sweetening.
- Other health food stores include: Healthy Selection (located in Bedford), The Healthy Bug (carries vitamins, supplements, cruelty-free beauty products, vegan cereals, gum, Dandies marshmallows, Coconut Bliss, protein bars and more), Super Natural Health Products (located in Humani-T cafe on Young Street) carries supplements, vitamins, cruelty-free beauty products and more) Nature's Cove located on the Bedford Hwy in Halifax offers Daiya, veggie burgers and many other specialty foods. They also carry many local brands, such as In the Raw. Organic Earth Market located on Quinpool is a large natural grocery store with vegan specialty products that you won't find anywhere else locally. Also has a cafe attached that offers smoothies and quick meals and treats with vegan options. OHealthy Market sells natural foods and products in Dartmouth, including products from In The Raw. Local Source Market offers fresh produce, bread, as well as other locally sourced products, including some vegan brands. Honey & Ginger stores located in Dartmouth and Bedford offer natural health and beauty products including local vegan brands. Health Nutz located on Barrington Street sells vegan protein powders, bars, treats and more. Parks Health Shop located in Bedford sells supplements, snacks and more.
- Check out some of the Asian and international markets around the city. Taishan is on Quinpool and Queen St.and offers lots of interesting finds including bean curd jerky's, vegetable dumplings and tons of other specialty items. Big Ray's Convenience on Main St. Dartmouth also has an Asian market attached with veggie Worcestershire sauce, jackfruit, tofu and many other cool vegan finds. JJ Mart on Gottingen carries vegan-friendly dumplings, sauces, tofu and much more. Indian Groceries on Robie offers a ton of vegan and vegetarian products including vegan masala burgers, Staff of Life vegan samosas, spices, snacks, frozen ready meals, spring rolls and more. Ocomart on Quinpool is a Korean grocery store. You can find veggie dumplings, sauces, noodles and many other vegan friendly specialties.
- Other areas of Nova Scotia also usually have health food stores that carry cruelty-free products and specialty vegan foods, check HappyCow for select places.
- The market offers, of course, fresh local produce, breads, jams and jellies but there are also a few vegan companies that are set up there too. Rawthetic chocolates offers raw, dairy and gluten-free chocolates and almost all are vegan. A few varieties have honey. You can also find their products at other local shops such as Organic Earth Market, Pete's and more. Osha Mae Soaps is an artisan soaperie who's product line is almost entirely vegan. Also sold at local shops such as Pete's. Gali's Healthy Kitchen makes raw chocolates. She marks all vegan but most have honey so read ingredients. She is a very sweet lady and I discussed the honey issue with her. Earth Elementals sells awesome cruelty-free soaps, laundry soap and more. Many are also vegan-friendly. Bramoso offers vegan slices of pizza. Ednaturals: Nutririous vegan energy bars that are sold at the Seaport Market, as well as other local stores. Bytz Foods: Local vegan energy ball company which can be found at several local retailers including Organic Earth and Local Source Market. Also sold at the Seaport Market on Saturday and Sundays. El Nino Vegan Tacos: Opening on the second floor at the seaport market.
- Farmer's markets tend to be very plentiful all across Nova Scotia. Check almost any town in Nova Scotia and there most likely is one. They are great spots to not only get fresh bread, jams, jellies and local produce but also find some other unique local vegan products.
- Humani-T: cafe has two locations in Halifax, which offers vegan gelato and sorbetto, muffins, snacks and a vegan panini and of course soy or almond milk for hot or cold drinks.
- Second Cup: has many locations and offers soy and almond milk for drinks, has fruit smoothies and also flavour shots that are vegan-friendly. They also carry some packaged snacks by Sweets From the Earth that are vegan.
- Two if by Sea: with locations in Halifax and Dartmouth, they offer soy milk for drinks.
- Coburg Cafe: offers vegan food including paninis, cookies and other baked goods and soy milk for drinks.
- The Boardroom Game Cafe: is a half cafe, half boardgame paradise, located on Barrington Street. Offers soy milk for drinks, smoothies and a few vegan-friendly snacks such as candy bowls (they will leave out the jelly bellies and mike N ikes if requested), veggie and hummus platter, veggie wrap and a few other lite snacks.
- Big Life Whole Foods: in Dartmouth offers almond and soy milk for drinks and all their baked goods are vegan. They also offer a lentil burger, seitan sandwich and other items that are vegan.
- World Tea House: Okay so although it's not coffee, it still deserves a mention. World Tea House has a huge selection of teas in every flavour imaginable. Can't forget about us non-coffee drinkers but even if you are, they also offer coffee, lattes, etc and have soy and almond milk available.
- Pavia Gallery: Located in the Central Library and the Art Museum, they offer soy milk for drinks, the soups are normally vegan, they also offer a marked white bean hummus wrap and vegan cookies.
- The Nook: is a coffee shop located on Gottingen St. that offers almond and soy milk for coffee drinks, as well as, several label vegan food options including a tofu wrap, chickpea tuna sandwich and chili veggie wrap. Also offers alcoholic drinks that are vegan-friendly and can be used as a venue for live music.
- The Nook Espresso Bar: Located in Bedford. They have a huge menu and a large amount of it is vegan. They have sandwiches, bowls and vegan sweets, as well as soy and almond for drinks.
- The Other Bean: On Quinpool offers a plant based milk alternative.
- Dilly Dally Cafe: On Quinpool, they offer cashew, soy and coconut milk for drinks. They also have a selection of vegan baked goods each day, as well as menu choices.
- Narrow Espresso: Has soy milk, bagel with hummus and vegetables, vegan cookies, macaroons and cake.
- Seven Bays Cafe : Located on Gottingen Street. Offers soy, almond and coconut milk. They make a great vegan hot chocolate.
- Yu Yo Craft Supply & Teahouse: Part art supply store, part teahouse. They offer soy milk for drinks, as well as some vegan food fare. It is such an awesome adorable little place.
- Apartment 3 Coffee: Located in Sackville, they have plant based milk for drinks and daily vegan doughnuts from Vandals.
- Cafe Marco Polo: Located in Dartmouth offers soy and almond milk for drinks and has vegan baked goods.
- Tart & Soul Cafe: Located on Coburg Road, they offer soy milk for drinks, a vegan sandwich and their soup is always vegan, as well as a vegan granola bar and peanut butter cup.
- Glitter Bean Cafe: On Spring Garden Road, they have soy and almond milk for drinks, vegan peanut butter cups and granola bars.
- Local Jo Cafe: On Oxford Street, they offer dairy-free milk for drinks, vegan muffins, oatcakes, a salad and Staff of Life pakoras and samosas.
- The Tare Shop: Part coffee shop, part store, completely waste free. They have almond milk for drinks and a few vegan sweet options. They also sell bamboo toothbrushes, soaps, vegan lip balm and deodorant from Meow Meow Tweet, reusable feminine products and bulks foods including Good Parma's vegan cheese.
- Lucky Penny Coffee Co.: Another coffee shop on Quinpool. Lucky Penny offers coconut, almond and soy milk for drinks, a vegan granola bar and can veganize many of their menu items upon request (sandwiches and lite fare).
Burger Joints (or places that only really have a vegan burger as an option):
- Krave Burger: Located on Spring Garden, fast food, vegan burger option on the menu, ask for no butter on the bun. Awesome fries too!
- Darrell's: Offers a veggie burger that can be made vegan upon request.
- Relish: Located on Quinpool. Another fast food type joint, Relish offers a vegetarian patty that is also vegan friendly. They have great fries and deep fried pickles which are awesome too!
- Battery Park: Located downtown Dartmouth offers a vegan burger on the menu.
- The 244: Located on Gottingen offers two burgers that can be made vegan.
- Economy Shoe Shop: On Argyle Street, they offer the vegan beyond burger.
- Split Crow Pub: On Granville Street offers the beyond burger and a few other vegetarian options that I suspect may be able to be veganized.
Pizzeria's: (many other pizzerias can make vegan pizza simply by removing cheese. Always inquire first though because some dough contains milk or eggs. I am only including the places that specify vegan or offer vegan cheeses)
- Bramoso: Both their white and whole wheat crust is vegan. You can then choose between the tomato sauce, olive oil, pesto, garlic or balsamic glaze. They have a large selection of veggies and even offer a housemade vegan cheese.
- On The Wedge: Located beside Pete's Frootique in Bedford, On the Wedge offers a VEGAN pizza by the slice. You can also order their signature vegan pizza called the Roasted Rocket or make your own with your choice of toppings. Trust me, you won't miss the cheese, they make the best crust in all the land.
- Salvatore's: A great pizza place over in Hydrostone, feels much like a true authentic pizza shack. They offer vegan ricotta for your pizza, lots of veggies to choose from and already vegan crust and sauce. I've heard their vegetarian sausage is now vegan-friendly. If anyone can confirm for me that would be great!
- Johnny K's: So it's not pizza but for us Nova Scotian's it goes hand in hand with it. Johnny K's offers a vegan donair, okay so they still do not have a vegan donair sauce (they do offer chili sauce which I've heard is delicious with it too) but their seitan is simply amazing and worth it even without sauce! We just made our own the time we got them with coconut milk.
- Stone Pizza: Located downtown Dartmouth, they offer vegan cheese!
- Pizza Pizza: Chain restaurant that offers Violife vegan cheese and lots of good toppings. Extremely affordable. 4 locations located throughout the HRM and hopefully more to open.
- Nayya Pizza & Grill: Located in Bedford offers vegan cheese for pizza, calzones and garlic fingers. Also has a vegan schwarma and Lebanese plate on the menu.
- Piez Bistro: Located in Dartmouth, they offer vegan crust, sauce and cheese for the perfect pizza.
- Water & Bone: Ramen noodle bar located in Halifax, they offer a vegan ramen bowl which is specified on the menu.
- Thai Ivory: 2 locations in Bedford (one express in Sunnyside Mall) and soon to open another location in Halifax, offering delicious Thai cuisine. Almost everything can be made vegan, just let your waitress know.
- The B-Well Sushi and Cafe: Adorable sushi cafe located on Quinpool. They mark their vegan options directly on their menu.
- Just Springroll: Located on the bottom floor (next to Cineplex) of Park Lane Mall, Just Springroll is run by two sweet ladies who know how to make authetic cuisine. They offer a vegan plate with the most delicious tofu and veggie curry dish and of course their signature, veggie springrolls.
- YuYo Craft Supply + Teahouse: Cutest craft supply store combined with a tea house I've ever seen. Located in the outside of the Brewery Square. Offers organic soy milk (for sale and in drinks), light food including a few vegan ones like caramel walnuts, shaobing (pancake with green onions and sesame seeds), chazuke (soup with rice, oyster mushroom, seaweed), and fruit rice ball hot soup.
- Modern Orchid: Located in Dartmouth Crossing, made to order dishes, much of the menu can be made vegan, just specify to server.
- Cheelin: Located
inside the Brewery Square, they have a large vegetarian menu, much of
which can be made vegan. Specify to server and they will tell you what
- Indochine Bahn Mi: Located on South Park Street, much of the menu is or can be made vegan. They offer vegan bahn mi, noodle bowls and tacos. Also have smoothies and bubble tea.
- Way2Roll: Currently closed as they are moving. Soon to be located on Barrington Street. A sign is posted listing which ingredients are vegan. Custom rolls option which can be vegan.
- Suzuki Restaurant: Located on Dresden Row, vegan options include: Appetizers: veggie gyoza, edamame, agedashi tofu (without bonito flakes), harumaki, vegetable sushi pizza ( without spicy sauce), and seaweed salad. Sushi Rolls: avocado roll, veggie roll, cucumber roll, kampyo roll, asparagus roll, and yasai roll (without tempura bits). Inari would also be good as well!
- Minato Sushi: Located downtown Halifax offers a few veg choices. Vegans specify.
- Talay Thai: Vegetable based dishes can be made vegan by specifying no egg. Staff knows what vegan means and can accommodate easily. Locations in Halifax and Cole Harbour.
- (Seasonal) Lockside Canteen (Lemon Dogs): Located
at Shubie Park, Lemon Dogs offers fresh lemonade, freezies and
popsicles and new daily taco offerings with always one vegan option.
- Antojo Tacos + Tequila: Vegans to specify but many things can be done vegan upon request.
- Habeneros: Several location throughout the HRM and province, fast food Mexican style eatery. Offers build-your-own tacos, burritos, bowls, and more. Has a vegan Bombay curry bowl/burrito.
- Taco Lina's: Located inside Gus' Pub, they offer jackfruit carnitas, nachos deluxe with vegan queso, and have avocado and refried bean taco that can be made vegan. They are also working on having a weekly vegan taco special.
- Mezza Lebanese Kitchen: has few locations in the HRM. Although it doesn't sound super vegan-friendly they offer some of the best falafel in town and it even comes with a vegan tahini sauce! Plus their french fries are to die for. They also have a Lebanese plate that is vegan!
- Turkish Delight: Located on Spring Garden, they have a full vegetartian menu, many can be made vegan upon request.
- Tarek's Cafe: Located on Robie Street. Vegan options include, Falafel pita, veggieburger, hummus, baba ganoush. The tahini contains sour cream but can be replaced with hummus or baba ganoush.
- Roll the Dice: Located on Quinpool, part boardgame cafe, part restaurant. They have a vegetarian menu, much of which is also vegan.
- Kam-Moon: On Brunswick Street, bakery and light-fare eatery. Offers vegan falafel and side dishes.
- Lemon Tree: Locations in Halifax and Bedford. They offer vegetarian plates, Bedford location also has a lentil wrap.
- The Wooden Monkey: has locations in Dartmouth and Halifax. Comfortable pub like ambiance with full bar and has a good selection of marked vegan items on their menu including pizza, burgers and desserts.
- The Foggy Goggle: Located on Gottingen, pub style restaurant that has marked vegan options such as a veggie burger and pizza.
- Mary's Place Cafe: Located Spring Garden Road has vegan menus, much of which is Middle Eastern cuisine with falafels, hummus and other such dishes. They also have vegan breakfast/brunch items such tofu scramble. They also have veggie chili and veggie burger.
- Hopyard Beer Bar: On Gottingen Street, Hopyard's menu changes quite frequently but half of the menu is vegan! You can also listen to vinyl while here.
- Upstreet BBQ Brewhouse: Located in Dartmouth, they offer bbq jackfruit, salads and several sides that are clearly marked on the menu.
- M&J's Eatery: Located in Bedford, they offer a large menu with many vegan options. Burgers, sandwiches, desserts and much more. They are also available for catering.
- There are many more restaurants as well that are vegan-friendly, checking Happy Cow is very beneficial. I am continually researching for my blog and website, so I update Happy Cow frequently as well. I have been asked to be the ambassador for HappyCow.net for the Halifax, NS region, so as your representative I am happy to answer questions and help locals.
- Sweet Hereafter: is a cheesecakery that always has a vegan cheesecake selection and special orders can be placed.
- Dee Dee's Ice Cream: Offers a few vegan sorbet's. Also has some food options in the cafe, a burrito, soups and almond milk for coffee drinks.
- Humani-T: I figured Humani-T deserved to also be listed here because they offer amazing vegan gelato and sorbet. They can turn the gelato into a milkshake as well and also offer vegan chocolate cake.
- Lolliecakes Bakery:
Made to order from home bakery. Cupcakes, mini cupcakes, and cakes that
happen to be vegan! Perfect for birthdays, special events, or just
Can deliver within HRM for $5. Not currently taking orders.
- Odell's: located on Robie Street in Halifax is a bakery and cafe that offers lots of vegan options that are also gluten-free!
- Susie's Shortcake: Located in Bayers Lake, they offer vegan and gluten-free cookie dough and made to order vegan cupcakes in 3 flavours.
- Taiyaki 52: Located on Brunswick Street. Taiyaki is a Japanese waffle and their crunchy waffle batter is vegan and so is their red bean and blueberry fillings. They have dedicated vegan batter for their maple cinnamon seeds taiyaki.
- Chicken Little: Located on the Bedford highway, they are now carrying Dole Whip (basically vegan ice cream).
- Rousseau Chocolatier: Located on South Street in Halifax, they offer soft serve dairy-free sorbet and also have some vegan chocolates to choose from.
- Luscious Desserts: All vegan bakery offers cupcakes, cakes, cake pops, macaroons and cookies, sold at the Historic Brewery Market. Also does catering and made to order desserts.
- Schoolhouse Gluten-free Gourmet: Sold at the Seaport Market on Saturdays and many surrounding stores and businesses. They offer many vegan options.
Wondering what you can eat outside of the city? Click here. Also check my Shopping Cruelty-free in Canada guide. The HRM has all of the stores mentioned in that post. And also check out my Chain Restaurant blog post.
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